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High-achieving Cambodian student chooses Mechatronics at Sydney

9 August 2017
Passion for technology leads international scholar to Sydney

Porsiem Tang hopes to forge a career in technical innovation and creation through our Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Mechatronic).

Porsiem achieved a score of 44 out of a maximum of 45 in the IB, placing her in the top 2% of students

Up to a million students each year from over 140 countries sit for the International Baccalaureate (IB), arguably one of the world’s most established global high school qualifications.

For Cambodian student, Porsiem Tang, her achievement of a score of 44 out of a maximum of 45 places her in the top 2% of students completing the qualification worldwide – a significant achievement for anyone but particularly for a pupil from a developing country.

“I chose to study the Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Mechatronic) at the University of Sydney because of its strong reputation and high ranking,” she said.

“Just like other cities in the world, Sydney is evolving rapidly through its increasing use of technology. This will no doubt continue with the growing number of aspiring engineers, including myself.”

Porsiem said her passion for physics led her to change direction, after first considering a career as an architect.

“Technology is advancing as the world is developing, so I also want to contribute to this development through engineering and specifically mechatronics,” she added.

“I am fascinated to see how the physical, man-made objects around us work through the physics theories I have learned, as well as the role played by maths in the calculation and understanding of those theories.”

This is the first time Porsiem has lived and studied abroad, and she hopes also to participate in the University’s Exchange Program as well as its ever-expanding industry internship initiatives.

“I would like to send a message to other international high school students who are considering a career like engineering but are hesitant to do so,” she said.

“I came from Cambodia and to be able to contribute to the world’s expansion through technical innovation and creation used to seem like an unachievable dream.

“However, I hope the dream will soon become a reality.”