Griffith honours graduate killed in MH17 air disaster

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Griffith University has paid tribute to graduate Emma Bell, one of the victims of the Malaysian Airways MH17 disaster on July 17.

Vice Chancellor Professor Ian O’Connor has expressed his condolences to Emma’s family, as well as those within the Griffith community who knew her.

Emma’s most recent academic achievement was the completion of a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics in 2012. A group of fellow students from Griffith Film School created a private video tribute to her. In the video they write “You made a lasting impression on us, we admired your generous spirit … Your beautiful light will be missed.”

“Emma was a popular and well respected student,” Professor O’Connor said.

“Her death brings this tragic event very close to home.”

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Senior Lecturer from Griffith’s School of Education and Professional Studies, Dr Indika Liyanage, remembers Emma as a good student.

“She undertook most of her studies online so I didn’t see her often but I do remember her because she did very well in her course,” Dr Liyanage said.

Emma also completed a Graduate Diploma of Education in 2006, as well as a Graduate Certificate of Fine Art in 2010.

Emma was a teacher based at the remote Northern Territory town of Maningrida about 500km east of Darwin, and had been returning from a holiday in Europe. Her school community performed a traditional smoking ceremony in her honour.

As a sign of respect for the victims of the air crash, Griffith University flew its flags at half mast on July 19.

Former Griffith student Emma Bell who died in the MH17 air disaster on July 17

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