A family legacy in engineering spurred international student Lin Yuan’s interest in studying engineering.
“My father is an electronic engineer who has dedicated his entire life to working on China’s navigation system, and my mother is an engineer working in food manufacturing,” says Lin.
Lin’s hometown is Beijing, China. He transferred to the ANU after studying for two years at the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT).
“ANU has a strong academic reputation around the world, and thanks to the partnership between BIT and ANU, I can experience living and studying in Australia, broadening my educational experiences. Choosing to study at ANU has been great decision to help me achieve my career goals, whilst fulfilling my dream to study abroad.”
Aside from family ties, Lin chose engineering because he wanted to undertake a degree in high demand, where his skills could be easily transferable to a wide variety of industries. The freedom and flexibility offered to him during his studies appealed to him, as he was able to choose the courses and specialist areas that were of interest.
He was immediately attracted to the University’s beautiful campus and friendly atmosphere after first arriving at ANU and “didn’t realise there would be so many international students who study at ANU.”
He settled in very well with the help of the SET4ANU program, a free orientation program designed to assist new students make the transition to life at ANU with support from senior students from the BIT-ANU joint program, of which Lin is now a mentor.
“Thanks to the great experience I had, I want to give back and help prospective students who will commence their ANU study from elsewhere, especially from BIT as well. We annually attend activities in BIT and organise student forums at ANU.”
“Canberra’s friendly people and shopping centres have everything one could possibly need. The museums and the multicultural- festivals are unique and interesting.”
Lin will be graduating at the end of this year, and, after undertaking some work experience would consider pursuing further study at ANU.
Lin aspires to be a Product Manager in a modern technology company, with some courses he has undertaken as part of his degree already helping him develop ideas for future products to meet market needs.
“I believe that my ANU qualification will be a good asset because it consists of both technical skills and team work experiences. The courses have expanded my area of study, while major courses deepen my understanding of special fields in the modern academic world…I also believe I can also become an ambassador for multi-culture exchanges, and would love to help more young students realise their dreams.”
Lin’s advice to prospective students coming ANU is to plan your time effectively, and to seek out help lecturers and prepare their study plans with the friendly administration staff, guidance from staff members will enable students to attain more in their study experience. He advises all students to be ready for hard work and dedication.