Ericson Taris is studying at Australia’s most remote university campus and loving it!
June 14, 2017

Ericson Taris–an Australia Awards student from Indonesia in front of an open cut mine in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, where he is studying.
​The prospect of studying  at Curtin University’s Western Australian School of Mines in Kalgoorlie (a massive 600 kilometers east of Perth), did not deter Australia Awards student Ericson Taris. He had previously worked as a mining engineer in Indonesia, and is accustomed to life in remote locations so he saw few barriers to undertaking the Master of Engineering Science at the outback Curtin University campus. In 2017 the masters course was rated as number two (by subject) in the QS World Ranking for Mineral and Mining Engineering.

After spending the first month at the university’s Bentley Campus in Perth undertaking the Introductory Academic Program, Ericson recalls arriving by train in Kalgoorlie and noting the town hall tower from the railway station as the tallest builiding in town. But Kalgoorlie—a city of 33,000 people—doesn’t lack excellent facilities, including Curtin’s student accommodation which Ericson describes as ‘lavish’. This is the home for the majority of the students in his class, most of whom are international students and include five Australia Awards students from Africa.

Ericson is working a few hours each week in a part time job in the hospitality industry, and is hopeful to get a job working in the mine during the shutdown period. He sees this as a great way to apply his knowledge from the classroom as well as an opportunity for further social engagement.
Kalgoorlie is a very different city to anything you might see in Indonesia, Ericson said. He describes the city as ‘charming’ and ‘ringed with pubs’. There are a large number of historic buildings and museums which he has spent many hours visiting.

When he returns to Indonesia after two years in Kalgoorlie, Ericson would ideally like to work as a lecturer and researcher in mining engineering. He is inspired by the manner in which lecturers at the Western Australian School of Mines relate to the students and their incorporation of technology into classes and would like to replicate this for other students in Indonesia.
Last updated: June 14, 2017