Maria is sure her postgraduate studies in International Development have prepared her for professional challenges and changes.
RMIT University, Melbourne
I chose Melbourne for being the most liveable city in the world, its high quality universities and atmosphere, which are perfect for students.
Maria completed a Master of International Development which extended her previous studies in Psychology and work in the international development field. According to Maria, her studies provided theoretical and practical knowledge, research skills and increased her critical thinking. She recommends RMIT for its practical programs, support for international students and 'great' campus facilities.
"The programmes at RMIT have an excellent balance of theory and practice and the teaching level is very high. I come from Bolivia, a country that tried until recently different unsuccessful development approaches, following the traditional guidelines. For me, it was very important to find a program that would provide me with a clear perspective of the field. I found that professors in RMIT are very objective and critical about traditional development policies, and this is an extremely valuable aspect for people working in the development field."
Maria got involved in some of RMIT's extra-curricular activities and mentoring programs during her studies. She participated in a preliminary English academic program and in an Introductory Academic Program which she found "very useful" for her studies. "Since I started my Masters, I received outstanding support from professors and university staff. I received support in English skills, orientation programmes and feedback to submit my assignments. Additionally, the buildings, library, classrooms and other facilities at the university are excellent and our main campus is located in the heart of Melbourne".
Outside of studies Maria enjoyed exploring Melbourne's outdoor lifestyle, multicultural and artistic atmosphere and 'cool' cafes.
"Melbourne offers a vibrant and cultural experiences, a perfect day for me is just about enjoying the simple and beautiful things in this city. You can walk by the Yarra river and enjoy the beautiful view and have a picnic. You can go to one of the many hidden alleys and have coffee in a cool coffee shop. At night just take a walk to appreciate one of the several street artist performances in Swanston Street".
"I will always remember the first day that I went to Melbourne's CBD. I was impressed by the multicultural and artistic atmosphere. The wide variety of restaurants with food from all over the world also amazed me. Other thing that I found quite interesting was Melbourne's cool and modern architecture."