Short trip to Perth

Perth is the capital of Western Australia, situated where the Swan River meets the southwest coast. I went to Perth for a short trip to explore a bit around the city region and nearby suburbs. The flight from Brisbane to Perth took me around 5.5 hours and another interesting fact is  that Brisbane is 2 hours ahead of Perth even though both cities are in the same country.

From my impression, Perth has a similar urban design as Brisbane so it gave me a familiar feeling. I feel Perth is more spacious compared to Brisbane as I had to walk quite to get from one place to the other.

Photo: Elizabeth Quay at Perth.

Kings Park is a big park located at the western edge of Perth CBD. The park is renowned for its spectacular views due to its prime location on Mt Eliza overlooking Perth City and the Swan River.

Photo: One part of the Perth CBD landscape from Kings Park.

Photo: The view from Kings Park.

Photo: A good spot at Kings Park to enjoy the breeze with an excellent view.

Photo: Beautiful view from Kings Park with lovely weather.

Photo: One of the parts of Kings Park.

There are quite a few historic buildings turned into shopping areas in Perth CBD, so people can do their shopping under the historic ambience.

Photo: One of the shopping areas at Perth CBD.

Fremantle is the place that I would strongly recommend you to pay a visit whilst visiting Perth. I really enjoyed spending my afternoon there and I believe you would love the ambience too! Fremantle is part of the Perth metropolitan area and it is a port city.

Photo: Fremantle.

Photo: There are some entertainment facilities provided at Fremantle.

Photo: Seaview at Fremantle.

Photo: There are some street performance at the outside of Fremantle markets.

Photo: Chill away our afternoon with hot tea at Fremantle markets.

Photo: Delicious food from Fremantle markets.

Western Australia is well known for its beautiful beaches so I didn’t want to miss the chance to have a coastal walk!

I enjoyed exploring Perth. I believe you will enjoy exploring the beautiful city too! 🙂

 

Unveil the Mysterious QUT Confucius Institute

The Confucius Institute is a non-for-profit organisation which aims to promote Chinese language and culture. QUT Confucius Institute was established in 2008, the first in Queensland. It has worked with both QUT and local schools to deliver educational workshops and Chinese language classes.

 

While studying in China, I had heard about the Confucius Institute program where you can go overseas to teach Chinese. I was very interested in this opportunity, however, you need a teaching degree to be able to apply, so I wasn’t eligible.

After studying in Australia, I realised QUT has a Confucius Institute and I emailed them to show my interest in volunteering because I’m still very keen to teach Chinese even though I’m studying business. ( If you are also interested in volunteering, you can just email confucius.institute@qut.edu.au. )

One event that I participated in this year is Queensland Chinese Speech competition where both primary, middle and high school students from various parts of Queensland attended. They were grouped by age and background (being Chinese-speaking and non-Chinese speaking). I was very surprised to see the big turnout of both students and parents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While volunteering as a floater in the competition room, I also got the chance to sit and listen to students’ speech. Some students stumble, others very fluent. Regardless of it, I can see how much effort they put in learning another language and how much support the peers show to each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently, QUT Confucius Institute hosted a thank-you event to thank the efforts all the volunteers put in during this year. Some previous volunteers also showed up and they now teach Chinese in local schools. So if you are a teaching/education student and are interested in gaining some experience, start with being a volunteer at Confucius Institute because they have a lot of teaching opportunities and collaboration with Queensland schools.

All the lovely volunteers and teaching staffs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. If you are interested in learning Chinese, QUT Confucius Institute run basic Chinese classes every week. 🙂

Graduation is here!

I still remember what we were told during our Business Orientation session. “ It is hard to adapt to a new country, university and lifestyle all at once, but what you might not realise yet is that is even harder when you finish your studies”. Now I can relate to that feeling of leaving behind my student life. Whilst moving on is exciting it’s also scary at the same time. The future seems both challenging and uncertain.

Now I look back at my 4 semesters of studies and I realise how happy my life as a student was. I got very used to a routine and so attached to my Australian family (co-workers, housemates and friends) as well as the beautiful Brisbane city, which is so easy to fall in love with. NO, I am not saying that it was all pink, flower and magic during my studies. I definitely had some rough times, long nights, shaky presentations, bad notes, disagreements with professors and classmates, and issues with my sponsor payments (lack of payments). I had a couple of home-sick moments, one psycho flatmate, I got lost in the city after taking a wrong bus and having no battery left on my mobile, to name a few of the negatives. However, if I start to write the positives, I am sure I would need 10 blog posts, because my experience as an international student at QUT was way beyond my expectations.

Now when my studies are over, this is how I would summarise my uni life:

What I WON´T MISS about Uni-life:

  • APA / Harvard referencing, citing, referencing and quoting
  • Turnitin and the similarity percentage when uploading assignments in Blackboard
  • Weekend sessions at the library
  • Leaving the 24 hours laboratory after 10 pm
  • Breaking down, decoding, interpreting and analysing CRA´s (Criterion Referenced Assessment)

What will I miss about Uni:

  • Student discounts (Translink, Diving Tours, Museum or Park Tickets)
  • Orientation activities, specialy $2 AUD lunches at O-week
  • The excitement when seeing your grades in Blackboard
  • QUT stalker space 2.0 (It is not funny or useful if once you are no longer a student)
  • The Botanic Bar

Till next time.

Now it’s finally time for my master graduation ceremony. Can’t believe time goes so quickly, my study journey in Brisbane has almost come to an end.

Coming to Australia to study was a big decision. After planning my study journey for a long period of time, taking all the factors into consideration e.g. tuition fee, living expenses, independent life etc into account, I eliminated the hurdles and eventually boarded the flight to Brisbane three years ago. I was working for a while before going abroad to save up some money for my education and also to gain some life experience.

Photo: Brisbane City Hall at Brisbane City. Keen to know more about the city that I was going to stay for the next three years when I first came.

Initially I thought I am pretty brave to leave home and go overseas alone, but there are actually many people that are doing the same travelling from all over the world. Attending the QUT orientation program  is definitely a good way to get to know people from all around the world who will be studying at QUT. I got to know friends from Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan and many other countries. I met up with my Japanese friends in Tokyo when I went for a graduation trip to Japan recently. I feel happy that the friendship we developed QUT could continued even though we don’t see each other regularly. Don’t miss the opportunity to make friends with the locals, they are all nice and friendly!

The adaptation period could be the hard time to go through. Most of the shops close at 5pm and the streets become quiet. No mummy’s dinner is ready for me while I go back home from university. Dining out could be a burden in living expenses, so I still have to prepare my own lunch for university to save money. I didn’t know cooking at all previously but now I think I would be able to cook a few dishes for the families.

Photo: My housemates and I prepared gathering lunch together.

Studying in an all English environment has been a challenge for me. My native language is Mandarin and I grew up in a mixed language living environment. At the beginning, most of the time I felt lost during the lectures, discussion and conversation with course mates. As the time progressed, I think I was getting better in communicating in English even though there is still room for improvement. Living in an Australia is definitely a good way to improve your English skills.

All the written exams, assignments, practical tests and oral tests have never been easy to pass through. You really have to study hard to pass the different tests. I am glad that it’s  over now!

I’m so lucky to have got a job offer before graduation. I’m  going to leave Brisbane soon after my graduation ceremony and heading to Perth to work as an optometrist. Thanks to the support of my family that helped make my dreams come true. Not sure how the future is going to be but I believe ‘If you can dream it, you can do it’. Lastly, I wish all the graduating students all the best with your future endeavors.

Photo: Myself with the view of Perth CBD at King’s Park. Perth, looking forward to meeting you again soon!

Bye Brisbane! Till next time 🙂

p.s: Hopefully my sixty posts make you understand more about the international students’ life at QUT. I wish you enjoy your QUT life to the fullest!

 

Starting Life at QUT

Ever since I was in high school, I have had an interest in technology and its potential to greatly impact lives all over the world. When it came time to decide what I wanted to study at university, I was excited that there was a chance for me to be a part of future technologies that create impact.

I had a little programming hobby during my high school days and got to learn Information Technology in my senior years. At the time, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after graduating university – there are a lot of options nowadays such as getting a job, pursuing entrepreneurship, or studying more and doing research. One thing I knew though was that gaining skills in technology would be useful no matter which path I choose.

At the start of Year 12 I started looking for courses on different university websites whilst also deciding where I wanted to study. I really enjoyed living in Brisbane, but I was open to studying in other major cities around Australia. In my research I found that Brisbane has a growing entrepreneurial and technological scene with new opportunities constantly arising. I decided to stay in Brisbane, which helped me narrow my search to a few reputable Queensland universities. 

When the time came to attend the QUT Open Day, I fell in love with the QUT campus – it’s a very modern place that gave a feel of having a social and vibrant culture. I have a strong interest in leadership and self-development, so I was excited to find out about QUT’s Leadership, Development and Innovation program. I felt that QUT offered more than just a degree – QUT provided the opportunities to connect with industry and to develop myself in many different ways.

I am now in my first year of studying Bachelor of Information Technology at the Gardens Point campus. The campus is great, and I also get this beautiful view of Brisbane City on my way to university.

In my first year at QUT my experience has been filled with a lot of highs, lows and growth.  Before starting my first week, I went to O Week, during which I became familiar with the campus and lifestyle of QUT, attended workshops on how to cope with university life, and I met a lot of new people and made some good friends. Having attended O-week, I was really confident going into my first week of university.

Lectures and tutorials kicked off immediately. I found that our lecturers and tutors always promote discussions about the things we know and are learning, suggest new ways of thinking, and help us to solve problems and reach answers on our own. I’ve come to highly value the critical thinking and problem-solving skills that I developed from this. One of my favourite things have been the amount of teamwork I got to experience this year. In all my units, I have had at least one project that involved working with a group. I am normally dependent on my own skills to complete tasks for my studies, but the necessity of group work opened me to being curious about how a team dynamic would work with projects that I would otherwise have pursued by myself. It was fun and challenging. I got to learn about my strengths and weaknesses in group situations. Teamwork is an ongoing thing for me to learn and improve on (and a big part of working in the industry), which makes me glad that QUT introduced me to it from the very beginning.

One of my ways to spend my time is to volunteer at QUT. QUT Connect is a large community of students at QUT who take part in volunteering opportunities all year-round. I joined Connect in my second semester, and as part of it I’ve given presentations to new university students, helped run O-week activities, and promoted cancer research. It’s really rewarding to give back to the community while also gaining experience.

Through QUT Connect and the Leadership, Development, and Innovation program I’ve met a lot of like-minded people, and getting to know them has been very rewarding. Although this was the avenue where I found my group of friends, the wide range of clubs and events at QUT will provide many opportunities for you to make friends and connections with a lot of different people.

I used to rely a lot on myself to do everything, and now I’m learning how valuable external support can be, for any area of my life (coursework, career, QUT, life). This is because of the amount of support I get at QUT. It is easy to approach the lecturers and tutors. They fully understand that you are still learning, and so they care that you’re confident in understanding their teaching. It is really easy to get in touch with them; if not in class, we can email queries and get a response fairly quickly. There are many forms of help available at QUT that I’ve used throughout the year – peer mentors, International Student Services and medical services. I feel QUT tries a great deal to look out for our wellbeing.

Everybody gets to create their own journey at university. I’m excited to finish my first year at QUT soon, but I also look forward to making the most of my time next year and see where QUT’s opportunities take me.

 

The Round Up December

Apply now for Semester 1, 2018

Interested in studying at QUT? Take the first step of studying abroad by exploring our wide range of courses.

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QUT students selected for the 2017 Huawei Seeds for the Future Award

On Monday 20 November we congratulated and farewelled 6 QUT STEM students who were selected to participate in the Huawei’s 2017 Seeds for the Future annual program. The program includes a 3-week hands-on learning experience across Beijing and Shenzhen in China.

QUT to host accelerator program for med tech entrepreneurs

The Bridge Tech Program is a QUT based accelerator program aimed for people interested in medical technology and medical devices. Starting in 2018, the program will provide training for 100 successful applicants, via online resources and a three-day residential course at QUT in Brisbane.

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Discover Creative Industries in 360

Join QUT Creative Industries graduate Jessie Hughes on a 360 adventure across Brisbane, Australia. Immerse yourself in the best of what QUT Creative Industries and Brisbane has to offer! See the amazing study spaces and beautiful Brisbane places that makes us one of the hottest study destinations in Australia.

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What happens after graduation?

Hear about Aubrey’s plans after she graduates.

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QUTIC welcomes the first Diploma in Health Science cohort

QUT recently welcomed 59 new students into the new Diploma in Health Science (HL10) program. The new eight-month diploma program provides students with a taste of what it is like to study Health at QUT whilst developing their English language skills to the required level for entry into selected health degrees.

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QUT wins the 2017 Global Business Challenge

A combined team from University of Arizona/QUT winners Smart Blox won first prize in the 2017 Global Business Challenge for their Do-it-Yourself solar system. The prize includes $100,000 plus an industry prize from ACTewAGL and Queensland Government each worth $75,000.

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Pathways into OP45 Bachelor of Vision Science program

QUT offers the only optometry training in Queensland.  The QUT optometry program includes a three-year OP45 Bachelor of Vision Science followed by a two-year OP85 Master of Optometry. Students who meet the academic and English entry requirements will be admitted.  English and Foundation pathway programs into OP45 are available to eligible students.  

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Road Trip with friends

One of the greatest memories from my student life at QUT will definitely be the road trips I have done with my friends.

Me and my friends planned to go on a road trip to experience the beautiful countryside. My friends have driving licenses and cars so we just had to decide on the destination. However if you or your friends do not have a car, rental car services are very common in Australia. Pay attention to the driver requirements from rental car companies especially if you are holding a international driving licence. Do some research on the computer and you will find plenty of information.

IWe were a large group of people going on the road trip and even if it was a while ago, I still remember the beautiful day and all the laughters.

Our first stop was Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm which took us around 1.5 hours from Brisbane CBD.

Photo: Beautiful landscape at Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm.

Photo: Beautiful landscape at Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm.

Photo: You can enjoy a good meal from the chef at the restaurant there with such a great view.

Photo: We were lucky to see some lavender blossoms that day.

Photo: There are some nice souveniers available for visitors to purchase.

The next stop was Queen Mary Falls, which is located at the Main Range. The view was magnificient!

Photo: It looks spectacular while we were down under the falls.

Photo: My friends climbed up the rocks to take the photos with the beautiful falls and rainbow.

If you have an opportunity to go for a roadtrip with your friends whilst studying in Brisbane, definitely do it. It will be a wonderful memory of your uni life.

Girl friends trip at Melbourne Part 2

Exploring the city of Melbourne  is one of the main things to include in your Victoria travel itinerary. You should also plan some time to see the wonderful nature and scenery of the beautiful state Victoria.

Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives which spans 243km along the stunning coastline of Victoria’s south-west. There is a diverse array of things to do and see all across the region for examples the famous 12 Apostles, surfing and mountain biking expeditions, get up close to native wildlife and many more. The best and most fun is to rent a car and go for a roadtrip with your close friends. Otherwise, you can easily book a trip to Victoria through any travel agency.

Photo: The start of Great Ocean Road.

Photo: Somewhere along Great Ocean Road while we took a break from the long journey of car ride.

Photo: The view of famous 12 Apostles in a cloudy day.

Phillip Island is one of most popular attractions in Australia. You will be amazed by seeing the little small penguins returning to shore at sunset after a day’s fishing.

Photo: Saw a kangaroo in the bushes during the bus ride to Philip Island.

Before heading to Philip Island, we went to The Nobbies to walk along the coast and spent some time at the lookout enjoying the breathtaking scenery.

Photo: The boardwalks at The Nobbies.

Puffing Billy is Australia’s premier preserved steam railway. The journey onboard Puffing Billy takes you through the magnificient Dandenong ranges which is located only one hour east of Melbourne. I like the experience while on the ride of Puffing Billy so I would recommend a trip here.

Photo: Puffing Billy. You can still hang your feet out of the train.

Domaine Chandon is a winery located around 100 minutes drive from Melbourne CBD. There are a wide range of other wineries with beautiful surroundings in this area. You should try some of the lovely wines!

Photo: Domaine Chandon.

Photo: The beautiful backdrop that you can have there to take the photo.

Photo: We were lucky to see the double rainbows before leaving the winery.

Cape Schankck Lighthouse is the second coastal lighthouse built in Victoria. It is located at Mornington which is 1.5 hrs drive from Melbourne.

Photo: Cape Schankck Lighthouse.

Brighton Beach is the iconic beach which is well known for its colourful bath houses. Brighton Beach is located close to the CBD and easily accessible by a 30min train ride.

Photo: Brighton beach with the colourful bath houses.

Melbourne is definitely a beautiful place to travel around with friends. Start to plan your trip and explore during your semester break! 🙂

The RoundUp November

Bachelor of Creative Industries – NEW FRESH LOOK

Australia’s first Bachelor of Creative Industries (BCI) course has continued to evolve to better prepare graduates for careers combining creativity, business and technology.

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QUT lecturers awarded amon Australia’s best

Three QUT lecturers have been honoured for their excellence in delivering student learning in Australia’s highest awards for university teaching.

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Advanced standing changes – Diploma in Health Science (HL10)

Get a headstart with you bachelor degree by undertaking the Diploma in Health Science (HL10, Public Health major). Upon successful completion you will receive advanced standing towards your health degree into the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Human Services (SW03)
  • Bachelor of Social Work (SW04)
  • Bachelor of Nutrition Science (XN43)

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Popgun – creating music for the future

The Popgun team includes computer science graduate Adam Hibble and business and law student Jack Nolan, the winners of the QUT bluebox Challenge. The team have created ALICE, an artificial intelligence that can play and compose music.

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Meet Linette from Malaysia

Follow Linette on her latest adventures around Brisbane and the surroundings.

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Creative Startup Bootcamp unit -NEW

Delivered by Australia’s largest creative tech incubator for startups, Creative Enterprise Australia, this new unit gives QUT Creative Industries students the opportunity to rub shoulders with and learn direct from successful entrepreneurs.

Available from 2019 to students in the third year of the Bachelor of Creative Industries, the Creative Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (KKB380) unit is an intensive “startup bootcamp” experience.

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Apply now to the Master of Health, Safety and Environment 

With the Master of Health, Safety and Environment (PU80) you will gain advanced knowledge and specialised skills required for professional practice or research in occupational health and safety (OHS) and environmental management (EM).

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Interesting in studying of the mind and behaviour?

The Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) (PY45) offers you an excellent foundation for careers in professional areas where an understanding of human behaviour is an advantage.

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Girl friends trip at Melbourne Part 1

I have visited Melbourne twice with girlfriends. The first trip to Melbourne was a placement trip which lasted for nearly a month and the second trip was about a week. Melbourne is a beautiful and interesting place and I have lots of fun and good memories spending time  here with my girlfriends.

If you are looking to travelling to Melbourne from Brisbane, the flight takes around 2.5 hours. I will share with you guys what we did in the Melbourne CBD in this post.

Melbourne has a beautiful city landscape. Wandering around the beautiful botanic gardens is a good idea for a  relaxing afternoon. The tallest tower that you can see in the centre of the photo is Eureka Tower. You can buy tickets to go up to the skydeck, if you like to get the best view of Melbourne, the view up there is amazing.

Photo: Melbourne city landscape.

Shrine of Remembrance was built as a memorial to the men and women of Victoria who served in World War I and is now a memorial to all Australians who have served in war. It is free for admission and the view from there is pretty good.

Photo: Shrine of Remembrance.

Melbourne Royal Exhibition Building is a World Heritage Site-listed building. It is a beautiful building both in and outside. We spent some enjoyable time to chill at the botanic gardens outside of the building. Melbourne Museum is just located a short walking distance from there.

Photo: Melbourne Royal Exhibition Building.

Cook’s Cottage is a historic landmark of Melbourne which is situated in the beautiful heritage-listed Fitzroy Gardens. Visiting Cook’s Cottage is like a fascinating step back in time. You need to buy tickets to visit and there is students concession price available.

Photo: Cook’s Cottage.

Napoleon is an exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. The gallery hosts a wide variety of exhibition and it is free for entry.

Photo: Napoleon.

Photo: The entrance of Napoleon.

Flinders Street Railway Station is the landmark of Melbourne. It serves the entire metropolitan rail network. This is the popular place to take beautiful tourist shots.

Photo: Flinders Street Railway Station.

Federation Square is a mixed-use development in the inner city of Melbourne. I would recommend to spend some time at the concourse outside of Federation Square to enjoy the city vibe. Don’t miss the chance to take a ride of the free city tram to see the city.

Photo: Federation Square and free city tram.

Photo: The map of Melbourne’s Free Tram Zone.

St Paul’s Cathedral is a historic building with intricate architecture. It is free entrance for public.

Photo: The exterior of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Photo: The interior of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Photo: There are many other magnificient churches along the streets of Melbourne. How good will the view up there at hot balloon be. Hopefully I can visit Melbourne again to experience the hot balloon ride.

State Library of Victoria is a Melbourne landmark and cultural icon. Personally I think it is a very beautiful building and it provides a conducive learning environment as well. I would love to spend some time to study here.

Photo: State Library of Victoria.

Chinatown Melbourne is the longest continuous China settlement in the western world. It has many good restaurants hidden inside the alleys.

Photo: Chinatown Melbourne.

Queen Victoria Market is a major landmark of Melbourne. It is the largest open air market in southern hemisphere.

Photo: Queen Victoria Market.

Photo: My favourite churros cart at Queen Victoria Market.

I guess Melbourne is undoubtedly one of the best places in the world to do café hopping. I had lots of fun exploring the cafes, being a great coffee lover.

Photo: Café in Melbourne CBD.

Photo: My favourite croissants place in Melbourne: Lune Croissanterie.

Degraves Street is a short and narrow laneway at Melbourne CBD. Spend your time to explore the good restaurants, patisserie and hipster shops here.

Photo: Degraves Street.

There are still so many other places which I missed whilst exploring Melbourne CBD. Melbourne’s weather could be fluctuating even within a day, so do check the weather report before you head out to explore this wonderful city.