The University of Newcastle, Australia

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Dr Judith Zhu Joined the University of Newcastle (UON) in 2011 having completed her PhD at Monash University. She describes her own teacher training experience as "quite different" and attributes her strong foundations in teaching as a natural pathway to academia.

"I started my teacher training at an early age. After my graduation I taught at a middle school and then studied English (for educators) at Shanghai International Studies University. I completed my master's degree and then worked in vocational training and accreditation sector and international collaboration department of Chinese government."

Located in the heart of the Central Business District (CBD), UON Sydney is a space for collaboration. Dr Zhu describes the learning environment as being quite unique.

"It has been built to enable a lot of interaction and informal learning, so this will give students wonderful opportunities to meet with other students and discuss and share ideas. We have a lot of brilliant new technology installed and the informal learning spaces are also conducive to discussion."

Dr Zhu points out that the combination of formal and informal learning spaces also fosters a culture of quality teaching.

"I enjoy teaching. I get very excited by being in class, talking with students and sharing my own experiences with them. I'm passionate about wanting to help my students to learn and the new Sydney facilities enable this."

With UON increasingly being recognised for quality education and world-class research, many students from different parts of the world are choosing to come to Australia to study at UON and enjoy all that Sydney has to offer.

"We offer quality teaching at UON Sydney. Students are increasingly discerning about where they invest in their education and our team is a good one. I actually think that for students to work and study within the heart of the business district gives them opportunities to develop their awareness of standards for successful professionals through observation."