Former El Salvadorean Mauricio Aguirre Urrutia will leave Tasmania not only with a new qualification from the Australian Maritime College but the sweetest gift he could ever receive - his daughter.
Mr Urrutia will be one of the AMCs graduates who will ascend the steps of Albert Hall to receive their qualifications during the University of Tasmania's winter graduations.
"It has been an experience without equal, the greatest I have lived, after having had the experience of seeing my beautiful daughter born," Mr Urrutia said.
"Living another culture is no the same as just travelling for pleasure or work as we used to do before because it involves many challenges, sacrifices mixed feelings and the discovery of new skills."
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Mr Urrutia will graduate on Saturday with a Masters Degree in Maritime and Logistics Management from the AMC and has already secured a job with a major shipping company.
He said he decided to study again after his previous position as a chemical engineer increasingly involved logistics and maritime duties.
"I did an exhaustive search in several countries and when I searched in Australia what I wanted to study; it was in Tasmania," he said.
"In the rest of Australia there are similar programs but only Tasmania has the AMC."
Mr Urrutia said he and his family looked for certain criteria and characteristics to accommodate his family for two years, including an appropriate environment and quality, affordable accommodation for his daughter.
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He said he was incredibly grateful to the AMC and UTAS for the support he received to complete his studies and be prepared for the next step of his career.
"I also had the great privilege of working as a university ambassador, showing the educational services and facilities that the AMC has for potential students and others related to the maritime industry."
"This experience that was very enriching because I had the opportunity to interact with professionals from different cultures and it helped me to know better what the university offers."
- UTAS graduation ceremonies will be held at the Albert Hall at 10am and 2.30pm.
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