Jonathan Ward

Master of Engineering - Photonics

Globetrotting student Jonathan has moved to Canberra to study a Master of Engineering in Photonics at ANU.

Originally from Santa Clara, Utah in the United States, Jonathan completed a Bachelor of Chemistry at Portland State University and spent a year living in China teaching English before pursuing his Masters.

“I chose my degree because I love science and engineering. I did my bachelor degree in Chemistry at Portland State University and the prospect of studying photonics engineering at the ANU was just too good an opportunity to pass up. I get to learn about lasers, what could possibly be cooler than that!? ANU has a great reputation around the world and I wanted to complete my studies at reputable international university.”

Now just over half way through his Masters, Jonathan believes the small class sizes and professional development opportunities available to him at ANU will benefit his future career.

“Having completed my undergraduate degree at a different university, I had courses with 200-300 students. At ANU, even general education classes don’t have that many students. It’s easy to get time with the professors when extra help is needed, plus the tutors are always available when the professors are not.”

“Along with my regular coursework, ANU offers courses that are specifically designed for professional development. These courses have helped me become more familiar with what the job market will be like when I’ve graduated and I start my professional career. I would like to work in photonics research; I’m really interested in biomedical engineering, specifically devices that use fibre optics like endoscopes.”

Jonathan has settled into life in Canberra, and has enjoyed making friends with students from all over the world.

“There are students from all over the world at ANU. Since studying here, I’ve meet lots of new people that share similar interests to me. As an international student I didn’t know a lot of people in Canberra, but being active and involved in clubs, activities and events offered by ANU is a fantastic way to meet new friends.”

“My advice to prospective students considering the ANU is to enrol! Not only are there great opportunities for international students, the challenge of moving to a new city or country combined with the rewards of studying at a university like ANU makes it worth it!”

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