Passionate about the green movement, especially in renewable energy, Mr Zachary Ong Wei Ren decided to enrol at JCU Singapore to pursue his interest.
"I like that JCU has a culture of saving the environment. In Australia, the university is situated in Townsville - home of the Great Barrier Reef - with a focus on environmental research," the 23-year-old said.
Currently in his second year reading a bachelor of business double majoring in international business and marketing, Mr Ong graduated from Temasek Polytechnic in 2010 with a diploma in chemical engineering.
With an engineering background, he decided to change his field of study in the hope of contributing to the environment.
Mr Ong recalled that he had a strong interest to advocate and practise environmentally friendly initiatives since young.
"I always like to read non-fiction books and ponder what will happen to the future generation if nothing is done to reduce pollution. With a business degree, I hope to get into the business development aspects of renewable energy," he said.
It was not too stressful for Mr Ong to make his decision to pursue his degree at JCU because of the university's track record.
"I consulted my friends who were studying there and I was told that university life is very much like polytechnic. It is a lot of independent learning and it tests your maturity as well as discipline throughout the programme.