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Curtin student gets CHOGM experience

Media release

Curtin University student Danielle Han will be making an important contribution to the smooth running of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth this month.

The final year mass communication student, who is majoring in web media and public relations, is volunteering in the CHOGM media pool and centre.

Danielle, who is currently living in Morley, is an international student from Singapore – one of the Commonwealth nations represented at CHOGM.

“I am looking forward to being in the midst of the busy and serious atmosphere that comes with these important international meetings,” Danielle said.

“And I’m hoping to catch a glimpse of some high profile political leaders in person.”

Danielle is one of 21 Curtin public relations students who will be helping out in the media centre at CHOGM, undertaking a variety of duties from escorting journalists to media conferences and assisting at conferences. It is expected there could be up to 300 media representative attending conferences.

Associate Professor Nigel de Bussy, from the School of Marketing, Curtin Business School, said the high-level event was a great opportunity for Curtin students to utilise skills they had developed over the course of their studies.

“CHOGM will bring the heads of government from Commonwealth countries to Perth for talks that help shape the future of the Commonwealth,” Associate Professor de Bussy said.

“It will give Curtin public relations students an invaluable experience in dealing with important events of a political nature on an international scale.”

The heads of government from 54 Commonwealth member countries will be heading to Perth for the three-day conference, at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre including, South Africa, Namibia, Canada, Nigeria, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan and Malaysia.

Queen Elizabeth II will be travelling to Perth to attend the meeting.

CHOGM 2011 will be held from Friday 28 October to Sunday 30 October.


Denise Cahill, Public Relations, Curtin University
Tel: 08 9266 1931, Mobile: 0401 103 683, Email:

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