Stories

We share profile stories and videos of individuals highlighting the innovation and impact of our high-achieving alumni all over the world.

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Seeking safety, finding belonging

When civil war broke out in her home country, Zeljka Jovanovic’s whole world changed. Her family fled their beloved home to live as refugees and eventually settled in Wollongong. A place they now call home.

The leap of faith across oceans that paid off

Hermoine Macura-Noble, 42, a UOW communications graduate, author and the first Australian female English-speaking anchor in the Middle East, spoke with Michele Tydd about her ground-breaking international career.

The accident that nearly ended Sarah Carli’s Olympic dream

During a routine training session at the gym, Sarah Carli faced a life-threatening injury. After emergency surgery, she was told she couldn’t exercise for five months. Competing in the Tokyo Olympics five months later seemed impossible.

Beyond the breakers

With its stunning beaches and surf breaks, the Illawarra is renowned for producing talented professional surfers. But for every young athlete that makes it on the competition circuit, countless others don’t – so it’s crucial to prepare for alternate futures.

Community, connections and giving back

For some, graduating from the University of Wollongong (UOW) means leaving an era of study and late nights behind, but for others, maintaining a connection with their alma mater has proven invaluable.

Educating politics

The best intentions on entering politics often get swallowed up in the game. But for Jihad Dib MP – NSW Member for Lakemba and Shadow Minister for Emergency Services and Energy and Climate Change – his motivation is the same as it has always been: to change lives for the better.

Graham West: ‘a good bloke’ working tirelessly to help the homeless

Graham West remembers a brief but poignant conversation decades ago at Sydney’s Central Rail Station when a homeless man stopped him for the time.

Meet the UOW graduate tackling loneliness through storytelling

Tessa Blencowe understands loneliness. The UOW business and journalism graduate-turned-counsellor has spent years learning what it means for people to be lonely, and how we can address it as a society.

Life-changing innovation for the disabled and their carers

When Danny Hui graduated from the University of Wollongong (UOW) in 1999, his engineering degree launched him on an exciting and varied career in the electricity industry.