My name is Ann Zhang and I am studying a Master of Diplomacy.
The art of executing foreign policy on the dynamic international platform has interested me since a very young age. Diplomacy is a constant interplay of solid knowledge from a multiplicity of other disciplines. I am a people-oriented person, and study diplomacy as a form of communication and intellectual exchanges. ANU was my first choice institution as it has the academic and geographical advantages for studying diplomacy.
I think every diplomacy class I studied had its strengths, and all of them differed widely in teaching scope and study outcomes, breadth of knowledge, employment of online tools, and practices in simulations.
There are a wide range of topics related to international relations and diplomacy taught at the Bell School. The teachers approach teaching from a variety of perspectives, for instance, evolution of diplomacy on a time scale; in-depth teaching on a single practical element of diplomacy; and thought provoking discussion on eminent trends in this field.
I have a commerce background and have been working in the space of technology for a few years. It has been fascinating to compare the use of technology in diplomacy and how the digital revolution is transforming this profession. Moving forward I look to explore opportunities to combine diplomacy, culture and technology together, and shift a career focus to the public sector.