Many parents in Singapore and Malaysia prefer sending their children to Australia to further their studies because Australia is one of the worlds leading education. Other reasons are Australia is safe and nearer to Asia as compared to America and other European countries. The international students injected a big sum of money into Australia’s economy each year, directly boosting Australian jobs and wages.
During my stay in Sydney, I re-visited two Universities, Sydney University, and UNSW Sydney.
The University of New South Wales also known as UNSW Sydney is one of the top universities in Australia, located in Kensington suburb. We used to stay in Kensington suburb when my family first moved to Sydney so I am quite familiar with the neighborhood here, it has the best Indonesian restaurants.
Now, let’s have a tour in UNSW Sydney.
The Library Lawn is one of the most reputable landmarks at UNSW, also a great place to chill for students, especially during winter when the sunshine is warm. The lawn is located in front of the University library and you can spot several sculptures of different famous figures.
When I was in Year 12, I came to the University Library of UNSW during the weekends to study for my entrance exam for University. Glad it was open to the public and there are a number of floors to choose from. You are also allowed to eat and drink some cold food, such as sandwiches, apple or banana. However, make sure there is no trash.
You will notice the number of international students here is large, most from Asia. Annual graduation ceremonies are even held in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur. My second eldest brother did his double degree in UNSW Sydney and he had his graduation in Kuala Lumpur.
USYD (University of Sydney) vs UNSW (University of NSW)
Both USYD and UNSW are two of the highest-ranked universities in Australia, base on the aesthetic reason, I would prefer to study in University of Sydney as it has the old architectures, (the Harry Potter’s vibe). However, don’t get influence by the aesthetic reason, choose your course base on Degrees offered, ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) cut-off and how you personally like the vibes there.
I went to have a look at the eateries in UNSW and was surprised to find out there are lots of different cuisines around the world, including few stalls for Asian. I spotted Laksa, Japanese sushi, gyoza, kebab and many more.
So, Asian student, you don’t have to worry about not getting any Asian taste now.
The Kensington Campus is only about half an hour from the CBD and Central Station. Public transport service such as buses and trams sit just right outside the University. Parking on the UNSW campus and surrounding area is restricted and very limited. We parked our car in the Randwick Shopping Mall and walk for about 15 mins to reach UNSW.
I love visiting Universities when I travel as it provides you with a perspective on what kind of environment it is. If you have children who are going to higher education, do also include few universities tour in your itinerary as it gets to help your children to get a firsthand view of a college. “A picture is worth a thousand words” – 行万里路不如读万卷书 Nothing beats walking around a campus to get a good feel for it.