Hi, my name is Minh Quang Le and I'm from Vietnam. I'm doing a Bachelor of Science at UQ. I'm also a Brisbane International Student Ambassador representing Vietnamese and international students in Brisbane.
Why did you choose to study in Australia and specifically at UQ?
I’d always known Australia as a peaceful country with friendly people and wonderful wildlife, but my ultimate decision came down to reputation and the fact that UQ is one of the top universities in the world. I also heard that UQ had won more teaching and learning awards than any other university in Australia – that was a big factor in determining my choice of university.
Why did you choose your program?
I’m studying a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Food Science and Nutrition. I chose this program as my best science subjects in school were chemistry and biology. Also, I thought that there might be a big market for graduates as everyone has to eat!
Now, I want to be on the executive board of a big food company so I can help millions of people around the world by making innovative food products. It’s a big dream as well as a daunting challenge, and there’s still a long way to go. The skills, knowledge and connections I have gained while studying at UQ will help set up me for the road ahead. I believe one day I will achieve my dream and create delicious and nutritious food for many people.
What are your thoughts on studying in Australia and Brisbane?
Brisbane was recommended to me by a friend who had previously studied and worked in the city. Brisbane is unique in that it has good vibes and allows for an active outdoor lifestyle. People are friendly and helpful here, they always say hello or “G’day” and it’s easy to make friends. This city, with its caring nature and sense of community, makes me feel at home.
I really enjoy the food here – you can try cuisine from many countries around the world, ranging from Australia, Europe, Africa and many Asian countries. Sometimes I feel like I could even write articles about cuisine tourism in Brisbane.
In terms of my favourite things to do, if I want to get my adrenaline pumping I go to Bounce Inc, which is a giant indoor trampoline park with dodge ball, slam dunk area and rock climbing. Mount Coot-tha is a nice spot to enjoy nature with walking trails and a great lookout. I went there at midnight last year to watch a meteor shower! The zoos are also nice and you can even pet koalas, kangaroos and wallabies.
What are the best things about your program at UQ?
I really appreciate that the lecturers at UQ are world-class accredited academics. They help you to link the knowledge gained at university to the real world. One of my lecturers is a researcher who does a lot of work in the meat industry, who has travelled to many countries and done many things through his work. As a result, he has so many real-life stories to tell, which has helped me significantly in linking university knowledge to the real world.
Have you undertaken an internship, volunteer or UQ Employability program?
I’ve taken advantage of the many UQ Employability workshops available to students. The workshops have given me tools and tips on how to compete in a fierce job market. This includes strategies that have helped me add a personal touch to my job applications. Armed with these skills, I have successfully obtained several internships since my second year at UQ.
What advice would you give people from other countries about studying at UQ?
UQ life isn’t just about getting a world class education, it's also about opportunities available outside of the classroom. Take part in extracurricular activities at university to develop your connections and enhance your skillset. Through these activities, I have been able to establish useful connections, develop many skills and enjoy my university life to the fullest!