March 10, 2015

Charles Sturt University, Australia


OWeek
Last week we welcomed the new international students across our campuses (including our virtual campus for our distance education students). CSU OWeek included online orientation for all students, and for on campus students a week full of info sessions, meeting the academic and support staff, finding their way around campus and campus city, getting to know other students in residences, and numerous social events.

Quota courses - We are pleased to announce the Faculty of Science has decided to remove course quotas for international students for:
  • Speech and Language Pathology,
  • Occupational Therapy,
  • Podiatric Medicine,
  • Medical Radiation Science, and
  • Oral Health (Therapy / Hygiene) delivered at Wagga Wagga.
The courses that still have quotas include:
  • Physiotherapy (10),
  • Dental Science (5),
  • Veterinary Science (6), and
  • Oral Health (Therapy / Hygiene) delivered at Holmesglen (10).

CSU Graduate Success Story

Ruoyun Wang completed a Master of Accountancy at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga, NSW in 2011 and since then has done her CPA Australia and finishing her studies with Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia.

“I really enjoyed my time at CSU. Living in a regional location was very different to what I was used to in China, however I soon became familiar with the lifestyle and started to make friends. I feel lucky to have made so many good friends when I was studying in Wagga Wagga. I found life in a regional area was colourful and pleasurable when I was with friends.

“The great advantage of living in a regional location is the lower living costs compared to larger cities and you also have more chances to practice English. My English dramatically improved every day by communicating with people around me.”

CSU Graduate Success Story

Riz Ahmad moved to Australia from Pakistan to study a Bachelor of Information Technology and Master of Information Technology, at CSU Wagga Wagga. He chose CSU because of the location, as well as it being the most cost effective option at the time.

Since graduating from CSU he has had a successful career leading companies in their technology development and is now the Manager Technology Development at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), where he manages a team of 40 technology staff and IT projects. ABC is Australia's national public broadcaster providing television, radio, online and mobile services.

“My best experience at CSU was working with the teachers. They were inspiring and especially when the chips were down, they gave me great advice that kept me going.

“Today I’m motivated by the challenges presented to us by such a rapid change in technologies and us making the best of it. Every day is a new challenge, so when you get to the end of a project and people start to realise benefits it provides a massive sense of achievement and satisfaction.”


CSU News

CSU international student Ms Saba Nabi, a postgraduate pharmacy student, was named a winner at the 2014 NSWInternational Student Awards late last year for the Higher Education category.

From New Delhi in India, Ms Nabi has is now living and studying in Wagga Wagga since arriving with her young family to undertake a PhD at CSU in 2011. She is President of the International Students Club and has been involved in various other university and community groups including the Islamic Students Association.


New Head of School (Dentistry and Health Sciences) Professor Boyen Huang will focus on increasing research capacity for CSU. Professor Huang joined CSU this year from James Cook University where he was Dentistry Director of International Affairs and Associate Professor of Paediatric Dentistry. He has also held teaching and research positions at the University of Western Australia and Kyoto University in Japan. For more info


CSU researcher has been recognised in China among some of the world's top research talent. As a recipient of a prestigious 1000 Talents Award from China, CSU's Professor Geoff Gurr was part of celebrations marking the 65th anniversary of the People's Republic of China and the contribution of leading international experts currently addressing major scientific problems in China and worldwide. Through the research funding he is working very closely with Fujian Agriculture andForestry University in southern China.

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