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Thuch’s journey to University

This Refugee Week, the University of Southern Queensland highlights a student’s journey to Australia and higher education.

Thuch Angui is a typical young Australian - hard-working, humble and quick to laugh – attending the University of Southern Queensland to further his education.

And when you learn more about his background, his journey demonstrates an important part of the diverse tapestry of our multicultural country.

Thuch was forced to drop out of primary school to care for his five siblings after the death of his parents. Together, they waited three years in Juba, South Sudan, before reaching Australia in 2017.

“The journey was so terrible because I did not know how to speak English. When we initially arrived I was confused and it was so cold,” he said.

With his young siblings his main priority, Thuch jumped straight into earning a living – attending TAFE each morning and working at a meat factory every afternoon.

He came to a crossroad when they asked him to go full-time.

“I decided that I'm still young. The job wasn’t what I wanted to do forever. So, I said let me go to university,” Thuch said.

Four years later after first arriving in Australia, he is enrolled in an English language course at the University of Southern Queensland.

“There are lovely, hard-working teachers in this course. They are nice and focus on how we will be improving our English.

“I am not sure what I want for my future, I am still deciding, but I have thought about becoming a primary school teacher one day.”

USQ College helps Thuch and many other students explore alternative entry options to enter the University of Southern Queensland through pathway and award programs.

These students may not meet all of the entry requirements, come from a non-English speaking background, or be starting study later in life.

The programs equip students with the skills and knowledge for academic success, including a suite of English language programs for international students and people from non-English speaking backgrounds.

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Thuch Angui is a typical young Australian - hard-working, humble and quick to laugh – attending the University of Southern Queensland to further his education.