Study tour highlights ANU options and Canberra region

Day 1: Canberra airport meet & greet
Monday 11 September 2017

Moving away from home to study overseas is an enormous decision, so to make the transition a little easier, The Australian National University (ANU) College of Engineering and Computer Science played host to six first year undergraduate computer science students from Shandong University at Weihai (SDUW) to showcase life in Canberra and the opportunities for study at ANU.

Accompanied by Dr Ruolun Liu, Vice Dean of International Affairs, SDUW School of Mechanical and Information Engineering, Mr Frank Cheng and Ms Sheau-Lee Chai from AEMG, the students spent 10 days at ANU on a personalised study tour from Sunday 20 August to Wednesday 30 August 2017.

The study tour program included a range of academic activities to show students what it’s like to study at ANU. The tour included cultural activities such as a visit to Parliament House, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Telstra Tower and social activities that gave students a chance to mingle and meet with 2+2 students from SDUW, as well as students from the Computer Science Student Association (CSSA). 

The industry tour organised by Dr Ramesh Sankaranarayana was a drawcard for the students. Clearz Pty Ltd Managing Director, Andrew Cleary provided an overview of the company’s Defence Services & Systems Management and invited his team to talk more about their area of expertise.

“All of the staff at Clearz Pty Ltd were so welcoming and they shared about their experience passionately and enthusiastically. I learned about relational database and also learned that successful people never stopped learning. I was truly amazed by their knowledge and the passion for data capture and visualisation”, said Hao Huang, computer science student from SDUW.

The students appreciated the opportunity to learn from friendly lecturers, tutors and PhD students, and explore the beautiful bush campus at ANU. They enjoyed a tour of the solar simulator and parabolic dish concentrator developed by the ANU Solar Thermal Group and visited the most powerful supercomputer in the Southern Hemisphere, Raijin.

Students also attended ANU Open Day, a day where the university campus comes alive with colour, activity and where prospective students explore the endless opportunities at Australia’s number 1 university.

Collectively the students reported that activities held throughout the study tour have broadened their horizons, inspired them to deepen their knowledge in computer science and made Canberra more attractive to them than before.

Thank you to all who have helped to make this study tour so successful! 


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