Qian Huang

Qian Huang

Qian Huang

  • Student type: International
  • Degree type: Graduate Research
  • Year commenced: 2019
  • Degree(s): Doctor of Philosophy
  • Department: Human-Centred Computing, Digital Equity and Digital Transformation

Get down to business

I’m interested in both discovering how IT changes people's lives and understanding the business side of it. I did my Master of IT at Monash and really enjoyed collaborating with my supervisors. So after I graduated, I immediately applied for a graduate research position.

Worthwhile challenge

My graduate research project investigates the challenges that tertiary educational institutions experience during cloud ES implementation.

Educational institutions heavily depend on IT for content delivery, communication and collaboration, so Cloud ES is a good alternative to optimise the cost and operational efficiency of the information platforms provided. However, the successful implementation of Cloud ES is low due to the absence of proper implementation guidelines.

Accordingly, my research project is going to address this research gap. I work closely with my supervisors and there’s a good atmosphere within my team.

Given the COVID-19 climate, I had to work and study from home. My team and I found it incredibly challenging to maintain the same efficiency of communication compared to when we could work together in the office.

Overall it was both a challenging and rewarding experience. I faced many rejections, but finally succeeded in having my first paper published last year.

Sharpening focus

My graduate research experience helped me realise my career goals through the many useful workshops I attended and the boundless opportunities available for me to connect with experienced researchers and practitioners.

My main goal after graduation is to find a job and do as the Aussies do – enjoy life.

Variety is the spice of life

The student body at Monash is very diverse. Having worked alongside students from so many different countries, I am now more open-minded towards different cultural and working styles.

I did some tutoring last year too which improved my communication and teamwork skills.

Apart from working and studying at Monash, the university also provides several opportunities for us to communicate with other students, such as through library workshops and outdoor activities.

Pearls of wisdom for future students

Set realistic expectations for your graduate research project, but never forget to embrace your time at university to the fullest from day one. Give your best while enjoying what you’re doing.