Busi­ness stu­dents profit from voy­age

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

THREE stu­dents from the Vic­to­ria Park-based In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute of Busi­ness and Tech­nol­ogy (IIBT) went on a week-long voy­age on the STS Leeuwin II in June.

Jian­hao Liang (24), Shanyi Yuan (18) and Jun Liu (18) were the first IIBT stu­dents to ex­pe­ri­ence a Leeuwin voy­age as a re­sult of a new col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Leeuwin Foun­da­tion and IIBT.

Mr Liang said the voy­age from Ger­ald­ton to Fre­man­tle was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Af­ter the Leeuwin trip, I feel I have learned a lot of knowl­edge and gained life ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said.

“I have met peo­ple of dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties. I think this will be­come the most mem­o­rable event in my life.”

He said he en­cour­aged other young stu­dents to take up the op­por­tu­nity.

“Be­lieve me, you will not only en­joy ev­ery mo­ment on the ship but you will also feel stronger,” he said.

Mr Yuan said it was a daunt­ing idea at first.

“On the bus from Fre­man­tle to Ger­ald­ton, I felt a lit­tle ner­vous,” he said.

“Af­ter all, this was my first time tak­ing part in such ac­tiv­i­ties.

“When I saw the ship that night, I was ex­cited – this was my first time on a ship.

“Each night we had night watch.

“I found the sky is so beau­ti­ful, the stars of the sky blinked, and I had never seen the South­ern Cross be­fore.”

Leeuwin chief ex­ec­u­tive Carol Shan­non said it was the start of a long on­go­ing part­ner­ship and she looked for­ward to hav­ing more IIBT stu­dents on voy­ages dur­ing the 2017-18 sea­son.

IIBT Stu­dent Jian­hao Liang hauls the lines on board the STS Leeuwin II.

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