Monday, August 31, 2015

Griffith students dive into Sustainability Week

Australia’s first vending machine to dispense reusable bottles has students at the Griffith University Gold Coast campus lining up for free chilled water.

The social venture called Water on Tap is an innovative social venture introduced by the Gold Coast Student Guild who partnered with not-for-profit organization Healthy Waterways to be one of only three locations across the country to trial it.

It has been running on campus in the lead up to Griffith’s Sustainability Week (August 31 – September 4) celebrations.

Student Guild President Cameron Harrison said plastic bottles constitute more than 22 per cent of waterway litter.

“The machine, which provides the option to bring your own bottle or invest in an exclusively designed reusable bottle, has been actively supported by the students,” he said.

And if you haven’t cycled in a while, now is the time to get back on your bike.

Griffith University is encouraging students at Nathan campus to complete a Back on your Bike course for free. The course provides a refresher of the basics such as handling, setting up your bike, safety checks, starting, stopping, braking, using gears effectively, turning and balancing.

Committing to reusing plastic bottles or cycling instead of driving is just two ways students, staff and the community at Griffith can reduce the impact on the environment.

Griffith is also encouraging everyone to sign up its Sustainability Commitment and take the pledge to make small changes every day. The first 500 staff and students to sign this pledge will receive a free reusable cup and coffee.

Griffith University Environmental Sciences
Healthy Waterways and Gold Coast Student Guild celebrate the launch of Water on Tap (Photo credit: Griffith University)

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Engagement) Professor Martin Betts said Griffith was a university of influence that is committed to a robust, equitable and environmentally sustainable society.

“The principal of sustainability has been a core commitment since its foundation over forty years ago.

“Achieving sustainability against the prospect of long term social and economic dislocation, as the result of environmental derogation, is increasingly the focus of international efforts by governments, business, researchers and educators, community groups and individuals.”

Other recent sustainable initiatives enabled by Griffith include
  • Community Garden – students living on the Gold Coast campus and Mt Gravatt campus grow their own fruit and vegetables
  • BeachCare program – Community-based program facilitated by the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management which plants trees, collects weeds and litter along Gold Coast beaches.
  • End-of-trip facilities for cyclists around Nathan campus
  • Free intercampus buses between Gold Coast, Nathan, Logan and Mt Gravatt
  • Rare and threatened plant walk along University Drive on the Gold Coast
  • Recycle your mobile phones and batteries on all campuses
  • New car park at Gold Coast which features a highly visible wind turbine, solar panels and includes green walls and bat and bee boxes.

UQ journalism students reap rewards of creating change

Ten journalism students from The University of Queensland have won the Communication and Media Achievement Award at the Queensland Multicultural Awards.

UQ Journalism
The Change Makers team: Dr Scott Downman, Alynna Wong, Kemii Maguire, Jordan McMullen, Jade Horrobin, Rachel Westbury and Alicja Rudz, Max Rowley, Navin Regi, Sophie Volker and Courtney Lawler (Photo credit: UQ)

The students were recognised for Change Makers magazine, a project with Woodridge State High School which aimed to tell the real stories of the local community and debunk negative stereotypes.

UQ School of Communication and Arts Lecturer Dr Scott Downman said the award was terrific recognition for the students and the UQ journalism program.

Change Makers is an innovative project that combines cross-cultural reporting and the use of non-traditional newsgathering techniques. There is nothing else like it in Australia.” Dr Downman said.

Six students visited Woodridge State High School over five months to document stories and create the magazine, which was launched in October 2014.

Another four students joined the project in 2015.

Team member Alicja Rudz said working on Change Makers was extremely rewarding.

“The first time we visited the school’s English as a Second Language class, which includes refugees and asylum-seekers, we were greeted with such warmth and were amazed at how smart the students are,” Ms Rudz said.

“We were happy to have our own preconceived ideas blown away.

“It was a privilege to hear and tell the stories of bright and motivated young students who achieve remarkable success despite challenging and often horrific experiences.”

The Multicultural Awards were presented by Multicultural Affairs Minister Shannon Fentiman.
The Change Makers project also won Best Student Publication at the student journalism Ossie Awards and was a finalist in the 2014 Premier’s Cultural Diversity Awards for Communications and Media.

Bond expands its Actuarial Science program

Bond University has appointed internationally experienced actuary Wilma Terblanche as it ramps up its Actuarial Science program, with a Masters degree to be delivered from September to cater for an increasing demand for graduates and a new partnership with Queensland Treasury secured.

Ms Terblanche’s appointment follows the appointment of Dr Gaurav Khemka earlier this year, with both academics working alongside one of Australia’s leading authorities in the field, Bond’s Head of Actuarial Science Professor Terry O’Neill, to deliver the programs.

Bond University Business School
Gaurav Khemka, Terry O’Neill, Wilma Terblanch (Photo credit: Bond University)

Professor O’Neill said Ms Terblanche, a Fellow of the Australian Actuaries Institute, would bring an international business perspective to the program.

“Having worked in Australia, the UK and South Africa, Wilma has a wealth of experience and will be an invaluable member of our actuarial sciences team,” he said.

The new Master of Actuarial Science, which can be completed in four semesters, and Master of Actuarial Practice, a five semester program, are expected to appeal to those with an accounting or finance background in particular.

“The Masters will be perfect for those who are working in a similar industry and want to specialise, or those changing from a like-minded career. For example, we have an engineer who has already enrolled in the program,” he said.

Bond University this year became the first in Queensland, and only the seventh university nationally, to receive accreditation from the Actuaries Institute to deliver actuarial science degrees.

Professor O’Neill said the program had proven extremely popular and had been well received by the industry in Queensland, which had previously had to hire graduates from the southern states.

He said Bond had just secured a partnership with Queensland Treasury, which would include a prize for the top first year student, along with internship and work experience opportunities, presentations from Queensland Treasury staff to students and possible research collaborations.

He said Bond’s program differed in its focus on business acumen, with students encouraged to look at the ‘real life’ application of the role and the impact the discipline has on a company or industry.

“The traditional employment base for actuaries, including life and general insurance companies, now makes up just 50 per cent of employment, so there is now significant scope for graduates in much broader business sectors,” he said.

“Demand for actuaries is rising in line with the growth of the sector across the Asia-Pacific region, with new areas of employment activity emerging as the collection and  in-depth analysis of ‘big data’  is utilised by an ever increasing number of businesses, such as Suncorp, Quantium and Aginic.”

Professor O’Neill said, in addition to the Queensland Treasury partnership, Bond University is working on establishing ties with a number of key Brisbane firms and organisations, including Queensland Investment Corporation, other government organisations and major insurance companies.

“In discussions with these potential partners we have discovered they are keen to access Queensland graduates, because they will have better long-term retention prospects with those employees,” he said.

“In the past, programs have only been available in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth and high demand for skilled staff saw many Queensland businesses hire and train graduates, only to lose them a few years later as they gravitated back to their interstate home cities.

“The companies we are looking to partner with are keen to provide internships and graduate employment opportunities for our students, which is a coup for those wanting to pursue a career in this industry.

“At Bond, they can get real-world experience in our Macquarie Trading Room, with access to licensed Bloomberg Terminals that simulate the day to day operation of global financial markets to help broaden their strengths in financial studies and data analytics.

“Bond also provides a more personal experience for students with smaller classes and a focus on the wider application of actuarial skills.”

In addition, Bond University’s Centre of Actuarial Research is undertaking a number of projects for the Australian Research Council, which are giving students hands-on experience in data collection and analysis.

Actuarial Science at Bond University Business School

Actuaries are business professionals who combine the elements of economics, finance, statistics and advanced mathematics to interpret, manage and evaluate risk. The Master of Actuarial Science is an innovative and immersive program that combines advanced mathematics, statistics, data analytics, actuarial risk theory, finance, economics and accounting subjects with large-scale, real-life commercial data analysis.

The Master of Actuarial Science will prepare students for rewarding careers in a range of disciplines, including climatology, finance, health, insurance, research, safety, science and technology.

Program: Master of Actuarial Science
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Duration: 1.3 years (4 semesters)
Semester intakes: January, May, September

Friday, August 28, 2015

Griffith University Medicine and Dentistry Deans to hold information sessions in Canada

Have you considered studying medicine or dentistry at an Australian university?

Griffith University Medcial School
Study medicine or dentistry at Griffith University!

OzTREKK is pleased to welcome Griffith Medical School Dean Prof Simon Broadley, Griffith Dental School Dean Prof Ward Massey, and Griffith Medical School Prof David Elwood to Canada where they will be holding information sessions for anyone interested in learning more about studying medicine and dentistry at Griffith University.

At the information sessions, the Griffith University Deans will speak about their respective faculties and about the medicine and dentistry programs offered. The Deans will be available for a question-and-answer period following the sessions. This is a great opportunity for future students to find out more about
  • Griffith University;
  • the medical school and dental school;
  • admissions requirements;
  • program structure;
  • application deadlines;
  • accreditation;
  • life on campus;
  • and much more!
Wondering about what it’s like to study in Australia at Griffith University? Don’t miss these information sessions!

Event Details


Date: Monday, Sept. 28, 2015
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: Sheraton Toronto Centre

Date: Monday, Oct. 5, 2015
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: Sheraton Wall Centre, Granville Room

Griffith Medical School
Prof Broadley

About the Speakers


Dean of Griffith School of Medicine Professor Simon Broadley
Professor Broadley undertook his undergraduate medical degree at University of Manchester, United Kingdom after completing a BSc in experimental immunology and oncology. Simon then completed his PhD at University of Cambridge, “The genetic analysis of a complex trait: Multiple Sclerosis.” Prof Broadley is currently a staff specialist with the Gold Coast University Hospital. He provides specialist services in neurology. (Attending Toronto event)

Griffith Medical School
Prof Ellwood

Griffith School of Medicine Professor David Ellwood
Professor David Ellwood completed his initial medical studies at Oxford where he also achieved a Doctorate in Reproductive Biology working in the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. After completing clinical training at Cambridge, he began training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology in Oxford and then relocated to Australia.
Professor Ellwood became Deputy Head of School Research within the School of Medicine, Griffith University in 2015. (Attending Vancouver event)

Griffith University Dental School
Prof Massey

Dean of Griffith School of Dentistry Professor Ward Massey
Ward Massey received his Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Adelaide in 1982 and a PhD from the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Sydney in 1993.

Ward has gained extensive experience in academia in Australia with academic appointments in Oral Diagnosis and Treatment Planning and Restorative Dentistry at the Universities of Adelaide, Sydney and Western Australia, Charles Sturt University and Griffith University. (Attending Toronto & Vancouver events)

About Griffith School of Medicine

The Griffith School of Medicine is known for its innovation and excellence in medical research and education. Griffith medicine students will develop communication skills and learn about the art and science of medicine in its wider social and ethical context. The program comprises extensive clinical placements in health care facilities ranging from rural settings through to the brand new Gold Coast University Hospital.

About Griffith School of Dentistry

Completing a Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science and Griffith Dental School’s two-year Graduate Diploma of Dentistry program provides the education and skills you need to apply for registration as a dentist.

The Clinical Skills Centre is a purpose-built learning environment where students can practice medical clinical skills in a safe and controlled setting. Griffith dentistry students will use this centre for learning basic medical clinical skills to understand the human body and examination of different systems through structured workshops.

JCU’s five-star jobs rating

James Cook University graduates continue to be in high demand, with the latest Good Universities Guide awarding the university a five star rating for getting a job.

JCU Dental School
Dentistry at JCU is popular among Canadian students

For the fifth year in a row, the authoritative tertiary education guide has given JCU five out of five stars for job success.

The rating means JCU is in the top 20% of universities whose graduates (aged under 25) were able to find full-time work within four months of graduation.

Only six other Australian universities scored such a result.

JCU continues to record extremely strong results for the standard of its teaching, with the guide awarding the university four stars for “teaching quality.”

JCU also received four stars for the “generic skills” it teaches its students, and a four star rating for the proportion of its domestic students from a low socio-economic background. Four stars is the second highest possible rating.

JCU Vice Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding said it’s very pleasing that JCU graduates are in demand and finding employment quickly.

“JCU graduates are receiving a high-quality education that provides them with very strong career prospects.

“Our graduates are highly sought after by employers, and they continue to make a difference in their communities.

“The university’s goal is to create a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide through graduates and discoveries that make a difference, and these results confirm we are achieving that.”

The Good Universities Guide (2016) also found JCU graduates continue to be well paid, with the University receiving three stars for graduates’ starting salaries.

Satisfaction with studying at JCU has improved. James Cook University’s rating for overall student satisfaction has risen from two stars to three.

JCU continues to receive three stars for “student demand,” the proportion of commencing bachelor degree students with high entrance scores.

Popular schools and programs at JCU for Canadian students
  • JCU Medical School
  • JCU Dental School
  • JCU Pharmacy School
  • JCU Environmental Sciences
  • JCU Law School
  • JCU Nursing School
  • JCU Science

Generous donation to support Farmbot for the People project

Anonymous $1.5-million donation to robotics research aims to make technology accessible to the average Australian farmer.

Project coordinator Salah Sukkarieh Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems and Director of Research and Innovation at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics says the affordable farmbots will give farmers a tool to help better manage their farms.

University of Sydney IT and Engineering
Professor Salah Sukkarieh and Mark Calleija work on the Ladybird (Photo credit: University of Sydney)

“It will also help them reduce the time spent on laborious farm duties, crop and animal monitoring, as well as invasive pest management,” he said.

“The technology will provide our farming community with low-cost platforms that can be adapted easily to meet the farmer’s individual needs.

“The new technology will assist agriculturalists in taking their farms into the future as well as provide an education tool for the next generation of growers.

“We will develop two low-cost Farmbot devices – the EmuBot™ and the KangaBot™. The platforms will be rugged, robust, battery and solar powered, energy efficient, simple to operate, and easily adaptable to meet different faming needs,” the University of Sydney Engineering School professor said.

The two variants will capture a wide range of agriculture applications from livestock, to tree crops and vegetable rows.

“We want to give all farmers the opportunity to have access to transformational technology by creating an affordable robot,” says senior technical developer Mark Calleija.

“Access to low cost robots would positively impact the quality of life for our farmers and their communities.

“It would help them address input and labour costs and improve efficiencies.

“It will also provide a generic platform that will enable farmers to grow technological capability on their farms as well as provide an educational tool for next generation growers.

“The mainstream use of agricultural robotics will also encourage a renewed interest in farming and attract a new technology-savvy generation back to the farm,” said Calleija.

With Australia’s population expected to reach around 38 million by 2060, the Australian Productivity Commission’s July 2015 update report said future growth in Australia’s agricultural sector “is likely to depend on the more productive use of land, water and other natural endowments through the application of the most up-to-date equipment and technologies against the background of changing productive potential.”

Professor Archie Johnston, dean Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, said this type of generous donation would accelerate researchers’ efforts in working collaboratively with industry groups to deliver innovative technologies that will inevitably revolutionise farming techniques.

With every gift to the University of Sydney, donors become part of INSPIRED – the Campaign to support the University of Sydney, which aims to raise $600 million by 2017.

University of Sydney Mechatronic Engineering

Mechatronic engineering is the study of computer-controlled systems that form the basis of the ‘intelligent’ products that are ubiquitous in today’s society.

Drawing on aspects of disciplines such as mechanical, electrical and systems engineering, as well as computer science, it provides the foundation for cutting-edge technologies in fields including robotics, manufacturing, aerospace and bioengineering. The University of Sydney Engineering School offers an exciting range of undergraduate and postgraduate research opportunities in mechatronic engineering and robotics.

Griffith University climbs again in 2015 world rankings

Griffith University continues to improve its international standing with the latest release of the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

The ARWU ranks Griffith among the Top 500 universities worldwide. There are more than 10,000 institutions globally.

Griffith has been ranked highly by the ARWU for several years and is now one of only three southeast Queensland universities ranked in the top 500.

Queensland University of Technology entered the AWRU Top 500 rankings for the first time today, joining Griffith and University of Queensland.

Vice Chancellor and President Professor Ian O’Connor said the rankings affirmed Griffith’s now well-established international reputation.

“The Academic Ranking of World Universities is regarded as one of the more prestigious measures of excellence and we are happy to be recognized in this way,” says Professor O’Connor.

“We also welcome QUT into this index as a clear sign of the research strength of universities in southeast Queensland.

“It really is a cluster of research excellence, drawing attention from all over the world.”

Griffith University ranks in the top 301–400 band (this year improving its position within that band); QUT in the 401–500 band for the first time and UQ the top 100.

Harvard University is the world’s number one, and the University of Melbourne is the highest ranked Australian institution, at 44th.

Part of  the ARWU results includes the top performing universities in different fields of studies.

Griffith is now world-ranked in Social Sciences, in fact, among the top 150 in the world.
“The really pleasing aspect is the external recognition for our staff and students. We have an ongoing commitment to providing world-class teaching and research in world-leading facilities.

“Our teachers are recognized as the best among Australian universities and our students continue to excel in all fields.”

Griffith received multiple teaching citations last year, including University Teacher of the Year Professor Brydie-Leigh Bartleet. It also received the maximum number of New Colombo Plan Scholarships last year awarded by the Federal Government, allowing students to spend a semester studying or interning with institutions in Asia.

Griffith is also ranked in the top 400 institutions globally by the QS World University Rankings, the CWTS Leiden rankings and the University Ranking by Academic Performance.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

JCU researchers study high-altitude climate change

Australian scientists have discovered many tropical mountaintop plants won’t survive global warming, even under the best-case climate scenario.

James Cook University and Australian Tropical Herbarium researchers say their climate change modelling of mountaintop plants in the tropics has produced an “alarming” finding.

JCU environmental sciences
Kaphalim rock Dinden National Park (Picture: Marcia Goetze via James Cook University)

They found many of the species they studied will likely not be able to survive in their current locations past 2080 as their high-altitude climate changes.

The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area in Queensland, Australia is predicted to almost completely lose its ability to host the endemic plants that grow 1,000 metres or more above sea level.

Lead researcher Dr Craig Costion says the findings have important implications for some rare and ancient species. “They already live on mountaintops, they have no other place to go,” he says.

The scientists looked at 19 plant species in the tropics found at least 1,000 metres above sea level. They modelled three climate change scenarios in the region, ranging from conservative to extreme.

They found that by 2040 the climate niche the species grow in would decline anywhere between a minimum of 17% and a maximum of 100%.

By 2080, even using conservative assumptions, nearly half of the plants would not have what the scientists believe is a survivable climate.

The data show that between 2040 and 2060 eight to 12 species will be at risk of extinction.
Predictions indicate that by 2080 no suitable habitat will exist within the region for 84% of the species studied under any emissions scenario.

Dr Costion says there were some caveats on the findings.

“Our study indicates that the current climate on Queensland’s mountaintops will virtually disappear. What we don’t know is if these plants can adapt.”

The researchers looked only at endemic trees and shrubs found solely above 1000 metres and for which there were the best records. They didn’t consider reasons for their presence on mountaintops apart from climate suitability. But Dr Costion said he was confident the scientists were not being alarmist.

“The 19 species represent most of the plants that are restricted to that habitat. It’s highly likely they are found only there because of the climate. There are plenty of other similar soil and substrate environments at lower elevations where they could grow but the climate is unsuitable,” he says.

Dr Costion says plans are underway to confirm and expand on the findings.

Co-author Professor Darren Crayn says the findings show well managed conservation reserves may be safe from many threats, but not from climate change, with the Wet Tropics World Heritage area seriously exposed.

“The tropics contain most of the world’s biodiversity, and tropical mountains are particularly rich in unique and rare species. Managing for global threats such as climate change requires much better information—a redoubling of research efforts on these poorly understood landscapes would pay great dividends,” he says.

He said without a suitable environment, the survival of the threatened species may depend on them being grown in botanical gardens under controlled conditions.

University of Newcastle secures project funding

The University of Newcastle has successfully secured funding for 14 projects under the 2016 New Colombo Plan Scholarships and Student Mobility Grant Projects which will see more than 130 students travel internationally to take part in study, internships and mentorships, practicums and research.

Winnie Eley reflects on her own experience as a young student abroad when announcing that another 14 University of Newcastle (UON) projects will be funded by the New Colombo Plan (NCP) to send students to study overseas to further their education in law, creative arts, speech pathology, nursing and oral health.

University of Newcastle
Study at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales

“I call it a ‘come alive moment’—it’s like learning a second language. I remember when I went to the UK for my university education. After all those years of learning and studying, suddenly it all came alive for me.”

Now the PVC International and Advancement at UON, Winnie Eley’s leadership at the university is deeply concerned with international engagement for both students on our campus, and those who seek the opportunity to study abroad.

“There are so many wonderful aspects to this program and in many ways some of them are a bit intangible, but travel allows us to see people and experiences from new perspectives. It encourages us to become better people. I truly believe that the more we understand other people, the better we become at everything we do.”

The NCP provides funding opportunities to increase outbound student mobility in the Indo-Pacific region, with the Australian Government having committed over $100 million to fund the program from 2014 to 2018.

UON has been successful in securing $586,300 for 14 projects under the 2016 NCP Scholarships and Student Mobility Grant Projects. This will see students heading to Cambodia, the Cook Islands, Japan, Vietnam, Hong Kong and mainland China, Fiji, Thailand, Indonesia and South Korea.

“It’s about friendship, education and cultural exchange in a time when cold economics is so frequently a primary focus,” Mrs. Eley said.

“UON has done really well with NCP funding over the last couple of years, and all of our faculties have worked hard to create great submissions.

“It’s a really important source of scholarships to assist students to study overseas, and we really want to grow the number of students that we’re able to offer this to.”

Winnie Eley points out that a fundamental role of the university is in promoting equity of access to education, “This has particular resonance for our students as so many of them are ‘first in family’ – the first child within a family to pursue tertiary education. The NCP often means they are not just the first to attend a university; they are often the first to visit another country.”

Dr Miranda Lawry, University of Newcastle Senior Lecturer in Fine Arts, has been awarded NCP funding to send students to Beijing to study in an arts and fashion institute.

“They’ll build their skills in understanding creativity from a world view and become real global citizens who’ll learn about entrepreneurship and how they can extend their capacity to communicate and operate as a creative person.

“We’re also sending students to Hong Kong and South Korea to undertake internships where they’ll work in galleries as curators or in community cultural engagement capacities.

“It’s wonderful to see students who’ve left here with no real idea of what to expect then come back with a new maturity from their experience, the joy they get from learning new things and building new friendships—you couldn’t wish for a more wonderful opportunity.”

2014 was the pilot year of the New Colombo Plan, a program that falls under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, rather than education.

“It’s about citizenship and diplomacy. This sort of experience simply helps make better people. The obvious benefits are to the students who can immerse themselves in another culture and to understand others. You would like to think that other countries benefit from having our students sharing their lives and experiences with them, too.

“But the long-lasting effects of this exchange are in the creation of greater awareness and wise global citizens. These students will make connections both personally and professionally that they will carry with them for a lifetime. I think this program is good for everyone it touches, especially when these students come back home to us in Newcastle.

“By the end of 2016 we’ll have sent 445 students to 15 countries. I think this is a significant role for universities even though it can be difficult to articulate this benefit. We can measure precisely the dollar-value of coal production, for example, but what value do we place on helping grow better people?

“We need to engage in how rapidly and deeply our world is changing by embracing it and helping send our students out into this world.”

Student Q&A: Studying the Master of Information Systems at the University of Melbourne

Originally from India, Sukirtha Aruna was working as an analyst for a top business management consulting firm, but aspired to enhance her understanding of information technology. Now she studies the Master of Information Systems at Melbourne. In this special Q&A, Sukirtha reveals what graduate IT is really like.

What is information technology?
Information technology is more than a bunch of computers sitting in the back room of an organisation; it is the very backbone of any organisation in today’s world! Studying IT is like understanding all the work that goes into making a movie—which is more than picking the right cast, director and cameraman. A big part of understanding IT is recognising its role in business strategy implementation.

University of Melbourne Information Technology School
Melbourne IT student Sukirtha Aruna (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)

Why did you choose the Master of Information Systems?
Prior to my Masters I worked as an analyst at a business management consulting firm, but had no background in information systems. It was like a treasure hunt—I lacked the skills and knowledge to support my work!

After completing one year of the MIS, I have a clearer picture of information systems and its role in a business setting. This course has given me context and explained how aligned technologies can complement business models and has enabled me to provide higher-quality consulting skills.

Stepping out of the office and into the classroom, what was the transition from full-time work to full-time study like?
From an academic standpoint, I found having prior work experience to be a huge benefit. A lot of the course content, especially assignments, are practical and focused on industry. My professional experience was a huge advantage to draw from, giving me the confidence to participate actively in class discussions and helping me to pose relevant, real-life questions to professors. Many students in my course have prior work experience as well, so we have scope to work together and learn from each other.

How is the course structured?
We look at a lot of practical case examples in our assignments and lectures, so the things we learn each week stays with us beyond the semester. The professors have designed the course in a very progressive manner, so we can build upon our knowledge from the previous week.

There are also options to take subjects during the summer and winter break, which can help lighten the study load during semester.

Where are you headed next? 
I would like to become a Subject Matter Expert on one of the application areas of technology, such as IT Strategy or Risk Services and take these skills to the top Strategy Consulting firms. These firms handle large scale projects that affect the wider community, which would enable me to be part of the transformative process that IT has on the current world.
Story by Kristen Goodgame, University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne Master of Information Systems

The Master of Information Systems (MIS) is a premier professional degree for aspiring and current practitioners and consultants in digital business.

The course was designed in consultation with leading IT decision-makers, ensuring that it is among the most industry-relevant graduate IT programs in Australia. The program covers areas of critical importance to IT employers, such as project and change management, emerging technologies, IT strategy and governance, security and service provision.

You will develop strong capability in supporting, managing and changing business processes through information and communications technology and information systems. You will also develop valuable transferable skills in solving business problems, collaboration, project management and application of models, frameworks and management theory.

Elective streams are available in areas such as
  • eHealth
  • IS Project and Change Management
  • IT Service Provision, Business Analytics
  • IT Innovation and Interaction Design
  • Spatial Information, Information Systems Research
  • Accounting and Finance
  • People Management
  • Operations and Marketing
  • General Management
The University of Melbourne is currently ranked as the #1 university in Australia for Computer Science & Information Systems according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Griffith research on barnacles may help find MH370

Marine research conducted by Griffith University PhD candidate Ryan Pearson has given fresh hope to investigators trying to solve the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

After confirmation that a wing fragment washed ashore at Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean is indeed from MH370, Mr Pearson says analysis of barnacles encrusted on the debris could narrow the search area for the missing aircraft.

Science degrees at Griffith University
Australian Rivers Institute PhD candidate Ryan Pearson removes barnacles from a turtle (Photo credit: Griffith University)

The Boeing 777 was carrying 239 passengers and crew when it disappeared in March last year. All attempts to find the aircraft have failed.

However, the recent discovery of a section of wing called a flaperon, and now identified as belonging to the missing plane, has lifted hopes of a resolution to the mystery.

Mr Pearson, from Griffith’s Australian Rivers Institute, says barnacle shells can provide information about the water conditions under which they are formed and through which they have passed. Accordingly, examination of barnacles attached to the wing piece can help determine how long it had been in the water and the path it had taken.

Barnacles can also be aged based on growth rates and size, meaning that if those on the flaperon are found to be older than the date the plane disappeared, the fragment could not have come from MH370.

Mr Pearson’s original research focuses on whether the shell chemistry of barnacles can reveal the migratory origin of endangered loggerhead turtles.

“To conserve loggerhead turtles, we need to know which parts of the ocean they use and when they use them. Scientists have tried to do this by measuring the chemical composition of the turtles, but this doesn’t always work,” he says.

“Not all turtles within a group eat the same things in the same places, so the sampling of skin tissues from a few doesn’t always tell us the big picture; however, a barnacle’s diet doesn’t really affect its shell growth, so the chemical composition of the shell will more accurately reflect where they’ve been in the ocean, compared with a turtle’s skin.”

Mr Pearson will receive the Ecological Society of Australia’s 2015 Jill Landsberg Applied Conservation Scholarship award and $6000 research grant at the Society’s annual conference in Adelaide in December. He will present his research findings at ESA16 in Fremantle.

Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science Australian Rhino Project

From Africa to Australia – a project of global significance

A pressing aim of The Australian Rhino Project is to establish a breeding herd of black and white rhinos in Australia as an “insurance population” in the event of extinction of the species in the wild. The plan is to import 80 rhinos from South Africa to Australia over a four-year period, commencing in 2015, with the ultimate goal of reintroducing the rhinos and their progeny to their natural habitat in Africa.

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Learn more about Sydney Vet School
Underpinning the breeding program are three high priority areas for captive rhino research. Led by Professor David Raubenheimer, the Leonard P Ullmann Chair in Nutritional Ecology, the research will be conducted by a team of zoologists, veterinarians and biological experts from the Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science.

This research will not only be critical to the health and survival of the 80 rhinos, it will help inform the successful translocation of rhinos across the world.

The Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science research interests span animal health, livestock production science, and wildlife research. A growing area of research strength within the faculty is wildlife research, where they specialize in health and conservation issues that affect Australia’s native wildlife.

The faculty’s commitment to multi-disciplinary research in animal and veterinary sciences has been recently been recognized with the award of a maximum score of 5 in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) federal government scheme for the veterinary sciences field of research.

Sydney Veterinary School Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Program title: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Program duration: 4 years
Application deadline: January 4, 2016; however it is recommended that students apply as soon as possible as this program can fill quickly.

Bond University delivers the best in educational experience

Bond University has once again ranked among Australia’s highest rated universities for Educational Experience in the latest edition of the Good Universities Guide, considered the most comprehensive independent source of information on higher education providers in Australia.

For the tenth consecutive year, Bond was awarded five stars—the highest possible rating—in the areas of staff-student ratio, teaching quality, overall satisfaction and generic skills, and scored four stars for staff qualifications.

Bond Law School
Bond University delivers the best in educational experience

Bond also rated very highly in the Graduate Outcomes category, with four stars in the two benchmarks assessed: starting salary and getting a full-time job.

The Good Universities Guide, by education solutions provider Hobsons, is an independent consumer guide to university performance and provides ratings, rankings, comment and information about all Australian higher education institutions.

Bond University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Tim Brailsford, said Bond delivered an education experience that was second to none.

“Bond University is absolutely committed to providing a personalised, transformational experience for our students, which is embedded in our mission,” he said.

“We are pleased to note that the student feedback and our ratings, as reflected in the results of the latest Good University Guide, continue to provide assurance that our strategy and actions centred on our students is highly effective.

“Our unique position within Australia as a private, non-profit and independent university is reinforced through small class sizes, a focus on core skills and a rich campus experience.”

About Bond University

Bond University is set on a 66-hectare campus at Robina on Queensland’s Gold Coast. The Gold Coast is a multicultural, vibrant place to live and has been identified as one of the most desirable places in the world to live ranked on political, social, economic and environmental factors as well as, personal safety and health.

The Gold Coast has more than 300 days of sunshine per year. Average temperatures in summer range from 20 to 28 degrees Celsius and in the winter, the average temperature range is from 11 to 21 degrees Celsius. What a great place to study!

Bond University defines internationalisation throughout policy and practice as ensuring that
  • international students have a quality university experience;
  • all graduates are prepared to work and function in contexts throughout the world; and
  • the university provides leadership for global relations.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Thursday Island community inspires UQ medical student

Third-year UQ medical student Mr Charles Bligh has been inspired by the embrace of the Thursday Island community and  given a fresh outlook on remote and indigenous medicine.

UQ Medical School
Study medicine at the University of Queensland
He admits the time he spent on this small island in the Torres Strait as part of his six-week rural clinical rotation was often challenging but it was also deeply rewarding.

Working out of the Thursday Island Hospital and GP clinic that serve the greater Torres Strait region of 274 islands, 17 of which are permanently inhabited, he found himself in a busy and very different new environment.

“I was very green to everything and quite overwhelmed during the first week as I learnt the ropes in the hospital,” he said.

The region has a population of about 10,000 with about 90 per cent of people identifying themselves as Indigenous Australians.

Mr Bligh said he was impressed by the Torres Strait Island people he met and was given a warm welcome wherever he went.

“One of my fondest memories was after a day at the hospital I would go down and sit with all the locals on the wharf and fish, chat, laugh and watch the sun go down,” he said.

As a medical student, Mr Bligh helped out on ward rounds, scrubbed in for surgery, admitted patients into the emergency  department and saw his own patients in the GP clinic.

“The most memorable experience of the rotation was getting in a helicopter and flying out to one of the outer islands for four days and setting up an outreach clinic where we provided health checks and primary health care for local people,” the UQ Medical School student said.

“Being thrown in the deep end was a great learning experience and I’ve come away with confidence and an understanding of what it is like to work in remote indigenous communities. It was an extraordinary time and I feel very lucky and humbled to have been able to learn and experience such an amazing place,” he said
Story via UQMedicine magazine

University of Sydney astronomer helps discover Earth’s bigger cousin

On July 24, an international team of astronomers from NASA’s Kepler mission announced the discovery of a near-Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a Sun-like star.

Dr Daniel Huber from the University of Sydney School of Physics is part of the team which made the discovery with NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope.

University of Sydney
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The planet named Kepler-452b is 60 per cent larger than Earth and orbits a Sun-like star with an orbital period of 385 days.

The mere 20-day difference between the planet’s orbital period and that of Earth’s makes it the closest analogue to Earth ever discovered. It also places the planet within the habitable zone, defined as the range of distance from a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of an orbiting planet.

The research paper reporting the finding, led by Jon Jenkins from NASA’s Ames Research Centre, has been accepted for publication in The Astronomical Journal.

Co-author Dr Huber contributed to the characterisation of the host star which is crucial to understanding the properties of the planet.

“Kepler-452b has similar characteristics to our Sun, which makes finding a planet with an orbital period similar to Earth in this system very exciting,” said Dr Huber.

“Kepler has previously demonstrated that Earth-sized planets are common, but most planets found in habitable zones are orbiting stars which are cooler than the Sun. Kepler-452b is in many ways the closest analogue to an Earth-like planet that we know of to date.”

The newly discovered planet is located about 1,400 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. Although the size of Kepler-452b is known, its mass and composition are not. Based on its radius the team estimates a better than even chance that the planet has a rocky composition.

“The system is too distant to determine whether it has an atmosphere, so we don’t know whether it has the right conditions to harbour life,” said Dr Huber. “However, discoveries such as Kepler-452b provide important clues about how abundant Earth-like planets are in our galaxy, and about the prospects for finding such planets closer to home.”

About the University of Sydney School of Physics

The University of Sydney School of Physics is the leading physics department in the country, with outstanding staff and students undertaking world-leading teaching and research.

The university’s 100 staff and 150 postgraduate students conduct research across a vast range of interests from nanoparticles to clusters of galaxies and from theoretical modelling to laboratory experiments. With access to supercomputers, modern laboratory facilities and observatories, locally, nationally and internationally, the School of Physics is the premier environment for physics education and research.

JCU professor is inaugural Mindset Scholar

James Cook University’s Professor Peter Leggat AM is the inaugural Mindset Scholar hosted by the University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus (UNMC), based in Kuala Lumpur.

Professor Leggat took up his first scholarship stint at UNMC late last month, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.

JCU Public Health School
JCU Professor Peter Leggat
“I have to thank Associate Profesor Tuong-Thuy Vu in the School of Geography, and Assistant Professor Aini Hamid in the Department of Biomedical Sciences for developing the proposal for this scholarship,” Professor Leggat said. “We are working on how geospatial technologies, such as satellites, can be applied in public health aspects of disaster management,” he added.

The collaboration stems from participation by Drs Vu and Leggat in a United Nations Platform for space-based information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER), organised by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs in Bonn, Germany, in 2009.

“Professor Leggat and I share a common research interest. While geospatial scientists continually improve the methods to provide timely critical information for disaster management, they are not fully aware of how the healthcare profession can use this information and can benefit from it,” said Associate Professor Vu from the UNMC.

The Mindset Visiting Scholar scheme aims to enable Mindset members to invite international collaborators to carry out study and research in the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus and to participate in the academic life of the university.

Mindset Scholars are high-achieving, global researchers from diverse fields and backgrounds, who spend up to three months on campus.

Professor Leggat has been at JCU for nearly 24 years based at the Townsville Campus. He is currently seconded as Dean of JCU’s College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences and is Dean of Education of the Australasian College of Aerospace Medicine.

JCU has one of the largest postgraduate programs in public health in Australia with more than 800 students enrolled. Courses include a popular disaster and humanitarian health specialisation at Graduate Certificate and Masters level and these courses have received national and international recognition.

Professor Leggat said that “JCU has also had a long and proud tradition of undertaking applied disaster research, including in the public health field.”

James Cook University Public Health School

The Master of Public Health at James Cook University enables health professionals to gain postgraduate qualifications in the public health sector and is designed to serve the needs of health professionals in rural and remote areas, particularly in the tropics.

Program: Master of Public Health
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February and July each year
Duration: 1.5 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline for this program, applicants are strongly encouraged by the university to submit their applications a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

Entry Requirements: In order to be considered for JCU’s Master of Public Health, applicants must
  • have completed an undergraduate degree in a related field; or
  • provide evidence of professional and academic attainments, including employment for a minimum of five years in health-related activities, as meets the approval of the faculty on the recommendation of the head of the JCU School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences.

Monday, August 24, 2015

New specialisation for Master of Business at Monash University

Monash Business School is now offering a sustainability specialisation as part of their Master of Business program.

Monash Business School
Study business at Monash University
The sustainability specialisation focuses on current and emerging strategies for improving corporate sustainability. The units within the stream will provide insights into sustainability from the perspectives of governance, ethics marketing and management.

This specialisation is suited to students who want to enhance their knowledge and skills in both business and sustainability issues and who seek employment in environmental governance or corporate sustainability management. It will also suit those who want to enable organisational and individual change towards more sustainable practices.

The sustainability stream is one of 9 areas of specialisation offered in the Master of Business:
  • Information Technology
  • Law and Responsible Business
  • Managing Human Capital
  • Marketing
  • Risk Management
  • Project Management
  • Responsible Management
  • Supply Chain Management

About Monash Business School

The Monash Business School is Australia’s largest university faculty. It has recently received international acclaim for its high-quality teaching, research and corporate links, obtaining accreditation with the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), joining only 88 other business schools worldwide.

The faculty is making a significant contribution to business and the professions through its teaching, research and connections with the business world. Through its extensive range of quality programs for undergraduate, postgraduate and research students, Monash Business and Economics is a leader in the broad discipline areas of Accounting and Finance, Business Law and Taxation, Econometrics and Business Statistics, Economics, Management and Marketing.

UQ leaps ahead among world’s finest universities

The University of Queensland has jumped higher in the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities, to rank 77th globally and equal second in Australia.

University of Queensland in Australia
UQ had the strongest improvement of any of the four Australian universities in the top 100.

UQ’s leap to 77 from 85 is the strongest improvement of any of the four Australian universities in the top 100, and comes on the back of UQ’s top 50 placings in other global rankings. It is UQ’s best result since the annual ranking began in 2003.

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said the dramatic improvement reflected the dedication to excellence of UQ staff and alumni.

“This is an independent, objective testament to UQ’s outstanding quality,” Professor Høj said.

“It bears out the distinctive excellence of our staff and global alumni, particularly those published in Nature and Science.

“This is an exceptionally good result for UQ and for Australia, especially in light of the vigorous competition from universities in countries such as China that benefit from massive and strategic investments in higher education and research.

“Australia must not drop its guard. Without proper resourcing of Australian university teaching and research, Asian students will find education closer to home more attractive, and Australia’s $18 billion education export industry will diminish.”

Professor Hoj said rankings systems such as ARWU were vitally important in attracting international students, who often factored in global standing when choosing a university.

The Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University has published the ARWU annually since 2003, using objective indicators including
  • number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields medals
  • number of highly cited researchers selected by Thomson Scientific
  • number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science
  • number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index – Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index
  • per capita performance with respect to the size of an institution.
Professor Høj said UQ students at all levels of study benefited from the university’s research focus.

“Students immersed in a research-inspired culture value the application of excellence to solve problems, and have greater confidence to tackle complex and unexpected challenges,” he said.

Griffith program puts spotlight on domestic violence

Federal Member for Griffith Ms Terri Butler last week launched the new Griffith University program – Project Safe Space – which provides journalism students with an intensive learning experience in reporting domestic and family violence.

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Professor Susan Forde speaking at the launch of Project Safe Space. Image: Kasun Ubayasiri (Photo credit: Griffith University)

An initiative of Griffith School of Humanities’ journalism program, Project Safe Space sees journalism and law students working together with victims and stakeholder groups to facilitate change.

Ms Butler said, “It is really wonderful to see Griffith University is engaging in two very important ways of facing up to domestic and family violence in our community, and that’s the way we talk about it and the action we take from it.”

“Project Safe Space aims to educate the community about issues surrounding domestic violence and provide a voice for victims,’’ says journalism lecturer Ms Faith Valencia.

“At the same time, it will provide journalism students with training in best-practice reporting and a better understanding of domestic violence issues.

“Our law students will have the opportunity to engage with the practical legal implications of existing laws surrounding domestic violence, and possibilities for law reform in this area.”

School of Humanities Acting Head of School Professor Susan Forde said the project was immensely beneficial for both journalism and law students.

“Journalism students will be producing news stories, radio articles and television packages which will all focus on domestic violence. Everything our journalism students produce is designed to educate, raise awareness and support victims and survivors and the workers who surround them.”

“For law students, as they move into the legal fraternity they will be able to better navigate and understand that space.

“It’s going to be a very challenging and sometimes difficult experience for our students but no doubt a rewarding and enlightening one.”

Project Safe Space is working in conjunction with
  • Domestic Violence Action Centre (Ipswich)
  • White Warrior Challenge Against Domestic Violence
  • Bravehearts
  • Better Life Psychology
  • R.E.A.D Clinic
  • Mentors in Violence (Griffith University)
  • DV Connect
  • DV Connect Mensline
  • Queensland Eidfest Association

Griffith School of Humanities

The School of Humanities is one of the foundation schools of Griffith University, and offers undergraduate, postgraduate and double degree programs at the Nathan and Gold Coast campuses, as well as online. Areas of study include Creative writing and Literature; Journalism, Public Relations and communication; History; and Social Sciences.

Australian Hearing Hub opens its doors for Hearing Awareness Week

To celebrate Hearing Awareness Week (Aug. 23–29), the Australian Hearing Hub (AHH) hosted an open house event on Saturday, Aug. 22.

Macquarie University Audiology School
Macquarie University Australian Hearing Hub

The open house focused on healthy hearing, with opportunities for the local community to explore the amazing features of the North Ryde facility, arrange free hearing screening tests, learn about hearing prevention, hearing technologies and the services available at the hub.

The day was designed for all ages, with everything from a jumping castle to tours of the hub’s anechoic chamber, a purpose-built room not often open to the public, where sound is completely absorbed to provide true silence.

The opening address was made at midday by Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, Minister for Human Services.

A range of short talks explored different topics, including knowing your risk and take action to prevent hearing loss; learn about hearing loss and advancements in hearing technology; and, supporting children with dyslexia, language difficulties and anxiety.

Other highlights of the celebration included
  • free hearing screening tests for adults and children;
  • photo gallery showcasing the work of hearing health professionals in remote Aboriginal communities; and
  • free activities for children, including a jumping castle, face painting and more.

The Australian Hearing Hub

The Australian Hearing Hub unites researchers, educators, clinicians and innovators with expertise in audiology, speech pathology, cognitive and language sciences, psychology, nanofabrication and engineering sciences.

Macquarie University’s Australian Hearing Hub is a global leader in speech, hearing and language research. The Australian Hearing Hub leverages the university’s extensive international expertise in language sciences and cognitive sciences research, and in clinical research and professional training teams in audiology and speech language pathology.

Program: Master of Clinical Audiology
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: October 30, 2015. All application documents must be received by Friday, October 30 at noon.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Griffith dentistry international placements

Hands-on experience: Griffith dentistry international placements

Griffith Dental School students receive extensive practical experience as they work under and alongside qualified oral health professionals in the university’s modern dental clinic and commercial laboratory. From the first year of study, students will have the opportunity to undertake placements, from state schools, rural and remote to indigenous and aged care, allowing them to apply learned skills and develop valuable contacts.

Make a difference to the health of individuals and the community. Working in an oral health team with fellow students (dental, oral health therapy and dental technology students), you will have the opportunity to undertake a research project that identifies an oral health issue and solutions to the issue. Previous students projects have taken them to far North Queensland, PNG, and Vanuatu where their research and identified solutions are improving the oral health of these communities.

Studying dentistry at Griffith Dental School

Completing a Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science and Griffith Dental School’s two-year Graduate Diploma of Dentistry program provides the education and skills you need to apply for registration as a dentist.

The Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science offers a new, innovative curriculum where students will receive real clinical exposure from the first year of study, and will work alongside oral health professionals who are world experts in their field.

Program: Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science & Graduate Diploma of Dentistry
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester Intake: February
Program Duration: 5 years
Application Deadline: September 30, 2015

Entry Requirements
To be eligible to apply to Griffith University Dental School’s Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science, applicants must have
  • academic achievement in year 12 or equivalent with one of biological science, chemistry, physics, or maths B;
  • demonstration of English proficiency.

JCU’s landmark ‘The Science Place’ moving ahead

JCU’s landmark ‘The Science Place’ project is one step closer, with the announcement of the construction company that will build the $85-million joint teaching and research facility on the university’s Townsville campus.

JCU Science
General Manager of Lend Lease’s Building business in Queensland and the NT, Tony Orazio and JCU’s Deputy Vice Chancellor, Services and Resources, Tricia Brand sign the agreement (Photo credit: JCU)

The Science Place is a JCU- and federally funded project that will transform the way tertiary education is delivered across north Queensland.

It’s the biggest project ever undertaken on the Townsville campus. The building will be longer than a football field, and if all the floors are laid out side by side, they would cover more than two football fields.

Lend Lease has won a tender process for the $64-million construction contract, and signed the agreement at James Cook University’s Townsville campus last week.

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Services and Resources, Tricia Brand said she’s delighted Lend Lease will build the innovative building.

“The Science Place will revolutionise the teaching of science in North Queensland.

“The aim of the building is to promote the sciences and encourage interest in science-based careers in the wider community, as well as collocate the JCU science community on the Townsville Campus,” Ms Brand said.

General Manager of Lend Lease’s Building business in Queensland and NT, Tony Orazio, said his team is excited to be working with one of the world’s leading institutions that focuses on the tropics.

“We are really looking forward to beginning a collaborative relationship with JCU to deliver this important project for both the university and the wider community.

“Lend Lease has a proud history in Townsville, having completed the Australian Institute of Marine Science Facility, defence projects, Willows Gardens and Riverside Gardens residential developments, the Jezzine Barracks redevelopment, as well as the Vantassel to Cluden Bruce Highway Upgrade.”

The Science Place will combine state-of-the-art laboratories and technology-enabled active learning spaces, with the capacity to link through to regional and remote, national and international locations.

The five-level, 12,000-m2 facility will be built within the university’s Science and Engineering Precinct, and will accommodate projected growth in student and staff numbers in Chemistry, Biology and Biochemistry over the next decade.

The Science Place will include three new food outlets, a 175-seat collaborative lecture theatre, end-of-ride bicycle facilities, and will be linked to the new ‘Veranda Walk’ that will provide a covered walkway circumnavigating the inner campus.

The CSIRO is also contributing to the project and will run education programs in the building to promote science to secondary school students.

Construction is expected to be completed by December 2016.

For this Bachelor, it’s all about the chemistry

Australia’s most desired bachelors are those dispensing professional health advice—not roses—according to a University of Queensland professor.

UQ School of Pharmacy Head Peter Little made the comment as Health at UQ launched a tongue-in-cheek promotion titled The Bachelor of Pharmacy ahead of Pharmacy Experience day.

UQ Pharmacy School
Learn more about the UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy (Photo credit: University of Queensland)

“A Bachelor of Pharmacy at UQ has one of the highest graduate employment rates of any bachelor degree in Australia, so it clearly makes you a wanted person,” Professor Little said.

The promotion featuring an anonymous student in a series of images,  plays on the themes of commitment, passion, chemistry and caring. “The pursuit of knowledge and dedication to a career can be very attractive qualities,” Professor Little said.

“Obviously we are having some fun with this, but I think there is a strong underlying message.

“We should admire and promote people who make our community safer and healthier through accepting the challenge of a specialist education.”

UQ is home to the largest and longest-established School of Pharmacy in Queensland, encompassing more than 50 years of teaching and research excellence.

Students are educated at the $100 million Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence (PACE) in Brisbane’s world-class biomedical precinct at Woolloongabba, alongside the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

“Bachelor of Pharmacy graduates typically enter community or hospital pharmacy, but others go on to careers in medicine, health research, advising government policy and academia,” Professor Little said.

“The degree provides a comprehensive foundation in pharmacy, chemistry, biology, physiology and anatomy, along with an understanding of legislation and plenty of opportunities for practical experience.

“Just as importantly, there is a heavy focus from our educators in enhancing the communication and counselling skills of our graduates, which we know are important to any relationship.”

Prospective students are invited to experience the life of a UQ Pharmacy student from 10am-1pm on Sunday 23 August at the PACE facility.

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) Program at UQ

The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program is a well-established, professionally accredited learning framework that is well received by both students and the profession. The program has evolved into one of the country’s most comprehensive and well-respected pharmacy degrees, both domestically and internationally.

This undergraduate program runs over 4 years, full time, after which graduates are eligible to complete a 48-week paid internship in either community or hospital pharmacy.

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

Entry Requirements
Applicants to UQ Pharmacy are required to have completed their high school diploma. Applicants should have completed Grade 12 English, Chemistry and Math to meet program prerequisites.

If you have commenced or completed a university degree or any post-secondary studies, your most recent studies will be assessed in terms of your grades. If you have not completed the necessary prerequisite subjects in your post-secondary studies, your high school transcripts will then be assessed for prerequisite subjects.

Melbourne reaffirms its place among the world’s top 50 universities

The University of Melbourne has retained its position of 44th in the world according to the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities results, released Aug. 15.

It is also now the fifth year in a row that the university has been ranked first in Australia according to the ARWU, and the second time Melbourne has ranked in the top 50.

University of Melbourne in Australia
Study at the #1 university in Australia
The rankings emphasise the quality and output of research from institutions, and while more than 1200 universities are ranked each year, only the top 500 are published.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis said that to be recognized as among the 50 best research universities in the world is a testament to hard work by the entire university community, both those on campus and our partners beyond. “It’s a remarkable result to remain a top 50 university given the intense competition in the global higher education sector to gain greater reputation through research excellence.

“During what has been quite a tumultuous time for research in Australia, we’ve worked hard as an institution to enhance the quality and impact of our research efforts. It is work we strongly believe in, tackling as it does some of the biggest challenges facing our world, from cancer treatments to water management.

“We note the high rankings of Australian universities continues to underpin our local education industry, and is essential as the sector looks to engage with Australian industries to drive economic prosperity.

“Our commitment to this work will only grow, as we flagged recently in the release of our latest Growing Esteem strategy. The University’s aspiration is to connect research, learning and teaching with local, regional and international alumni and partners, solidifying our global reputation as a comprehensive research university.

“We want to provide current and future generations with education and research opportunities equal to the best in the world, and this ranking confirms that we are on the right path to meet this goal.”

Since the rankings began in 2003, the University of Melbourne has moved up 48 spots from 92, putting it amongst the fastest moving universities in the top 100.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Fall Study in Australia Fairs coming soon!

Upcoming OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs—meet representatives from world-class Australian universities!


Have you ever wondered what it’s like to study in Australia? Would you like more information about studying medicine, dentistry, law, pharmacy, or physiotherapy in Australia?

Each fall, we travel across Canada to meet with Canadian students interested in pursuing their career dreams in Australia. We bring the information to them, making it easy to access the answers needed when considering studies in Australia.

Australian universities
Meet Australian university representatives—join us for the Study in Australia Fairs this Fall!

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 30 in Vancouver, OzTREKK’s Australian universities will be participating in the fairs, sending staff from Australia to Canada to advise students (and their parents!) about their study options in Australia. These fairs are free of charge and everyone is welcome to attend!

Staff will be available to speak to you about program options, accommodation, scholarships available, and so much more! At the fairs, you can find out more about
  • Australian Medical Schools in Australia
  • Australian Dental Schools in Australia
  • Australian Law Schools in Australia
  • Australian Physiotherapy Schools in Australia
  • Australian Veterinary Schools in Australia
  • Australian Pharmacy Schools in Australia
  • Australian Optometry Schools in Australia
  • Australian Business Schools in Australia
  • Australian Occupational Therapy Schools in Australia
  • Australian Speech Pathology Schools in Australia
  • Australian Audiology Schools in Australia
  • and more!

Study in Australia Fair Details


University of British Columbia
Dates: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 & Thursday, Oct. 1
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Venue: AMS Student Nest, UBC, Vancouver

University of Calgary
Date: Friday, Oct. 2
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: MacEwan Conference & Event Centre, University of Calgary

Date: Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: Tom Thompson Room, Hilton Toronto Downtown

Queen’s University
Date: Monday, Oct. 5, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: JDUC, Queen’s University, Kingston

McGill University
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: Madeleine Parent Room (TBC), SSMU Building, McGill University, Montreal

Schools compete in national moot at Bond Law School

Students from 14 schools from around Australia argued their cases before some of Australia’s most respected legal figures recently, after making the grand final of a prestigious national mooting competition.

Bond Law School
Study law at Bond University

The Honourable Justice Robert Gotterson AO of the Supreme Court of Queensland, retired District Court of Queensland Judge John Newton and Bond Law School’s Assistant Professor Louise Parsons, were among the judging panel for the Bond University High School Mooting Competition finals, held on the Gold Coast on Aug. 1, 2015.

The competition is the only one of its kind in Australia, with more than 120 schools from across the country entering their best and brightest Year 11 and 12 students.

The mooting competition introduces students to the courtroom environment and gives them insight into the workings of the Australian legal system, with two opposing teams conducting a legal argument involving the application of legal rules to factual situations similar to those dealt with by the courts every day.

Each member of the team who wins the national final, along with the three students judged to be the best individual advocates, will be offered a 40 per cent scholarship to undertake a Bachelor of Laws degree at Bond University, Australia’s leading private university.

Assistant Professor Louise Parsons said the competition continued to be popular among high school students, with a number of schools entering for the first time in 2015.

“The judges were very impressed by the high standard of advocacy skills displayed by the competitors,” she said.

“The competition challenges students to ‘think like a lawyer.’ The critical thinking and analytical skills students develop will stand them in good stead whenever they are faced with any complex problem, and provides an excellent opportunity to improve their oral communication and oral advocacy skills.

“Developing the ability to think quickly on your feet and provide a judge with a coherent and persuasive argument is one of the key benefits of participating in this competition.

“Although many of the students who participate in the High School Mooting Competition may not study law at university, and may not choose a career in the legal profession, the experience is still invaluable.”

Winners from eight regional areas across Australia competed in the finals, which was held at Bond University on Aug. 1, 2015.

Bond Law School Juris Doctor

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. Students from Canada should apply early, particularly if they are seeking entry for a September intake.

Entry Requirements for the Bond University Juris Doctor Program
  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline in order to apply to the Bond JD  program. Students who have not yet completed a bachelor degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the program.
  • Two reference letters are required.
  • Applicants who have a cumulative average of 70% or above should apply to the program.
In common with most other Australian Law Schools, Bond does not use the LSAT as an entry criterion.