Denis Xavier first discovered The University of Newcastle through international education organisation, IDP Education. It was on their list of recommended universities to apply to, so Denis did just that, and embarked on a Master of Engineering Management.
“My degree focuses on developing managerial skills in an engineering field,” explains Denis.
“My passion is to help develop more efficient methods of manufacturing in the real world, which requires not only technical skills but also managerial know-how.”
Denis’s ultimate goal is to start his own manufacturing business establishment in his home country, India.
“It will have a focus on ethical business methods and being eco-friendly,” he says.
Living on campus at Callaghan has been a highlight of Denis’s study experience.
“I live at Edwards Hall - the largest college on campus. Living here has allowed me to be a part of a lot of social activities and make many good friends. You also learn more about the culture of living in Australia (living on campus).”
Denis also enjoys studying at our city campus, NeW Space.
“Everything about the building is fantastic,” says Denis. “It looks great from the outside and the classrooms and meeting spaces inside are very welcoming and modern. It’s a very comfortable environment with its own café… and you can access a lot of great restaurants nearby.”
Denis joined a number of clubs and societies when he started at the university.
“I was a part of the Indian Students’ Association of Newcastle University (ISANU),” says Denis.
“This club focuses on hosting events that showcase the Indian culture to the students and public of Newcastle.
“ I really enjoyed my time here as I was able to be a part of multiple events and meet a lot of new people from the community as a member of the club. We actually won the university Club of the Year award in 2018.”
Denis is also a volunteer mentor for the Newcastle University Postgraduate Students’ Association (NUPSA).
“It’s allowed me to share my experience and help other international students settle into the university and the city.”
What’s Denis’s best advice for international students considering studying at the University of Newcastle?
“Try to be on campus as often as you can” he says. “There is always an event going on that will keep you entertained and engaged.”
And secondly, make the most of the sea change.
“Studying is important but so is enjoying your downtime,” he says.
“Keep enough time aside to explore the city.”
Denis moved to Newcastle from India to pursue postgraduate study.
You can enjoy going out on the weekends for lunches, dinners, clubbing or just chilling at the beach. I love exploring the many restaurants and pubs and other parts of the city during my off time.