University of Newcastle

Now more than ever, the world needs new. New thinking and new ideas will deliver the new approaches required to address the world's great challenges. At the University of Newcastle, Australia, we empower our students to bring new to the world.

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University of Newcastle

Now more than ever, the world needs new. New thinking and new ideas will deliver the new approaches required to address the world's great challenges. At the University of Newcastle, Australia, we empower our students to bring new to the world.

Student Stories from University of Newcastle

Find out what students from University of Newcastle have to say about their study experience.

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Irini Kassas
Bachelor of Development Studies/Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Bachelor of Development Studies/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Irini Kassas’ drive to enable positive social chance is unstoppable. 

After moving from Greece to Newcastle with her family at just 14, Irini, now 20, is using her studies to explore how different financial situations impact lives around the world. 

“I’m motivated to do what I can to benefit the community, not only at a local level, but on an international level.”

With a passion for creating global change, Irini was able to put her studies to use on the international stage. She travelled to the 7th University Scholars Leadership Symposium in Hanoi, Vietnam through the University’s iLEAD Plus International Leadership Program.

“It was a fantastic chance to enhance my skills, and to talk with other students from around the world about how best to achieve positive social change.”

Irini’s work serving the local and international community has been recognised, being awarded the Newcastle’s Young Citizen of the Year.

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Liam Scanlan
Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

With an initial dream of being a Marine Biologist, Liam Scanlan would have never thought his time at university would lead him to a career operating his own start-up. 

During his first year of studies at the University of Newcastle, with no experience running a business, Liam founded the surf brand Eat Your Water – a company that has grown to engage more than 100,000 people worldwide. 

“I started off using Eat Your Water as a platform where I could preach marine conservation. The brand has enabled me to create awareness about social issues involving our oceans.”

Liam credits the University’s external partnerships, along with lecturers and other students for his growth as a businessman. 

“The external opportunities available, such as the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship and the Three76 Hub have allowed me to be inspired by other entrepreneurs and connect and collaborate with other likeminded students.” 

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Liam Scanlan
Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship