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Regional living proves an experience of a lifetime

Published:17 January 2019

CQUniversity Master of Engineering student, Jeet Mukherjee (top) has met some wonderful people since moving to the Rockhampton region.

It took CQUniversity Master of Engineering student, Jeet Mukherjee three flights and 26 hours to travel 7,500 kilometres from India to Rockhampton, but he says it was all worth it.

“CQUniversity met my criteria when searching for a reputable educational institution. Apart from being a world-class university, it also provides pastoral care to all of its students,” he says.

“The laboratories are full of great equipment, which also helps with the smooth transition to industry after university.”

Jeet says he chose Rockhampton as his study destination because it’s CQUniversity’s major campus location. “The 'uni-life' which I desired to experience is here,” he says.

“The other most important reason was that because Rockhampton is a small town, the University’s community involvement is next level. This was sure to help me grow professionally and personally.”

Upon arriving in Rockhampton, Jeet was provided with on-campus student accommodation at the Capricornia College, and he says it has since become his home.

“This is my home and I love every bit of it. I have made lifelong friends from all around the globe and I would love to reiterate that life is, in fact, better on-campus,” he explains.

"The accommodation offers Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, electricity and plenty of car parking, and is only a short walk to academic facilities including numerous study spaces, learning centres, and main library."

If studying a degree wasn't already time-consuming enough, Jeet has taken on a wide range of extracurricular positions, internal and external to CQUniversity.

"I am currently a Student Representative Council member, an event assistant for the Council of International Students Australia (Education Office), a Capricornia College Resident Advisor, part of CQUniversity's Social Squad (blogger), and work at the Central Queensland Multicultural Association Inc," Jeet says.

"I am also pursuing an internship at a local mining company, where I am undertaking some basic electronic engineering project, which I'm really enjoying."

Jeet says he intends to stay on and work in the Rockhampton region, post-graduation.

"I don't want to work towards someone else's dream at a multi-national company in a big city. I want to work towards my own dream in a regional location, like Rockhampton," he says.

"This place has given me so much respect and love. The way people here interact and promote you is phenomenal, especially CQUniversity Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Rockhampton Region), Kim Harrington, Director (Student Residences), Mark Williams, and Residential Student Adviser, Kaye O'Loghlen.

“CQUniversity has given me an identity in this beautiful country of Australia, more specifically in Rockhampton, where good people from around the community know me by my first name.”

New and prospective international students interested in studying a post-graduate degree on the CQUniversity Rockhampton North campus this year may be eligible to apply for a Destination Australia scholarship, valued at $15 000 per year of study. For more information, visit www.cqu.edu.au/courses/future-students/scholarships/offerings/destination-australia-scholarships