Audrey describes Dundee College as a “wonderful world-class training environment, an inspiring place to nurture talent and instil skills,” which is fortunate as she travelled all the way from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to take a place at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance based at Dundee College Kingsway Campus.
Not only did the 27-year-old travel nearly half-way around the world but she also opted for a huge change in direction – swapping a career in electrical engineering for contemporary dance.
The BA (hons) contemporary dance student is from Ipoh, Malaysia, but came to Dundee in 2011 to study dance – despite already having a first-class honours degree!
“After I gained B Eng (hons) I began a career in electrical engineering in Kuala Lumpur,” said Audrey.
“Having given engineering my best shot I decided it wasn’t for me and began looking around for somewhere I could once again train and fulfil my ambitions in dance.
“I had trained in classical ballet since childhood and only gave up dance in my last year in school to concentrate on engineering studies,” explains the student.
“Dundee College proved the best option for me – certainly the best value for money as The Space at Kingsway Campus offers amazing facilities including: live musicians, great studios with marvellous dance surfaces, it even has heated floors for warming down after training.
“The city itself has a wonderful location. Situated on the river Tay it offers some stunning views.”
Victoria has enjoyed some adventures since beginning her studies in 2010.
Originally from Port Harcourt Rivers State, where she worked as secretary/typist, Victoria first came to Scotland to visit her sister who is married to a Scotsman.
The sisters decided it would be a good idea for Victoria to study at Dundee College and improve her skills so she applied for a visa to study in Scotland and was accepted on an administration and IT course.
It was once she arrived back in Dundee that Victoria decided to change course – literally.
“I was so impressed with the warm welcome and level of service I experienced in hotels and restaurants in Scotland that decided to change course and learn a whole set of new skills,” said the student
The 37-year-old is currently studying for an HND in hospitality management and plans to go on and gain a degree before returning to Nigeria taking the skills she has acquired in Scotland and applying them in the hospitality industry in her native land.
Victoria is very enthusiastic about her studies and feels lucky to have met such good lecturers; declaring:
“They are always ready to listen and offer help and solutions to any problems.”
This enthusiasm was certainly in evidence during the dreadful winter of 2010 when the student battled her way through deep snow to attend college even for the week it was closed due to the bad weather.
Zuli has made history at Dundee College being the only guy ever to enrol on the HND beauty therapy programme.
Zuli came to Scotland from Guangxi Provence in 2008, keen to learn English and, having worked in a beauty therapy salon in Shanghai, to increase his skills.
The 27-year-old has loved his time in Scotland – he likes the city, the people and college life.
On gaining his HND, Zuli is keen to return to Shanghai where he intends to open his own beauty therapy training centre.