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LCDR Lucky Wuwung (Indonesia), Master of Maritime Policy, University of Wollongong, 2013
The Defence Cooperation Scholarship Program (DCSP) is not only an opportunity for defence personnel to pursue a post graduate degree in an Australian university, but also enjoy an experience of a lifetime. In addition to an overseas study experience, interacting with the academic community in another university is one novel benefit of studying abroad. I believe that it does not matter where we study, but the experience to connect with the community and gain access to updated and contemporary issues on our field of interest are the most beneficial aspects.
It is not surprising that studying in Australian universities imposes considerable academic challenges to the international students that primarily use English as their second language. If I could share my experience in addressing those challenges, it would be summarized in five key themes - Goal, Time Management, Read, Communicate, and Refresh. Read all of Lucky’s tips here.
Other than academic life, DCSP has given us the experience to interact with Australia, especially, the Aussie people. This has given us the opportunity of practising English and exchanging cultural values. Our relationship and interactions have grown and become beneficial for us all. We achieved our Aussie experience without totally losing our interaction with Indonesian colleagues since there is an Indonesian Student Association in University of Wollongong. More importantly, the support from my Defence Attaché and his staff from Canberra has greatly contributed to the success of my study under DCSP arrangement. It was my privilege when the Indonesian Naval Attaché attended my graduation ceremony.
Finally, I would like to conclude by acknowledging that my Aussie experience is one of the best times in my life.
Read the rest of Lucky’s story here.
LCDR Christopher Salimbangon (Philippines), Master of Strategic Studies, Australian National University, 2014
I initially thought that bringing my family with me to Australia had been the wrong decision. We compromised a lot and, at first, it really was hard for my family to adjust to life in Australia.
However, it turned out to be, so far, the best time of our family's life. The family's experience has been really, really, really, great!!
Master of Strategic Studies is such a very rewarding course as it opens wider knowledge and understanding about international relations and policy making. Australian National University really prides itself on providing the best education in various fields of learning - especially International Relations and Asia-Pacific Studies. I, too, pride myself for having this prestigious institution as a part of my quest for higher education. This learning will go a long way as this prepares me for higher responsibilities and advance the interests of the Philippine Navy and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.We've had the experience of both the warmest and the coldest of the seasons (and the snow) in Australia. Canberra is such a very nice place to study and, of course, a very nice and peaceful environment for the children.
I think I have made a very good decision to take this course from the Australia National University. My gratefulness will last a lifetime.
MAJ Yoseph Purba (Indonesia), Master of Aviation Management, Griffith University, 2014
Being able to live and study in Australia is an amazing experience for me. In addition to the opportunity to study and pursue higher education, I also got the chance to visit various beautiful places in Australia.
One of the places that impressed me the most is the Great Barrier Reef, which is the world's largest coral reef system and a World Heritage Site.
FLTLT Chano Tassaro (Thailand), Master of Aviation Management, Griffith University, 2014
My name is FLTLT Chano Tassaro, DCSP 2014 student from the Royal Thai Air Force. This scholarship has given me a great opportunity, not only to get a masters degree that suits my career or expertise, but also gave me a lifetime experience to explore this lovely country.
I'm currently studying the Master of Aviation Management at Griffith University in Brisbane, because I'm an air traffic controller back in Thailand.
Although this is the first time that I have to live alone overseas, I didn't feel lonely. I can make many friends while I live here and enjoy my life as a student very much.
MRS Anne Marie Cristina Quinzon (Philippines), Master of Management, University of Wollongong, 2014
There is a saying in our country that says "pag may tiyaga may nilaga" - in English "if you have the patience for it, you will be rewarded". This scholarship was worth the patience, because the rewards that I gained cannot be matched by the tests and interviews I had to go through to be awarded the scholarship.
Being granted the scholarship was no easy feat either, I had to study, at the same time take care of my three children and always be aware that I represented our country and agency. But the rewards were nothing compared to these things. I gained my Master's Degree, enjoyed Australia, had more time with my younger children, and developed friends from Australia and my co-scholars.
Loving nature, we had the best of scenes, the mountains as you lie down to sleep and the beach when you walk through the front door. Enjoying the singing of birds as they fly by. When exhausted and stressed, a walk to the beach with my children would be relaxing and usually gave me a clearer mind.
All these experiences, we will never forget, and because of these, thank you to DCSP and the Government of Australia for giving me the chance to study here in Australia and be with my family at the same time.
MARAMING SALAMAT PO!!!
Hung Ngoc Dang (Vietnam), Master of Engineering (Telecommunications Engineering), University of Wollongong, 2014
I had a wonderful year in Australia in 2014. I have not only studied in a great environment in the University of Wollongong but also explored many amazing places.
This is absolutely an unforgettable time in my life. Many thanks to the Australian Defence Force and Scope Global for your support and help.
CMDR Tau Charlie Ila (Papua New Guinea), Master of Maritime Policy, University of Wollongong, 2014
The Australian Defence Force’s vision of such programs as the DCSP certainly has positive outcomes for the enhancement of regional cooperation, among other bilateral and multilateral benefits/outcomes.
I was unfortunate to have missed out on the four (4) weeks program at the Defence International Training Centre, which prepared students for their University programs. In my case, it was for the Maritime Policy program at the University of Wollongong. This did not help me in my first semester results, but having passed the overall results, I sincerely express much gratitude to the staff of ANCORS of Innovation Campus for the guidance they provided to me when I consulted them for much needed help and assistance.
All administration support from the staff of Scope Global also helped greatly in moving forward in the course despite the set-backs that are normally faced by any student.
CAPT Anh Tuyen Le (Vietnam), Master of Engineering (Telecommunications Engineering), University of Wollongong, 2014
I have had a wonderful experience in Australia. This is a very beautiful and peaceful country.
I have learned a lot from my experience at university as well as from the people here. This has been an unforgettable year in my life!
SLT Anusorn Swasdee (Thailand), Master of Information Technology, Macquarie University, 2014
Australia is a multicultural country. By staying here, I've experienced not only the Australian cultures, but also other cultures such as Chinese, Indians, Mexicans, Middle East, and Koreans. There is no problem in living together in one country.
My chance in living in Australia for almost a year has had an important influence on my vision. I saw other nations had common ideas and feelings as Thai people. I can say that even if I still like my own country and religious, other nations has their good characteristics and worth to further study and investigate.
Australia has a lot of beautiful places and histories. The Rocks in Sydney has shown me the power of the community to protect its places. Cockatoo Island is another place that I like. Walking around this place is like walking through times. It was like a miniature of Australia in one place: Prison, Orphans' School, and Navy Dock.
Even ordinary places or public parks has histories inscribed. I've seen a lot of plates engraved with people's names and stories. There are lots of monuments, both big and small. There are even toy-sized sculptures embedded here and there. This is a country of rich backgrounds.
CAPT Tariq Saeed Ahmed (Pakistan), Master of Strategic Human Resource Management, University of Wollongong, 2014
Arriving in Australia as guest of the Australian Defence Force was a unique experience. Interacting with students was enlightening as it has been a while since we interacted with civilian people, due to the nature of my job.
My family enjoyed every bit of their stay in Oz land and are taking home a few things to make improvements at home.