International student interview: Jodie Chu

Image: QUT International student, Jodie Chu. Taken at Japan during the short term mobility program by QUT Global.

Where are you from?

  • Hong Kong

How long have you been in Brisbane?

  • It has been 1.5 years.

What course are you studying?

  • Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics

How do you find being a part of QUT?

  • As an international student at QUT, I have a lot of opportunities to engage in the real world environment and Australian community. Besides, I got the multi-cultural experiences from real world placement program, QUT global exchange program and East West activities. On top of that, I find the course I am doing now is good and it is more practical than the other universities as well. I am happy to have the opportunities to practice my cooking skills and doing experiment every week.

What do you like to do during your leisure time?

  • Travelling and reading

What is your favorite quote?

  • Be perseverant.

Chasing the sunset

I like to take photographs of sunset because it is beautiful. If you like to see or take photographs of the sunset as well, probably can think about these few places around Brisbane that I am going to introduce you.

  • Wellington Point is a suburb of Redland City, about 22km south-east of Brisbane. It is the good place to catch sunset!

The photo was taken at the bottom of the bridge before the sunset.

The following four photos were taken from the sun was about to set until almost set. I am so astonished by the changes in the colour of the sky at that golden hour for photography!

I think it is a good idea to include people in the sunset photographs as well.

The photo was taken above of the bridge after the sunset. Isn’t it amazing? The sky became pinkish colour after the sunset.

  • Redcliffe is a residential suburb of the Brisbane metropolitan area located within Moreton Bay Region LGA in the north-east of the Redcliffe peninsula, approximately 28 kilometres north-north-east of the Brisbane CBD. It is good to choose to go there on a Sunday morning so then you can also explore the market there.

You can find fresh produce, arts and crafts and many other things there.

There are also goats in the market!

The following few photos are the beautiful sunset at Redcliffe.

The sky turns into pinkish colour after the sunset at there too.

  • Shorncliffe pier is a historic pier which situated near Saint Patrick’s College and lower Moora Park. It takes around 35 minutes to travel from Brisbane city.

People say here is the good place for meditation.

  • Kangaroo Point Cliffs are heritage-listed cliffs located at Kangaroo Point just across the Brisbane River from the Brisbane CBD in Queensland, Australia.

The last few photos were the beautiful sunset with the view of Brisbane city.

What is HiQ?

Recently there has been a big change in the library especially in Gardens Point campus. There are more computers and studying places on the third floor and when you walk into the library, you will see some students wearing orange shirt with an IPAD trying to help answer students’ queries.

It wasn’t until the beginning of May that HiQ was officially announced to QUT students. From my understanding, HiQ is an offline and online services place offered to students and it combines the functionality of student centre, IT help services and library services.



More digital screens were introduced to encourage student interaction.






A more centralised place also saves students time to go back and forth from different services places.




I do have thoughts about this new service delivery mode. The following are some pros and cons I could think of:


  • Combing all services at one place will be more efficient and time-saving for students
  • Better facilities, sofas and chairs
  • Students helping students


  • Students don’t have a waiting area when waiting for their queries to be answered
  • Students need to be put into a queue by staff member even if it is only a small question

I’m always glad to see changes happen at QUT. Time will let us know how HiQ is going to be in the future. But I’m sure it will be helping students as always!

Noosa Hike with QUT International Student Services

I’ve heard about the QUT International Student Services trips many times through friends, but haven’t had the chance to attend it ever since I started QUT. As my graduation is approaching soon, I would love to explore more about Queensland before I graduate. So this time I signed up for a trip to Eumundi Market and Noosa for around $50 (personally I think it is a bit expensive).

The whole trip was very relaxed and you could have a lot of freedom. We were taken to Eumundi Market in the morning first and had two hours exploration by ourselves.


Trust me, the market was huge, you might need more than two hours to check out every stall.







Another highlight of the market was its street artists. They used imagination and hard work to brighten your day.

After the market fun, we headed straight to the Noosa beach and national park.






















A lot of people were enjoying the nice weather on the beach. Our coordinator from ISS took those who were interested in a hike straight to the Noosa National Park. For some of the students who just started their life in Australia, it was their first time seeing a beach in Queensland, so some of them were really excited.





We had about four hour to explore in the park before heading back. So I decided to take a long hike. The view was so pretty and astonishing!











Remember to bring some snacks and sunscreen because there is no shop inside the mountain and you might need some energy to recharge yourself.











I took a fruit break for about 20 minutes while taking some pictures and enjoying the peaceful wave.
































I took this picture at a place called the Hell’s Gate. Did you see my hair being blew up by the wind? It was a crazy experience because the wind there was so strong and you can hear the wind punching the edge of the cliff and making loud noises.















Isn’t the view amazing? I’m glad I decided to go on this trip and checked one place off my bucket list. Also I made several new friends along the way as well.

Overall such a fun experience!

Student Leadership conference 2017: Transform

QUT hosts one Student Leadership conference per semester, that is run by students for students. This semester’s conference ran over two days; the first day focused on introspection and assessing our values and strengths and the second day focused on using these values and strengths to inspire and spearhead change in our community.

Unfortunately, I was able to attend only day one due to other obligations, but it was entirely worth it.

Each conference focuses on a new theme, and seeks to galvanize the leader in each of us. This is apparent by the fact that the organizing committee of the conference consists of students only and the conference itself runs workshops facilitated by fellow students. The learning experience is somehow more thought-provoking and relatable when I see my friends and colleagues running the show.

This year, for the first time ever, QUT invited students from other universities to attend and participate in our conference, with the aim of building leadership communities across Australian universities.

To anyone who hasn’t yet attended any of the conferences, please do. It might consume your whole day but it’s definitely worth it. It’s all the knowledge you get outside of your classroom that makes you a well-rounded person.

Besides, food is free!! Who doesn’t love free food amirite? Make sure you come along to the next conference!

The RoundUp

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Scholarships are available, with a value up to $3,250.

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We recently ranked first in Australia and 24th globally for Communication and Media Studies in the QS World University Rankings.

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For information on our courses, research, study abroad and exchange opportunities and to read what it’s like to study in Australia – check out our international brochures available online!

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In the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by Subject 2016-2017, QUT’s Computer Science has ranked 1st in Queensland, 4th in Australia, and 65th globally!

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Riverside at the Gardens – Sunday market

Having lived in Brisbane for a little over a year, one of it’s many little quirks I’ve found are it’s abundance of fairs and markets. You can find plenty of them right in the city and in the suburbs around the city.

I recently discovered the Sunday market that happens at Riverside at the Gardens, every Sunday of the month and decided to hop down there to relax during my mid-semester break. It’s located at the Botanical Gardens entrance right down Alice Street. (Pro-tip: if you find yourself at uni on a Sunday want to get out of uni for a rash shopping trip or to grab a bite, just walk down Alice street to this market. You’ll love yourself for it. Promise.)

My first experience at this market happened to the special Easter edition of the market, as it was happening on Easter Sunday, so there were some fun competition, an egg hunt and a raffle draw also happening.

There were not many vendors, but there were a generous variety of things on sale: sweet/savoury cuisine from different parts of the world, clothes, handmade jewellery, wooden crafts, soaps/bath bombs and even make-up.

My sugar-rush inducing, cookies and cream doughnut.

The best part of the market is it’s location – you can grab a bite and head over to sit under the shade of the trees in the garden and enjoy your food.

The prices were all very reasonable for the food. The clothes were on the pricier end.

There was great fresh produce at better prices than you would find at the supermarkets, so I would highly recommend taking a bag along for grocery shopping.

Brisbane’s markets are something you should definitely try out if you’re living here. Maybe we’ll run into each other sometime. 🙂

The RoundUp

QUT’s subject rankings

Did you know that QUT is ranked amongst the world’s Top 100 in these areas:

  • Communication and Media Studies (No.1 in Australia again!)
  • Nursing
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Architecture, Art and Design, Performing Arts
  • Engineering – Civil, Structural, Mineral and Mining
  • Education and Training
  • Sports-Related Subjects
  • Social Policy and Administration, Social Sciences and Management

*QS World University Rankings by Subjects 2017

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Hangout at Fortitude Valley

Fortitude Valley is my favourite hangout place with friends.

Fortitude Valley is a suburb near to Brisbane City. It takes only 10-15 minutes by bus to get there from Brisbane City. Fortitude Valley is also well known of its Chinatown Mall as it is a hub of exotic Chinese supermarkets and restaurants. Fortitude Valley is such a hip and interesting place. I have so much fun and surprises while exploring there every time.

During the weekends, there is a creative market happening.

Free chess can be played for fun if you are interested.

My favourite brownies shop at My Bakery Lane at Fortitude Valley.

I hope I can have a taste of all the flavours they have.

Once in a while, there may also have free music performance.

Recently I discovered Winn Lane at Fortitude Valley. Hearsay there is a shop selling tasty burger which is recommended to give it a try!

Some of the cool stores at Winn Lane, Fortitude Valley.

You can also spot many graffiti here and there while walking around Fortitude Valley.

James Street at Fortitude Valley is Brisbane’s foremost retail and lifestyle precinct. It features a mix of over 130 specialty shops, including a huge range of designer clothing and homewares stores, award-winning restaurants and cafes, art galleries and design havens. You can receive more information from

My favourite store at James Street. Simply like everything in the store.

My favourite book shop at James Street. The shop also sells tasty Matcha food. Don’t miss it if you are Matcha lovers!

Always can’t resist the desserts and pastries!

I believe you will have a lot of fun and surprises as me while exploring Fortitude Valley!

College of Excellence Networking Dinner

The College of Excellence hosts an annual networking dinner for its members, where CoE members from all years at uni come together for a formal, sit-down dinner.

This year, the dinner was hosted at 66 on Ernest, with a price tag of $25 per head. However, the CoE launched a “Buddy System” this year (where a senior is matched up with a Junior, in an informal mentoring relationship), so if you could come to the dinner with your buddy, the price would be halved for both of you so you could receive tickets at the price of two-for-one.

The 3-course meal that was served was definitely worth the money we paid, and the dinner was a great way to reconnect with some of my friends amidst my busy semester schedule. Unfortunately, I couldn’t take pics of my beautifully plated food, but rest assured it was pretty good on the taste buds and aesthetically pleasing to look at (clearly, because I was so excited to eat it, that I didn’t stop to take pics).

Before the dinner, members are asked to attend a Networking and Etiquette workshop from CoE, where we are taught about dinner table etiquette and the art of networking. We are encouraged to practise our networking skills at the dinner and meet new people.

We were given a little checklist to ensure we met people from different faculties, from different year levels and with different paths into the College.

All in all, I would definitely go to the dinner next year as well. See you there!