By Yeoh Shin Yee
The long-standing collaboration between the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and Han Chiang University College of Communication (HCUC) went even further with a webinar on exchanging cultural experiences targeting the latter’s students. The webinar also lightheartedly sheds light on Australia’s lifestyle as well as the USQ’s study programs.
“USQ has 75% of its students studying online for more than 30 years, in which, the students are from across Australia to all over the world, including Malaysia,” the Director of International Relations and Business Development of USQ, Guie Hartney proudly stated on their multidimensional and multicultural studying policy.
The Global Education Program Coordinator of USQ, Sarah Michel mentioned that studying abroad could provide students with good educational and career opportunities. They can learn new languages, make new friends, gain life experiences and a global mindset. Students would also develop self-confidence, independence, and cross-cultural communication skills.
Based on students’ experiences, Sarah also encouraged students that they should make an effort to engage and learn from diverse people around them.
“USQ is ranked 401-500 out of universities worldwide, with 27, 563 students from around the world that speak 126 different languages,” the International Business Manager of USQ, Daniel Chin emphasized.
Before the webinar ends, three USQ students of HCUC, Nur Yoonie, Ivan Yeoh, and Looi Kai Bin also shared their experiences on the study programme. Their sharing reveals the pros of undertaking a USQ programme. For instance, Ivan Yeoh said that he wanted to learn in an international institution and the dual programme had helped to broaden his views.
Head of the International Office of HCUC, Dr Yang Jie expressed that both teams had made an effort to make this platform of cultural exchange between two universities attractive. He said that there will be another two similar webinars coming up this year.
Interested students are encouraged to find out further information from USQ’s social media platforms and websites.
The one-hour-webinar had around 50 HCUC students participating.