Fares Saleem James Cook University

Fares is from India and is studying a Master of Information Technology at James Cook University in Townsville. He has previously completed a Bachelor of Commerce at Osmania University.

Fares will use his position on the Queensland International Student Advisory Panel to make a difference for students and to bring about change through innovative solutions. Fares is involved with the Latin American Student Association and JCU Student Association which has given him a platform to collaborate and create solutions to student issues.

Fares sees student employability as an obstacle that needs to be addressed and would like to see more collaboration between students and employers to ensure students are ready for the workforce.

The low cost of living and the strong emphasis on research activities are just two of the reasons Fares wanted to study in Queensland. He also loves the interest that the community displays in adopting changes to nurture positive outcomes for future student generations. His advice to other international students is to be involved in as many activities as possible and become familiar with the wide range of services available, on and off campus.