Professor Jan Thomas, TRC Mayor Paul Antonio, Gabriel Augustin and Wen Chen Wu

Students from all around the world arrived in Toowoomba to start their semester at the University of Southern Queensland. The official International Student welcome was held at Toowoomba’s City Hall on February 24. Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) Mayor Councillor Paul Antonio, USQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Jan Thomas, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students and Communities) Mr Carl Rallings and TRC Deputy Mayor Councillor Mike Williams welcomed the new students to the region and their new home.

In particular, Gabriel Augustin came all the way from Germany to study a double Masters in Mechanical Engineering and Science at USQ. He said that he was looking at universities in Australia and was not so keen on living in a big city. “The campus, here in Toowoomba, is really nice,” Gabriel said.

USQ_International_students_Aurelia_Donat_(Germany),_Stotick_Kaprangi_(PNG),_Yingxin_Chang_(China),_at_the_International_Student_Welcome_at_Toowoomba_City_Hall

Aurelia Donat, Stotick Kaprangi and Yingxin Chang

Mayor Antonio thanked the international student for choosing USQ, which is situated in a beautiful place of Australia, and expressed that the “Council is proud of USQ’s presence in our community and the remarkable diversity that those who come here bring to our region.” The welcoming of international students in the community of Toowoomba adds to the region’s culture and creates new networks for both – the region and international students.

Words by Jessica Schremmer