Rogelio Quintero Diaz de Leon, Mexico.
My name is Rogelio Quintero Diaz de Leon from Mexico City, Mexico. I am currently studying my last semester of the Master in Development Practice with a specialization in International Political Development. My undergrad is in International Relations and before I came to Australia, I was working at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in projects Against Trafficking in Persons for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
I have really enjoyed doing my Master since I have learnt more than expected not only from the diverse range of courses I have taken, but from the multicultural diversity of students that enrich them too. Also, I am very grateful that the MDP gave me the opportunity to undertake an Internship program with UniQuest in order to understand the real life practice of Development in Australia.
Thoa Nguyen, Vietnam.
My Bachelor degree was in Applied Linguistic, I was supposed to become a teacher or an interpreter. After doing volunteer work for an NGO and a three-month internship at UNDP Vietnam I decided to pursue a career in Development. The Master of Development Practice (MDP) at the University of Queensland (UQ) is highly recommended by Development practitioners. I am very happy here at UQ undertaking the MDP as a holder of the Endeavour Postgraduate Award 2010.
My strongest impressions while doing the Master of Development Practice has been the enthusiasm towards learning by my fellow students and lecturers. Hot debates, fruitful discussions, diverse viewpoints, first-hand experiences of students from many different countries and great lecturers with years working in the field, are all experiences I have enjoyed at UQ.
Robert Arcidiacono, Australia.
Dylan Quinnell, South Africa.
The Masters of Development Practice allowed me to study exactly what I was interested in and gain the skills and qualifications needed to get work in the development sector. Some of the highlights have been studying in classes of 50 students where only five of the students are Australian (the rest coming from over 15 other countries); working with lecturers who are passionate about their fields and have 'been there, done that'. I would encourage future students to make the most of the flexibility available in this Masters; choose any courses that interests you since you don't have to study any one of the four majors.
Ha Tran, Vietnam.
I was debating whether to do my Masters degree in Australia or in the US or Europe, but I am glad I finally chose Australia and did the Master of Development Practice (MDP) at the University of Queensland. Because of Australia's proximity to Asia, the program materials are relevant to the region and certainly applicable to Vietnam.
I can't wait to go back to Vietnam and share what I have learnt with my colleagues! And maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to make a real difference.
Laila Chemane, Mozambique.
I have been working in community development for the past 8 years as a volunteer and community development practitioner. Presently I am studing the Master of Development Practice at UQ, it has been an interesting and challenging experience. The program is very diverse and multidisciplinary which gives me an idea about development in an international context with an emphasis on developing countries.
Ratna Fitriani, Indonesia.
I chose to study in Australia and at UQ because it is know as a great place to study for international students. The best thing about the Master of Development Practice is that it not only combines theory and practice but is taught by the best lecturers in the field.