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Thomas Da Jose: NCP scholar and intern

Thomas Da Jose, an Engineering student from the University of Technology Sydney, recently completed a semester a Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. He is currently interning at Meinhardt (Thailand) Ltd. and will also undertake an internship at the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

Thomas says that following an exchange visit to Ubon Ratchathani and Bangkok, he knew there was much to learn and explore, so he applied for the New Colombo Plan. "I fell in love with the smiles of Thai people, their values, their traditions, the language and the land."

Thomas says his time as an NCP student in Thailand will enhance his lifelong learning and help him pursue a career in international development and humanitarian engineering. He loved his time at Chulalongkorn University, particularly the vibrant student life. In Thomas' words, "There are always festivals, markets, performances and other club activities on-campus – I honestly believe there is never a day when something isn’t happening.  There is always something to do."

Thomas says his favourite thing about Thailand is the unceasing smiles and kindness of the people.