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University of Newcastle stands strong among the world’s best

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The University of Newcastle continues to stand strong among the world’s best, ranking in the top 300 universities in the world, in the 2018 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.

Now in their 14th year, the THE World University Rankings, evaluate universities worldwide across five key areas: teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook. The 2018 THE ranking includes 1,102 of the world’s leading research universities, up from 980 from the previous ranking, and includes 67 universities not previously assessed. 

Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen said the independent ranking was an excellent achievement that reflected UON’s vision to stand as a global leader, distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence, creating a better future for its regions through innovation and impact.

“Our performance in the 2018 THE World University Rankings is recognition of the hard work of our researchers, academics and professional staff in del…

Bond University Orientation with law and OT students

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Why do we love our students so much? Because even after they have begun their studies at their Australian university, they are still willing to help new OzTREKKers get settled.

Talk about teamwork—and a testament to how amazing and supportive our students are when it comes to helping others!

On Monday, Sept. 4, our third-semester Bondies recently enjoyed a tour hosted by former OzTREKK students. The new Bond students, who will be studying in the Juris Doctor and Master of Occupational Therapy programs, enjoyed an informative campus tour and lunch at Hotel CBD, Varsity Lakes.

Best wishes to all the new Bond University students, and a big thank you to our former OzTREKK students for helping out with the tour!
Master of Occupational Therapy Bond University’s Master of Occupational Therapy degree will take just two years full time to complete because of Bond’s unique accelerated three-semesters-a-year structure. The program is the first occupational therapy master’s degree in Australia …

James Cook University buildings clean up

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James Cook University’s new, innovative buildings—The Science Place and AITHM, Townsville—have been recognised as the best of their type by the Master Builders North Queensland.

The $80-million Science Place, a state-of-the-art educational science building constructed by Lendlease and opened earlier this year, was judged Project of the Year. The five level, 12,000-square-metre building also won the ‘Educational Facilities over $10m’ category.

Judge John Galloway called it “…the pinnacle of cutting-edge campus design.” Professor Marcus Lane, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at JCU, said the award was an important recognition for the builders and architects.

“But also for those members of the JCU community who conceived the project, successfully sought resources for its construction, and oversaw the detailed design. And now, the best part: they get to use this magnificent facility to create new scientific knowledge and make it available to north Queenslanders," he s…

A new student’s guide to activities in Sydney, Australia

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Calling all University of Sydney and Macquarie University  students—no wait—all of you who are heading to Australia to study!

Getting into the pre-departure phase of your "Study in Australia" journey can be slightly overwhelming: accepting your offer, getting a visa, booking your flight, finding accommodation—all of these things are currently at the forefront of your mind.

What comes next? Well, usually it's concern about finding your way around campus, getting settled in classes, and making new friends. But OzTREKK's John Graham reminds us that there is a lot more to "study in Australia" than just studying.

While this blog is targeted to everyone headed to Sydney, New South Wales, it's also for anyone keen to take advantage of their school breaks, and we've had many OzTREKK students write to us about their Australian travel adventures! Here, John outlines a few of his favourite places in Sydney that you should check out:
Beach: Palm Beach Palm Be…

Bond cements its position as Australia's #1 for Student Experience

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Would you like to study at a university where the professors know you by name, where class sizes are small, and where you are encouraged to focus on life after graduation? Then let us introduce you to Bond University!


For the twelfth year in a row, Bond has received more 5-star ratings for Student Experience than any other university in Australia in the latest edition of The Good Universities Guide.

Bond received the highest award of 5-stars for all six Student Experience measures—Overall, Teaching Quality, Learner Engagement, Learning Resources, Student Support and Skills Development—as well as 5-stars for Student:Staff Ratio and Student Retention. In addition to the institutional rankings, this year The Good Universities Guide has introduced rankings by field of study.

Bond received several 5-star ratings across various metrics for every field of study that is taught at the university, demonstrating that Bond University provides an exceptional experience for all of its students.

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UQ marine scientists expose planetary emergency in new Netflix doc

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A new Netflix documentary, Chasing Coral, has hit the world’s small screens.

The University of Queensland’s Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg was the chief scientific adviser on the documentary, which starkly records and reveals the impact of climate change on the world’s coral reefs. 

Emmy award-winning filmmaker Jeff Orlowski’s film follows a team of divers, photographers and scientists on the epic ocean adventure. Professor Hoegh-Guldberg plays a starring role in the documentary along with UQ marine scientists Dr Pim Bongaerts, Dr Manuel Gonzalez-Rivero, Professor Justin Marshall, and other world-renowned coral reef experts.

Professor Hoegh-Guldberg said the documentary was a powerful way to reveal the impact climate change is having on our reefs.

“This is as much about the emotional side of reef losses as it is about the compelling science behind this planetary emergency,” he said.

For the past three years, Jeff and his team have followed the work of The Ocean Agency, revealing the g…

What's so great about the Macquarie University Hospital?

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Just three weeks ago we announced the new Doctor of Medicine program being offered at Macquarie University. The addition of the Macquarie MD now means that OzTREKK students now have eight medical programs to choose from!

The Macquarie MD aims to provide students with a high-quality and innovative learning experience. With a small annual intake of 60 (40 domestic and 20 international), students will have access to impressive facilities and medical educators, researchers and clinicians.
What's so great about the Macquarie University Hospital? A hospital is a hospital, right? Well, not quite. Let us explain.

 Along with the amazing—and paid for—clinical year in Hyderabad, India, MD students will also spend much of their time at the Macquarie University Hospital, which is Australia's most technologically advanced private hospital on a university campus.

The hospital is co-located with the Australian School of Advanced Medicine and also houses medical services for students and sta…