|Susie Mattson |
‘One of the reasons I decided to study at UQ was that UQ’s Rotary Program for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution is internationally recognised as being a Rotary World Peace Institute. Also, the research interests of the professors in the department were similar to my research (conflict and development issues in Asia-Pacific).
‘The best thing about the program is the high level of expertise both in professors and in the other students who are in the program - they really are world leaders in the area of peace and conflict resolution.
‘The visiting lecture series put on by the Political Science Department and the Conflict and Security working group is really excellent. Leading academics from Australia and the world come and give small, informal seminars which are really excellent learning and networking opportunities.
‘I think a degree from UQ will help me establish a career in this field because this program provides me with unique, sought-after skills that are not easy to acquire.
‘The weather here in Brisbane is nice and so is the laid-back attitude. I feel at home and I have made close friends with the people in my program. Through the group work in our classes, we really get to know each other well and become very good friends outside of classes.
‘I am very interested in issues of international and community development, so aside from my studies I’ve become involved with Oxfam UQ. I have also recently found out about the United Nations Student Association and become involved with social justice activities related to them.’