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Rujia Wang, Bachelor of Economics

Rujia Wang

Bachelor of Economics

Bachelor of Economics '11

Economics and Policy Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers Sydney

Why did you choose ANU?

I grew up in Canberra, and despite a scholarship offer from another institution I have no regrets about choosing the rigorous economics program offered by the ANU College of Business and Economics.

There are many things that persuaded me to choose ANU when I graduated from college. Largely its strength in academia such as its consistent ranking as one of the top universities in the world, its unparalleled research programs and its highly qualified lecturers.

What do you think sets ANU apart from other universities?

The prestige and worldwide recognition of a degree from ANU opens up doors to outstanding employers and invitations to postgraduate study at the world’s top universities. Further, ANU boasts modern facilities and highly qualified faculty members, providing the intellectual scope, resources and expert guidance to help students excel."

Moreover, ANU and each of its respective Colleges have international contacts with leading institutions around the world, offering students the opportunity of a rewarding experience studying abroad.  I recently returned from a semester on exchange at the University of Hong Kong, which I found to be immensely fun and worthwhile.

The magnitude of ANU’s contribution to the local and international community by its faculty members, its alumni and its students is inspiring.  The people around me at ANU were all well-rounded, extraordinary thinkers and I am very proud to have been a student at this brilliant university. 

Studying economics

Any topic can either be interesting or deadly boring, depending on the lecturer. My love of economics has been fostered by the combination of interactive classes and stimulating lecturers at ANU.

I'll admit that the initial appeal of economics derived from my interest in current affairs and, of course, a desire to earn lots of money. However these preconceptions changed dramatically once I immersed herself in the program, and discovered that the all-too-familiar definition of economics as 'the study of scarcity in a world of finite resources and infinite wants' was far too restrictive for my liking.

I see economics as a much broader field encompassing pretty much everything. As an economics student, I may be attending a lecture on a topic I have never heard of or finding solutions to real life problems, all in an average day.

Now I know why ‘find any lower price and we’ll beat it’ clauses may actually be anti-competitive and why I always end up bidding more for an eBay item than I had originally intended.

Life after graduation

I can definitely say that the intensity and rigour of my degree at ANU has been instrumental in my survival in such a high-performing firm and industry.

The knowledge from my degree has been a solid foundation on which to build my career as as a consultatnt at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Economics and Policy advisory team in Sydney. In a short period of three months, I have had the opportunity to apply the economic principles I learnt at ANU in a diverse range of industries including transport, tourism, media and the digital economy.

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