The University of Newcastle, Australia

Read more about Nidthida's story

Before joining the University of Newcastle Sydney (UON Sydney) in 2014, Dr Nidthida Lin conducted post-doctoral research at Fuqua School of Business, Duke University in the USA and lectured at the University of Western Sydney.

"My background is in computer engineering. I completed my master's in computer science at Cornell University in the US before consulting at Accenture Thailand for a few years before starting my PhD."

Dr Lin completed her PhD at the Australian Graduate School of Management, University of New South Wales in Sydney. After completing her PhD, Dr Lin became passionate about teaching and quality learning experiences.

"As I increasingly worked with academics and spent more time in the classroom, I realised just how important it was that students have good teachers and that teaching is an enjoyable process. I was drawn to UON by the people who teach and research here. My research area is complementary and enables professional collaboration."

The state-of-the-art facilities and collaborative learning spaces at UON Sydney provides students with opportunities to network and share experiences.

"We have a large and diverse population of international students at UON Sydney. Some of the students are locals who are working in industry but we also have students from China and many other countries. This gives students a great deal of access to people's different knowledge areas and levels of tertiary education."

Dr Lin's own experience of education in different countries gives her an interesting perspective on the needs of her students.

"I think this helps me to understand and help students regardless of their background. I always encourage international students to join in, to feel less anxious, and to feel happier to participate. This is important and is conducive to helping the students feeling that their lecturers are also facilitators - that we really are here to help them."

Dr Lin enjoys the observations of her students and points out that, due to the very nature of business studies, the range of age and experience of students at UON Sydney is also often considerable.

"We have students who are very fresh graduates, but we also have students who have already been working within industry for 10, 20 years or more. They all have things to learn from each other."