The U.S. Ambassador to Australia, Robert D. McCallum Jr. addressed students during a recent visit to Carnegie Mellon University in Adelaide. His talk focused on the U.S. presidential primary elections and how the outcome may impact Australian and international foreign policies.
Students took the opportunity to ask McCallum questions relating to policy consistency, humanitarian intervention and global environmental policies.
In his closing statement, the ambassador mentioned his appreciation of not only their obvious engaged interest within their own society but also global issues.
"As we say in the U.S., 'Keep on keeping on,'" McCallum told the students, adding that "in Australia they say 'Good on ya.'"
"It was an honor to have Ambassador McCallum at Carnegie Mellon's Heinz School in Australia," said Francesca Doyle, a communications staff member at the university's home in Adelaide. "He showed a particular interest in the history of the Asia-Pacific campus and his speech to the faculty, staff and students was most inspirational."
McCallum began serving in his current role on Aug. 23, 2006. Before then, he was the associate attorney general, the third-ranking official at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Carnegie Mellon University in Adelaide offers students a dynamic and affordable environment in which to earn internationally regarded degrees. Our Heinz School offers master's degree programs in public policy and management and information technology, and our Entertainment Technology Center offers a master's degree in entertainment technology through the College of Fine Arts and School of Computer Science.
Photo by Michael Mickley from XL Photography (left to right): Tim Zak; Francesca Doyle ( background); Mary (“Mimi”) Rankin Weems McCallum, the Ambassador's wife; and Robert D. McCallum Jr.