From Nepal to Sydney – how CQUniversity became my second home

CQUniversity Sydney Krisha Sen

Hello, my name is Krishna Sen, I am from a small town in Nepal called Chitwan and am currently studying a Master of Human Resource Management at CQUni Sydney campus.

I left home at the age of 15 for Pune, India after schooling for my higher study. I graduated from one of the renowned universities of India, Savitribai Phule Pune University and it was tough for me to decide what to do next. I wanted to do a masters degree but was confused from where.

Then I thought of Australia — one of the most popular destinations for international student and not once have I ever regretted my decision.

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How to win a place at the 2019 Student Leadership Conference

The annual Student Leadership Conference is a life-changing event that will boost your energy, inspire action, and ignite your personal leadership. Participate in empowering workshops, network with fellow CQUni students and staff and be inspired by our guest speakers.

The 2019 event will be held in Rockhampton from 5 – 7 November.

Interested in attending? CQUni will be sponsoring two students per region to attend the conference. Here’s how you can win a place… Continue reading How to win a place at the 2019 Student Leadership Conference

Most instagrammable spots at CQUni

Are you on the hunt for the perfect Instagram photo? Look no further than your local CQUni campus. Our campuses are full of fun ways to brighten up your Instagram feed, with everything from natural beauty and amazing views, to unique artworks and architecture.

Here’s a few of our favourite spots to get great Instagram shots on campus…

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Coming home from Ashoka U – Change Champs reflect on their experience

From 20-23 February, students and staff from CQUniversity were invited to attend the Ashoka U Exchange in San Diego, California. The event brought together Changemaker Campuses from all over the world and provided the opportunity to learn, collaborate and network with people passionate about social innovation. Four of our Change Champ’s – Mignon, Rohit, Bikesh and Tolu – were among the students who represented CQUniversity at the conference and are excited to bring their new-found knowledge and experience back to their campus and share it with fellow students.

Mackay Change Champ, Mignon, was excited to attend the Exchange where she could further learn changemaker competencies of empathy, collaboration, creative problem-solving, and systems thinking.

“We had options to attend either interactive spark sessions, workshops or big idea talks/presentations. There were also site visits to local social enterprises and organisations committing to social innovation and research as well as tours of the University of California San Diego Campus,” she said.

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Tolu Akinsheye and Mignon Viljoen attend the Opening Keynote Presentation

The sessions they attended introduced new strategies and tools to activate changemaking not only in their personal life but in their studies and future career too. Melbourne Change Champ, Rohit, said that one of the best sessions was about changemaking through online education.

“Robin Dick (Program Manager for Social Innovation) spoke about iChange and his co-presenters explained how to bring the classroom format online, thereby making it accessible to anyone with an internet connection and is the format for the future of education,” he said.

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CQUniversity Deans of Schools and Office of Social Innovation connect with students over breakfast

Other sessions included hearing from people about their changemaker journey, their experience in setting up social enterprise and social innovation hubs for students at universities, as well as how individuals can make commitments to activate more changemakers. The students also took a tour of the University of California San Diego campus – a Changemaker Campus committed to social innovation just like us!

One thing that stuck with Brisbane Change Champ, Tolu, was realising there is a difference between reading the story and changing it.

“I am more inspired and committed to social innovation in ensuring we make the world a better place,” she said.

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Office of Social Innovation support Ashley Clarke (second from right) after her presentation

Sydney Change Champ, Bikesh, wanted to see the bigger picture of social innovation and learn about what is happening around the world.

“I gained a lot of ideas and tools in the conference and I have been thinking about how can I utilise them in my campus or in my life,” he said.

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Bikesh Shrestha, Rhianna Wood, Tolu Akinsheye and Mignon Viljoen take a tour of the University of California, San Diego

With CQUniversity being the only Australian university accredited as an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus, the event also gave students the opportunity to see international examples of social innovation and social entrepreneurship. They were able to see for themselves just how much is already being done around the world and the positive social impact it is having on local and global communities. They were able to see inspiring, real-life examples of social innovation being used in different fields of study and how they can potentially do the same in their career.

Although the Change Champs were sad to be leaving Ashoka after having made new friends and connections with people who share our same passion for change, as well as hearing from so many inspiring social entrepreneurs and innovators, they were excited to bring all of this knowledge and new skills back to Australia to encourage more people to start their changemaker journey and realise just how many opportunities there are for change!

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Get ready for uni with our 7 tips

You might be waiting to receive an offer for your dream university degree or perhaps you’ve already enrolled in the next term but what do you do while you wait to get started?

We all know it can be overwhelming starting university, it’s a big change in our lives – how do you even prepare? Well, we’ve put together a quick 7 tip guide on things to do before you start so you are feeling confident and ready on day one but most importantly excited.

Check out our list below and make time to chat to our student recruitment team at one of our online chat sessions with any questions you have.

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Financial Assistance for University: Rural and Remote Enterprise Scholarships

There are many options when it comes to getting help with your university expenses. Scholarships, in particular, are an excellent way to make university a possibility and help you achieve your academic dreams.

It is a common misconception that scholarships are purely academic based. Often, people tend to think if they haven’t scored the perfect marks, there is no bother in applying. However, a lot of scholarships are merit-based and there’s a much broader scope than people might think. There are many scholarships available ranging from assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and aiding women studying non-traditional fields to supporting regional students.

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Regional Australia or City? Where Should I Choose to Study at CQUniversity.

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Great news, you’ve decided to study abroad at CQUniversity, one of the largest universities that has locations all around Australia, and take up a new opportunity, adventure and education.

Now the hard part – where to study? CQUniversity (Central Queensland University) has 16 campuses scattered around Australia, we offer the largest physical presence of any tertiary education institution in Australia with a wide range of program and course offerings.

You can choose between the relaxed pace of a regional location, such as Cairns, Noosa or Bundaberg; or perhaps you’re after the bustling city life of Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth. The choice is now yours.

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Why you should study in Perth, Australia

CQUniversity Perth

There are many reasons why Perth is a popular destination choice. There’s the mild weather, pristine coastline (19 white-sand beaches!), award-winning food and wineries, culture and arts, outback adventures, free CBD WiFi and hop-on-hop-off buses that take you around the main city sites… but one of the greatest perks about Perth is that it shares the same time zone with 60% of the world’s population!

The city of Perth is a quick flight to most Asian cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Delhi, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, making it just that little bit easier to keep in touch with friends and family.

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Three reasons why you should complete the SES

CQUniversity is again participating in the national Student Experience Survey (SES). If you’re currently studying, check your student email account to see if you’ve been selected as part of the sample.

We strongly encourage students to participate in this voluntary survey.

Here’s why…

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Calling Change Champions: Don’t miss this paid opportunity

CQUniversity is currently recruiting for Change Champion Ambassadors at our Melbourne, Sydney and Rockhampton study locations. This may be your opportunity to make a difference, create an impact and influence the community in which we live.

Why should you apply…

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