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Hao’s research to hone in on microwave photonic technology

Hao Chen completed his undergraduate studies at Tianjin University of Technology before going on to work as an electronics engineer for big brands like Samsung and Honeywell in his home country of China. He then made the move to Darwin to study a Master degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Charles Darwin University, which he graduated from in 2016. This star student was granted CDU’s Outstanding Academic Achievement Award not once but twice and is now working towards his PhD in microwave photonic signal processing.

Srijana a rising star in local engineering industry

Srijana Ghimire has been kicking career goals since graduating from Charles Darwin University in 2017 with a Master’s degree in Civil and Structural Engineering. She landed a dream job with an engineering firm when the ink was practically still drying on her testamur, has worked on fantastic projects, and was even honoured with the Northern Association of Women in Construction’s 2019 Young Achiever’s Award. Read on for Srijana’s full story.

CDU scholar squashes self-doubt

Having spent a large part of his childhood in a hostel in his home country of Nepal, Sulav Shrestha vowed to turn the tide on his institutionalised upbringing by learning and traveling as much as he could. It was this drive that saw him head for Australian shores to pursue new beginnings as a Charles Darwin University international student. Now living in Darwin as he studies towards his Master of Information Technology (Information Systems and Data Science), we caught up with Sulav to chat about his ambitions to apply his IT degree in solving real-world digital challenges in developing nations.

May's bold choices led her to CDU and on to career success.

A few years ago, May Fan was happy with the status quo. She lived in China’s Anhui province and had a good education and a stable career. She was surrounded by supportive family, including her loving husband and a young daughter. Then one day, something changed.

See where CDU’s study abroad program has taken Lucy

Lucy Lockhart is a fourth-year Bachelor of Education Secondary (Science) student with CDU and she’s studying externally from the United Kingdom. She recently completed the study abroad program CDU offers in partnership with Worcester University. She’s also a professional women’s rugby union player with the Worcester Warriors. In her spare time, Lucy holds down a teaching and mentoring job at a specialised school for at-risk children. She also travels around Europe with her partner Dan. Read on for Lucy’s full story.

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People her age were “settling down” but Pat followed her dream of living and studying in Australia

Pattarawadee Chatleelawat—Pat for short—made the move to the quiet city of Darwin from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok to study a Certificate III & IV of Commercial Cookery and a Diploma of Hospitality Management with Charles Darwin University. This experienced hotelier has her sights set on a career as a hospitality entrepreneur, but as an international student, wanted to formalise the skills she’s honed during her career in the hotel industry before embarking on this exciting new life stage.

From China to Galiwin’ku: Coco’s passion for positive change

Studying a Master of Teaching at Charles Darwin University’s Casuarina campus, with the aim to graduate in 2021, Coco Chan has embraced her new life in Australia. Listing watching the sunsets from Darwin’s Mindil and Nightcliff Beaches and camping in Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks among her favourite pursuits, Coco has been taken by the veritable cultural melting pot that is Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory. Hear more of Coco’s story below.

Research: Can Indonesia’s unique batik artistry be protected by copyright?

Dina wanted to find a way of safeguarding and protecting the cultural assets and traditions of her Indonesian homeland. So, she moved from the bustling city of Yogyakarta to Darwin to pursue a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) at Charles Darwin University. Read Dina’s story to find out where her journey led.

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Sweta is following in her family’s footsteps at CDU

The person I am today as a student in my final semester is completely different from who I was in my first semester. There’s a lot to be said for family traditions, particularly when it comes to selecting a university and choosing a career path. International student Sweta Maharjan is the fourth member of her family to study at Charles Darwin University, pursuing her dream of becoming a chartered accountant like her dad. Family is everything to Sweta. Her drive to study accounting bloomed as a child growing up in Nepal, where she witnessed her father’s passion and professionalism when going about his work as the chairman of a cooperative. “I’ve always seen my father wearing a proper suit to work,” Sweta said. “I remember him giving speeches at annual general meetings in his role as chairman, and he’s still the chair, delivering speeches each year!” As a little girl, Sweta would picture herself as an adult, following in her father’s footsteps as a chartered accountant, a dream and tradition her dad was delighted to support by encouraging Sweta to study a Bachelor of Accounting. Sweta’s aunt, uncle and sister had wonderful experiences as students at Charles Darwin University and were quick to recommend it to her. “My aunt, uncle and my sister have been living in Darwin for more than five years,” Sweta said. “They told me all about the city when I was making up my mind about where to study. “Some things, like the weather, are very similar to Nepal, which made it easier for me to adapt to life here.” Until making the move to Australia to study with CDU, Sweta had lived her life under her parents’ wings and it took a while to get used to her new life as an international university student, where she would have to fend for herself. “The reality of my first day of university did not meet my expectations,” Sweta said. “I was feeling homesick, I didn’t know anyone, and because English was my third language, I struggled with communication barriers.” “Everywhere I looked, I saw strangers and I started really missing my friends back home. I was too shy to ask questions in class, and it took me some time to adjust to the pace of university study. Plus I had no idea how to balance study and work. There were just so many adjustments I had to make in my life.” By talking to her family about how she was feeling and learning from their similar experiences, Sweta said her confidence began to grow.   “After the first semester, I had learned how to manage my time better and I was able to keep on top of my study load,” Sweta said. “I’d developed the confidence to ask questions in class when I was having trouble understanding. I’d also made some great friends and by having a support network at university I was coping better with feelings of homesickness.” By Semester 2 of her first year, Sweta had joined the ranks of CDU’s Student Ambassadors, where she made lifelong friends and helped new students make the transition to university life. “The person I am today as a student in my final semester is completely different from who I was in my first semester,” “I feel more confident because of everything I’ve experienced along the way—the good and the bad—and I know I can do things that used to scare me.” Ready to start or advance your accounting career? Study Accounting online or on campus at CDU to find your new world, your way. Choose from a Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor or Master of Accounting. Explore our courses.

From Arts to Accounting: Vicky’s international student journey

Huijia Liu (Vicky) describes herself as a woman who loves sunshine, smiles and exploring the world. We think she can also describe herself as a resilient and adaptive learner, having made the courageous move from Bachelor of Arts graduate to Master of Professional Accounting student in 2019. Read more to learn Vicky’s story about being an international student at Charles Darwin University’s Waterfront campus in the Northern Territory.