“This course has given me an in-depth understanding of what leadership and management are,” says Elizabeth Inapi Aisa Kaulei, a Flinders’ Australia Awards alumna, who graduated from her degree in Master of Education (Leadership and Management) in 2019.
“Furthermore, [it gave me an] understanding that leadership is collective and collaborative where all stakeholders work in harmony to achieve organisations’ goals.”
Elizabeth’s degree from Flinders was the culmination of many years of study and hard work, with the goal to utilise knowledge gained in Australia, for her community in Papua New Guinea.
Why choose Flinders?
“I chose to study at Flinders University because it is one of the top institutions in Australia, and it really promotes a multicultural learning environment,” says Elizabeth. “And the facilities (library, health and counselling) and other services provided are excellent.”
“The International Students’ Service (ISS) office has very friendly and supportive staff who willingly assist in all aspects from students’ wellbeing to academic areas.”
The university environment itself was also a significant factor in her decision making.
“Flinders University has three campuses and the main campus is located to the south of Adelaide in a beautiful and picturesque natural environment,” she says.
To add to the beauty of the environment, there are cafes in the student hub and around the campus where you can get a bite during the day and “where one can chat over cuppa with friends.” A relaxing place for students to take a breather from study, the Hub overlooks “a magnificent view of the sea and the setting sun.”
Flinders, says Elizabeth, “… is an institution you would want to experience and make new friends.”
“South Australia is a beautiful place to live in,” she says, with the excellent food and public transport system an important aspect of lifestyle. “By and large, the cost of living (transport, rent, food etc.) in Adelaide is affordable and reasonable.”
The beauty of the local landscape was important to Elizabeth too. “There are very beautiful beaches you can escape to relax from, studies.”
Elizabeth is looking forward to what her future holds, and is grateful for her Flinders University experience.
“This course has broadened my knowledge about leadership. A leader is someone who appreciates and considers all their colleagues and employees as co-workers in the organisation. Furthermore, they ensure the wellbeing of employees at the same time as achieving the organisations objectives.
“I see myself as a mentor working with colleagues in an organisation, promoting healthy relationships and a work-friendly environment that enables all stakeholders to work collaboratively and harmoniously,” she says.
“I am grateful for the invaluable knowledge and skills I learnt at Flinders University.”
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