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At QUT, there are lots of opportunities for students to attend conferences, events, study tours, delegations and more!

This blog includes insights from students participating in these events – so you can find out for yourself what these incredible opportunities are like.

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The 9th University Scholars Leadership Symposium 2018

In August 2018, I was selected and sponsored by QUT to attend the 9th University Scholars Leadership Symposium (USLS) in Bangkok, Thailand. Overall, this was a thoroughly enriching experience – a personal highlight was the Community Service Day. I was given the opportunity to partner with the Sikkha Asia Foundation and act as a “big sister” by spending time with youth from the slum community. On this day we visited Bangkok’s oldest animal kingdom – Dusit Zoo. Together, we laughed and connected – providing hope for the youth that is living amidst poverty.

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My exchange experience at Dalhousie University

It is painful to grasp the fact that I have a mere eight weeks remaining on what has been one of the greatest experiences of my life… Although it sounds cliché, my semester abroad at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada has gifted me more lifelong friendships, experiences, stories, memories and knowledge than I could have ever imagined.

Moments before I boarded my flight to Canada

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Discovering your voice: My OECD experience

I recently had the privilege of being selected as a Global Voices Scholar and Australian Delegate to the 2018 Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Forum in Paris, France.

To sum up my experience in a nutshell, it was insightful, engaging and inspiring. On top of leaving this OECD experience with unique exposure to areas such as foreign policy, international affairs, global trade and economics, I left learning more about myself and the kind of life I wish to create.

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The TEDx experience at Gardens Point campus

Getting involved in campus life can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Opportunities to attend events, conferences, study tours and the like are valuable ways to get more from your degree, and the annual TEDxQUT is no exception. Since 2013, TEDxQUT has provided a platform for students, alumni and members of the community to take the spotlight and share their passion, innovation and creativity. Like the renowned TED organisation that it is associated with, TEDxQUT is devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’. The difference between TED and TEDx events is that TEDx events are organised independently to allow us to hear from more speakers from different corners of the globe. This year the theme surrounding the remarkable ideas was ‘Do It Yourself’.

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Marketers win big at Nudgeathon 2018

Last week, myself and fellow business students Kate Dangerfield, Jessica Castles, Lara Setefano, along with Professor Rebekah Russell-Bennett and Megan Godwin won big time at the Australian National University in Canberra – a social marketing team beat behavioural economists at their own game and achieved first place at the Nudgeathon, a behavioural change competition in which students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, develop solutions to real-life social issues.

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Two weeks in Tokyo: experiencing Japanese business and culture with Mitsui and Co. and the New Colombo Plan

Have you ever gone from being metres away from red-hot steel barreling down a production line one day…

…to touring the inside of a world-leading vehicle manufacturer’s factory the next?

Neither had I.

For two weeks, myself and five other QUT students had the chance to gain inside knowledge of the Australia-Japan relationship as participants in the Mitsui Immersion Program: a program facilitated by Japanese multinational Mitsui & Co. under the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan. The program aims to strengthen people-to-people links by providing Australian students with business and cultural insights into one of our closest regional partners.

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QUT Business School meets the United Nations in Bangkok

The 9th UN University Scholars Leadership Symposium (USLS) took place at the Office of the United Nations in Bangkok, Thailand, from 1 to 7 August 2018. The theme “Inspiring Confidence, Inspiring Change” drew 1,057 delegates from 87 countries, and I was one of them. In May, I decided to apply for the QUT Business School Sponsorship to attend the event. I am studying a Master of Business majoring in International Business and hold a Bachelor of International Relations. I have long used reports by the United Nations and related institutions for university projects, news writing and market research work, but I wanted to learn more about the day-to-day activities of the UN that aim to stimulate economic development, respect for human rights and preservation of the environment. It is not often that we get to say that our expectations were exceeded, but in my case, the USLS gave me more than I could have asked for.

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