Indian students love Aussie life at USC

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Indian students love Aussie life at USC


Maansi Saxena, Shravan Muralidhar and Juliana Job

6 June 2012

6 June 2012

A well-structured teaching system, surf beaches and their first ever barbecue have been listed as highlights by three Indian nationals studying on scholarships at the University of the Sunshine Coast this semester.

Architecture students Juliana Job, 21, and Maansi Saxena, 23, from Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, have studied Design subjects at USC through the University’s Study Abroad Program.

The high-performing students also received the Queensland Government’s $10,000 Indian Friendship Scholarships, which helped pay for accommodation and other living expenses.

Masters student Shravan Muralidhar, 25, who is specialising in visual communication at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, has also spent this semester at USC on a $10,000 USC International Scholarship.

“I have been working on a live design project for the Letaba Elephant Hall for South Africa National Parks,” Shravan said.

“It’s been great getting to know a new culture and a new study system here in Australia which gives equal importance to study and fun, and also working with USC lecturer Kevin Todd, who is also my project guide.”

Juliana and Maansi said they both felt the structure of the tertiary education system in Australia was positive and beneficial for learning.

“The teaching system at USC is well organised, which reduces the pressure on students,” Maansi said.

“The campus is beautiful and the kangaroos are absolutely fascinating,” Juliana added.

USC Senior Lecturer in Art and Design Kevin Todd said the Study Abroad Program allowed students from other countries to study at USC while earning credit for their degrees back home.

He said cross-cultural relationships between USC and institutions in India were important and enriching for those involved.

“International students benefit from being here, and USC students benefit from having contact with them as well,” he said.

“From a design perspective, it’s really valuable to be in another culture and to see how people design elsewhere – particularly when a lot of design is international.”

Mr Todd will travel to Bharati Vidyapeeth University in July to conduct lectures in Art and Design, and Colour and Design workshops.

— Michelle Widdicombe

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