30-Year Anniversary

Our Foundation Studies program kicked off 30 years ago, so in 2020, we're celebrating the staff, students and alumni who have made the program what it is by sharing 30 stories.

Do you have a story to share? Email us at alumni@trinity.unimelb.edu.au.


Wai Hong Fong: how telescopes and lingerie led to a multimillion-dollar enterprise

Wai Hong Fong escaped the rigid Singaporean education system to make a fresh start in Australia – and he never could have imagined the path it would lead him...

15 Sep 2020

Cathy Symington: exploring the biological world, one bug at a time

From reading books about insects as a child and studying entomology and toxicology at university, to completing a PhD on pesticides, it’s clear Dr Catherine...

03 Sep 2020

Jed Van Din Thang: sparking change through determination and self-belief

For Jedidiah Van Din Thang, making the most of his Trinity experience so far has meant getting involved, seizing opportunities, and working to make a...

27 Aug 2020

Prof Don Markwell: the former country boy who knows the value of a good education

As Trinity’s sixth Warden, Professor Don Markwell repositioned the Trinity Education Centre to become one of Trinity College’s key divisions, setting our...

20 Aug 2020

Cíntia Chen: a lifetime of overcoming challenges

From challenging herself academically in a language she hardly spoke, to becoming a manager in a global consulting firm and chair of TFAN, Cíntia Chen’s time...

11 Aug 2020

Jack Migdalek: the actor and dancer mesmerised by the stage

From the stages of the British theatre scene, to the classrooms of Japan and Melbourne, Jack Migdalek has seen his love for the performing arts take him...

27 Jul 2020

Soon-Tzu Speechley: heritage for the past, present and future

Far from a symbol of irrelevance, Soon-Tzu Speechley shows us that historical buildings can be powerful barometers of culture and sustainability.

14 Jul 2020

Trang Dang: awakening Vietnam’s sleep industry

After a back injury left Trinity College alum Trang Dang in pain and unable to sleep, she knew Vietnam’s sleep industry needed disrupting. She also needed to...

24 Jun 2020

Cheng Tan: setting international students on the right path

A positive experience as an international student in her youth ultimately inspired Dr Cheng Tan to support other students moving to Australia.

16 Jun 2020

Jane Sykes: helping students tackle the world’s big issues

With a passion for the environment that was sparked in the geography lessons of her own school days, the teacher behind one of Foundation Studies’ most...

05 Jun 2020

Nana Tomihara: preserving languages in the face of globalisation

With modern society and business relying on English to communicate, we risk losing some of the world’s languages and the traditions and cultures that go with...

27 May 2020

The story of the subject many of our students fear ... then come to love

During these strange times when we – and many other educational institutions – have had to re-think the way we teach, we take a look at how a trailblazing...

12 May 2020

Elspeth & Barbara: Which came first – the flute or the bassoon?

Elspeth McCracken-Hewson and Barbara Trauer are sisters whose lives have followed remarkably similar trajectories. Both studied science, started their...

28 Apr 2020

Amesh Perera: mixing climate science with a side of heavy metal

From reading about global affairs to jamming heavy metal with his mum, Amesh Perera’s ambition to pursue a career in both music and geography was made...

17 Apr 2020

Steven Ng: how a Foundation Studies experience can come full circle

Trinity’s Foundation Studies has a way of pulling you back in – from Foundation Studies student, to College resident, and then, sometimes, to Foundation...

02 Apr 2020

Mum, brother, son: Trinity lays foundation for strong family connection

When Phoebe Ang Si Oon travelled to Melbourne in 1993 to further her education, little did she know she would become the first of three members of her family...

31 Mar 2020

Janusz Sysak: opening minds, one day at a time

Dr Janusz Sysak has spent over two decades teaching international students how to navigate their own path at Trinity College.

11 Mar 2020

Jack Qian: drama classes, Shakespeare readings and Google maps

Stumbling on Shakespearean words during a drama class isn’t something many students would consider when enrolling in Foundation Studies, but it’s something...

26 Feb 2020

Barry Tse: falling for the fairytale

One of the first to enrol in our Foundation Studies program, Barry Tse attributes much of his approach to life and business to his experiences at Trinity...

13 Feb 2020

Say Chin Lim offers new students a compassionate welcome

Empathy, connection and a community approach to mental health make all the difference to a student’s education, says our Student Wellbeing Manager.

06 Feb 2020

Honorary Associate Professor Tony Buzzard

Alum and Senior Fellow of Trinity College, Tony Buzzard (TC 1960), tells of how Trinity’s international school came into being, and the many challenges faced...

22 Jan 2020
Students

Our Pathways School is turning 30 – and we’re celebrating!

How was our Pathways School established? Who were the key stakeholders driving the initiative? What kind of people have studied with us, and where are they...

13 Jan 2020