My name is Dolan Nichols and I’m the course coordinator for forest science and management programs at Southern Cross University located in Lismore. People who study forestry can go in
a couple different directions. One of those is to become a manager of forests.
There are a lot of variety of jobs, they do not all involve timber production.
Some of them involve conservation of biodiversity those sorts of things, fire
management – which is very important in Australia of course. The other
possible direction that people can go in is research and become research
scientists. There are many topics of interest in forest science in Australia and in
other countries. So we at the moment offer the only actual four-year forestry
degree in Australia that actually produces something we would call
foresters. It’s certified by our professional institution called the
Institute of Foresters of Australia. So that’s a pretty good job to get as a
qualified forester. There’s an actual shortage in Australia right now of
people with this qualification. One of our big drawing points I think is we’re
able to do field trips and lab work in forests. We have a very strong
international component to our program. About half the students are
international students and sometimes people become interested in working
overseas and develop a career in what we would call International forestry or
developing country. The forestry program at Southern Cross University offers
both week-to-week lectures and opportunities for independent studies and
a very healthy mix of field trips offers hands-on learning. The Southern Cross
University campus in Lismore is situated on the beautiful north coast where
there is lush rainforest, coastal heathlands, floodplains and large Eucalypt forests which all become our classroom. I’m Thuy I come from Vietnam.
I’m studying a Master of Forestry Science and Management at Southern Cross University.
Here is the good environment education for forestry area. I got a lot of the
very good support from international office and in addition I have a good
opportunity to make new friends from many countries like Indonesia, Latvia
Australia and actually that is the good environment to improve English.