London calls for outstanding Economics student

Notre Dame economics student, Danielle Lukic, was awarded a Mannkal Scholarship and undertook an internship with the Institute for Economic Affairs in London.

30 January 2014

Mannkal Scholarship award winner, Danielle Lukic, is applying commerce theories on an international scale as part of an internship with the Institute for Economic Affairs in London.

Danielle, an economics student at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle Campus, received this opportunity after being awarded a scholarship from the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation.  

The scholarship was on the back of Danielle’s successful research project in the area of free market economics. Since then, she has been investigating policy settings in the agricultural sector with respect to foreign investment, and believes that her experience in the UK will benefit her research greatly.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for me to apply my knowledge of libertarian economics in a dynamic international workplace,” Danielle said.

“Studying economics affords valuable insight into how the contemporary world operates. It plays an integral role in every aspect of our daily lives – there is no escaping it.

“I find economics intriguing as it helps me understand the linkages between individual choices, government policy and international capital flows in an increasingly constrained environment.

“I’m looking forward to having world leaders in economic policy value my work, my opinions and offer constructive feedback to help me become a better student and economist.”

Passionate about seeking diverse learning experiences, Danielle enrolled in the University’s Study Abroad program and spent a semester studying at the University of Portland in 2013.

Having spent six months abroad, Danielle said she was inspired to embrace situations “outside her comfort zone”, as well as network with business students, research fellows and economists from all over the world.

“The School of Business is extremely helpful and supportive of my study endeavours. I encourage any business student to take up the practicum opportunities available through the School.”

With a commitment to equipping students with the necessary skills for a rewarding career in a changing business environment, the School of Business, through its internship program and comprehensive industry links, seeks to graduate individuals who can make a significant contribution to their workplace and wider community.

“The experience of an international placement adds to students’ preparedness for professional employment after graduation,” Dean of the School of Business, Fremantle, Professor Chris Doepel, said.

“Notre Dame’s graduates exemplify excellence and an ability to enter the professional world with a clear understanding of what will be required of them.”

Professor Doepel said Danielle’s ability was recognised in 2013 by an invitation to present at the School of Business’ regular research seminar; normally the domain of academic staff and postgraduate students.

“Business students have benefitted greatly from scholarships endowed by the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation where they have had opportunities to travel interstate and overseas to work in leading policy think tanks,” Professor Doepel said.

“Danielle has used this scholarship opportunity to extend herself beyond the usual bounds for an undergraduate student. We in the School of Business are proud of her achievements.”


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