Friday, May 30, 2014

One month left to apply for an Australian Endeavour Scholarship

Thinking of applying to an Australian university but on a tight budget? Applications for the 2014 Endeavour Awards are open but will close June 30, 2014.


The Endeavour Postgraduate Awards aim to enable high achieving international students to undertake a postgraduate qualification either by coursework or research in their chosen fields of study in Australia.

Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship

Degree: Australian Master’s or PhD
Duration: Up to 2 years for a Masters; up to 4 years for a PhD
Total per semester: $15,000
Total: Up to $272,500 (PhD) and $140,500 (Master’s)
Application deadline: June 30, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. (AEST)

Applicants are encouraged to commence their applications early and submit their application as early as possible due to the large volume of users on the system on the final opening days of submission.


All recipients will receive
  • $3,000 travel allowance;
  • $4,000 (for scholarships) establishment allowance;
  • $3,000 monthly stipend (paid up to the maximum program duration on a pro-rata basis);
  • tuition fees, paid up to the maximum study/research duration on a pro-rata basis. Tuition includes student service and amenities fees;
  • health insurance for the full program duration (OSHC for non-Australians);
  • travel insurance (excluding during program for non-Australians);
As a scholarship or fellowship recipient, you will gain invaluable international experience in study, research or professional development. The Department of Education has engaged a contractor to provide post-selection support services to all recipients including a dedicated case manager; pre-departure briefings; provision of advice on health; travel insurance; accommodation; security; payment of allowances; and reporting to the department on the recipient’s progress.

Monash medical researchers find clue to help find better way to treat prostate cancer

Improved screening means doctors are more likely to detect prostate cancer in time to treat it, but knowing when that treatment will be necessary is still uncertain.

Monash University Medical School
Learn more about medicine at Monash University

Prostate cancer develops in two distinct ways. In one form, it is a slow-growing cancer that affects one in nine men overall or one in five men aged 85 or older, and which can be treated if detected early. The other form looks just like its twin, but is aggressive, becomes resistant to treatment, spreads rapidly and eventually kills the patient.

Professor Mark Frydenberg, expert in urology in the Department of Surgery at Monash University Medical School, said the difference affected decisions about treatment.

“If you diagnose a man with what appears to be low-risk prostate cancer, how certain can we be that this is not going to progress and become life-threatening and how safe is it for us to just keep an eye on it rather than immediately treat it?” Professor Frydenberg said. “If we operate on everybody, we’re subjecting a lot of men to unnecessary side effects from surgery that they may not have needed.”

A major clue in the quest to identify men at risk of progressing to advanced disease, and prevent that from occurring, has been found by the team of Professor Gail Risbridger, head of the Prostate Cancer Research Group at Monash University.

Professor Risbridger has identified a subset of prostate cancer cells that are resistant to androgen deprivation treatment, used for advanced prostate cancer. These cells share many features with stem cells and may be present at early stages of the disease.

“This tells us the cells are plastic and can adapt and survive treatments such as castration or androgen withdrawal to regenerate a tumour,” Professor Risbridger said of the discovery, published last year in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

“We already know a lethal sub-population of cells will kill a man when the disease is advanced. Now we can see cells with these features much earlier in men when the disease is still localised, so we have the opportunity to use this insight to understand how localised disease progresses to advanced disease.”

While the existence of these cells might be seen as bad news, Professor Risbridger said that knowledge of them provided the opportunity to develop new treatments that would target them.

About the Monash University Medical School Program

The Monash Medical School’s graduate-entry degree emphasizes clinical communication skills and early clinical contact visits to medical practices, community care facilities and hospitals.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Gippsland Campus, Churchill, Victoria (approx. 2 hours southeast of Melbourne)
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 4 years

Melbourne Physiotherapy School application deadline

Have you applied to the Melbourne Physiotherapy School? Don’t forget that the application deadline is next week!

University of Melbourne Physiotherapy School
Study physio at the University of Melbourne

Melbourne DPT Early Round Applications for the 2015 Intake
Deadline for prerequisite assessment forms: May 2, 2014
Deadline for early round applicants: June 6, 2014
Offers for early round Skype MMI interviews released: June 20, 2014
Applicants not shortlisted for interview notified: June 30, 2014
Early round Skype MMI interviews conducted: June 30 – July 4, 2014
Offers for early round released: July 28 – August 1, 2014

About the Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy

The Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy is Australia’s first three-year entry to practice graduate master’s-level program. Physiotherapy graduates will have the opportunity to pursue a career in a range of health settings, including hospitals, private practice, sporting and rehabilitation facilities, community organizations or as an advisor to government or industry bodies. This degree provides opportunities for pursuing employment globally.

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 3 years

Study in Australia Fairs this weekend!

This is one of our favourite events of the year—and its happening this weekend!

The annual OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs will be hosted in Toronto and Vancouver, and it is the largest specific fair of its kind in Canada. The fair is extremely popular and attracts more than 500 visitors each year!

When and Where are the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs?


Toronto, Ontario

Date: Saturday, May 31, 2014
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: Hilton Toronto, 145 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON M5H 2L2

Vancouver, British Columbia

Date: Sunday, June 1, 2014
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson St., Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7

No RSVP required—just come along with friends and family!

Australian universities in Australia
Come meet the OzTREKK gang this weekend

Who is Coming to the Fairs?

  • Bond University
  • James Cook University
  • Macquarie University
  • University of Melbourne
  • Monash University
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney
Matt, Nicole, Broghan, Adam, Rachel, Sarah, Molly and Kristyn from OzTREKK will all be there to provide assistance and additional information, and will be able to answer all your questions about studying in Australia!

Why Attend?

This is a fantastic opportunity to meet Australian university staff and learn more about their universities, programs, campus lifestyle, entry requirements, accommodation and more.
Australian universities only visit a few times a year, so this is a must-not-miss event. Ask as many questions as you wish and get informed by attending the event!

Programs to Learn About

At the fairs, you will be able to find out more information about the following study opportunities in Australia:
  • Australian Medical Schools
  • Australian Dental Schools
  • Australian Veterinary Schools
  • Australian Physiotherapy Schools
  • Australian Pharmacy Schools
  • Australian Law Schools
  • Australian Speech Pathology Schools
  • Australian Audiology Schools
  • Australian Occupational Therapy Schools
  • Australian Environmental Sciences
  • Australian MBA Programs
…plus many more programs!

See you at the fairs!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Bond makes history with ‘Australian first’ postgraduate nutrition programs

The 25th anniversary of Bond University marked a historic event for the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, with the very first cohort of postgraduate nutrition students commencing their studies in nutrition and dietetic practice, and public health nutrition.

Bond University Health Sciences
Study nutrition and dietetic practice at Bond University

Head of Program Professor Liz Isenring said both masters programs are Australian firsts, with the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice being Australia’s most comprehensive postgraduate program in nutrition and dietetics (AQF extended level 9).

“We are also proud that our Master of Public Health Nutrition is the first of its kind in Australia that has been specifically designed to prepare graduates who will meet certification requirements of the World Public Health Nutrition Association,” Professor Isenring said.

The curriculum design has been informed by more than a decade of nutrition and dietetics workforce development research by Bond’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Roger Hughes.

“We have established an outstanding academic team led by Professor Liz Isenring, including one of Australia’s most accomplished entrepreneurial dietitians in the form of Assistant Professor Tara Diversi,” Professor Hughes said.

“Both of these new programs are distinguished by a strong research component as well as a compulsory international experience placement where students will develop graduate skills in international nutrition and dietetic practice, including the development of cultural competency.”

Students had an engaging first week at the university, culminating with informal drinks and networking with the visiting committee members for the Industry Advisory Board for Nutrition and Dietetics.

Professor Isenring said Bond’s small class sizes offered big benefits to the new students.

“Due to our small class sizes, our students benefit from exceptional access to specialist consultant practitioners and industry leaders in a range of fields including clinical dietetics, sports nutrition, food industry, private practice and public health nutrition,” she said.

“We will have regular VIP guests in our lectures and workshops, such as an intimate Paddock to Plate class with Maggie Beer later this year.”

The new programs are evidence of the continued growth of the health, medicine, sports and research disciplines led by the Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine.

Professor Hughes said the new programs were a sign of greater things to come.

“This successful commencement of our two new masters programs is just the start of the ramping up of Bond University’s development in postgraduate health professional programs,” he said.

“We are excited with the current success, and planning several new programs for 2015.”

Bond University Nutrition and Dietetics

The Bond University Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice program is the first of its kind in Australia. The program’s design is based on extensive workforce development research to produce professionals who are ready to forge a career in nutrition and dietetics.

Program: Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Next semester intake: May 2015
Duration: 2 years
Entry requirements
Undergraduate degree in health science or other related degree with at least two subjects each from studies in human physiology and biochemistry.

Bond University Public Health Nutrition

The Master of Public Health Nutrition program is the first of its kind in Australia. The program design is based on extensive national and international workforce development research to produce professionals who are work-ready in Australian and overseas, to forge a career in public health nutrition. Graduates will be equipped with a specialised set of knowledge, skills and experience in research and practice public health nutrition.

Program: Master of Public Health Nutrition
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Next semester intake: May 2015
Duration: 2 years
Entry requirements
Undergraduate degree in health science or other related degree with at least two subjects each from studies in human physiology and biochemistry.

Application deadline for UQ rehabilitation sciences

This is a reminder to all those interested in applying to the UQ rehabilitation sciences programs that the application deadline is Saturday, May 31, 2014. In order for your application to be submitted to UQ on time, you are encouraged to have your application and supporting documents in before Friday, May 30. 


UQ Occupational Therapy School

The UQ Occupational Therapy School offers a two-year graduate-entry Master of Occupational Therapy Studies program designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree and wish to gain qualifications to register as an occupational therapist. This program focuses on the practice of occupational therapy, interdisciplinary clinical studies in child health, psychiatry, and pathology, and directed study courses in the first year. In second year, management, research, and advanced clinical practice is covered.

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: November 2014
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: May 31, 2014

UQ Physiotherapy School

The UQ Physiotherapy School offers a learning environment and has assessment requirements designed to facilitate the advanced and intensive learning appropriate for a master’s-level program. The Master of Physiotherapy Studies introduces graduates to the profession of physiotherapy and its key concepts in intensive mode during an initial summer semester.

Program title: Master of Physiotherapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: November
Program duration: 2 years
Application deadline: May 31, 2014

Melbourne Law School walks for justice

On May 13, 2014, a team from Melbourne Law School joined Justice Connect to support the annual Walk for Justice. More than 70 students and staff, including the Dean, Professor Carolyn Evans, met bright and early on the steps of Parliament to raise much-needed funds for the Homeless Law Program, run by Justice Connect.

University of Melbourne Law School
Study law at the Melbourne Law School

The Walk for Justice is in its seventh year and is an initiative by Justice Connect, a pillar of the Victorian legal community. As a facilitator for the provision of pro bono legal services, an advocate for public interest matters and a provider of legal information to the community, Justice Connect plays a vital role in advancing access to justice in Victoria. Proceeds from the walk will help Justice Connect to continue in assisting some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in the community.

Melbourne Law School Juris Doctor Program

Program: Juris Doctor
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 3 years (standard course structure); 2 or 2.5 years (accelerated course structure)

Entry Requirements

Melbourne JD applicants must have
  • completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline; and
  • completed the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).
The Melbourne JD has three selection criteria:
  1. Academic results achieved in previous tertiary studies
  2. The LSAT score
  3. The applicant’s personal statement

Application Timeline

Round 1
JD Application Deadline: July 11, 2014
Latest LSAT sitting to apply in this round: June 29, 2014
Applicants applying in Round 1 will be notified of the outcome of their application by August 27, 2014.

Round 2
JD Application Deadline: September 5, 2014
Latest LSAT sitting to apply in this round: October 5, 2014
Applicants applying in Round 2 will be notified of the outcome of their application by November 27, 2014.

JCU medical students strengthen skills in Singapore

James Cook University continues to cement its reputation as one of Australia’s most distinctive and successful universities, securing $48,000 under the first tranche of the Federal Government’s $100 million New Colombo Plan.

JCU Medical School
Study medicine at James Cook University

The New Colombo Plan (NCP) is a Federal Government initiative whereby Australian university students are sent abroad to learn, build friendships and strengthen ties with neighbouring Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean countries.

A pilot program of the NCP was launched earlier this year. It has two elements: the Mobility Program (Tranche 1 and 2) and around 40 undergraduate scholarships for up to a year of study are being offered across the four pilot locations of Singapore, Indonesia, Japan and Hong Kong.

The students will undertake study experiences ranging from semester-based and short-term study to teaching practicums, research, field studies and clinical placements.

Many participants will also complete internships with businesses operating in their host country.

Anna Ekstrand, Manager Student Mobility at James Cook University, said a total of 15 JCU medical students are heading abroad, with seven having already left, while a group of eight will leave next month for the four-week Tranche 1 placement.

“All students, who are from either the Townsville or Cairns campus, are  Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery students,” she said.

“They will travel to Singapore on clinical placement as part of their fourth year clinical studies. The students will be placed in pairs in their Singapore placements, facilitated by the Singapore College of Family Physicians.”

Professor Richard Murray, Head of the School of Medicine and Dentistry at JCU, said the initiative would further strengthen ties with Singapore and beyond.

“The medical course at JCU is known for graduating adventurous, well-skilled graduates who are keen to make a difference. The Singapore experience builds on that,” he said. “We share obvious interests in the health of tropical populations and in tropical diseases such as dengue."

Professor Murray said there were other, perhaps surprising links too.

“For instance, both JCU and the College of Family Physicians Singapore are committed to producing broadly-skilled ‘generalist’ doctors who are able to work in a community clinic, the hospital setting and anywhere that their patients need care,” he said, adding that this is clearly important in rural and remote areas, but that Australia could learn much from Singapore about the value of the medical ‘generalist’ doctor in major cities.

Jan Mo, Associate Director, International Recruitment and Admissions, said JCU was proud to have been awarded funding through the New Colombo Plan.

“The School of Medicine and Dentistry has put a lot of work into establishing the Singapore clinical placement program and the NCP Tranche1 funding is an important contribution to ensure that all qualified students have the opportunity to participate in the program,” he said.

JCU Medical Program

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 29, 2014

Entry Requirements
Entry into the JCU MBBS program is directly from high school. Students may also transfer into the program during their undergraduate degree or at the completion of their undergraduate degree.
  • High school cumulative average necessary to be considered is a minimum of 85% in Grade 12 subjects, including prerequisite subject grades.
  • If you are applying to the program after you have partially or fully completed your post-secondary studies, you should have a Canadian GPA of 80% cumulative average across all university studies, but to have a competitive application, applicants should have achieved at least an 82% cumulative average.
  • Interview: held in-person and via video conference

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

New Colombo Plan in action at the University of Sydney

Last week, Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, met the first tranche of University of Sydney students who will be travelling to Singapore under the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan.

University of Sydney
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Launched last December, the New Colombo Plan is a major initiative to enhance knowledge of the Indo-Pacific region and strengthen the university’s personal and institutional ties through scholarships and internships.

Twenty undergraduate students have been selected to travel to Singapore at the end of June to research the impact of ageing and ethnic diversity on the country’s housing policy.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said approximately 300 students are studying and undertaking work placements in the pilot destinations of Indonesia, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong under the first tranche of mobility program funding provided earlier this year.

“A further one thousand students will have the opportunity to study in the region following the announcement of the second tranche of mobility funding for Australian universities under the Government’s New Colombo Plan,” Ms Bishop said.

University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence said the program was a wonderful example of the university’s engagement in Asia.

“It’s great to see students studying architecture, business, political economy and geography all coming together to work on finding real-world solutions to our region’s biggest challenges,” Dr Spence said.

The University of Sydney students will draw upon their various areas of expertise to work with local authorities, National University of Singapore academics and students, and NGOs.

One of the students who will be travelling to Singapore is Brittany Betteridge, who is studying a Bachelor of Advanced Science.

“This program will allow me to develop important cross-cultural connections while learning about urbanisation and housing density in Singapore,” Brittany said. “The opportunity to be part of a cross-disciplinary team also means I will develop communication and collaboration skills, and networks with students from diverse academic backgrounds.

“When I return, I intend to promote the importance of Australian cross-cultural and research collaboration with our Southeast Asian neighbours, and promote long-spanning ties with this region.”

The University of Sydney students’ participation in the Singapore field school project is facilitated by the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, which brings together the university’s 220 academics working on and in Southeast Asia—one of the highest concentrations of regional expertise in the world.

The first recipients of the New Colombo Plan scholarships will be followed later this year by a second tranche, taking the total to more than 700 students in this first pilot year. Forty prestigious, longer-term scholarships will also be announced in June.

The Australian Government will expand the New Colombo Plan to other destinations across the Indo-Pacific region from 2015.

Record smashed at UQ sunflower weigh-in

It’s a bloomin’ record-breaking year for the University of Queensland’s annual sunflower competition.

First-time entrants Mueller College used a mix of manure and bananas to produce a sunflower that weighed in at a whopping 4.455kg—the heaviest sunflower in the competition’s 15-year history.

University of Queensland Environmental Science degrees
You can study environmental science at UQ Gatton

Mueller College, in the Moreton Bay region, broke the 2013 record of 3.82kg held by Toowoomba’s Downlands College.

School students use scientific principles in an attempt to grow the heaviest sunflower in 12 weeks before the appointed weigh-in day at UQ’s Gatton campus.

Head of Mueller College Paul Valese said the students were surprised they had broken the record with their first entry and that their recipe for success included frozen bananas at the bottom of each pot plant.

Mr Valese also praised the school’s science staff, who used the competition as a practical way for students to apply their scientific knowledge.

“The bar has definitely been set very high and next year’s entrants from the college will need to start researching how they can improve on these results,” he said.

UQ School of Agriculture and Food Sciences Plant Pathologist Associate Professor Vic Galea said he was impressed with the caliber of entries from the schools.

“Many students adopted various methods including different potting mixes, soil, fertilizers and light regimes all experimenting to ensure they could grow the heaviest sunflower,” he said.

More than 2500 students from 77 schools took part in this year’s competition, challenging the future generation of agriculturalists to explore the scientific principles behind horticulture and agronomy.

The competition also includes a poster and reflective journal component, which is being assessed by judges so schools that can’t attend the weigh-in day the chance to be involved. Winning entries in this category are submitted to the Queensland Science Contest.

The UQ Sunflower Competition is hosted by the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences and sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, The Australian Sunflower Association, AgriFood Skills Australia, Pacific Seeds, AgForce and supported by the Queensland Agriculture Teachers’ Association.

UQ School of Agriculture and Food Sciences

UQ is ranked as the top Australian university and seventh internationally for studies in Agricultural Science, according to the 2013 QS World University Subject Rankings.

The School of Agriculture and Food Sciences provides study and practical experience covering several disciplines. Students are encouraged to participate in scientific activities not only as a component of their formal studies but also as a cooperative contribution to the life of the university and its surrounding community. Disciplines that have an environmental focus include Agribusiness, Agricultural Science, and Rural Development.
  • Master of Agribusiness
  • Master of Agricultural Science

Melbourne School of Engineering studies electric vehicles

Charging up an electric car can put as much strain on the energy grid as a small family home. So how can we embrace this new technology while keeping an eye on sustainability?

University of Melbourne School of Engineering
How will electric vehicles in Melbourne affect the grid?

Melbourne School of Engineering staff are undertaking cutting edge research into the design of electric vehicles and their likely impact on the electricity grid.

“When you run your vehicle on electricity, it is only as green as the fuel that was used to generate the electricity,” according to Dr Julian De Hoog from the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

“In Victoria, where our generation is predominantly brown coal, you have a situation where electric vehicles and petrol-powered vehicles are roughly on par in terms of environmental impact; however, the main advantage of electric vehicles is that you have flexibility regarding where your energy comes from,” he said.

While petrol-based vehicles have dominated personal transport over recent years, the electric vehicle is making a comeback. In 2014, nearly every major automaker has an electric or hybrid vehicle on the market.

“Initially, electric vehicles were quite expensive and had a short travel range.  As battery technology improves, however, prices are coming down and travel range is increasing,” said the University of Melbourne engineering researcher, who completed his B.Sc in Computer Science and Mathematics from McGill University.

Effects on the grid can be mitigated by shifting EV charging from peak times such as 6 p.m., when everyone comes home, to off-peak times such as overnight.

“In Victoria, we have had a mandatory smart meter rollout. A network operator can send a signal to these smart meters, and the smart meters communicate with the vehicles and tell them, ‘start charging’ or ‘stop charging’.”  said Dr De Hoog.

“If you have a good model of the network then in theory you can find the best possible way of charging as many vehicles as possible.”

University of Melbourne Department of Mechanical Engineering

Melbourne mechanical engineering programs have been rated the best in Australia across three major international rankings. Students will be taught by key experts in their subject fields and have access to state-of-the-art facilities for laboratory and research work.

Mechanical and mechatronic engineers are essential in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of technologies that drive society, such as transport, manufacturing, agriculture and mining.

In the mechanical engineering program, students are equipped with a fundamental understanding of how things work and apply this knowledge to design and develop next generation technologies such as aircraft, rockets, robots, biomechanical prosthetics, mining tools and many others. Mechanical engineers also create alternative energy solutions such as wind turbines, alternative fuels, electric vehicles to lead the way to a cleaner future.

Sydney Pharmacy researchers discover ‘bad’ cholesterol contributes to cancer spread

In a world-first, University of Sydney researchers have discovered one of the main reasons behind why cancer spreads throughout the body—the help of ‘bad’ cholesterol.

Published in top international journal, Cell Reports, the research found ‘bad’ cholesterol (low density lipoprotein, or LDL) regulates the machinery that controls cell migration, a major finding in the search to explain why cancer spreads throughout the body.

University of Sydney Pharmacy School
Study at the Sydney Faculty of Pharmacy

Paper senior author, Associate Professor Thomas Grewal from the Sydney Faculty of Pharmacy, said the research had important implications for cancer research.

“One of the things that makes cancer so difficult to treat is the fact that it can spread around the body,” he said.

“Most of the cells in our bodies stick to neighbouring cells through the help of ‘Velcro-like’ molecules on their surface known as integrins. Unfortunately, integrins also help cancer cells that have broken away from a cancerous tumour to take root elsewhere in the body. 

“Our study identified that ‘bad’ (LDL) cholesterol controls the trafficking of tiny vessels which also contain these integrins, and this has huge effects on the ability of cancer cells to move and spread throughout the body.

“Our research found that having high amounts of ‘bad’ cholesterol seem to help the integrins in cancer cells to move and spread.

“In contrast, we found that high levels of ‘good’ (HDL) cholesterol keeps integrins inside cells and may therefore protect against cancer cell spread.”

Sydney Pharmacy researchers have extensively examined how integrins can move to the inside of cells. Most interestingly, out of several novel therapeutic opportunities, cholesterol, one of the major lipids in our body, is needed to keep integrins on the cell surface of cancer cells; however, up to now it was unclear where this cholesterol was coming from and how one could manipulate this to treat cancer.

“Our findings contribute to the debate that cholesterol levels may be associated with cancer incidence,” Associate Professor Grewal said.

“In fact, malignant cancer cells are known to take up increased amounts of ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol.

“Our findings advance the theory that knowing how to manipulate and lower ‘bad’ cholesterol could significantly help to reduce the ability of cancer cells to spread.”

Associate Professor Grewal of Sydney Pharmacy has been collaborating with Professor Carlos Enrich from the University of Barcelona (Faculty of Medicine) in Spain for 15 years on the link between cancer and cholesterol.

Research at the University of Sydney Faculty of Pharmacy

Research at the Sydney Faculty of Pharmacy is structured around five themes that closely reflect the Australian Government’s health priorities. These are cancer, cardiovascular and diabetes, health services and patient safety, mental health and respiratory disease.

Sydney Faculty of Pharmacy’s internationally renowned researchers are experts in a broad spectrum of pharmaceutical and clinical sciences, including the design, synthesis, testing and mechanism of action of drugs, studies on advanced drug delivery, investigation of the fate of drugs in humans including pharmacogenomics and other aspects of drug disposition, and research on the clinical and sociological aspects of pharmacy and health services research.

Bachelor of Pharmacy Program at the University of Sydney

The Bachelor of Pharmacy requires four years of full-time study. There are two semesters and one entry period per year. Major topics studied include chemical, physical, pharmaceutical and pharmacological properties of medicines and the application of these in the practice of pharmacy.

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: The application deadline for this program is generally the last working day of September.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

University of Sydney Juris Doctor webinar

We’ve got great news for future law students!


Sydney Law School will be hosting an online webinar on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, for anyone interested in studying law at Sydney Law School!


Sydney Law School
University of Sydney Faculty of Law

During the webinar, you will find out more about
  • Sydney JD admissions requirements;
  • program structure;
  • application deadlines;
  • Faculty of Law
  • accreditation process…and much more!

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Time: 8 p.m. in Ontario; or 5 p.m. in British Columbia

Check the time in your location with the Time Zone Converter:

To register for this upcoming online seminar, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at


About Sydney Law School

Sydney Law School is Australia’s first. Since its inception, it has been at the forefront of developments associated with both the teaching and research of law. Its strong sense of commitment to the fundamentals of law is combined with a commitment to innovation and the exploration of issues at the cutting edge.

The Sydney JD comprises the core legal subjects required throughout the world for professional accreditation coupled with the study of a wide range of elective subjects which allows advanced learning in both specialized fields and law in general. Teaching and learning methodology includes a wide range of formats to allow individual choice, a deep understanding of the law, independent research and the development of the skills and ethics inherent in modern professional practice.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Semester intake: March 2015
Application deadline: October 31, 2014

To be eligible to apply to the Sydney Law School JD, you must have the following:
  • Completed an undergraduate degree;
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average (cGPA) of at least 3.0/4.0

International student survey ranks UQ campus number one globally

The University of Queensland’s “campus environment” and buildings took the top spot when more than 16,000 students in four countries were surveyed on the qualities of 123 English language colleges globally.

UQ School of Medicine
Study at the University of Queensland, Brisbane

In the same survey, UQ’s Institute of Continuing and TESOL Education (ICTE) was ranked as a top-10 Australian English language college and performed strongly in the key areas of “learning” and “living.”

More than 10,600 Australian English language college students, including 566 ICTE-UQ students, and 5504 English language students in Canada, New Zealand and the USA, took part in the 2013 i-Graduate English Language Barometer survey.

ICTE-UQ director Ms Christine Bundesen said the survey was the most comprehensive of its kind.

“Students ranked their school in four key areas—learning, living, support and arrival—and were asked questions across more than seventy individual measures,” Ms Bundesen said.

In addition to achieving a top-10 Australian English language college ranking overall, ICTE-UQ achieved a top-10 Australian ranking in each of the four key survey areas and 49 top-ten Australian rankings, including more than 20 top-10 global rankings, in a broad range of individual survey measures.

Areas in which ICTE-UQ scored highest included lecturers’ and supervisors’ teaching ability, course organisation, the quality of lecture theatres and classrooms, class sizes, and the multicultural learning environment.

The institute also scored highly in measures including sporting and social facilities, and on whether students felt welcome, safe and secure.

“These results are a testament to ICTE-UQ’s high standard of teaching and the quality of its learning environment, and to the exceptional opportunities for English language students at UQ St Lucia to enjoy life beyond the classroom,” Ms Bundesen said.

In 2013 more than 2500 students and professionals from more than 40 countries studied English at ICTE-UQ.

ICTE-UQ has participated in the iGraduate ELB since the survey’s launch in 2011. 2013 is the first year that Australian results have been incorporated into Global Benchmark results.

Ms Bundesen said students’ positive responses in the i-Graduate survey reinforced the UQ Advantage, the range of strengths, opportunities and benefits that students gain by studying at a university ranked in the world’s top 100.

The University of Queensland, through the UQ Advantage, creates a learning and research environment for their students, staff and alumni which rewards excellence and innovation and promotes engagement with local, national and international communities. The UQ Advantage provides students with opportunities, choices and support that will enable them to realize their individual aspirations, to become leaders in their chosen fields and to positively impact on the society in which they live.

Come and meet representatives from the University of Queensland at the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs this weekend!


Toronto, Ontario
Date: Saturday, May 31, 2014
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: Hilton Toronto, 145 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON M5H 2L2

Vancouver, British Columbia
Date: Sunday, June 1, 2014
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson St., Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7

No RSVP required—just come along with friends and family!

The OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs provide a fantastic opportunity to meet Australian university representatives and to learn more about their Australian universities, programs, campus lifestyle, entry requirements, accommodation and more. OzTREKK staff members will also be there to answer any questions about applying to these Australian universities and the transition for Canadian students studying internationally.

See you at the fairs!

About the Faculty of Education at Monash University

The Monash Faculty of Education has an outstanding reputation, both within Australia and internationally for its contribution to cutting-edge research and discussion on educational issues. They are committed to the very highest standards of research and research training and this is reflected in the high numbers of postgraduate and research students that choose to study education at Monash University.

The Monash Faculty of Education is known for
  • their diverse and innovative curriculum that responds to international, national and local community needs;
  • producing graduates who lead professional practice, public debate and policy, and community action around the world;
  • their innovative and flexible approach to collaboration with various communities and industry partners in the public and private sectors; and
  • their diverse range of relationships in support of their approach to professional education and well-regarded conceptual and practical research.

The Monash Faculty of Education is the result of an integration of three institutions that had separate existences until July 1991 when Monash University and the Chisholm Institute of Technology merged to form two schools: the School of Early Childhood and Primary Education at Frankston (previously the Chisholm Institute School of Education) and the School of Graduate Studies in Education at Clayton (the Faculty of Education, Monash University). In 1991 the Gippsland Institute of Advanced Education was affiliated with Monash and, in January 1993, the two institutions fully amalgamated. The Peninsula and Clayton campuses were joined by the School of Education at Gippsland.

Initially the faculty was organised into three schools, one on each campus, operating as separate academic and budgetary units. Following the 1994 review and the emphasis placed by the review panel on the importance of developing a whole-faculty sense of identity and approach to teaching and research development, in 1997 the faculty restructured into a single department with academic and professional staff working through a cross campus team-based structure.

The Monash Faculty of Education currently operates a unified single department structure across three Australian campuses: Berwick, Clayton and Peninsula. It is considered one faculty, not three campuses, and they are committed to capitalising on the collective education and research strength that comes from working collegially across campuses. This multi-campus structure provides opportunities to engage with local industries and communities, taking advantage of the geographic location. Strong links have been established with other faculties on each campus and with the local community to better engage with their regions. The faculty’s strong links with both the John Monash Science School at Clayton and the Nossal High School at Berwick are important elements of their ongoing engagement with the profession.

Did you know that Monash University is ranked 6th in the world in the subject of Education QS World University Rankings by Subject 2013 and 2014?

Monash University Teachers College

Program: Master of Teaching (Primary or Secondary)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: March 2015
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: Although there is no strict application deadline for either of these programs, it is recommended that students apply at least three months prior to the program start date. Doing so will provide students with a sufficient amount of time to complete the assessment and pre-departure process.

Macquarie Library and Art Gallery recognised with national awards

Macquarie University’s Library and Art Gallery have each received major recognition from peak industry bodies recently, highlighting their vibrant role in the broader community.

Macquarie University Faculty of Arts
Macquarie University’s beautiful campus

The Macquarie University Library was announced as Australia’s favourite university library, in a public poll run by the Australian Library and Information Association.

Libraries were nominated and voted on by Australia’s public, with 223,768 votes submitted online, by phone, email and text message. The announcement on Australia’s Favourite Library officially launched Library and Information Week 2014.

“We’re thrilled to receive this accolade and we’re especially pleased that it has come from the votes of our library users,” said JoAnne Sparks, University Librarian. “We’ll continue to do everything we can to stay Australia’s favourite university library.”

Also over the week of May 19 -25, Museums Australia presented a MAGNA (Museums & Galleries National Award) to the Macquarie University Art Gallery for its current Affinities exhibition.

“The award was given in the category of exhibition (temporary), against some tough competitors, including the National Gallery of Australia, Australian War Memorial and Australian Museum,” says Rhonda Davis, Senior Curator.

“Affinities: 7 Museums, 50 objects” is one of a number of special displays in celebration of the university’s Golden Jubilee Year, open to the public in the University Art Gallery.

Affinities has seen the Macquarie University’s museums and collections join together to reveal their interdisciplinary relationships through their most exciting pieces—from mummies to microscopic samples.

Curating this multifaceted and eclectic display is a team of over 20 curators, researchers and academics, who are passionate about sharing the stories within the university for a broader audience.

“The exhibition not only unveils stories and insights into the tastes and values of cultures and societies, but also those that have shaped Macquarie University’s extraordinary collections since we were founded in 1964,” says Davis.

Included on public display for the first time is the Lewis Morley Library archive, a recent donation to the university.

During the launch of Affinities, Professor John Simons, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts also said, “Macquarie University is blessed with a range of collections reflecting the interests of its collegiate body and, in this Jubilee Year, it seemed appropriate to celebrate those assets, both physical and intellectual, with an exhibition that brought together objects from across the range of our holdings.”

Macquarie University Faculty of Arts

In the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University, students and staff work together within and across disciplinary boundaries to ask questions about socially complex problems, identify paths of research, analyze and communicate ideas in creative formats and reflect on the skills and knowledge they will need to understand the world, past and present.
  • Ancient History
  • Anthropology
  • English
  • Indigenous Studies – Warawara
  • International Studies
  • Law
  • Media, Music, Communications & Cultural Studies
  • Modern History, Politics & International Relations
  • Philosophy
  • Policing, Intelligence & Counter Terrorism
  • Sociology

Monday, May 26, 2014

Full scholarships for Master of Integrated Water Management candidates

Water managers around the world are facing increasingly complex challenges. Successfully addressing these challenges will require them to collaborate and cross social, environmental and technological boundaries to provide sustainable solutions.

The Master of Integrated Water Management at the University of Queensland is one of the few courses in the world that takes a truly transdisciplinary, integrated approach to water management in both developed and developing country contexts. The degree is co-badged and co-delivered by leading industry practitioners and lecturers from International WaterCentre’s  founding member universities: University of Queensland, Monash University, Griffith University, and the University of Western Australia.

UQ Master of Integrated Water Management
Rowers at UQ rely on proper water management

Why study the Master of Integrated Water Management?

The Master of Integrated Water Management program aims to build future leaders in water management with an emphasis on working either in rural international development, in urban water policy and management, or across stakeholders in the context of integrating water resource management for water, food, energy and environment. The program draws on the expertise of international leaders in education and research across a wide breadth of disciplines, taking a trans-disciplinary whole-of-water-cycle approach that equips students with practical tools and skills for developing and managing the implementation of innovative solutions to local, regional, national and international water challenges. Graduates will be part of a growing and vibrant global professional network of alumni, lecturers and institutions, with continued access to a pool of expertise and opportunities for professional development. For more information, visit the IWC website (

The Master of Integrated Water Management program is custom-designed to give participants the technical, managerial and leadership skills they need to create innovative and sustainable solutions to global water challenges. Three specialisation streams are available:
  1. International Development
  2. Urban Water
  3. Water, Land and People
Students will develop the strategic, managerial and technical skills they need to advance in the water sector. They will become familiar with all aspects of integrated water resource management; be capable of providing water management expertise to help reduce poverty through equitable and sustainable use of water; be skilled to provide technical and managerial input into planning, design and operation of water projects and facilities; understand the principles of managing water supply, wastewater treatment and urban infrastructure projects; recognise the socio-economic factors impacting on effective water solutions; and understand the governance and institutional frameworks underpinning water resource management. The program focuses on building the skills base of students in such areas as critical thinking, problem solving, statistics and data management, knowledge transfer and effective leadership.

While students enroll at the University of Queensland, modules are jointly delivered by world-leading industry experts and lecturers from IWC’s four founding universities. Upon graduation, students receive a co-badged degree. This means they receive a testamur with the logos of all four universities.

Scholarships for Master of Integrated Water Management candidates

The International WaterCentre (IWC) is offering several full scholarships for high calibre candidates accepted into the Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM) commencing in Semester 1, 2015.
  • Applications are now open for international students.
  • Up to four international scholarships will be awarded including two full scholarships (each valued at AUD$79,311, including tuition fees and living expenses) plus up to two full tuition scholarships (each valued at AU$50,776).
  • Apply for a scholarship by August 1, 2014.
  • Enroll at the University of Queensland Australia and start the MIWM program full-time in February 2015.

Program: Master of Integrated Water Management
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Duration: 1.5 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: November 30, 2014

Canadian medical licensing: everything you need to know

Just a reminder to all students who have applied to an Australian Medical School via OzTREKK: On Sunday, June 1 and Sunday, June 8, 2014, OzTREKK Director Matt Miernik will travel to Vancouver and Toronto to discuss the options available to Canadian students studying medicine at a medical school in Australia.

Australian Medical Schools in Australia
Don’t miss the Medical Licensing Seminars!

Deciding to study medicine at an Australian Medical School is a huge decision! OzTREKK wants to ensure our Canadian student applicants have the most up-to-date knowledge about their options to practice medicine following graduation from an Australian Medical School.

Whether you would like to return to Canada or remain in Australia, those who attend our seminars learn about the avenues to practice medicine. We did our research and broke down the process for you, our applicants, (and your families) so that you can make an informed decision whether studying medicine in Australia is the best option for you.

OzTREKK Medical Licensing Seminars schedule

City: Vancouver
Date: Sunday, June 1, 2014
Time: 2 – 5 p.m.

City: Toronto
Date: Sunday, June 8, 2014
Time: 4 – 7 p.m.

Important topics covered at the seminars

  • The Australian Medical School systems and structure
  • Australian med school rankings
  • Medical degree titles such as MD and MBBS
  • Medical school rotations in Canada
  • Coming back to Canada to practice medicine
  • Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE), MCCQE1 and MCCQE2
  • The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) program and rates
  • Provincially specific programs available to international medical graduates
  • The Australian Internship and Residency Program

How can you attend?

Attendance is via invitation only. Only those students who submit an Australian Medical School application via OzTREKK are invited to the 8th Annual OzTREKK Medical Licensing Seminars. Family members of the medical school applicants are also welcome to attend the seminars.

Students and their families will have the opportunity to ask questions about studying medicine in Australia and about obtaining a residency after their program completion. These seminars help parents and students walk away with all the necessary information to help them make a decision about studying at an Australian Medical School.

About the Sydney Centre for Veterinary Education

The Post Graduate Committee in Veterinary Science was formed in 1961 by a group of forward-thinking veterinarians—university lecturers, professional association members and those from associated industries who recognised during the 1950s the growing need for continuing veterinary education.

Sydney Veterinary School
Study veterinary science at Sydney
This led in 1965 to the formation of the Post Graduate Foundation in Veterinary Science (PGF) at the University of Sydney, which was established under the authority of the university’s Senate and governed by a Council elected by its members. Its aim of funding continuing education for the profession led to the expansion many more services.

These initiatives of 40 years ago established the world’s first and leading organisation dedicated to postgraduate veterinary education. The first activity was organizing the delivery of regular refresher courses of two to five days’ duration. In the first year, two courses were held and by 1996 there were 68. In 1997 this grew to 94, and by 1998, 102 courses were held. There has been comparable growth in our other activities covering publishing, technical information search and dissemination, distance and online education.

From its inception the PGF enjoyed the support and participation of our New Zealand colleagues. Veterinarians from many other countries around the world also use our resources and attend our courses. With the expansion of veterinary practice and new communications technology we are looking forward to increasing involvement in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of veterinarians everywhere.

On August 4, 2008 the Post Graduate Foundation in Veterinary Science officially became the Centre for Veterinary Education.

Sydney Centre for Veterinary Education

As an established and recognized leader in continuing veterinary education, the Centre for Veterinary Education has been a worldwide provider of continuing professional development to the veterinary community for over 40 years. Formerly the Post Graduate Foundation in Veterinary Science (PGF), we officially became the Centre for Veterinary Education (CVE) on August 4, 2008.

The centre provides up-to-date education and information to veterinarians, vet nurses, technicians, carers, support staff and all those involved in the care of animals, and are committed to helping improve the health, well-being and welfare of all animals.

Education and information streams include a variety of innovative educational deliveries, from distance education and online courses to events and publications.

Melbourne Medical School application deadline

OzTREKK would like to remind all Melbourne Medical School applicants that the application deadline is coming up on Friday, June 20!

University of Melbourne Medical School
Learn more about the Melbourne MD

Application Timeline

  • Application deadline: June 23, 2014 (Melbourne time). NOTE: All Melbourne MD application documents must be at the OzTREKK office by Friday, June 20, 2014 in order for your complete Melbourne Medical School application to be submitted on time.
  • Last date to sit MCAT for 2015 intake: May 31, 2014
  • Last date to submit MCAT results: July 7, 2014
  • Interview offers released: August 1, 2014
  • Applicants not shortlisted for interview notified: August 11 – 12, 2014
  • Deadline to accept interview: August 7, 2014
  • Interviews (via Skype): August 18 – 22, 2014
  • Offers of admission begin to be issued: October 20 – 21, 2014
  • Deadline to accept offer of admission and pay deposit: November 5, 2014
  • Deadline to meet any conditions of offer: November 10, 2014
  • Enrollment deadline: January 23, 2015
  • First day of class: February 2, 2015

University of Melbourne Doctor of Medicine Program

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: June 23, 2014 (Melbourne time). NOTE: All Melbourne MD application documents must be at the OzTREKK office by Friday, June 20, 2014 in order for your complete Melbourne Medical School application to be submitted on time.

The Melbourne MD is a four-year, graduate-entry medical program that builds on the University of Melbourne’s reputation for excellence in teaching and research. It enables students to become outstanding medical practitioners who will excel as world-class leaders in their chosen field.

Entry Requirements for the Melbourne MD Program

To apply to the Melbourne MD, eligible Canadian applicants must have
  • successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline at a recognized university;
  • completed prerequisite second-year university subjects (one each) in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. Subjects from overseas universities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • completed the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or the Graduate Australian Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT); and
  • received an invitation by the University of Melbourne to sit a multi-mini interview (MMI).
The selection of eligible international applicants, including Canadians, will be based on the following:
  • Academic record: grade point average (GPA) from a completed three-year (or more) university degree in any discipline (with prerequisites met and studies completed within the last 10 years)
  • Test results in an aptitude test, MCAT or GAMSAT: MCAT test results from January 2012 to May 2014 (inclusive) will be accepted for those applying for the 2015 intake. Applicants sitting the MCAT test more than once within this date range may choose which set of scores to include with their application
  • Structured multi-mini interview (MMI)

Friday, May 23, 2014

JCU medical students run for cystic fibrosis

A team of second-year JCU Medical School will be breathing deeply for those who can’t by running in the 65 Roses Challenge for cystic fibrosis in Townsville this Sunday, May 25.

JCU Medical School
Study medicine at James Cook University

The students learned about cystic fibrosis in their respiratory medicine classes and were inspired to take up the cause.

Mallory Van Wensveen, Renee Guesnon, Eliza Billington, Madeleine Grace Storey and Elicia Tyerman will run 65 km (relay style) on treadmills at Zoo Health and Fitness, to raise not only funds, but also much-needed awareness of this debilitating condition.

Cystic fibrosis, or CF, is a serious genetic condition affecting the respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems.

People with CF develop an abnormally large amount of excessively thick and sticky mucus within the lungs, the airways, and the digestive system. The mucus decreases the release and production of digestive enzymes from the pancreas and traps bacteria in the lungs resulting in recurrent infections which lead to irreversible damage.

Lung failure is the major cause of death for someone with CF.

CF is the most common recessive genetic condition, and affects 1 in 2500 Australian children born each year, and at present there is no cure.

There are 29 children affected by cystic fibrosis in the Townsville region.

To raise funds to support CF research, the JCU team held a breakfast barbecue on Wednesday, May 21.

The team is also encouraging everyone to wear red and make a gold coin donation. All funds raised support Cystic Fibrosis Australia.

Staff, students and members of the community are urged to come along and support this great cause.

Interested in JCU Medical School?

Once again, Professor Ian Wronski, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences, and Mrs. Sandra Hurlock, Associate Faculty Registrar, will be visiting Canada to conduct interviews for those interested in gaining entry into the JCU Medical School.

With interviews being a part of the application process to the JCU Medical School program, students can complete this application prerequisite in Toronto, Calgary or Vancouver. For the 2015 intake, JCU will hold interviews with eligible international applicants from Canada either
  • in person in Canada this June; or
  • via videoconferencing following the August 29 program application deadline.

About the Interviews

An interview is a necessary component of the admission process for entry into the JCU Medical School and it is strongly encouraged that you undertake the interviews for the JCU medical program earlier rather than later.

It is important to note that the majority of those that have been successful in gaining admission in to the medical program at James Cook University have interviewed in person in Canada, with many receiving offers prior to the application deadline. It is recommended that you undertake and participate in the in-person interviews in Canada in June.

Interviews Schedule

Vancouver: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Calgary: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Toronto: Thursday, June 19 & Friday, June 20, 2014

Entry Requirements for the JCU Medical Program

Entry into the JCU MBBS program is directly from high school. Students may also transfer into the program during their undergraduate degree or at the completion of their undergraduate degree.
  • High school cumulative average necessary to be considered is a minimum of 85% in Grade 12 subjects, including prerequisite subject grades.
  • If you are applying to the program after you have partially or fully completed your post-secondary studies, you should have a Canadian GPA of 80% cumulative average across all university studies, but to have a competitive application, applicants should have achieved at least an 82% cumulative average.
  • Interview: held in-person and via video conference

Bond University scholarships up for grabs!

Did you know that 2014 marks Bond University’s 25th Anniversary? To celebrate this momentous milestone, Bond is offering additional scholarships worth up to 50% of tuition fees for the September 2014 semester! These scholarships will be open to international students applying for a single undergraduate degree or a postgraduate master’s coursework study.

Applications for Bond University’s 25th Anniversary Scholarships are currently being accepted and will and close Monday, June 16. Students wishing to apply should have their application submitted by this date in order to be considered. Please note that applications for students not wishing to apply for a scholarship will remain open up until the commencement of university’s September semester.

Bond University Law School
Study law at Bond University Law School!

Scholarships will be awarded to students who have exhibited academic excellence in their secondary or post-secondary studies. Here’s the rundown: 

About the Scholarship
The Bond University 25th Anniversary Scholarships have been created as a celebration of the university’s commitment to fostering the development of students from around the globe for the last 25 years. These scholarships will be awarded to international students who have excelled in academia.

These scholarships are valued at up to 50% of the tuition fees for any single undergraduate degree program or a Master’s coursework degree program.

The Bond University 25th Anniversary Scholarships are available to international students applying for undergraduate or postgraduate study (Master’s coursework only) at Bond University in September 2014.

These scholarships are open to international students who are applying to study at Bond University in September 2014 and have achieved high academic results.

Who can apply
Bond University is strongly encouraging all students who have achieved strong academic results to apply. If you have applied for one of these scholarships in 2013 and would like to apply again, please let your Admissions Officer know and we will alert the university to reassess your application. Similarly, if you have already applied for the September or May semester and think you could be considered for this scholarship, Bond would be happy to re-open your application.

Selection criteria
This scholarship is open to international students (Canada and USA) who are applying to study at Bond University for the September 2014 intake and have exhibited excellence in one or more of the following areas:
  1. Academics
  2. Elite sport
  3. Leadership in their school or community and civic participation
  4. Indigenous applicants who have shown commitment to their heritage
Application submission
For 2014 September semester entry, applications opened on February 18, 2014 and will close on June 16, 2014. Interested applicants will need to submit an application via the OzTREKK office to get the process started. We will then guide you through the entire application process to ensure your application is complete and eligible for assessment.

Applicants need to be prepared to submit the following:
  1. Submit a Bond Law School application
  2. Copies of your most recent transcripts (high school or university).
  3. Two references who can vouch for your achievements.
  4. A 500-word personal statement outlining why you feel you should be awarded with one of these scholarships.
  5. A summary of achievements or current CV that exemplifies your particular area of excellence.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

UQ Global Change Institute building awarded prestigious green rating

The accolades continue for the University of Queensland’s newest building, following its prestigious green star rating award from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) last week.

UQ Environmental Sciences
UQ’s Global Change Institute building

The Global Change Institute (GCI) building is one of three sustainable educational facilities in Queensland to receive the 6 Star Green Star – Education Design v1 rating, signifying “World Leadership.”

GCI Director Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg said the $32 million “Living Building” was a net zero-energy carbon-neutral workplace with natural ventilation, on-site solar panels and rainwater storage to service amenities.

“Many of the building’s features are unique but, equally, there are attributes that could be easily implemented into any new structure,” he said. “The use of rainwater in the building is a practical example of how we are having a positive impact on the environment and moving from a focus on consumption to contribution.”

GBCA Chief Executive Romilly Madew congratulated UQ on its achievement.

“UQ now has an asset that is not only one of the greenest educational facilities in the state, but is also a healthier, more productive learning environment for students and teachers,” she said.

The building design and delivery has been a collaborative process involving the university’s Property and Facilities Division, the Global Change Institute and HASSELL architects.

HASSELL design team leader Mark Roehrs said the building presented the opportunity to push boundaries and combine innovative technologies with simple design techniques. He said the world-first structural use of low-carbon concrete and the net zero-energy operation of the building using renewable solar energy collected onsite were great examples of this.

“As a live research site, the building’s systems and operational capability are being constantly monitored and adjusted to ensure maximum comfort for the space’s occupants,” he said. “What we have learned from the design, construction and operation of this building is informing future sustainability projects.”

This is the second accolade for the GCI building in the last month, after it was ranked 34th in a list of the world’s 50 most impressive environmentally friendly university buildings.

Professor Hoegh-Guldberg said the awards confirmed that visual design and environmental sustainability were not mutually exclusive.

“We are privileged to work in a space that is not only aesthetically inspiring but is also giving back to the environment in which we live,” he said.

Professor Hoegh-Guldberg acknowledged the contribution of GCI Board member and philanthropist Mr Graeme Wood toward the building.

About the Global Change Institute

The Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland, Australia, is an independent source of game-changing research, ideas and advice for addressing the challenges of global change. The Global Change Institute advances discovery, creates solutions and advocates responses that meet the challenges presented by climate change, technological innovation and population change.

Melbourne DDS student shares his story

Wondering what it’s like to study at the popular Melbourne Dental School?
Well, wonder no longer! Here is a student testimony regarding the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program—and oh, by the way, he’s an OzTREKK student!

University of Melbourne Dental School
Study dentistry at the University of Melbourne

Vancouver-based Scott Buckley first contacted OzTREKK in January 2011, and while the application and pre-departure processes are sometimes nerve-wracking for students, he made it through with flying colours and is now fulfilling his dream of studying dentistry in Australia.

Scott began his Melbourne Dental School journey in February 2012. Now in his third year, he is more relaxed and confident in his studies, and is enjoying life in Melbourne!

When asked why he considered Australian dental schools, Scott said it was because they are accredited in Canada. Since 2010, there has been a reciprocal agreement between Canada and Australia allowing international graduates of accredited dentistry programs from both countries to be considered the same as domestic graduates. This means that Canadians who have graduated from an accredited Australian dentistry program would only be required to write the same National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) Written Examination and Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) as someone who graduated from a Canadian dentistry program before he or she would be licensed to practice.

Scott said this opened more doors and opportunities—not only could he study dentistry, but he could also study it in an amazing locale! At the time, Melbourne Dental School was the only university that offered a postgraduate option for dental studies, the Doctor of Dental Surgery program.

It was an easy choice, Scott notes, as the curriculum is up to date and the facilities are top-notch, including the expanded clinical facilities. Melbourne is also on top of the most cutting-edge research and Scott is also impressed with the extensive dental implant knowledge at the school.


What’s life like as a Melbourne student?

Scott says that beginning a new life in Melbourne was easy to set up: the University of Melbourne offers airport pick-up and he took advantage of that service. He also feels that at Melbourne, students are encouraged to be the best they can be through the wide range of activities within the program and through the extracurricular activities that are offered. By participating in these activities, Scott had the opportunity to meet many other international students.

Scott says that the Melbourne DDS program is unique in that there are a lot of other Canadian students, so you’re really not “alone,” and it’s easy to make friends. He thinks the University of Melbourne helps students to balance “university life” and “social life” by offering programs to facilitate meeting other students.

“It’s a lot of fun to be a student here,” he says. “There are a lot of things that you can do.”

Melbourne vs Vancouver? Did you know that both Melbourne and Vancouver have been in the top 3 as world’s most liveable cities*? Scott says coming from Vancouver to Melbourne isn’t very shocking. The weather patterns are quite similar, but while it doesn’t snow in Melbourne, there is still plenty of rain—like Vancouver—and it does get quite hot.

Any advice to students applying to Melbourne Dental School?

Scott’s main advice? Don’t stress. He says he came to Melbourne with just two suitcases and didn’t have any accommodation booked and made out just fine.

Scott insists that the toughest part of the journey is making the decision to study in Australia—after all, it is on the other side of the planet. But once you’ve made that commitment, it is easy to adapt. He says you won’t have any regrets and encourages everyone to give it a try!

*The EIU’s Livability Ranking and Overview August 2013

About the Melbourne Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Program

Program: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: June 23, 2014 (Melbourne time)

Entry Requirements
To be eligible to apply for the Melbourne Dental School’s DDS program, eligible applicants must have
  • successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline at a recognized international university within the past 10 years;
  • completed prerequisite second-year subjects (one semester each) in human anatomy, human physiology and biochemistry (approved by Melbourne);
  • completed an entrance examination: either the Canadian DAT, US DAT, or MCAT. Please note that the carving portion of the Canadian DAT is not required for Melbourne Dental School; however, if you have completed the carving section of the test, this score will be considered. Test scores will not be considered if the exam results are more than 2 years old. There is no minimum cutoff GPA or DAT score for this program; however, a high level of academic standard is required for entry.