Tuesday, March 31, 2015

State-of-the-art recording studio launched at the Melbourne VCA and MCM

On March 27, the new Brian Brown Recording Studio was launched by the Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley MP at the University of Melbourne’s Southbank campus—home to the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (VCA and MCM).

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Elizabeth Murdoch building at the Melbourne VCA

Funded by Creative Victoria, the upgraded facility will allow for large-scale live recordings incorporating high-end technology and a range of new teaching, research and community engagement activities.

With low-latency HD video monitoring, the facility will also allow musicians in a variety of spaces to record and communicate with adjacent teaching spaces and internationally via audio and video link.

Director of the VCA and MCM, Professor Su Baker, said the studio was named in honour of the eminent Australian jazz musician Brian Brown OAM (1933–2013), who established the jazz and improvisation course at the VCA in 1980.

“The studio was originally developed by Brian Brown some thirty-fve years ago and regarded as one of the foremost state-of-the-art recording studios and centres for electro-acoustic composition in Australia,” said Professor Baker.

“As a result of the upgrade, the studio now offers all the functions required by emerging musicians in the twenty-first century, continuing the legacy of the visionary Australian artist,” she said.

There are also plans to set up full synthesiser integration to allow digital input into the analogue synthesiser collection—including the “Rare ‘Doctor Who’ synthesiser,” Synthi 100—meaning new production technologies can be used in conjunction with old.

Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley MP, who officially launched the studio today said the Melbourne Faculty of VCA and MCM has a long history of providing the highest level of teaching and facilities to emerging artists.

“For well over forty years, the VCA and MCM has fed and nurtured our creative sector—attracting, training and retaining outstanding talent for Victoria,” Minister Foley said.

“World-class training needs world class facilities, and this studio will help to foster the next generation of musical talent and create projects that will be shared with the wider community for many years to come,” he said.

Griffith civil engineering student building strong foundations in Mumbai

Traveling from the sheltered western world to Asia’s poorest slum, fourth-year Griffith Civil Engineering student Giovanni Rapana put down his iPhone, rolled up his sleeves and got to work. With the assistance of the Industry Affiliate Program and a Griffith University Scholarship, Giovanni completed a six-week project in the Shivaji Nagar slums of Mumbai, India.

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Working with a research based urban development company, Giovanni participated in a project investigating the structure of the slum’s concrete foundations in an attempt to find low-cost alternatives that can better survive the harsh conditions. He gained new knowledge on construction techniques and the subsurface profiles of slum areas. The program offered Giovanni a fantastic opportunity to explore the world and his field.

The Industry Affiliate Program (IAP) is a work-integrated learning program that is tailored for placing undergraduate and postgraduate students into relevant industries. It provides students the opportunity to participate in real-world projects and develop the discipline-specific skills through industrial projects. The IAP is different from an internship or a summer job as it usually requires the students to work two to five days a week throughout a whole semester.

“The IAP project was definitely beneficial to me. Without this internship experience, I wouldn’t have realised that there is still so much more to learn. I know how to do assignments but applying those skills to the real world can be challenging,” said the Griffith Civil Engineering student.

Giovanni not only acquired academic advantages from the internship, but the whole experience of staying in India has added a fruitful page to his life story and was an exceptional experience.

“India was such a different atmosphere, such a different lifestyle… Seeing children who, instead of playing with phones are throwing rocks and sorting trash was challenging for me as I’m also a father… But, overall the whole experience was a blast. I even attended two Indian weddings which was the highlight of the trip and one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.”

The IAP offers different projects to suit the students’ profession, and provides direct benefits and industry insight to the students through the practical placements.

Civil, structural and geotechnical engineering at Griffith University

As we face mounting environmental and infrastructure challenges, civil engineers of the future will have an enormous impact on our communities. Griffith Civil Engineering courses offer an innovative and creative engineering experience by equipping you with a basic foundation in science combined with an integrated knowledge of multiple engineering fields. The schools’ post-graduate engineering management major equip students with the managerial skills needed to run complex projects smoothly, a quality highly valued by employers.

UQ Pharmacy research: cane toads potentially lucrative export in cancer fight

Wait before you whack that toad. Not only is it frowned upon to kill cane toads inhumanely, but the amphibian’s venom could be worth a bucket-load.

That’s the message from the UQ School of Pharmacy’s Dr Harendra Parekh, who is exploring how cane toad venom can be used to fight cancer.

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“People are killing cane toads by the millions for free, but it’s potentially a very lucrative export market for Australia with the Chinese being extremely interested in naturally derived health products,” Dr Parekh said.

“The Australian cane toad is very similar to the Asiatic toad, whose venom has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years.

“We already have several companies interested, as the Chinese value Australian toads because of the environment they enjoy here.”

Dr Jing Jing, former PhD student at the University of Queensland discovered that cane toad poison could kill cancerous prostate cells while sparing healthy cells.

“However, before we can take it to market, we need to improve the venom’s solubility (ability to dissolve) − which we are well on the way to achieving,” Dr Jing said.

“Investigating applications for other cancers is also firmly on our radar.”

UQ has previously secured a seed grant from Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Shenzhen China for the work being conducted in Dr Parekh’s group.

The research team hopes to begin validation in animals soon.

Cane toads were introduced to Queensland in 1935 to control the cane beetle, but quickly multiplied and were declared a pest.

They have since spread to the Northern Territory, Western Australia and New South Wales.

UQ Pharmacy  Research

The UQ Pharmacy research programs are well-developed across a diverse range of areas. Quality, innovative research is a major component of the UQ’s commitment to the delivery of world-class education and health care outcomes. It is what equips UQ students for leading-edge positions on the rapidly changing health care frontier.

Are you interested in studying pharmacy at the University of Queensland?

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: November 15, 2015

Many international students with prior study (especially those with a science background) are able to enter directly into Year 2 of the Bachelor of Pharmacy. If credit is awarded, students can undertake an additional course in their first and second semester of enrollment and complete the program in just 3 years.

Monday, March 30, 2015

University of Melbourne DPT prerequisites

The Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy requires prerequisite subjects in anatomy and physiology taught at the first-year level, or equivalent. For the two courses, the prerequisites must have been completed no more than 10 years prior to commencing.

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Study physio at the University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne's Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is responsible for assessing prospective students’ courses to see if they meet application eligibility. If your subjects (human anatomy and human physiology) have not been previously assessed, you are strongly recommended to have your subjects assessed well in advance of applying. The assessment process may be lengthy, so try to have your subjects assessed as soon as possible before applying. To see if your courses meet the prerequisites, please go to the University of Melbourne’s prerequisites page (http://physioth.unimelb.edu.au/entry_to_practice/doctor_of_physiotherapy/pre-requisites). You may check the courses you have taken to date by clicking on the “International” link under the heading “Have you already assessed my subjects?”

Prospective applicants for the Melbourne DPT program must submit documentation through the University of Melbourne’s webform for assessment by April 30 in order to be considered for admission for the following year. Applicants who submit complete documentation by this deadline will be advised of the subject equivalent before the closing date for applications. Note: Submissions received after this date will be processed but applicants will not receive advice about the outcome of the request until after the closing date for applications.

Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

The Melbourne DPT program is available only to those applicants who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in the last 10 years or are in the final year of completing an undergraduate degree.

To be considered for admission into this program, a Canadian applicant must
  • have completed an undergraduate degree and prerequisite subjects. Prerequisite subjects include one semester of human anatomy and one semester of human physiology.
  • participate in a multi-mini interview. Selected applicants will be shortlisted to participate in a multi-mini interview (MMI) to assess interest in and motivation for undertaking the program, likely capacity for establishing and maintaining rapport with patients in a clinical setting, communication skills, and aptitude for collaboration and decision making. The University of Melbourne has advised that international applicants will likely complete a MMI via video conferencing or phone.
Selection will be based on academic record (grade point average GPA) from a completed three- or four-year university degree. The Selection Committee will also conduct interviews. To be competitive, it is anticipated that applicants will have achieved a standard of at least 70% or higher GPA in their undergraduate degree.

An applicant’s GPA results will be measured by considering the last three years of the applicant’s undergraduate coursework studies (including Honours). Weightings will be applied according to the approved Melbourne Adjusted Grade Point Average (MAGPA) calculations in force in any given year, or in the absence of any defined MAGPA, by weighting the first of the final three full-time years by 1, the second year by 2, and the final year by 3.

Offers of admission will be made from a combined ranking list where a candidate’s GPA and interview results are given equal weightings.

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Next available intake: February 2016
Duration: 3 years
Application Deadline: First round – June 5, 2015; Second round – July 31, 2015

UQ medical stars light up new Academy

Researchers from the University of Queensland feature prominently in the newly formed Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, launched last week in Canberra.

UQ’s Professor Ian Frazer is president, and UQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Robyn Ward  is an executive member. Nine UQ researchers joined them as new fellows.

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Study medicine at the UQ Medical School

The academy brought together the nation’s leading minds in health and medicine, Professor Frazer said.

It would provide independent advice to government, industry and the community on issues relating to evidence-based medical practice and research in Australia.

Professor Frazer said Australian health and medical science was among the best in the world.

“The Academy will assist in mentoring the next generation of researchers to ensure we remain at the forefront of evidence-based medical practice.

“Academy fellows have mapped the genetic basis of epilepsy, provided a treatment that has the potential to stop rheumatoid arthritis in its tracks, developed a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer, made significant advances in the management of obesity in children, and ensured better outcomes for patients in intensive care units.

“The Academy looks forward to working with the other Australian learned academies, government and industry to guide the optimal development of our health care system for future generations.”

Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley said the academy’s establishment would build on Australia’s world-leading medical research sector.

“The Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences will draw on a significant breadth of knowledge to provide government with advice on health priorities where medical research can and should make a difference,” Ms Ley said.

“Australia’s research sector continues to produce the knowledge, techniques and products that save lives and improve quality of life both today and for years to come.”

Ms Ley said the academy aimed to mentor the next generation of health and medical science researchers and provide a forum for discussion on medical research progress, with an emphasis on translation of research into practice.

About the UQ Medical School Program

The UQ Medical School conducts a four-year, graduate-entry medical program, the Doctor of Medicine (MD). The UQ MD is a professional entry extended masters medical training program, which replaced the MBBS program in 2015.
Program: Doctor of Medicine

Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. It is recommended that applicants apply early to increase their chances of timely assessment.

University of Sydney supports Human Rights Commission campaign

The University of Sydney renewed its pledge to support the Human Rights Commission’s “Racism. It Stops With Me” campaign, which is designed to encourage Australians to reflect on their own role in countering racism.

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Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner and university alumnus, Tim Soutphommasane, spoke at an event held on campus last week to celebrate the university’s commitment to the campaign and to promote respect and tolerance on campus.

The Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence said the university was committed to strengthening inclusion and celebrating diversity.

“The University of Sydney values and respects the social, cultural and linguistic diversity of our academic and student community,” Dr Spence said.

“Our campuses reflect Australia’s vibrant multicultural communities, with students from more than 134 different countries studying at the university.”

Dr Spence said the university’s support of the Human Rights Commission’s “Racism. It Stops With Me” campaign was part of a suite of initiatives to strengthen access and equity policies at the university.

“Racism damages individuals and communities and it is important that we join with others to take a stand against it,” Dr Spence said.

“At the University of Sydney our shared purpose is to support researchers and students from all different backgrounds to thrive and realise their full potential. This binding purpose is clearly enshrined in the university’s Strategic Plan 2011–15 and is a guiding goal of our institution.”

The University of Sydney has demonstrated a strong commitment to promoting inclusion and is working to improve the representation of equity groups across the university’s professional and academic positions.

“A strong equity and diversity policy is critical to ensure the university is globally competitive and in a strategic position to leverage the benefits of our diversity,” Dr Spence said.

“As an institution we must continue to focus on how we as a community can continue to promote inclusion.”

New creative director for Griffith Film School LiveLab

Griffith Film School’s commercial student enterprise LiveLab is set for greatness, with the appointment of a new Creative Director – British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and Royal Television Society (RTS) award-winning producer, Richard Fabb.

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Study film at Griffith University Film School

Richard comes to Griffith University with more than 25 years of industry experience.

His experience includes 10 years working on Channel 4 News as Producer and Foreign News Editor in the United Kingdom. While there he won an RTS Award for a short film on the sectarian divide in Northern Ireland.

Richard has also made a number of documentaries for broadcasters including Channel 4, CNN and RTS.

His first long form film, Young Nazi and Proud, won a BAFTA, an Indie Award and was shortlisted for an RTS and Grierson Award. In Australia Richard has worked principally for Andrew Denton’s production company, Zapruder’s other films, but has produced programs for a range of broadcasters, including the ABC, SBS, Channel Seven, Channel Ten and The Comedy Channel.

Richard says although familiar with the Griffith Film School and its reputation is was the unique nature of LiveLab that attracted him to the role.

“To come into the film school with no academic background and be part of the industry yet within the university is a rare opportunity and I’m very excited by it,” Richard says.

“To the best of my knowledge LiveLab is the only in-house production unit of its kind in Australia, providing practical experience for students to work and train alongside industry professionals. It’s amazing to see.”

Throughout his career Richard has worked with and mentored a lot of early career professionals and has been really impressed by the quality of the work they can produce.

He says he finds it exciting to be around young professionals.

“They keep you on your toes and question how you do what you do. They have ability and passion, and come with fresh eyes and a fresh mind.”

New era for LiveLab
“It’s remarkable what LiveLab has already done; however, being the largest film school in the country, with outstanding equipment, there’s no limit to what LiveLab can achieve and I’m looking forward to the challenge.

“I plan for LiveLab to be regarded as a genuine equal player in the production world, with work produced on par with other professional production companies,” Richard says.

Master of Screen Production at Griffith University

In the Master of Screen Production, you will undertake practical work, integrated with screenings and discussions that will place your learning in a craft and creative context. The degree includes a strong collaborative component, which will help you develop a sound understanding of how your specialist role fits into the production process. You will learn through a problem-based curriculum, active learning in small groups and practical work placements that give you an opportunity to combine theory and practice.

Program: Master of Screen Production
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: February and July
Duration: 1.5 years


Admission requirements

Applicants for this program must have
  • a bachelor degree in Screen Production (or equivalent) from a recognised university; or Graduate Certificate in Screen Production and
  • a portfolio of professional work, which may include documented professional experience or other evidence indicating the applicant’s capacity to undertake and benefit from the program, for example, screenwriting samples, films (submitted on DVD), production experiences.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Sydney veterinary students go batty in Centennial Park

On February 20, Sydney DVM students ventured to Centennial Parklands for an immersive learning experience aimed at increasing student understanding of the interconnectedness between human, animal and environmental health (One Health One Welfare).

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Sydney DVM students study threatened wildlife species, including bats

During the day students rotated through five stations, all strategically located within the Parklands:
  1. Equestrian Centre (actual site of equine influenza outbreak in 2007/08) – students discussed the response to an emergency animal disease and the responsibility of veterinarians in reporting unusual cases of disease
  2. Centennial Parklands Dining (hub of human activity in the Park) – students listened to prerecorded audios of different cultural attitudes towards animals (Australian farmer, indigenous Australian, Chinese Australian) and reflected on their own motivations for working with animals
  3. Federation Pavilion (dog off-leash area) – students discussed the meaning of responsible pet ownership, the benefits of walking dogs in public spaces and the behavioural, clinical, and legislative basis of dog bites within the context of societal impacts and the small animal veterinarian’s role in One Health
  4. Lachlan Swamp (roosting site for thousands of bats) – students took on the role of jury in the legal case that led to the relocation of flying foxes from the Royal Botanic Gardens. Students also reflected on the broader chain of events that led a threatened wildlife species to seek refuge in urban areas, potentially bringing new risks to human and companion animal health.
  5. Vernon Pavilion (adjacent pond filled with birdlife) – students compared the clinical presentation of a disease (botulism) that affects different species (dogs, waterfowl, humans). They considered how the approach to clinical history might offer insights into environmental exposures that have consequences to both animal and human health.
Following the experiential learning activity, the Sydney Veterinary School students participated in a debriefing exercise where they developed wikis on the roles and responsibilities of veterinarians in society, the benefits and risks of human-animal and animal-animal interaction and the multi-disciplinary collaborations needed to safeguard the health and welfare of animals, humans and the environment.

Student feedback was highly positive, with more than 97% of students agreeing or strongly agreeing that the Centennial Parklands field trip helped to improve their understanding of One Health One Welfare.

University of Sydney Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Program title: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February each year
Program duration: 4 years

Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians
Students can apply for a position into the Sydney DVM after completing any kind of bachelor degree at a recognized university, as long as program prerequisite units of study have been met.

Applicants must have completed the following prerequisite units of study at bachelor-degree level to be eligible for entry:
  • general chemistry (physical and inorganic)
  • organic chemistry
  • biology
  • biochemistry
The minimum GPA for entry is a 2.8 on a 4.0 scale; however, places are limited and there is a strict quota for this course. Entry is highly competitive so students who have achieved the minimum GPA (and other admission requirements) are then ranked on academic performance. The higher your GPA, the better your chances of receiving an offer.

University of Sydney shows strong leadership in new national academy

Researchers from the University of Sydney feature prominently in the newly formed Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, which was launched this week by Australian Federal Health Minister, the Hon Sussan Ley MP.

The Academy brings together the nation’s leading health and medical science experts, and will play an important role in the health and medical sciences policy landscape in Australia.

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Health Minister Sussan Ley said, “The establishment of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science would continue to build on AustraIia’s world-leading medical research sector.”

Sydney Public Health School’s Professor Louise Baur and University of Sydney Medical School Professor Anushka Patel have been honoured as Council members, and 19 leading researchers from the university and its affiliated institutes join them as new Fellows.

The Academy will provide independent advice to government, industry and the community on issues relating to evidence-based medical practice and medical research in Australia.

It will also mentor the next generation of health and medical science researchers and provide a forum for discussion on progress on medical research, with an emphasis on translation of research into practice.

Responding to the news, Professor Jill Trewhella, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) said “I applaud our researchers at the University of Sydney and affiliated institutes for being recognised in such a prestigious manner. Their nomination to the Academy reflects their capacity for senior leadership and strong advocacy for health and medical science.

“Health and medical research is an area that Australia leads in globally, so having strong voices from our leading academics and an authoritative platform to speak from is fabulous.”

Among those recognised for their significant contributions to improving human health through excellence in medical research, the Fellows representing University of Sydney and our affiliated organisations were Professor Bruce Robinson, Dean of Sydney Medical School and Professor Kathryn Refshauge, Dean of Sydney Health Sciences.

Sydney Medical School Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales (Camperdown/Darlington campus)
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Main round: Monday, July 6, 2015; October round: Monday, September 7, 2015

FROZEN creator to visit the University of Newcastle

Chris Buck, the Academy Award winning animator, screenwriter and director of Frozen will make an exclusive appearance at the University of Newcastle at the end of April to share the secrets of innovative creativity.

UON Director of Creative Innovation, Jeff Julian says that Buck’s visit is another major step in restructuring the entire creative industry locally. Newcastle is redefining itself: moving from a coal and industrial city to a university and cultural hub.

About Chris Buck

Watching Disney’s Pinocchio as a child, Buck was inspired to explore animation. In 1978, Buck joined Disney as a character animator. Working on classics such as Tarzan and Pocahontas, Buck’s work stretched from animator, to screenwriter to director.

In 2008 Buck returned to Disney after a stint at Sony, and as part of his pitch, Buck suggested an animated musical feature based on “The Snow Queen”—and thus Frozen was born.

Chris Buck will be speaking at an innovative session at University of Newcastle in late April, inspiring our students, staff and the community. As this event is exclusive to university’s Newcastle campus, they will be live-streaming the event to ensure the broadest possible audience for the talk.

With the news that Frozen 2 is set for release in 2018, Buck’s Newcastle talk will be hotly anticipated.

The Faculty of Education and Arts at the University of Newcastle is newly constituted in 2002 and brings together a broad range of academic expertise, comprising Aboriginal studies, music and drama, education, fine art, humanities, language and media, liberal arts and social sciences.

University of Newcastle School of Creative Arts

The University of Newcastle School of Creative Arts has earned a reputation for delivering quality programs in the creative and performing arts, music and fine art. The School has more than 1300 undergraduate and postgraduate students studying courses in creative and performing arts.

Staff in the school have national and international reputations in performance, creative work, scholarly research and teaching. They are living and breathing creative artists, researchers and/or performers—and sometimes a combination of the three.

Griffith Business School team $1m Hult Prize regional final

A team of Griffith University business students is a step closer to $US1 million and a meeting with former US President Bill Clinton after advancing to the regional finals of the sixth annual Hult Prize.

Hailing from the School of Government and International Relations in the Griffith Business School, the team comprises Australian Postgraduate Award recipient Brad McConachie; Prime Minister’s Australia-Asia Endeavour Awardees Chris Eigeland and Janna Mallon; and New Colombo Plan Scholar Elise Stephenson.

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The Griffith team is one of 250 selected from more than 20,000 applications from 500 colleges and universities in 150 countries. Other host cities are Boston, San Francisco, London and Dubai.

The world’s largest student competition, the Hult Prize is partnered with President Clinton and his Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and is an innovative crowd-sourcing platform striving to solve the most pressing global social challenges. Student teams compete to secure $US1 million in start-up funding for a sustainable social venture.

The focus of the 2015 event is on building start-ups to provide sustainable and high quality early education solutions for a predicted 10 million children under the age of 6 and living in urban slums beyond 2020.

“Over the past few years we have worked together in Australia and our region on the topics of children and education,” says Elise Stephenson. “We are so excited to have this opportunity to compete with the best in the world and we are positive our solution will have great practical impact on communities.”

Founder and CEO of the Hult Prize Foundation, Mr Ahmad Ashkar, attributes the rapid growth of the Socially Responsible Investment sector to new demand created by the international marketplace.

“Servicing the world’s poorest people through profitable and sustainable enterprise is not just good for the world; it’s great business,” he says.

Says President Clinton, “The Hult Prize is about more than the solution to the problem; it’s about how the world has to work in the twenty-first century.”

Following the regional finals, the winning teams will move into a summer business incubator, where participants will receive mentorship, advisory and strategic planning as they create prototypes and prepare to launch their ventures.

The final will be hosted by President Clinton at CGI’s annual meeting in the US in September.

Griffith Business School Departments

Academic departments within the Griffith Business School offer a range of high-quality undergraduate and postgraduate business programs—many unique to Griffith, and pioneer in areas including franchising, tourism, real estate and property development, international business, Asian studies and employment relations. Griffith Business School departments:
  • Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics
  • Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources
  • School of Government and International Relations
  • Department of International Business and Asian Studies
  • Department of Marketing
  • Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management

Thursday, March 26, 2015

UQ leads Australia in science research

The University of Queensland leads Australia and excels globally in two critical measures of science research excellence associated with the prestigious journal Nature.

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University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research

As well as being Australia’s number one in Nature’s index of research publications, UQ scores nearly twice the global average for the proportion of its publications in the gold standard journals Nature and Science.

The Nature Index tracks author affiliations, institutional relationships and contributions to articles published in 68 of the world’s absolute prestige science journals.

University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said the result was testament to the excellence of UQ researchers and it underscored UQ’s current position as the leading Australian university for research income.

“UQ has many excellent researchers who bring about benefits that improve the daily lives of individuals, families and entire communities,” Professor Høj said.

“The Gardasil cervical cancer vaccine, the Triple P Positive Parenting Program and our world-leading approaches to the management of urban and environmental water resources are prominent examples of fully translated research excellence captured by the Nature Index—and more is on the way.”

Nature said UQ postdoctoral researcher Dr Timothy Barnett from the UQ School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences was one of UQ’s “stars.”

“Work by Barnett and his team reshaped understanding of how group A Streptococcus bacteria infects the body, effectively hiding from the immune system and growing within cells,” Nature said.
“The new comprehension of the bacteria’s behaviour is an important step towards better treatment for an infection linked to more than 500,000 deaths globally each year.”

Professor Høj said the Nature Index reflected the established strengths of Australian research institutions with the seven next Australian positions taken by members of the Group of Eight
“However, a look beneath the index’s surface shows the tectonic plates of university prestige are shifting,” he said.

“Universities outside Australia are building their research excellence, and will soon topple the old order of university rankings in our region. This will reverberate across Australia’s economy unless we get a sounder national approach to investing in and rewarding top quality research. One of the first casualties will be our $16 billion education export industry, which is vital not only to the Australian economy but also very  important for our future relations with strongly expanding global economies.”

UQ School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

Situated within the Faculty of Science, the UQ School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences teaches and researches in the disciplines of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Microbiology and Parasitology. The common thread in UQ’s discipline mix is the capacity of molecular-based approaches to create understanding and to lead to discovery. The school has a comprehensive array of scientific instrument installations, used by research staff and students and accessible in many cases to the wider university and public communities.

Monash Law team wins international mediation award

A team from the Monash Faculty of Law has won the award for Best Mediation Plan at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Mediation Competition, held in Paris last month.

The team, consisting of Belinda Anderson (undergraduate student) and Alyson Gale (JD student), and coaches Anne Sutherland-Kelly and Naomi Burstyner from the Faculty of Law, claimed the prestigious award ahead of a field of 500 participants from 67 universities and more than 40 countries.

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Learn more about studying law at Monash Law School

From the Australian Centre for Justice Innovation (ACJI), the two coaches brought significant expertise to the team, with Ms Sutherland-Kelly an experienced commercial and human rights mediator, teacher and senior fellow at ACJI, while Ms Burstyner is a mediator, negotiation skills teacher and senior researcher at ACJI.

The competition consisted of four preliminary and four final rounds of commercial mediations, where students were expected to apply their skills and knowledge of negotiation and collaborative practice, to advance their interests and move forward toward resolution. The students were also required to prepare and submit a mediation plan outlining their strategy, underlying interests and objectives in relation to resolution of the dispute.

The team put in a fantastic performance. Belinda and Alyson worked seamlessly together as client and counsel throughout the rounds and it was clear the team, for the second year running, were considered to be in the top tier of competitors, after the team achieved second place in 2014.

Ms Burstyner believes the competition helps students with essential skills required of the modern lawyer.

“We could see when they had mastered a framework for negotiating, they felt secure about their ability to work within the process. The facts provided by the ICC are complex and intricate, so it was essential for the students to have internalised the facts and figures as well. Once this ‘absorption’ of the facts was combined with a real command of the negotiation process, the students achieved a sense of flow in the negotiation.” Ms Burstyner said.

Ms Sutherland-Kelly said the competition solidifies the quality of students at Monash Law School.

“The ICC competition tests our students abilities at the highest levels of international commercial practice. Participation in this prestigious competition has again demonstrated Monash’s international standing as a leader in the ADR field, and that ACJI students are globally competitive,” Ms Sutherland-Kelly said.

Director of ACJI, Professor Tania Sourdin, was pleased to sponsor the coaching.

“Mediation and arbitration subjects, and competitions really support student development. We are proud and delighted with the team effort,” Professor Sourdin said.

The team were supported by Lander & Rogers Lawyers (a Melbourne law firm with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane) and assisted by three ‘honorary’ coaches (Peter Singer, Myles Watson and Shawn Whelan), who gave selflessly of their time and expertise.

About Monash Law School Juris Doctor

The Monash JD is a graduate law degree designed to teach the knowledge and skills required to practice law. This innovative law degree recognizes the needs of graduates who wish to study law, providing the transferable skills and knowledge only a law degree from one of Australia’s leading universities can provide.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intakes: January, May, August
Duration: 3 years (accelerated option: a minimum of 2.5 years)
Application deadline: Applications are generally assessed on a rolling admissions basis.

Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline.
  • Applicants with a minimum, cumulative average of 75 percent and above in their university studies, as well as work/life experience, will be considered for admission.
Please note that each applicant’s average is calculated over all years of university study. Monash University does not require the LSAT for entry in the Monash JD program.

The search for Australia’s saddest beach

A unique nationwide competition was launched on March 21 to identify Australia’s saddest beach.

The beach found to be in the worst condition will win a visit from a team of coastal experts who will help the local community transform it into a Happy Beach.

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Griffith studies what makes a beach happy

The driving force behind the Happy Beaches competition is Griffith University student Naomi Edwards. A Gold Coast local, Naomi holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science and a Master of International and Community Development.

More recently her research has turned to beach happiness through an Honours project that investigates the use and value of community knowledge in coastal management.

“Happy Beaches is about connecting experts from a range of coastal environmental disciplines with communities who need help managing beach issues,” Naomi said.

“By providing communities with the information they need, we will hopefully inspire and enable them to transform their beach from sad to happy. And at one location, we will come and help them do the job.”

What makes a beach sad?
  • Marine debris issues
  • Eroded beaches as a result from human impact or unsustainable coastal intervention
  • Undesignated beach access
  • No long-term beach management strategy
  • Lack of community action and partnerships
  • Capacity issues (e.g., people/access capacity)
  • Lack of facilities to meet beach users’ demands
  • Lack of biodiversity and conservation practices
What makes a beach happy?
  • Marine debris strategy in action with source reduction results
  • A long term strategy that have a vision beyond 25+ years
  • Designated beach access and used correctly
  • Increasing community action and growing partnerships
  • Limited resource capacity constraints
  • Sufficient facilities to meet the needs of beach users
  • Biodiversity and conservation is central to the management of the beach
The Griffith School of Environment was thought of as revolutionary; today it is more important than ever. Over that time the environment and sustainable practice has evolved from a fringe issue to a mainstream challenge to government, industry and even individual households. Griffith is helping society to face those challenges.

The university has expanded on their initial programs to offer not only environmental and natural sciences but also urban planning and architecture with a focus on sustainable development. Griffith University‘s undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs include
  • Architecture;
  • Ecology;
  • Environmental sciences;
  • Environmental management;
  • Marine science; and
  • Urban and environmental planning.
The Griffith School of Environment has the largest group of environmental professionals in any university in Australia, and among the largest in the world.

JCU expands into Townsville’s CBD

James Cook University is expanding its presence in Townsville, celebrating the opening of its innovative, multi-use campus in the heart of the city.

The nearly 1000-square-metre Townsville City Campus is a three-storey, teaching, engagement and student services centre located in the City Arcade development.

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Speaking at the March 16 launch, JCU’s Vice Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding said the campus’ opening is a milestone in the growth of the university.

JCU is proud to be expanding into the heart of the city. We’ve wanted to be in Townsville’s CBD for a long time and we are so excited that we have found such a wonderful location.”

“This campus provides fantastic facilities for learning, teaching and engagement with the broader community, and it will help revitalise Townsville’s CBD,” Professor Harding said.

Townsville’s Mayor, Councillor Jenny Hill officially opened the campus. She said it’s another exciting step forward in the revitalisation of the CBD.

“I congratulate JCU for expanding its services into the inner city, and it will be a great benefit to Council’s aim of having 30,000 people living and working in the CBD by 2030.”

“A vibrant and progressive city provides essential services within its city centre, and having the presence of educational institutions is important for the direction of our CBD,” Cr Hill said.

Professor Harding said the campus would boost James Cook University’s engagement with community groups and allow it to work more closely with civic leaders.

The campus has been designed so that it delivers a diverse range of facilities and services for JCU and other community organisations.

It includes a Collaborative Learning Area, which features the latest innovative technology to promote flexible learning.

The Dean of the College of Law, Business and Governance, Professor David Low said a range of subjects would be taught at the campus, with disciplines including business and law.

“The campus features the first moot court in North Queensland with e-court facilities. This will allow us to provide practical training to our law students in the latest methods for evidence management,” said Professor Low.

“The campus will also host short courses for companies seeking professional development for their staff,” Professor Low said.

The campus includes a boardroom with teleconferencing and catering facilities, allowing the university to engage more directly with business and the local community.

The ground floor features a shopfront point of contact for inquiries from potential students, their families and friends. Course brochures and other promotional material will also be available. A video wall at the shopfront will showcase JCU’s world-leading research.

The campus boasts extremely high-speed internet. Students will be able to drop in to use computers and study in the CBD. Seminars and alumni functions will also be hosted at the campus.

Many of the facilities can be hired out to community groups and other external organisations.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Melbourne engineering researchers develop micro-filters for clean water

Researchers from the Melbourne School of Engineering in conjunction with CSIRO, have developed new membranes or micro-filters that will result in clean water in a much more energy efficient manner.

Published recently in the journal Advanced Materials, the new membranes will supply clean water for use in desalination and water purification applications.

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Sandra Kentish, Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering said that up until now, there has not been a way to add chlorinating agents to water to prevent biological growth in the desalination process.

“Such biofouling has been a major issue to date, but the new membranes have the potential to lead to a more economic desalination operation,” she said.

For the Melbourne School of Engineering professor, the availability of fresh water for drinking, irrigation and industrial use is one of the grand challenges of this century. Energy efficient water purification has the potential to improve the lives of billions of people around the world.

“The new membranes perform at a comparable level to existing commercial membranes used in these applications, but importantly show greater resistance to attack by chlorine containing chemicals,” Professor Kentish said.

“The chlorine resistant membrane materials can cut out additional processing steps reducing operating costs. They can also prevent the decrease in water flow that is currently observed with time due to biological fouling” she said.

The novel membrane technology uses layer-by-layer polymer assembly and has been developed by a collaborative research team including Professor Kentish with Professor Frank Caruso and Dr Jacky Cho from the Melbourne School of Engineering and Dr Anita Hill from CSIRO. The work was made possible through funding from the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF).

Melbourne School of Engineering

The Melbourne School of Engineering offers an internationally recognised curriculum with dual accreditation that is unique in Australia. The Master of Engineering suite of programs are the only engineering courses to be accredited by Engineers Australia, as well having received EUR-ACE® label European accreditation, allowing graduates to register and work as professional chartered engineers in many countries around the world.

Melbourne’s graduate model of engineering education provides depth, breadth and flexibility to a world-class curriculum that is informed by real world, problem-based learning, industry experience and a generous program of scholarships for both local and international students.

The school conducts cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and works with a range of partners from academia, government and industry to address some of society’s critical problems, such as water resource management, infrastructure protection, sustainable energy and targeted drug delivery for cancer treatment, to name a few. Other key projects include the bionic eye, the sustainable city, artificial skin, and the green internet.

Griffith University Gold Coast gets digital wall

The Griffith University Gold Coast campus will boast its first outdoor LED video wall following construction on the project this month.

Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor and Head of the Gold Coast campus, Professor Ned Pankhurst, said the video wall will greet students, staff and visitors as they enter the Gold Coast campus from Parklands Drive.

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Griffith University on the beautiful Gold Coast

“This video wall is an exciting addition to our Gold Coast campus and will act as a dynamic platform to welcome visitors and VIPs, as well as engaging current students and staff,” said Professor Pankhurst.

“Displays on the video wall will celebrate the activities of the Griffith community, through showcasing student achievements, highlighting the efforts and accomplishments of staff and furthering our reputation as a world-class university.”

The six metre by four metre high resolution and weatherproof LED Digital Screen and audio system will sit outside G11 Learning Commons and display images, video and webpages, as well as live streaming events and television.

The aggregation of various social media, and sharing conversations within the wider Griffith University community, will feature heavily in the latest addition to the university’s digital signage platform.

“Staff and students will not only be able to submit their own creations and content for the wall, but also be involved in real-time social engagement and conversations happening on-screen,” explained Professor Pankhurst.

“We foresee the G11 video wall becoming an important tool for the Griffith community to stay up to date with events, announcements and initiatives, as well as keeping abreast with what’s ‘trending’—not just within our university, but breaking news and events in general.”

The hot tip for viewers is to pick a spot on the common grassed area adjacent to G11—around 14 metres from the screen—to soak up that high-definition, broadcast digital television-worthy resolution.

And the great news is the master plan for the Griffith University Gold Coast campus includes increasing the grassed area, making room for a bigger audience to enjoy all the new video wall will have to offer.

Construction on the video wall began last Thursday and is expected to be completed in mid-April.

New global education role for Monash Dean of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Professor Bill Charman, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has been chosen to lead the International Pharmaceutical Federation Education Initiative (FIPEd) Steering Committee.

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is the global federation of national associations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, and is a non-governmental organisation in official relations with the World Health Organization.

FIPEd brings together all of FIP’s education actions and its purpose is to support the reform of pharmacy education so that there will be sufficient and competent pharmacists everywhere in the world.

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Professor Charman was selected by the FIP Bureau at its meeting in the Netherlands on March 19, and will take office as the Steering Committee chairman on Aug.1.

Professor Charman, said that although the FIP Education Initiative (FIPEd) has achieved much since its inception, the next five years will be critical to building on its many successes and to demonstrating the tangible benefits of its programs to stakeholders around the world.

“Education is an essential agent of global practice change—and FIPEd has positioned itself to accelerate this journey by identifying and implementing a structure to support its global vision. I look forward to helping the FIPEd team rapidly execute their respective plans; to broadening the depth of engagement with educators around the world; and for the impact of FIPEd-related activities to be tangible, relevant and welcomed.”

The FIPEd chair mandate is two years, renewable once and this year, FIPEd’s work includes an update on the global pharmacy workforce and research into pharmacy advanced practice/specialisation and on interprofessional education.

Professor Charman said he was thrilled and humbled to be selected to work with the team of talented individuals.

“Integrity, transparency, broad and energetic stakeholder engagement, accountability and inclusiveness will be hallmarks of my chairmanship,” Professor Charman added.

Monash University Bachelor of Pharmacy Program

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by Monash University to submit their Bachelor of Pharmacy applications before the end of September for the February intake.

Entry Requirements
Applicants must have completed at least a high school diploma to be eligible to apply.

Applicants need to have completed Grade 12 English, Chemistry and Math to meet the program prerequisites. Additional, preferred subjects include biology and physics. The minimum average for admission from high school is 87% in your top six Grade 12 subjects.

Applicants who have completed university studies are welcome to apply. For entry into the Bachelor of Pharmacy at Monash, students undertaking university studies must have completed a minimum of the first year of a bachelor degree.

Applicants who have completed university studies must have
  • completed at least one year of a Bachelor degree;
  • met the English, Chemistry and Math program prerequisites (first year university or Grade 12 level);
  • an overall minimum average of 80%; and
  • a minimum of 80% in the prerequisites subjects of English, Chemistry and Math.
If you have not completed the necessary prerequisite subjects at university level, your high school transcripts will then be assessed for prerequisite subjects. Applicants who have completed university studies will need to submit official academic transcripts from their university and their high school.

MCAT 2015 dates

Are you considering applying to Australian Medical Schools? Then you’ll probably want to write the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The MCAT is administered multiple times from late January through early September, and offered at hundreds of test sites in the United States, Canada, and around the world.

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Find out which Australian medical schools require the MCAT

Graduate-entry medical programs from Griffith Medical School, Melbourne Medical School, UQ Medical School, Sydney Medical School and Monash Medical School require applicants to sit a medical admission test such as the MCAT.

Keep the score release dates in mind when you are registering. For most medical schools, you will need to have your MCAT score at the time of application.

Admin and Score Release Dates
  • April 17 – June 16
  • April 18 – June 16
  • May 22 – June 30
  • June 19 – July 21
  • June 20 – July 21
  • July 17 – August 18
  • July 18 – August 18
  • August 5 – September 8
  • August 6 – September 8
  • August 21 – September 22
  • August 22 – September 22
  • September 3 – October 6
  • September 11 – October 1
  • September 12 – October 13

About the MCAT2015 Exam

Coming April 17, 2015, the new MCAT exam is designed to help better prepare tomorrow’s doctors for the rapidly advancing and transforming health care system. According to the MCAT website, the changes to the MCAT exam in 2015 will preserve what works about the current exam, eliminate what isn’t working, and further enrich the MCAT exam by giving attention to the concepts tomorrow’s doctors will need.
  • Natural sciences sections of the MCAT2015 exam reflect recent changes in medical education.
  • Addition of the social and behavioral sciences section, Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior, recognizes the importance of socio-cultural and behavioral determinants of health and health outcomes.
  • And the new Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section reflects the fact that medical schools want well-rounded applicants from a variety of backgrounds.
The first three sections organized around 10 foundational concepts in the sciences (biology, biochemistry, organic chemistry, general chemistry, physics, psychology, sociology). In the new Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS) section, students are asked to analyze, evaluate, and apply information provided by passages from a wide range of social sciences and humanities disciplines.
  1. Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems Section
  2. Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems Section
  3. Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior Section
  4. Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills Section (CARS)
Register for the MCAT! Go to https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/register/

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Pre-departure webinar for Bond University students

You’ve got lots to do before you book your flight to the Gold Coast. This is where we come in.

Bond will be starting its Doctor of Physiotherapy program this May. OzTREKK is proud to support our students from start to finish, so that means we help you with your application, your offer, your acceptance, your pre-departure preparations—and your arrival!

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Since our Bondies are scattered across Canada, we’ve decided to hold a pre-departure webinar on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 6 – 8 p.m. to connect everyone together. Just like the in-person, pre-dep seminars, the webinar is a great opportunity to get prepared for this exciting, new step in your life!

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Time: 6  – 8 p.m. (Ontario time)
Venue: Online

The webinars provide an excellent avenue to learn more about the Australian student visa process, your accommodation options, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), travel arrangements, banking and finances, and general info about the Australian lifestyle and culture. Essentially, the session breaks down what to do prior to leaving Canada and what to do upon arrival in Australia. This is your chance to get your questions answered—and reassure your family members to boot! Remember, there is no such thing as a silly question: If you are wondering about how to get a bank card, you can bet your bottom dollar everyone else is, too. Questions are via chat, so ask away, Bondies!

Wondering about Bond Physiotherapy School?

The Bond University DPT program offers an innovative problem based learning model of physiotherapy education to prepare entry-level physiotherapists for their roles and responsibilities as first contact practitioners. The program integrates the clinical, pathological and related sciences with the physiotherapy knowledge, skills and professional behaviours and attitudes required to examine, diagnose and treat physiotherapy clients.

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Next intake: May 2016
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: August 14, 2015

What is the Sydney Master of Wildlife Health and Population Management?

FAQs – Master of Wildlife Health and Population Management degree


What makes this degree different from other degrees offered in wildlife studies?
  • You will learn by doing. All teaching is centred on field, laboratory, or computer-based ongoing research activities the results of which will have real-world outcomes. This degree is based on units of study which provide intensive field study sessions.
  • You will be taught by world renowned experts who are actively involved in the field, including experts from government, academia, and private industry.
  • Because of the very small class size, you will receive an education that is tailored to your interests.
  • You will be studying in one of the most ecologically diverse and beautiful areas in the world.
  • Upon completion you will have a comprehensive set of tools for managing wildlife populations, these skills will provide you with job opportunities in government, the not-for-profit sector and the private sector or opportunities to enter PhD programs.
  • This degree is based on units of study which provide intensive field study sessions.
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Learn more about the Sydney Master of Wildlife Health and Population Management program

What type of undergraduate qualification do I need to have?
This course is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in science with a major in biology, agriculture, ecology or conservation. It will also appeal to veterinary graduates who have an interest in Conservation and wildlife. Those students with a sufficient grade point average and some research training can enrol in the 48 credit Masters program. Those without research projects, experience or a lower GPA are eligible for the 72 credit Masters program.

What type of jobs will be available to me upon completion of this degree?
Based on the success of our previous graduates, your study will prepare you for entry into jobs in private industry, not-for-profit organizations, zoos and wildlife parks, academia, and government at all levels, from applied work in State and National Parks to policy development at the minister’s level. If you are already employed in these fields, the wildlife health Masters will provide you with new opportunities for growth and promotion. For those of you who are interested in obtaining a PhD, the Wildlife Masters allows you to identify fields of study and investigators with who you would like to work and gives you strong credentials allowing entry into entry into top-quality programs.

How do I qualify for the shorter 48 credit point version of this degree?
If you do have a sufficient grade point average and have taken coursework with a significant research component, graduated with honours, have another master’s degree, or have a veterinary degree you may be eligible for the 48 credit point version of the Master of Wildlife Health and Population Management.

When you submit you application for this degree program, your qualifications will be automatically assessed and if you have what is termed a Level 8 degree, you will be given credit for 24 credit points. If there is any uncertainty about the nature of your undergraduate degree, the university may ask for further documentation. Please include any copies of research you have been involved with as part of your submission.

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I have already worked extensively as a volunteer in wildlife organisations. What can this degree add to my experience?
 The Master of Wildlife Health and Population Management is designed to challenge you and expand you knowledge and skill base no matter what experience level you have when you enter the program.

What type of animals am I likely to encounter during the fieldwork?
During field work, you will encounter a broad range of native Australian birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. In the greater Sydney area it is possible to see more than 200 species of birds, including many seabirds that cannot readily be found anywhere else in the world. In the field studies, you will see koalas, platypus, brush-tailed possums, eastern grey kangaroos, swamp wallabies, wallaroos, wombats, grey-headed flying foxes, and several species of microbat. In October during one unit of study, the university saw eight species of reptiles and 10 species of frogs. While at Western Plains Zoo during the WILD5006 Ex-Situ Wildlife Management unit you will encounter a wide range of native and African wildlife.

What areas of research can I be involved with in my research project? Can I choose my own?

There are projects that relate to koalas, platypus, macropods, wombats, birds, frogs, and even invertebrates, e.g., the Cumberland land snail. These can range from ecology-based, to genetics, to health-related projects. Most will be focused on issues that relate to the local ecosystems including the Blue Mountains Wilderness Heritage area, the Sydney Basin, and the Southern Highlands, although some projects are more wide ranging. You are free to discuss any ideas or current involvements you have regarding research projects with your academic supervisor.

Program: Master of Wildlife Health and Population Management
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March and July
Duration: 1 year
Application deadline: January 31 for the March intake; June 30 for the July intake. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible, as offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited.

World recognition for Griffith University finance degrees

From Griffith… to Wall Street.

It’s a dream that could very well become reality for Gold Coast businessman Andrew Hack. He is among the first students to enrol in one of Griffith University Business School’s new postgraduate finance degrees, which have just been recognised by the world’s biggest finance professional designation.

Two postgraduate programs—Master of Finance and Master of Finance and Investments—have been admitted into the prestigious CFA Institute’s University Recognition Program, the most respected and recognised investment credential in the world.

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Andrew hopes that having a postgraduate degree of such calibre as the Master of Finance and Investments will not only assist him with his CFA exams, but also give him an advantage in the job-seeker market once he moves to New York.

After successfully running three Gold Coast retail businesses, he now wants to move into the field of investment banking.

“Globally, and particularly in Australia, employers are requiring a master’s degree as a prerequisite and doing a course that is also recognised by the CFA Institute is absolutely fantastic,” Andrew said.

“I did my level one exam with the CFA Institute last year and it was quite difficult because nowhere outside of Sydney offers courses that directly prepare you.”

Program Director Dr Alexandr Akimov said the Master of Finance and Investments curriculum was built around CFA Level 2 and 3 professional exams for students who have a background in finance studies.

The Master of Finance program is designed for students from any background and covers the curriculum from all three levels of CFA exams.

“For many students the CFA exams can be challenging and there is a high fail rate because there is no training built into the CFA program, but our students are well prepared through the master’s programs which are designed to be professionally relevant,” Dr Akimov said.

Griffith first engaged with the CFA three years ago and the Bachelor of Commerce degree became the first program in Australia to gain CFA Institute recognition.

Dr Akimov said Griffith Business School had since been working on the new suite of innovative master’s programs designed to be industry relevant with input from professionals and the active use of trading room facilities with 12 Bloomberg terminals.

The two programs, run from Nathan campus, have seen an intake of 46 students who can look to careers in stock analysis, stock broking, portfolio management, superannuation and other areas of banking after they graduate.

“Another benefit of combining with the CFA, is we get to sponsor up to five scholarships a year and the opportunity to access their resources,” Dr Akimov said.

University of Newcastle kicks of 50th Anniversary celebrations

The University of Newcastle kicked off the beginning of a year of celebrations on March 20 to mark its 50th anniversary.

A 1965 Ford Thames truck—the recreation of an iconic image from one of the university’s ’60s autonomy day parades—provided an extraordinary stage near the Great Hall for the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen, and Chancellor, Mr Paul Jeans, to address the crowd.

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“We’ve come a long way since the campaign for autonomy, and throughout 2015 we will be celebrating with our students, staff and the community, who have played a pivotal role in our history and who are key to UON’s future,” Professor McMillen said.

“Our university’s success is the result of the energy and spirit of a remarkable community and we thank them for the world-class university they have helped to build over 50 years.”

In 1965, the University of Newcastle started with 1,700 students and 140 academic staff, and it has grown significantly from those modest beginnings. Today, UON is a global institution with approximately 40,000 students enrolled in programs in Australia and overseas, and 2,500 staff including researchers who are in the top 1% in their field in the world.

The university rounded off its first half-century as the number one university in Australia in both the QS ‘Top 50 Under 50′ and the Times Higher Education’s rankings of the world’s top 100 universities under 50 years old.

“Our communities had confidence that their university would take its place on the world stage and in 50 years we have repaid that confidence by building a world-class university which supports its communities through the delivery of excellence in education, research and innovation,” Professor McMillen said.

“Since our foundation, access to quality higher education for bright students from all of our communities—independent of their social, cultural or financial backgrounds—has remained a core value and part of our institutional DNA.

“We are proud to be the largest provider of enabling programs in Australia and today 24 per cent of our students are from low socio-economic backgrounds, which is well above the sector average.

“We have also been at the forefront of Indigenous education in Australia for more than 30 years, with the Wollotuka Institute underpinning the most comprehensive range of Indigenous studies programs available in Australia.

The University of Newcastle also announced it will launch its Celebrating 50 calendar. Upcoming events:
  • Graduation Parade in the city 16 April
  • Our Community, Your University Exhibition June – August
  • Our Community, Your University Family Festival Day 14 June

Monday, March 23, 2015

Monash researchers inducted into Victorian Honour Roll of Women

Two Monash University researchers are among 22 outstanding women who have been inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women this year.

Victorian Minister for Women, Fiona Richardson announced the 2015 inductees at a special ceremony at Federation Square on March 11.

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“This year, we honour twenty-two women who have helped shape our state. By celebrating their work, we’re sending a powerful message about gender equality,” she said.

Professor Christina Mitchell, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University, and Dr Jacqueline Boyle, School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, were inducted into the Roll.

Professor Mitchell said: “In medicine, we continually strive to make society fairer and better by dedicating ourselves equally to the care of every patient, and by conducting research aimed at eliminating disease and suffering.

“It is an honour to be recognised for the part I play in this as the head of a faculty where young health professionals learn the skills and responsibilities of their role in improving our world.”

Dr Boyle said to be recognised alongside such an incredible group of women meant a lot.

“It reflects the wonderful support that the Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation (MCHRI) at Monash University has provided to women’s health,” she said.

“It is wonderful that the importance of public health in improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and refugee women has been recognised and it has been such a privilege to work with inspiring community women.”

The Victorian Honour Roll of Women began in 2001 and includes more than 500 inductees. Each year, the Roll acknowledges and pays tribute to women from across Victoria who have succeeded through vision, leadership, commitment and hard work. It is a reminder of the significant contribution women have made to Victoria.

New management for JCU veterinary hospital

James Cook University has announced a new management arrangement for its veterinary hospital, with management services to be provided by Greencross Limited.

Founded in Townsville in 1994, Greencross is now Australia’s largest network of veterinary practices.

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Professor Ian Wronski, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine at JCU, said the new arrangements would ensure the teaching hospital’s sustainability and expand the opportunities available to students.

“We will continue to operate under the name JCUVet, but we’ll have the business acumen of Greencross behind us,” he said.

Professor Wronski said the new arrangements promised significant benefits for veterinary science students.

“Our students will have access to a wider range of placement opportunities and clinical cases across the Greencross network, which extends from Cairns to Adelaide,” he said. “They will also benefit from further training in the financial expertise that’s essential to running a vet practice.”

Greencross Limited Chief Operational Officer, Dr Ian Kadish said the arrangement would help JCU produce even more work-ready graduates.

“It’s exciting for JCU students to be able to access clinical cases across the Greencross network, as well as JCU’s vet hospital,” said Dr Kadish.

JCUVet, which provides Townsville’s only veterinary emergency and referral centre, will extend its operating hours and will have access to improved pathology services.

Professor Wronski said JCUVet would remain independent and would continue to seek and take referrals from its referring partners in the North Queensland veterinary community.

“Our relationship with the veterinary profession in our region is important to us,” he said. “Their support is important in providing our students with valuable experience in regional and tropical practices, and has helped us make JCUVet a high-quality teaching hospital.

“We’ll continue to take specialty and emergency referrals from across North Queensland, and we’ll continue to work closely with local vets.”

The arrangement is effective from January 1, 2015.

Greencross has more than 115 clinics across the country and was founded in Townsville in 1994 by former JCU Veterinary School student, Dr Glen Richards.

In 2011, Dr Richards received the JCU Chancellor’s Outstanding Alumnus Award.

About JCU Veterinary School

The JCU Veterinary School has offered the Bachelor of Veterinary Science program since 2006. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills to diagnose, treat and prevent disease in a wide range of animals including companion animals, farm animals, aquatic species and native fauna. In addition, students will acquire a thorough knowledge of animal production systems, particularly tropical animal husbandry and aquaculture.

James Cook University’s veterinary science program offers state-of-the-art teaching facilities in a new veterinary emergency and referral clinic on the Townsville campus and a specialist large-animal treatment facility on the tablelands, which provide clinical experience and training for final-year students.

Program title: Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Program duration: 5 years
Application deadline: September 30, 2015