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Dauren Yelebayev - Kazakhstan

Course: Master of Tourism
Institute: Monash University
Location: Melbourne, Victoria


An iconic Australian image of a kangaroo being hand-fed at Taronga Zoo in Sydney is what originally prompted Dauren Yelebayev, Master of Tourism student, to look to Australia for his postgraduate studies.  His supervisor in the scholarship program in Kazakhstan highlighted the advantages of Monash University in being in the Group of Eight Australia and Monash having an excellent reputation for its courses in tourism and education. Monash also filled the requirement of Dauren’s scholarship in being a top 100 university.

Dauren found from his earliest correspondence with the team at Monash that the representatives were both efficient and helpful. “I noted that Monash was actually really good in terms of making quick introductions between the student and the University. They gave me quick answers to my questions and their responses were good. I had a lot of help from the University especially when I first arrived as I didn’t know anyone,” said Dauren.

Since commencing his studies, Dauren has been particularly impressed by the industry-based learning opportunities embedded in the course: “I’m studying tourism and it really shows how tourism in Australia works. We’ve had meetings with representatives from Tourism Victoria –the official tourism body. They’ve taught us about events management and introduced us to diverse stakeholders and investors. We’ve also been shown firsthand how the tourism industry operates in Sydney, especially in regards to backpackers. It is very hands-on and very practical.”

Dauren has been able to enjoy the City of Melbourne both as a scholar of tourism, and tourist in his own right. “Melbourne is one of the best cities to study in. The students who arrive are willing to see nature, see the big city infrastructure, see the multicultural society, and they are wanting to have fun.”  As a student of tourism, Dauren highlights some of Melbourne’s biggest attractions being the diversity of the natural environment –being able to see beaches, bushland and mountain ranges all within a short distance of each other. He also speaks highly of Melbourne’s pubs as bars –in particular, the many bars that are situation on rooftops in the CBD with stunning views.

Like many international students choosing to study in Melbourne, Dauren has been surprised and excited by the diversity represented in the city.  “I’ve made so many friends from so many different nationalities and cultures. It really showed me how multicultural and how socialised Australia and Melbourne are. People are here from all continents.”

Dauren has his sights set on continuing his studies in Australia and eventually translating all of his learnings back in his home country. “I would like to continue studying a PhD by Research in this field. I would like to work in the tourism industry in Kazakhstan and draw in visitors from Australia.”

Last updated: Monday, 1 February 2016 9:47:02 AM

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