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Love of Melbourne leads to Civil Engineering student award for Eleonora

20 Apr 2016

Congratulations to Eleonora Lucamarini, who has travelled a long way to win the 2015 Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) “Most Outstanding Student in Diploma of Civil Engineering for 2015” Award.

Eleonora, who is studying Melbourne Polytechnic’s Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology (Civil), arrived in Australia two and a half years ago from her home country of Italy.

“I was on a break, and decided to travel somewhere that was completely different from Italy and immerse myself in a different culture,” she says. “The choices I gave myself were Australia and China, and I chose Australia because I couldn’t speak Chinese!”

Eleonora came to Melbourne to visit a friend, then fell in love with the city and decided to stay.

“It’s really different here. I have been really pleasantly surprised by how friendly people are, the positive attitudes towards women, how polite everyone is,” she comments. “I have been working in hospitality and I like the way the work is organised here. It’s efficient and there is room for people, for their lives. I really appreciate the way you can balance work and the rest of your life here.”

Her nomination for the CCF award was not something she expected to happen, and she feels it reflects the way international and local students are treated equally in Melbourne Polytechnic’s program.

And her next steps? Eleonora is keen to work in the civil engineering field, and thinks she might stay in Melbourne a little longer. 

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Melbourne Polytechnic operates across six campuses and five specialist training centres throughout Melbourne. The institute delivers high quality vocational and higher education in industry-standard facilities.

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