International student success stories

Studying in Australia was ground breaking in several ways for Dr Trung Qui Ly. A Bachelor of Hospitality, which he completed at Western Sydney University in 1994, set him up to become one of Vietnam's most successful home grown entrepreneurs. It also made him one of the first Vietnamese nationals to study in a democratic country since the fall of Saigon to communist forces in 1975.

For more of Dr Trung's story, have a look at the latest Grad Life issue PDF, 3868.49 KB. (opens in a new window)

At the age of 40, and with more than a decade of experience in the professional world under his belt, Thien decided to end his public affairs management role in Vietnam and begin a Master degree in Australia.

Studying on the Parramatta Campus as an international student, Thien says that the experience has had a positive impact on his professional life and contributed much to the multi-culture learning environment at the University. During his study, Thien also participated in public relations activities under Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA).

For more stories like Thien's, visit the Alumni Spotlight page.