“I’ve gained a lot from my degree. I’ve developed my capacity in both health management and planning and got a better perspective of different health systems across the globe and developed a strong professional network across many sectors.
There are more than 10 different nationalities represented in my class, so I’ve had the opportunity to share experiences with colleagues from other health systems. A global perspective is very important as you gain a perspective on how other health systems work, which might challenge your own understanding. This makes you better positioned to make informed decisions. It also gives you the opportunity to make global networks which may give you the opportunity to work beyond your own country.
I see myself providing leadership in health management and planning in the Ghana Health Service, where I currently work. I think this is the central goal of my career but I also want to devote myself to an international health organisation, like WHO in West Africa.
The study sessions in class are very practical. We engage with industry leaders, together with our lecturers and colleagues. We’re also given the opportunity to undertake projects in real-life health sectors, such as local Australian health districts.
In every subject you interact with industry leaders in particular fields. They present workshops and discussions. It gives you the opportunity to work with them which is quite important.
The support I receive from academic staff is fantastic. I can easily talk to any of my lecturers which is especially important as an international student. To understand and study in a different environment, particularly with the regulations of a different healthcare system, I really needed the support of my lecturers.
I’m actively involved with the African Students Society and the UTS Catholic Society. I attend their programs and have a network of friends through these clubs. It was very important for me to be able to reach out to these clubs when I first arrived. If you join a society, you can easily make friends, so you find a place to belong and settle yourself.
The faculty-specific Orientation is really valuable. We have the opportunity to meet the lecturers for the first time and they explain what is required for assessments and give a general introduction into the Australian healthcare system. You need to situate yourself in the Australian context because it’s the foundation of what you’re going to be studying.
Sydney is very multicultural; there is a place for everybody and for every culture. It is easy to belong here. I met other African students and their families and there is even a shop where I can buy specific Ghanaian products and food. Sydney provides opportunities for everyone.
Receiving an Australia Award Scholarship has made it a lot easier for me to study here. I didn’t have to worry about how I was going to look after myself financially and I settled relatively quickly because I didn’t have to look for work. The scholarship also came with the additional advantage of a three week introductory program which familiarises you with Australia and prepares you to study before classes start. They offer workshops in academic writing, networking and many other things. I think that’s really beneficial.
UTS is one of the best places to study, it provides a lot of opportunities both socially and academically. You can have a perfect life balance at UTS.”
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