The University of Newcastle, Australia

As the elected graduate speaker at his 2018 graduation ceremony, Chukwuemeka inspired everyone in the room with his rousing speech. But it was the Master of Social Change and Development he’d just completed that inspired him.

“I always seek ways to make a positive impact in every environment I find myself.

“Humanitarian service is what gives me the most satisfaction and fulfilment. To be of service to those who need it and help them get on their feet psychologically, mentally and physically, as much as I can is my intrinsic motivation,” said Chukwuemeka.

When talking about what drew him to the Master of Social Change and Development, it was more the why than the what.

“The concept of why is what propelled me to study this program. Understanding the why of every issue or problem helps to develop long term solutions.

“Studying the Master of Social Change and Development was life changing. I learnt about diversity, group dynamics, politics, development and life and it was what I needed to kick-start my career.

“Change does not only occur in the global or large scale, it starts with your neighbour, your community, those you meet on the street. This program helped to broaden my ability to not only look out for big needs but also those needs that could easily be neglected,” added Chukwuemeka.

With his postgraduate study now completed, Chukwuemeka plans to use his knowledge and experience to make a positive mark on the world, and hopes to inspire others to do the same.

“I’m passionate about community education and development, so now that I’ve graduated, I’m relocating to the Northern Territory to work with Indigenous Australians and utilise the skills I gained to make positive improvements within these communities.

“I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to make meaningful impact either locally or globally. The University of Newcastle is inclusive, considerate and gives international students a voice so my advice would be to go for it,” concluded Chukwuemeka.

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Chukwuemeka Ordu

Chukwuemeka Ordu

Chukwuemeka Ordu graduated from the Master of Social Change and Development at the University of Newcastle in 2018.

Studying the Master of Social Change and Development was life changing. I learnt about diversity, group dynamics, politics, development and life and it was what I needed to kick-start my career.