Claudio Fantacci

Claudio Fantacci

Course completed in Australia: PhD research
Institution: Curtin University of Technology
Current position: Researcher, ResilTech S.r.l.

Undertaking cutting edge research in Australia assisted Claudio Fantacci in securing his current job with ResilTech, an Italian ICT consulting company specialising in critical systems.

Australia helped me enormously in my research,” he says. “The work I carried out in Perth was of great importance to my PhD and to my CV. In my workplace I am recognised for the research I have undertaken.”

Claudio became interested in studying in Australia after meeting Professor Ba-Ngu Vo from Curtin University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at a conference in Singapore.

“He was working in my field – aerospace and multi-sensor tracking – and was just so interesting and so nice,” Claudio explains. “I was very keen to go and study with him.”

An Australian Government Endeavour Research Fellowship allowed him to spend six months working alongside Professor Vo. “The workplace was very beautiful and well-organised and the people at Curtin helped me so much,” he says. “I spent great times with my professor and even though he had a lot to do, he was always available to talk.”

The city of Perth also charmed him. “It’s very nice and calm and people are friendly. It’s a completely different way of living compared to Europe. It’s so much more hectic in Florence, everyone is always rushing,” he says.

“In Perth I lived by the sea for the first time ever in a very big, beautiful house, sharing with the owner and another guy. After work I would always spend time going for a jog or doing some kind of sport – there is an amazing number of parks and it is so wide open. It’s a great lifestyle.”

Claudio firmly believes that everyone should undertake some study abroad. “It has great value both for your CV and for your life,” he says. “It’s a way of challenging, enjoying and discovering yourself. It builds self-confidence. For engineering and scientific positions, I think experience abroad is mandatory.”

This is why Claudio is in the process of trying to establish a joint PhD programme with his professor from Curtin and his Italian university. “I would love to provide Italian students with the possibility to study in Australia,” he says.

“Of course there are very good opportunities to study abroad in Europe – in Berlin, London, Madrid or Barcelona – and the way of living might be different in each place, but it is still very European. Australia has a completely different lifestyle and culture and the quality of research is very high.”

Australians, he believes, also have a unique approach to nature. “The most beautiful thing for me was the incredible care and respect the Australian people have for nature and how they live and behave with it,” he says.

“On my first day in my house in Perth, there was this really big, strange insect on the floor and I was thinking that I would have to kill it. I don’t hate insects but that was my reaction,” he explains. “Then my landlord came in, he was very calm and he just took a glass and a piece of paper and scooped up the insect and put it out in the garden. It’s just a different way of seeing things.”

“I experienced so much that was so different to my daily life in Italy, I definitely want to go back again.”