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The lucky country? Experiences of International Postgraduate Engineering Students

Jonkman, Mirjam E. and De Boer, Friso G. (2009). The lucky country? Experiences of International Postgraduate Engineering Students. In: AAEE. 20th Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Adelaide, 6-9 December 2009.

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IRMA ID 77514990xPUB9
Author Jonkman, Mirjam E.
De Boer, Friso G.
Title The lucky country? Experiences of International Postgraduate Engineering Students
Conference Name AAEE. 20th Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education
Conference Location Adelaide
Conference Dates 6-9 December 2009
Conference Publication Title Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education
Place of Publication Adelaide, S.A.
Publisher University of Adelaide
Publication Year 2009
Volume Number 1
ISBN 1 876346 59 0   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 38
End Page 42
Total Pages 5
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DEST)
Abstract Results are reported of a survey of international engineering students in three consecutive years. Questions related to the workload and perceived difficulty of their study, their preferred assessment methods and part-time work commitments. In addition, students were asked what problems they had experienced and how these were resolved. The survey result showed some unexpected and sometimes contradictory findings. Problems perceived by lecturers, such as the inadequate writing skills of many
international students, are not perceived as problems by the students. Most students experience problems adjusting to the Australian educational and assessment system but the assessment methods used in Australia are considered prefer able to the assessment methods used in their home countries. Students who spend more time in paid employment consider their study easier than other students but do not obtain higher marks. Students appreciate measures taken by the University to help them adjust but assistance from other students is more important.
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