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From Nepal to Australia: Ashish’s two-year voyage to University

New year, new beginning.

Ashish Thakur has waited two years to spend an Orientation Week on campus at the University of Southern Queensland.

He enrolled at the University from his home country of Nepal in 2020, but COVID-19 restrictions prevented him from his planned trip Down Under.

After months of studying a Master of Information Systems, and one semester left to go, Ashish is finally a ‘new’ kid on the Toowoomba campus.

“I left a job to pursue my Masters, enrolled and was arranging flights to Australia right before the COVID pandemic hit,” Mr Thakur said.

“Since then, I’ve been studying online which has been a good experience – the professors were helpful and the course material was interesting.”

Ashish arrived in Melbourne just before Christmas, quarantined for two weeks before heading north in Toowoomba for the start of Semester 1 2022 Orientation.

“I'm staying at McGregor right now which has been a brilliant opportunity to meet a lot of people,” he said.

“A lot of students have arrived this week and I got to take part in many different events.

“I've spoken to many fellow international students and we are all pretty relieved to have arrived in Australia finally and so everything is really nice right now.”

Ashish is enrolled in the University of Southern Queensland’s Master of Information Systems which is designed to help students realise the potential of existing technologies, maximise the opportunities of new and emerging technologies, and help organisations gain business value from information technology and systems.

“I have always wanted to work as a data scientist in the future and this course provides the skills and expertise needed for the professional career.”

More than 1500 students enrolled at the University of Southern Queensland have continued their studies online from more than 80 home countries since the COVID-19 pandemic impacted international travel in early 2020.

To learn more visit USQ International.

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Ashish Thakur has waited two years to spend an Orientation Week on campus at the University of Southern Queensland.