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Crawford School Chilean student Nicolas Salgado chose to study at Crawford because of the unique programs on offer.
Salgado has just completed a graduate diploma in Environmental Management and Development in Crawford School’s Resources, Environment and Development Group program and he will begin his master’s degree in 2014.
He said he couldn’t find another university that offered a course like the one he’s enrolled in at Crawford.
“One of the reasons I chose to study at Crawford School is because it’s part of The Australian National University which is one of the best universities in the world.
“Crawford is a good place to study and there are heaps of different courses with interesting topics like policy, environmental communication and environmental economics.
“The structure of the program I’m studying is very specific because it’s a combination between public policy and environment and I couldn’t find this combination in other countries.
“I’m learning so many great things about environmental management, not just in Australia but the whole world, and I can link this information to my own country and region,” Salgado said.
Salgado received a scholarship from AusAID and says the scholarship and support from Crawford has helped him with the transition of studying at an international institution.
“It’s difficult at first but Crawford School offers a lot of support in all areas for international students.
“I’ve received support from the academic skills advisor, the program manager and the director of student recruitment.”
Salgado said he hopes that studying at Crawford will help him to improve environmental management systems when he returns to his home country.
“When I complete my masters I’d like to contribute to the government, maybe as an assessor in environmental issues, and I think I would like to collaborate with the government to improve the management of environmental resources in my home country.
“I’d also like to work with international organisations that are able to improve the environmental issues in Chile and Latin America,” he said.
Story by Amelia Bidgood.