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Ping Yu, China

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Hi, my name is Ping and I studied at The University of Queensland.
Hi, my name is Ping and I studied a Master of Commerce at The University of Queensland.

Why did you choose to study at The University of Queensland?

As an international student aiming for a career in the global market, a degree from The University of Queensland is highly regarded by employers around the world.

With renowned teachers and abundant learning resources, the university's global reputation is endorsed by international rankings and affiliations. Moreover, students can tap into UQ's vast network of partner institutions, which provides international study opportunities.

What are the best things about your program and about UQ?

I was fortunate to maintain a positive relationship with lecturers and staff, who not only supported my academic studies, but also my scholarship application and my career development.

I benefited from the mentoring program developed by the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law’s Student Employability Team (SET). One of the highlights was my semester abroad at University of Mannheim, Germany.

The experience enabled me to build a global mindset and view culture, the economy and my studies from a different perspective. I built up a worldwide network of connections, and I am now working with a German startup and a German software company.

What have you liked most about living in Brisbane?

Friendly residents and nice weather make living in Brisbane a very comfortable experience. I very much enjoyed a run along the Brisbane River, a barbecue at Southbank, or an occasional visit to the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art. 

Have you been involved in any social activities or extra-curricular activities at UQ?

As a member of UQ Business School Postgraduate Association (UQ BSPA) and UQ Association of Postgraduate Students (UQ APS), I met a lot of talented people through different social events.

I frequently attended The Edge Student Leadership lectures. Before the commencement of my exchange semester, I volunteered as a tour guide for the incoming international exchange students, showing them around campus.
 
Have you undertaken any work experience or received an internship?

I completed an internship as a business analyst at a local hospital to review existing business processes and consult with stakeholders to identify possible optimisations.

I then worked with software developers to improve web applications. Learning how to communicate with different stakeholders across different organisations and how to collaborate on a project are especially important skills for an international student. 

What advice would you give to students for your home country who are considering UQ as their study destination? 

Be open minded. Embrace the Australian culture, learn to appreciate cultural differences and enjoy life in Brisbane! Always look for opportunities, and make the most out of them. Best wishes to you all!

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