Yannan Li is passionate about the local community and loves connecting with people from different walks of life.

She joined UOW in 2017 to pursue a PhD in the School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT), Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences (EIS), and joined the Wollongong University Postgraduate Association (WUPA) to actively engage in student events and to communicate regularly with students, listening to their feedback. She also mentors EIS students.

“Being an international student, I wanted to find a sense of belonging at UOW, and joining the student representative club helped me fulfil that purpose,” Yannan said.

“Getting involved in the local community and student associations and meeting new people motivated me in my career and felt a sense of belonging at UOW.”

“I made new friends at WUPA and it helped me start new initiatives such as ‘Girls talks’ that highlighted the concerns of women to balance their career and family commitments.”

Yannan became the President of WUPA and also served as the postgraduate student representative on the University Council from earlier this year. She has been an important voice in addressing gender equality issues and women’s concerns, and organised donations in response to COVID-19.

“As a member of the University Council I got the opportunity to share my suggestions and keep my opinions in front of the council to address the concerns of students – and that was a very valuable experience for me.”

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