Ben Zhang is a fourth year student in the Bachelor of Engineering (Research and Development) program majoring in Electronic and Communication Systems. Originally from Dongguan, China, he’s studying at ANU as part of an exchange program with the Beijing Institute of Technology and enjoys the excellent learning and living environment here.
“ANU is the top university in Australia, with well-recognised academic reputation among the world. Studying at ANU will significantly enrich my academic experience and prepare myself for future learning.”
With smaller class sizes designed to provide students with greater access to academic staff, facilties and support, international students enjoy the opportunities provided. For Ben these factors have enhanced his student experience. “Members of the faculty are really nice at the ANU; you can do projects under the supervision of world- leading professors as an undergraduate student.”
Ben chose to pursue engineering because it matched both his skills and motivations.
“I love math, programming and logic, meanwhile I love to solve real world problem and help people. Hence, engineering is the best choice for me.”
The engineering degree at ANU focuses on systems engineering, an approach which sees students uncover how different disciplines interact in complex systems and involves a lot of multi-disciplinary team projects. In fact, Ben considers these group projects his most memorable experience at ANU.
“It really helps you learn to work as a team, and you also get chances to know people and make friends.”
In the R&D program specifically, students get extensive research experience early on in their degrees, working with academics staff to contribute to real ongoing research. Ben has been involved in multiple projects in applied signal processing, including signal reconstruction methods and the application of pseudo-pilots.
“It was also exciting if you imagine you are doing some work that no one has done, even though you are just an undergraduate student.”
The environment in Canberra and at ANU specifically is vibrant, multicultural and friendly.
“Canberra is a very beautiful and nice place for study.”
Ben really likes the social life at ANU and how friendly and approachable the researchers are., “The researchers are quite approachable and helpful. Life at ANU is very vibrant and students pay a lot of attention at socialising and communicating. It’s also very easy to make friends, thanks to campus life you get to meet students from all around the world.”
“Canberra is perfect for students; it does not get too busy and is relatively cheaper than Sydney. It’s also very easy to live in and very interesting. The favourite thing about Canberra is the multicultural festival which is held in the capital each year”. According to Ben the top three things to do in Canberra is to visit the parliament, enjoy a cycle around Lake Burley Griffin and have a great shopping experience in the city centre or Dickson shops, both only minutes from campus.