We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; Canberra is a great place to study and live. But don’t just take our word for it.
Chloe Chick is an alumnus of the University of Canberra and the passionate founder of SisuGirls, a social enterprise that provides girls living in Singapore access to activities and spaces that have traditionally been male-dominated. Programs include rock climbing, skateboarding and running as well as the publication of children’s books focused on changing the narrative for young girls.
‘Sisu’ is a Finnish term for bravery, determination and resilience. Chloe believes a lack of Sisu is preventing girls from reaching their potential. By showcasing strong, healthy and positive role models and sharing stories of bravery, determination and resilience, Chloe is working to change that.
So how did an education at the University of Canberra set Chloe up to become a successful social entrepreneur living in Singapore?
“The education and career opportunities in Canberra are really unique, including the accessibility to work experience placements with leading Australian organisations, such as ACT Rugby”,” Chloe said.
Like many entrepreneurs Chloe wears several hats. Apart from running SisuGirls, Chloe also has a career with a UN-hosted organisation looking at humanitarian intervention and innovation. She believes her career trajectory and entrepreneurial spirit has its roots firmly in her Canberra education.
She recalls a moment in her life when she thought to herself, “I have a Bachelor of Applied Science (Sports Media) from the University of Canberra and now I am sitting with the CEO of a mobile operator in Kenya discussing the use of mobile technology in animal-wildlife conflict.”
Chloe says that living abroad has really opened her eyes to Canberra’s advantages as a small capital city but with all the services and facilities of a major destination.
“I really miss that you can be at a Brumbies game or at an international rugby game one day, on a 50-minute flight to Melbourne the next, cycling around the lake or visiting one of the great galleries or institutions. To have all of that available but with the ease and sense of community of a country town is remarkable.”
“Living in Singapore makes us realise how much we miss the access to nature and the high-quality of life, especially the ability to be outdoors all-day.”
Canberra is rated as one of the best cities in the world for well-being and is also in the top 20 QS Best Student Cities (2016). Living and studying in Canberra means a high quality of life in a city with Australia’s best educated workforce, highest average full-time income and lowest unemployment rate in Australia.