Dr Zhi Quan Leong from the University of Tasmania’s Australian Maritime College (AMC) is a leading young researcher specialising in the hydrodynamics of underwater vehicles.

His latest research is developing numerical modelling tools to test the performance of submarines – the outcomes will have future research applications over the next 15 to 20 years.

The three-year project is funded by a $167,000 grant through the Defence Science and Technology Group.

“AMC is a world-leading institute for maritime-related study.”

Being Australia’s National Centre for Hydrodynamics, AMC offers world-class facilities and expertise for researchers and students. It was for this reason, amongst many others, that Dr.Leong chose to study and subsequently work here, an experience he has greatly enjoyed.

“AMC is a world-leading institute for maritime-related study. All the components in AMC make a big difference for the staff and students. “ Dr.Leong said.

He also recommends  Tasmania as not only a destination for study, but also a place for research.

I enjoy my life in Tasmania so much, always having a great time with friends and colleagues after work.”

Life in Tasmania has a lot of diversities to enjoy and different things to explore. The heart-shaped island state is famous for its beautiful landscape, which is now becoming a top tourism attraction across the world. At the same time, with a great variety of nations and migrants from different countries, almost everyone can find some nice food in Tasmania, said Dr.Leong.

“One of my favourite products from Tasmania is its locally-produced beer. It is great fun to have a chat with my colleagues after work while enjoying a local beer.”

“If you are facing any pressure from your study, there is a strong international community in Tasmania.”

All the international students from different countries will have the chance to participate in different community events hosted by local communities such as Malaysian, Singaporean, and Chinese communities.

“ They are all very easy-going and accommodating, and all the staff at the University irrespective of background are very friendly to students.” Dr. Leong said.

He also shared some useful advice with prospective students who want to study at the University of Tasmania.

“From my own study experience in Launceston, the maritime courses are great and there some interesting courses like architecture, health science, and environmental studies which are great fun. And if any students want to conduct research study at the University, the staff from the research office are very approachable as well,” said Dr. Leong.


With affordable living costs and a fun student lifestyle in Tasmania, our maritime-related courses can help to start your future career. Find out more about our Bachelor of Engineering (Ocean Engineering) and Bachelor of Engineering (Marine & Offshore Engineering).

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