CQUni welcomes world's best study adventure winner
Published on 13 April, 2012
Jet-skiing, kayaking and surfing are just a few activities international students can look forward to when studying at CQUniversity's Noosa Campus.
Just ask 21-year-old Adrian Jandongon - he is the winner of the Sunshine Coast Education and Training Network (SUNED) World's Best Study Adventure, and has been on a non-stop adventure since leaving the Philippines for the first time five weeks ago.
LINK HERE for Adrian's BLOG
Local businesses and educational facilities have helped show Mr Jandongon everything on offer, which included a day in the life of a CQUniversity Noosa Campus student last week.
CQUniversity Head of Campus Professor Kevin Tickle said the visit followed with the launch of the campus international student program earlier this year.
"The completion of a new, state-of-the-art learning space at the beginning of this year meant we could start taking international students from February," Professor Tickle said.
"As Adrian's blog is being widely read across the world, his visit to our campus was timed perfectly."
Five weeks into his seven-week stay; Mr Jandongon has blogged to over 100,000 people worldwide about his life-changing experiences in Noosa and on the Sunshine Coast.
Mr Jandongon said the differences between facilities at his Philippines university and CQUniversity's Noosa Campus were astonishing and compared the building to something his home country's president might live in.
"It's so modern and luxurious and the technology is so different here," Mr Jandongon said.
"There is a lecture room full of Apple computers, which are very expensive in the Philippines.
"CQUniversity students also have much more independence - with lectures via Skype and distance education - which we do not have at home.
"Plus my nursing degree took six years in the Philippines, and here it only takes three."
During a CQUniversity campus tour Mr Jandongon met PhD student Nayadin Persaud.
Ms Persaud showed Mr Jandongon how to use the University's new eye-tracking facility, which uses cutting-edge technology to help researchers understand what people actually view/see when they are completing a task on the computer screen.
Mr Jandongon will return home in about two weeks, but still has a long list of adventures planned, including bike riding and surfing.