International SCU students Vibert Fernandes and Thomas Moll celebrate their graduation ceremony.
International SCU students Vibert Fernandes and Thomas Moll celebrate their graduation ceremony. John Gass

Hats off to graduates

INTERNATIONAL students from Southern Cross University celebrated the end of their studies during an official ceremony at the Gold Coast campus yesterday.

A number of students made speeches to their family, friends and mentors during the ceremony.

Indian student Vibert Fernandes said he had enjoyed his time in Australia studying an MBA in Tourism.

“I had a friend stud-ying here that recommended Southern Cross University to me,” Mr Fernandes said.

“Initially it was quite hectic, learning a new university system, but I really began to like it.”

Mr Fernandes said he hoped the degree would give him opportunities to work in management roles in hotels across the Asia-Pacific region.

German student Thomas Moll said his MBA was his second degree after completing an undergraduate law program in Germany.

“I think law and business work well together,” Mr Moll said.

“In Germany I studied at a very big university with 200 people in each class, so I really enjoyed coming to Southern Cross.

“It's a smaller university, but it's much more personal. I made a lot of friends and contacts.”

Mr Moll said he hoped the degree would give him the chance to work in an international environment.

“I had never been to Australia before and I love it, so I'm hoping to get work here now as well,” he said.

The ceremony was held for 21 international students who will not be present at the official ceremony next month because of visa requirements.



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