Indian students turn their sights to Australia at University Info Day

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New Delhi: Students seeking to make their mark on the world stage were encouraged to consider study in Australia at the University of Queensland (UQ) Info Day held in New Delhi today.

Representatives from UQ met with potential students and their families to showcase the range of study options on offer to international students. Attendees also had the chance to take part in masterclasses, speak with academic and professional staff about their study and career goals, and discover the advantages of a degree from an Australian university in the world’s top 50.

Senior Manager of UQ’s national award-winning careers service, Daniel Capper, conducted a masterclass about understanding one’s personality to make better decisions in study and careers.

“At the end of the masterclass, students had a greater understanding of themselves, and in particular recognising what they excel at and what motivates them. Equipped with this knowledge, students are empowered to determine the most suitable career fit for them and their best subject choices.” Mr Capper said.

Mr Capper added that he has witnessed Indian students to be some of the most flexible, resilient and adaptable individuals studying at UQ.

Other speakers presented on the importance of developing different thinking skills, emerging opportunities in UQ’s home state of Queensland, and covered topics of student life, applying, and scholarships at UQ.

Associate Professor Deborah Brown, of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, said that for students to thrive in the job markets of the future, not only will they need to apply existing knowledge, they will also need to be able to help create new knowledge using their capacities for critical thinking and effective decision making.

“Critical thinking is a core competency and graduate attribute of all programs at UQ. My masterclass on ‘thinking differently in the classroom’ gave students an introduction to methods of argumentation and the importance of argumentation in completing assessment tasks at the university level. These skills go beyond the university setting, and are vital as we transition from traditional industries based around natural resources and manufacturing, to economies based on the production of new ideas and information.” said Professor Brown.

UQ is home to more than 52,000 current students, including 15,400 international students from 135 nations, who contribute to a diverse, inclusive community across UQ’s three beautiful campuses.

Since 2013, over 1200 Indian students have enrolled in degrees at UQ, with more than 700 students currently enrolled in 2018. PhD studies, the Master of Business, Master of Engineering Science (Management), Master of Commerce, and Bachelor of Engineering are among the most popular program choices. Recently, UQ has witnessed growth in Indian enrolments in programs such as the Bachelor of Computer Science (majoring in cyber security, data science, or machine learning), Master of Data Science, Master of Engineering and Master of Biotechnology.

UQ plans to grow and nurture its Indian student population in the coming years, with more scholarships, credit arrangements and initiatives with Indian partner institutions. Earlier this week senior leaders from the University launched a flagship Academy of Research at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. The collaboration will enable students from both India and Australia to take advantage of world-class facilities and resources, and to gain exposure to culturally diverse research networks.