Refugee students learn life lessons – in pictures

Close to the Burmese-Thai border, young Karenni refugees study desperately to gain acceptance into universities worldwide. But with talks of repatriation echoing through the camps, it’s unsure how long they are to stay there.

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Refugee students learn life’s lessons

As published with Democratic Voice of Burma. View original here

It’s 9am on a Tuesday, and the usual noisiness that accompanies school mornings rings out across the village of Do Ki Ta.

Ranging in age from late teens to early twenties, the students of the Karenni National Community College (KNCC) make their way from the Burmese refugee camp of Ban Nai Soi, located on the Thai side of the eastern Burmese border, to their classrooms.

Some have walked for an hour and a half to get to school. Others have come on motorbikes, a 45 to 50-minute journey across muddy, uneven roads which are dangerously flooded during the monsoon season.

Lucky students like 20-year-old Nyereh are housed in one of the college’s few bamboo hostels dotted about the village. But now that Burma’s ethnic rebels are in the final stages of signing a ceasefire agreement with government, talks of repatriation are echoing through the refugee camps along the border, and it is unsure how long they can remain there.

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Making the IOI work

As published at IOIreporter.com.au.

In 2013, I took part in a Work Integrated Learning project at The University of Queensland covering the International Olympiad of Informatics. The Olympiad, or, the IOI, saw thousands of high school aged students from all over the world travel to Brisbane to compete in the prestigious computer-science event. I spoke to Associate Professor Benjamin Burton about the organisational efforts involved in hosting the Olympiad at the university.

 

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UQ Student Vox Pops

As published at UQG20.com

In 2014, I took part in a Work Integrated Learning program covering the G20 Leader’s Summit in Brisbane. As Gen Y have earned themselves the unfavourable reputation of being politically disengaged, I spoke to some UQ students around the St Lucia campus to see if this is true.

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Why President Obama is going back to university

As published at UQG20.com

Since news broke that U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at The University of Queensland, Brisbane has scarcely been able to talk about anything else.

With Obama’s track record of legendary speeches made from various universities across the world, one can’t help but wonder why the President favours this particular style of venue.

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UQ hosts international forum prior to the G20

As published at UQG20.com

In 2014, I took part in a Work Integrated Learning program covering the G20 Leader’s Summit in Brisbane. In the weeks preceding the G20 Leader’s Summit, representatives from leading think-tanks in G20 countries met and discussed significant issues at The University of Queensland.

Reporting for the Global Campus Network, I got that story.

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