A world away from home, Prince recognised for determination to change the world

Published:14 October 2019

Master of Engineering (Civil) student Prince Bhandari, pictured with CQUni VC Prof Nick Klomp, has been named a finalist in the International Student of the Year Award 2019.

He’s been an international student at CQUniversity Melbourne for two years, and determined Prince Bhandari has packed every day with new experiences.

Now, the Master of Engineering (Civil) student has been recognised for his enthusiasm, recently named a finalist in the International Student of the Year Award 2019.

Presented by Study Melbourne, the Victorian International Education Awards honour the state’s hardest-working students who have come to local universities from around the globe, and this year’s ceremony will be held on November 25.

The acknowledgement is the latest in a long list of highlights for Prince since moving from his home in Nepal to study at CQUni.

“In a nutshell, what I can confidently say is travelling to Australia and studying in Melbourne has changed me from being a shy introvert to an outgoing extrovert leader who enjoys meeting people, presenting in front of people and taking challenges without hesitations,” he explained.

After arriving on campus in July 2017, Prince threw himself into student activities, including volunteering with Engineers Without Borders 12-week summer program, and then starting an EWB chapter on CQUni Melbourne campus.

Through CQUni’s social innovation network, Prince also began volunteering with Travellers’ Aid Australia, and the Victorian Bicycle Network, and he’s a active member of the Campus Life Committee at CQUni Melbourne.

When he isn’t studying or volunteering, Prince also enjoys Melbourne’s great sporting culture, getting on board with AFL team the Richmond Tigers.

Most recently, Prince has worked alongside fellow students as a Student Peer Advisor at the CQUni Melbourne library, a technical assistant in the IT department, and as a Civil Engineering laboratory supervisor and instructor.

Prince said getting involved during CQUni’s busy Orientation Week was vital to making the most of his degree.

“I really enjoyed orientation, where I got an opportunity to meet new friends from all over the world and welcoming staff, experience native Australian wildlife, receive knowledge about my course and enjoy delicious food,” he said.

“From my first day at CQUni, I have remained determined to improve myself day by day, study hard and become a professional Civil Engineer.

“Meeting new people and learning from their experience at campus made me realise that study is important; however at the same time, your social skills are very important too.”

Prince is one of four finalists in the Higher Education award category, and the winner will $10,000 to be used for their studies – which Prince says will help him achieve a life-long dream of building better communities through engineering.

“Since my childhood, I have always been passionate about community services and helping people, and fortunately, that led me to Engineers Without Borders and opened my eyes to creating social value through engineering,” he explained.

To learn more about Prince’s study journey, visit his blog on CQUniLife: