Bachelor of Arts with honours
Edwin Chew is a geography teacher in Singapore. He recently received the President’s Award for Teachers, the nation’s highest accolade for teaching.
“Getting a degree from a reputable university like UQ is important to overseas students, as this degree is internationally recognised. More importantly, it is recognised within the Singapore Civil Service," he said.
"What I liked about UQ is that I could choose courses and there was a summer choice, so I was able to complete my general degree in just two-and-a-half years.
"Another good aspect of study at UQ was that the courses offered focused on free and independent learning and thinking.
"Another bonus of studying geography was the many field trips, such as going to UQ Gatton to study soil profiles, and Moreton Island for biogeography.
"I met many good friends and I am still in contact with my lecturers and class mates. Moreover, I have got to know my class mates’ families and some of them have managed to meet me in Singapore.
"Overall, the friendships made at UQ were excellent.
"Accommodation was great. I stayed at Cromwell College for a semester before I moved to rental accommodation in St Lucia near the campus for a good number of years.
"The city is nearby. I walked numerous times from the city to the campus and vice versa. I enjoyed many of the University’s facilities such as the pool, eateries, photocopying service, the Library and beautiful University grounds.
"The St Lucia campus is a really nice place to cycle or to run, or to catch a ferry into the city along the Brisbane River. Everything is very accessible.”