ANU international program the Allen Key to success

Students having lunch at IKEA
Friday 3 May 2019

How many Engineering and Computing students does it take to assemble a piece of IKEA furniture?

The ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science treated some its international partner university students from China and Malaysia to lunch at Swedish furniture and homewares retailer IKEA.

The students played games such as ‘get to know you’ bingo and heads and tails to win gift vouchers.

The participating students were ANU ‘2+2’ partner university students from the Beijing Institute of Technology, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Shandong University, HELP University Malaysia and University of Kuala Lumpur.

The ‘2+2’ program allows students from international partner universities to undertake two years of study at their home university, and the remaining two years at ANU, resulting in a degree from both universities.

June Sun is an Engineering student from the Beijing Institute of Technology, China. She says that the 2+2 program has given her many opportunities to meet people from all around the world.

 “It’s good to share the experience, even though we are from different universities in China, we have basically the same degree, and we can share the experience with each other. When we go back to China we can share the experience with younger students.”

Some students who came to Australia on the 2+2 program have chosen to stay on at the ANU, and complete their Ph.D. here.

Mengyan Zhang from Shandong University, a first year Ph.D student enjoyed her time as an undergrad at ANU so much that she decided to continue her study here.

“For me, it’s about the speciality. I know the ANU has a great artificial intelligence speciality, which fits me well. The machine learning is also very popular, so I decided to continue studying here.”

This is just one of the many events that the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science organises for international partner university students, find out more about the partnerships here.


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