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Ashley Wakely

Class Year: 2022

Scholarship: Asian Exchange

University: The University of Queensland

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: QLD

Focus Area

Australia-Asia ties

Ashley Wakely

Class Year: 2022

Scholarship: Asian Exchange

University: The University of Queensland

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: QLD

Focus Area

Australia-Asia ties

Biography

Growing up in a small, rural town in Canada, I was always fascinated by the idea of travel, as well as foreign cultures and languages, particularly Japanese. With limited resources, I started my Japanese studies completely self-taught until I was able to travel to Japan for a high school exchange program, and my passion for the language and culture grew immensely.

I am currently studying a Bachelor of International Studies, majoring in International Relations and Advanced Japanese at the University of Queensland. In the future, I hope to be in a career where I am able to help foster the relationship between Australia and Japan, and increase opportunities for Australians to experience living abroad.

Outside of work and study, I enjoy spending my time dancing, playing video games, and hanging out with cats.

Skills & Expertise

  • Japanese Language and Culture
  • International Relations
  • Teamwork
  • Travel
  • Dance

"I would love to have an influence on creating opportunities for Australians to spend time living and working in Japan, positively increase the domestic view of multiculturalism, and increase economic ties between Australia and Japan."


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