Sunday, 23 December 2012

App-solutely necessary for new students Down Under

A young Malaysian broadcast journalist has created applications for iPhone and iPad users to help newly-arrived Malay-sian students make a smooth transition to life here.

The “Malaysia in Melbourne” application created by Juliet John (pic), among others highlights the services and events held at the Malaysian Consulate and information on affordable restaurants and shops that sell Malaysian groceries, including halal eateries and outlets.

It will be launched next March for free.

John, who holds a Masters degree in Global Media and Com-munications from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of South Australia, is the head of public relations at MELVIA, an application and game development studio here.

She said many Malaysian students felt lost after arriving here, and hoped her iPhone and iPad app could help them to adjust well in Australia.

“Many don't get to experience the Australian way of life because they are young, shy and timid to venture out with Australian friends.

“They can become depressed because they miss their family and friends at home and find it hard to make friends here and to fit in,” she said.

John said Muslim students might not know where to buy halal food and others might find it difficult to find student services and accommodation.

She said the app would also provide information on job opportunities and internships, as well as social networking opportunities and on health and welfare matters.


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