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Two countries, two degrees

Date posted: Wednesday 3 Aug 2011

Two countries, two degrees

Chinese student Jin You was a long way from home when she stood on stage to accept her degree at Swinburne University of Technology’s graduation ceremony on Monday.

She did, however, have some company.

As a participant in Swinburne’s Collaborative Articulation Program, Ms You stood on stage to receive two degrees – one from Swinburne, and the other from her home university, the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine (NUCM).

Standing on one side of her was Swinburne’s chancellor, Bill Scales. On the other side was the NUCM vice-president, Huang Guicheng, resplendent in the red graduation robes of his university.

“I felt so happy,” Ms You said. “My vice-president from Nanjing came to see us graduate, that was very good for us.”

She was one of five CAP students graduation at Monday’s ceremony, all graduates from the Faculty of Information and Communication Technology.

Ms You studied for three years in Nanjing, and spent the fourth year of her course at Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus.

While she said it took a little while to get used to the different style of teaching, she loved every minute of her time in Melbourne.

“I am quite happy to study here and experience studying overseas.

“People here get together in groups, do group assignments, cooperate, that’s quite different from China. In China, it’s quite conceptual study, there’s not many practical tasks.

“In my workplace I’ll need to do a lot of real work so I think it’s great at Swinburne, to study this way.”

Ms You also spoke highly of Swinburne’s facilities, and said it was a great place to study.

“Something that is very good is that the library is so excellent, with Wi-Fi and a lot of places to study.”

In fact, she liked her time at Swinburne so much that she has applied to continue her studies, doing a Master of Information Technology this year.

As for life in Melbourne, she has enjoyed that too.

“Melbourne is really good. When I first arrived I travelled to [Phillip Island] to see the penguins, they’re so lovely.

“Melbourne is so multi-cultural, all of the cultures around the world, I can find them in Melbourne when I walk along in the city.”

All up, nearly 20 CAP students graduated during Swinburne’s August ceremonies. The benefits of the program include students receiving two degrees and increased cross-cultural exposure.



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