This is Victor’s Story
The most important thing to study abroad is
to learn the knowledge taught and develop my ability to learn independently, instead
of just getting the qualification. I believe I can achieve my goal here at CQUniversity.
My name is Yueqiang Jia and I’m from Hebei, China. Currently I’m studying the Bachelor
of Engineering (Honours) with a Civil major at CQUniversity.
Before I made my decision, I did a lot of research and learned that an honours degree
in Australia sits between a bachelor degree and a masters degree, which is a higher level
than a bachelor degree. Secondly, there is an exponential demand for
engineers in Australia and the graduate salary is higher than business courses. My background
is in scienceWhen I was considering which university I would go to, I learned that CQUniversity
Australia is a fast-growing public university, and its engineering graduate employment rate
and graduate salaries are top ranked in Australia. and engineering, so engineering was my first
choice. At the same time, I considered the tuition
fee is not as high as other universities. I’m studying at Rockhampton campus and have
received a scholarship of 20%, reducing the overall tuition fee. Also, the living cost
is lower than in metro cities, especially rental housing, which is less than half compared
to the big cities. This can reduce the financial burden.
Rockhampton is a peaceful town with a convenient lifestyle and a comfortable climate, a bit
like Sanya in China. I hang out during the holidays and I have been to the beach once.
It is stunning. The course structure and assessment methods
here are very different from those in China. The final exams take up 50% and assignments
take another proportion in the units I’ve been studying. Some assignments consist of
group work. As long we complete the assignments as per the requirements and prepare for the
exams well, there is little chance to fail the units.
As far as my personal feelings are concerned, CQUniversity has combined online teaching
with classroom teaching extremely well. All the teaching resources and materials, including
coursework and teaching videos, can be found in the teaching management system, which can
effectively improve the efficiency of preparation and review.
I appreciate the help from my teachers. In our first class, the teachers told us that
they are the ones who help us learn and succeed in our exams, so they are our mentors. They
always answer my questions very patiently. My English has greatly improved in a short
time here, because I’ve been exposed to an English environment. The majority of students
here are domestic students, so I can learn a lot of native expressions.
In the last term of my course, we can do work experience at a local company. Australian
employers value practical work experience, so the work placement helps a lot. After graduation,
I’ll be able to apply for a work visa in Australia, which allows me to have more work
experience in the industry. I believe I’ll become an excellent engineer
in the future.