Wednesday, September 30, 2015

University of Newcastle postgraduates more likely to get jobs

The significant value of postgraduate study at the University of Newcastle (UON) has been highlighted by a new Careers Graduate Australia report, with UON students gaining more full-time work than the national average across a range of courses.

University of Newcastle Pharmacy School
Study pharmacy at the University of Newcastle

The 2014 Postgraduate Destinations report revealed that UON postgraduate students were 4% more likely than the national average of 81.9% to gain full-time employment shortly after completing their degrees, with an impressive full-time employment rate of 85.9%.

One hundred percent of Coursework Masters graduates in Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work, Aero Engineering and Computer Science gained full-time employment after graduating from the University of Newcastle.

This compares to a national average of only 81.7% of postgraduate students in full-time work following university study.

University of Newcastle Bachelor of Pharmacy

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours
Location: Callaghan, Newcastle, New South Wales
Duration: 4 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by to apply as early as possible.

Bond psychology student studies texting and romantic relationships

After years of studying texting and romantic relationships, Jodie Bradnam knows better than most how to get a message across quickly, and it has earned her top honours in Bond University's Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

Bond University Psychology School
Bond 3MT winner Jodie Bradnam and runner up Skye Marshall (Photo credit: Bond University)

The psychology student presented her latest findings into whether texting fosters relationship intimacy at the competition, which challenges students to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience. Jodie was awarded both overall winner and people’s choice.

Jodie’s research findings revealed that while the use of text messaging in young adult relationships could enhance intimacy, using text messaging to manage conflict and communicate hostility was strongly related to declines in relationship satisfaction.

Jodie will now compete in the 2015 Trans-Tasman 3MT Competition against students from around Australia and New Zealand, being held at The University of Queensland (UQ) on Oct. 2, 2015.

Jodie said she had been working on her thesis since 2012, titled “Text messaging, attachment orientation, satisfaction and stability in romantic relationships: Does texting foster relationship intimacy?” which explored the links between romantic attachment, texting and relationship quality.

More than 990 young adults have already taken part in the study, with the final phase of research involving a further 200 young adult couples about to begin.

She said mobile phones had significantly changed the way romantic partners communicate and the research had already uncovered some interesting findings.

“Young people, aged 18 to 30, are the largest adult users of text messaging. Young adults send up to 90 text messages each day and texting is a way of staying connected,” said Jodie.

“While emerging research suggests text messaging may be a tool for promoting intimacy and connection in young romantic relationships, we’ve also found the use of texting for the management of conflict has been associated with significant reductions in relationship quality.

“What we’ve found is that a strong, positive, emotional climate is required to buffer the impact of negative text message sent between partners.

“The next phase of the research will involve couples so we can study the effect of text messaging on relationship quality from the perspective of each partner.”

“I’m doing the final piece of research now to complete the study, which will involve interviewing family and friends to create recommendations for how to better engage them to achieve more positive outcomes.”

Bond University Director of Research Services Mr Andrew Calder said the competition was a great way to showcase the diverse research underway at Bond, and right around Australia and New Zealand. “The Three Minute Thesis competition allows young researchers to engage with the wider community and showcase the work currently underway that will ultimately help to improve the way we do things.”

Mr Calder said Bond University was looking for aspiring researchers to join the growing research team, with PhD scholarships now on offer to bolster the diverse studies underway by Bond’s Higher Degree by Research (HDR) community.

OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair at UofC

This October, we will be hosting the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair the University of Calgary!
To be held on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair is a free event and will include Australian university representatives who will be on hand to discuss the programs on offer as well as life in Australia.

OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair

Event Details

University of Calgary
Date: Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: MacEwan Conference & Event Centre, University of Calgary

Meet Australian university staff members and learn more about their universities, programs, campus lifestyle, entry requirements, accommodation options and more. At the fairs, you will be able to find out more information about the following study opportunities in Australia:
  • Australian Medical Schools in Australia
  • Australian Dental Schools in Australia
  • Australian Vet Schools in Australia
  • Australian Physiotherapy Schools in Australia
  • Australian Pharmacy Schools in Australia
  • Australian Law Schools in Australia
  • Australian Business Schools in Australia
…and many more programs!

The following Australian universities will be at the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair at the University of Calgary:
  • Bond University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • Macquarie University
  • Monash University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney

Everyone is welcome! We can’t wait to meet you, Calgary!

Griffith International Postgraduate Coursework Excellence Scholarships

Each year, Griffith University and its partners provide more than $40 million to support new and continuing students successfully complete their degrees through direct financial support.
Are you heading to Griffith? Apply for a scholarship!

Griffith International Postgraduate Coursework Excellence Scholarships


For: Outstanding international students applying for postgraduate coursework studies at Griffith University.
Available to: New future students
Level of study: Postgraduate coursework
Citizenship: Citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand
Award value and benefits: $3,000 in total (Two tuition payments of $1,500)
Duration: Two semesters
Programs of study: All postgraduate (excluding online, non-award, offshore delivery and where students are given advanced standing or credit for previous studies)
Applications close: Semester 1 – Applications close November 30 (for January or February commencement). Outcome notified by end of December. Semester 2 – Applications close April 30 (for July commencement). Outcome notified by end of May.

Griffith University, Australia
Apply for a Griffith University scholarship!

Griffith study areas

Griffith is a comprehensive university, offering more than 200 undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees across all disciplines.

Griffith University has a long history of providing innovative degrees that meet the ever-changing needs of students, industry and the community. Griffith introduced the first Asian studies, environmental science, forensic science, aviation, Australian Indigenous arts, dental technology and suicide-prevention degrees in Australia. They are also a pioneer in online education and progressive teaching methods.
  • Griffith Medical School
  • Griffith Dental School
  • Griffith Physiotherapy School
  • Griffith Pharmacy School
  • Griffith Speech Pathology School
  • Griffith Business School
  • Griffith Environmental Sciences
  • Griffith Engineering and IT
  • Griffith Law School
  • Griffith Architecture School
  • Griffith Sciences
  • Griffith Nursing School
  • Griffith Teachers College
  • Griffith Public Health School
  • Griffith Health Sciences

Ranked in the top 5% worldwide

With highly awarded teaching staff, expert researchers, a comprehensive suite of degrees spanning all disciplines, and outstanding campus facilities, Griffith University ranks alongside some of the best universities in the world. As a Griffith student, you’ll benefit from studying at a respected university, and graduate with qualifications that are well-regarded in Australia and overseas.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Melbourne MD Application timeline for 2016 intake

Waiting patiently for the outcome of your Melbourne Medical School application? It won’t be long now!

University of Melbourne Medical School
Study medicine at the University of Melbourne

Application Timeline for 2016 Intake

  • Offers of admission begin to be issued: October 20, 2015
  • Deadline to accept offer of admission and pay deposit: November 4, 2015
  • Deadline to meet any conditions of offer: November 11, 2015
  • Unsuccessful applicants advised of outcome: November 13 – 16, 2015
  • Enrollment deadline: January 14, 2016
  • First day of class: February 1, 2016

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years

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

JCU’s teaching excellence recognised

The quality of James Cook University’s teaching has again been recognised with the university winning prestigious national teaching and learning awards.

JCU has won four of the six possible Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

JCU School of Public Health
Study at James Cook University, Townsville

The Deputy Vice Chancellor for the Division of Academic and Student Life Professor Sally Kift acknowledged the fantastic result. “Congratulations to all of our citation winners. These awards recognise the passion, commitment and excellence of our dedicated teaching staff.

“The citations also confirm the very high standard of teaching across the university, and reflect the innovative approaches we take to learning and teaching,” Professor Kift said.

The citations recognise excellence in teaching and outstanding contributions to student learning, and are overseen by the Federal Government’s Office for Teaching and Learning.

Dr Sue Devine for championing public health and health promotion in the tropics through leadership that inspires multi-disciplinary health professionals.

Mr Peter Hartin for bringing the outsiders in: inspiring multi-campus regional and remote students in the nursing capstone to learn, connect and succeed.

Dr Kate Hutson for bringing aquaculture to life through a networked, authentic and career-focused curriculum.

Associate Professor Wenxian Lin for using problem-centred learning pedagogy to achieve high level engagement, enthusiasm and exceptional learning outcomes for diverse students in mathematics-based engineering subjects.

Each of the winners receives $10,000 and were presented with their citations at a ceremony in Brisbane on Sept. 24.

Would you trust a robot with your life?

Trusting robots to relay a medical diagnosis was the focus of University of Queensland PhD student Teegan Green’s winning UQ Three Minute Thesis (3MT) presentation at Customs House.

As the winner of this year’s UQ 3MT Final, Ms Green from the UQ Business School will go through to the 3MT Trans-Tasman competition at UQ on Oct. 2, 2015.

UQ Business School
Teegan Green’s research focuses on tele-health technologies (Photo credit: UQ)

In a tightly fought contest, Ms Green edged out the runner-up and People’s Choice winner Shaun Chen from the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering, who spoke about his research investigating ways to help international students in engineering.

Ms Green’s research focuses on telehealth, and why the use of common technologies such as phone, video conferencing and email is still an uncommon medium to deliver a clinical diagnosis.

“This is surprising because of the benefits that exist for patients, particularly those that are living in rural and remote areas,” Ms Green said.

“We need to develop more efficient, effective and scalable ways to decrease the tyranny of distance that exists for rural and remote patients, and better cater to our ageing population.”

Ms Green said her research showed that one of the key issues is trust.

“Trust is crucial to how we communicate,” said Ms Green. “Non-verbal communication makes up most of our communication in terms of facial expressions and body gestures.”

Ms Green says the challenge is the difficulty to incorporate into technology these non-verbal cues that facilitate trust.

“If we can already remove the doctor from the room, and from the same time zone, what happens when eventually we can remove the doctor altogether,” she said.

“I would like to thank my supervisors, Dr Nicole Gillespie and Dr Nicole Hartley from the UQ Business School, and Associate Professor Anthony Smith.”

3MT is a competition that challenges research students to communicate the significance of their projects to a general audience in just three minutes.

The concept sprang from the UQ Graduate School in 2008, and competitions are now run in over 200 institutions internationally.

The event was hosted by the ABC’s Steve Cannane and the judging panel included Queensland Chief Scientist Dr Geoff Garrett.

​As the winner of the 3MT UQ Final, Ms Green was awarded a $5000 travel grant and will challenge competitors from more than 45 universities across the Asia-Pacific in the Trans-Tasman 3MT Final at UQ.

UQ Graduate School Dean Professor McEwan said the 3MT competition was an opportunity to showcase the outstanding contribution that UQ research students make to their fields, as part of their training.

“Research students at UQ develop sophisticated research skills and can provide amazing insight,” Professor McEwan said.

“3MT highlights the value of research students being able to communicate their work to a variety of audiences, from government to industry, and to the people who will benefit from their research.

“These communication skills are vital for the development of a knowledge economy.

“Communication can speed the translation of great research and outstanding outcomes for society and business.”

Monday, September 28, 2015

Join us at the Study in Australia Fair at UBC

OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair at UBC

Hey there, UBC! Have you ever considered studying in Australia?

OzTREKK will be hosting two Study in Australia Fairs at the University of British Columbia: Wednesday, September 30 and Thursday, October 1, 2015 at the AMS Student Nest.

This is a great opportunity for Canadian students to learn about their program options at Australian universities, including Australian Medical Schools in Australia, Australian Law Schools in Australia, Australian Dental Schools in Australia and Australian Veterinary Schools in Australia—just to name a few!

OzTREKK and our Australian university partners will be visiting the University of British Columbia for our annual Fall Study in Australia information session, and you’re invited!

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

Everyone is invited to the fairs—meet staff and faculty members from the following Australian universities:
  • Bond University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • Macquarie University
  • University of Melbourne
  • Monash University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney

UQ rewards its excellent researchers

Research into areas as diverse as avocados, batteries and climate change has shared in a $515,182 total pool in the University of Queensland’s Research Week awards.

Six early- to mid-career researchers and two supervisors were honoured at UQ’s annual Foundation Research Excellence Awards and the Awards for Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision at Customs House.

University of Queensland
L to R: Joseph Powell, Penelope Sanderson, Ian Hesketh, Linda Worrall, Elizabeth Worrall on behalf of Alice Hayward, Danielle Shanahan on behalf of Richard Fuller, Zhongfan Jia, Bing-Jie Ni, Eve McDonald-Madden (Photo credit: UQ)

The awards were presented by UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj and guest speaker Professor Ingrid Scheffer from the University of Melbourne.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Robyn Ward said the awards would help these early career researchers advance their excellent research endeavours.

“All of the winners show exceptional promise to become discovery leaders of the future,” Professor Ward said.

“These awards recognise that our early career researchers are pursuing important work and developing innovations that create change for people all over the world.”

The UQ Foundation Research Excellence Awards—now in their 17th year—recognise excellence and the promise of future success in research for UQ’s early- to mid-career researchers. The awards will enable the researchers to further their exciting research endeavours.

The 2015 winners

Dr Alice Hayward ($95,733) from UQ's Queensland Alliance for Agricultural and Food Innovation, who aims to create a biodegradable, non-toxic, non-GM spray to induce root formation in avocados, aiming to  help the industry meet growing consumer demand and make avocados more affordable.

Dr Zhongfan Jia ($79,283), from UQ’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, who is developing a totally plastic battery to power future flexible and wearable electronic devices that is suitable and safe to dispose in the recycling bin.

Dr Bing-Jie Ni ($90,500), from UQ’s Advanced Water Management Centre, who is investigating ways to transform organic waste into renewable fuel, including developing an innovative platform for storing and transporting liquid bio-products.

Dr Ian Hesketh ($52,660), from UQ’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, who is examining ‘Big History’, which brings together findings from astronomy, geology, biology and anthropology to place human history within the larger story of all life—beginning with the Big Bang.

Dr Eve McDonald-Madden ($99,796), from UQ’s School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, who is developing methods to detect when climate predictions fail to capture how the climate is actually changing. The research will contribute to saving plant and animal species that would otherwise go extinct as a result of climate change.

Dr Joseph Powell ($97,210), from UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience, who is analysing genetic data to help understand how the mutations that occur in people’s DNA contribute to disease susceptibility. This knowledge could then be translated to clinical practice to improve patient care.

Macquarie University launching #MyMQ

Choosing a university can be challenging when you’re an international student. Marketing brochures and rankings can be helpful, but how do you get a real picture of what a university is like when you’re on the other side of the world?

Macquarie University
Hashtag #MyMQ on Instagram or Twitter

Macquarie University is excited to launch #MyMQ, a new section within the Globe. #MyMQ lets you see Macquarie through the eyes of students as they share their experiences through social media.

You’ll follow them as they discover our amazing campus and experience life in Sydney. You’ll also be inspired by the incredible scenery as they travel around Australia during academic breaks.

And the best part? All Macquarie University students can join in. Simply use the hashtag #MyMQ on Instagram or Twitter.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Where great minds collide: Melbourne launches new brand campaign

The theme of ‘collision’ or collaboration between great minds is at the heart of the University of Melbourne’s new brand campaign, launched today, Sept. 25.

University of Melbourne, Australia
University of Melbourne: Where great minds collide

The university’s Collision campaign will tell the stories of collaboration at the university that has lead to significant research achievements. Some of the stories being highlighted include accountants working with botanists to measure how much Co2 Melbourne’s botanic gardens absorbs and what impact this has on city planning for climate change; researchers using what they’ve learned from water conservation in the Goulburn Valley and applying it in China, and; researchers from the fields of genomics and cancer treatment teaming up in the fight against melanoma.

The campaign will run into 2016 at a cost of $4 million, which covered agency fees, production costs and media.

Acting University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Sheil said it is an important time for the university to ensure the wider community better understands the work it does.

“As a public-spirited institution—one that prides itself on playing a prominent role in educating future generations and finding solutions to the world’s grand challenges—it’s always been important that we share the impact and outcomes of our work with the community, both locally and further afield. And the current climate in higher education demands that we be more creative about this.

“The idea of a collision in academia is at the heart of what we do at the university. We have so many examples of great people coming together to deliver innovations and ideas that genuinely make a difference in peoples lives.

“This isn’t just about creating an ad. This campaign is all about putting our people, the work that they do and the impact that it has, front and centre.”

A brand film, which features staff and students, and part choreographed by alumni, has been produced for cinema and digital channels. A collection of press and digital executions and will also support the campaign.

Professor Sheil said the university made a conscious decision to focus this campaign on its research strengths. “We wanted to focus on something we strongly believe the public should have a greater investment in; that is research and its outcomes.”

Supporting the campaign will be the launch of a new digital content platform, Pursuit, which has been developed from the ground up to be an online hub for the university’s news, stories and events.

Inaugural Tom Watson Oration at Sydney Pharmacy School

The Tom Watson Oration was founded in 2014, to mark the academic achievements and contributions of the late Emeritus Professor Thomas (Tom) R Watson (1927–2012) to the field of pharmacy.

Emeritus Professor Watson, former Head of the Department of Pharmacy, was one of the first recipients of the Doctor of Philosophy degrees in pharmacy at the University in 1956.

University of Sydney Pharmacy School
Professor Trau presenting the inaugural oration (Photo credit: University of Sydney)

The inaugural Tom Watson Oration was delivered on Aug. 17, 2015 by University of Sydney alumnus Professor Matt Trau (BSc 1987), from the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at the University of Queensland.

Professor Trau’s topic “Making NanoMedicine Personal: Translating Genome-Wide Information & Point of Care Diagnostics into the Clinic,” provided university alumni and fellow listeners with a glimpse into a “new paradigm of precision and personalised patient care—where patients will be comprehensively screened and monitored for the detailed molecular abnormalities that characterise their specific disease.”

Professor Trau presented to pharmacy students in the afternoon and the oration followed in the evening, followed by afternoon tea with 40 guests including alumni and staff attending.

Bachelor of Pharmacy Program at Sydney Pharmacy School

The Bachelor of Pharmacy program provides students with the core skills and knowledge required for the effective delivery of pharmaceutical care and the ability to proceed to research. Students will study the chemical, physical, pharmaceutical, and pharmacological properties of medicinal substances and the application of these in the pharmacy profession. The Faculty of Pharmacy has an enviable national and international reputation that means students will study and interact with world-renowned academics and enjoy access to best practice teaching laboratories and cutting-edge technology.

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: January 31, 2016; however, it is recommended that Canadian students apply as early as possible to provide time for the pre-departure process.

Bond Law alumnus joins Australian Olympic Committee

Bond Law School graduate and Paralympic gold medallist Annabelle Williams has become the second Bondie to join the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) after being named the Committee’s new legal counsel in the lead up to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Bond Law School
Bond Law School graduate Annabelle Williams (Photo credit: Bond University)

She will work alongside fellow Bond Law graduate, Fiona de Jong, who was appointed Secretary General (CEO) of the AOC last year after 10 years as the Director of Sport for the organisation.

Ms Williams’ new role as legal counsel within the AOC will see her apply her legal prowess across a broad spectrum from sponsorship and marketing deals, team agreements, potential appeals on athlete selection, anti-doping policies, and accommodation and service agreements for the upcoming Olympic Games in Brazil.

The multi-talented lawyer and sportswoman, who was born with a congenital limb deficiency leaving her without a  lower left arm, graduated with a double degree in law and international relations from Bond University in 2013.

She combined her studies with an elite swimming career after winning her first bronze medal in the 50m freestyle at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in her final year of high school.

Ms Williams went on to great success in the pool, notching up a long line of achievements including winning gold at the 2012 London Paralympics in the 4×100 metre medley relay, silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in the 50 metre freestyle in New Delhi and bronze at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics in the 100 metre butterfly.

In 2007, she was awarded the Bond University Sportsperson of the Year and was a finalist for the Australian Universities Sportsperson of the Year.

Bond University Executive Dean of Law Professor Nick James said Ms Williams was to be congratulated on her many successes.

“The calibre of our alumni is second to none, and Annabelle’s extraordinary achievements academically, athletically and in her legal career are an excellent demonstration of this,” Professor James said.

“Annabelle is an exemplary role model for our current and future students, and we wish her the best of luck in her new role with the Australian Olympic Committee.”

About Bond Law School and Juris Doctor (JD) Program

Bond University’s Juris Doctor (JD) program is a professional legal qualification designed to equip students for a career in the legal profession, business, industry or government, in Australia and overseas. This law program features excellent teaching, small classes and an extensive legal skills program, which provides an exciting learning experience that challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, or September
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: Students from Canada should apply at least three months prior to the program start date.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

University of Sydney Business School jumps eight places

University of Sydney Business School jumps eight places in highly respected global rankings by the UK’s Financial Times.

The Business School’s flagship Master of Management program now stands at 39th in the world, up from 47th in 2014. It also remains in the top five in Asia and the only Australian MMgt program to appear in the FT’s prestigious ranking.

University of Sydney Business School
Study business at the University of Sydney

“This is absolutely brilliant news,” said the Business School Dean Professor Greg Whitwell, who joined the school in June 2014. “I’m very proud.

“The rise in our rankings is testimony to our commitment to continuous improvement and the dedication and energy of our academic and professional staff,” he added.

“To rise eight places in a world in which global competition between business schools is becoming ever more intense, is a truly remarkable achievement.”

Sydney Business School Deputy Dean (Education), Professor John Shields, said he was “delighted that the Financial Times has again recognised the outstanding quality of our Master of Management program and its graduates.”

“The school’s educational mission is global in its reach and seeks to graduate young management professionals ready to assume socially responsible leadership roles in businesses in any part of the developed or developing world,” Professor Shields said.

Amongst other things, the FT rankings are based on salary levels achieved by graduates, their international career prospects, the gender balance within the student cohort, the program’s corporate partnerships and perceptions of “value for money.”

“Our dramatic rise in this important global ranking evidences both the quality of our Master of Management program and the outstanding career progress and opportunities for our graduates,” said Associate Professor Philip Seltsikas, the Business School’s Associate Dean (Graduate Management).

“Our Master of Management is designed to equip students from diverse backgrounds with the skills and capabilities required to launch management careers,” Associate Professor Seltsikas said. “It is also strongly supported by our industry partners.”

“It is the quality of our corporate connections and the way we embed these into our degree programs that truly sets us apart,” he added.

A total of 80 schools in 23 countries appear in the 2015 FT rankings.

The University of Sydney Business School is positioned in the top 40 with a range of leading institutions including HEC Paris, Essec Business School, the Rotterdam School of Management, the London Business School, Warwick Business School, the Indian Institute of Management and Shanghai’s Jiao Tong University.

The exclusive CEMS Master’s in International Management Program (MIM), which is offered by an alliance of 29 business schools around the world, moved up the FT’s ranking from fifth place in 2014 to fourth place this year.

The University of Sydney Business School is the only Australian tertiary institution accredited to offer the CEMS MIM degree program.

The Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine has, meanwhile, ranked the Business School’s Global Executive MBA (Global EMBA) the nation’s number one executive education program of its type.

Describing the BOSS ranking as “absolutely fabulous,” the Director of Executive Education and Global EMBA Program Director, Associate Professor Robin Stonecash, said the School’s Global EMBA was aimed at “turning students into self-aware leaders with the confidence and the ability to impact on society through their business or their community activities.”

The Business School’s 18-month Global EMBA consists of five, two week modules, two of which are undertaken in Australia. The others are delivered in California’s Silicon Valley, in the Indian city of Bangalore and in southern France in cooperation with local businesses.

“The FT Rankings for our MMgt and the CEMS MIM, as well as the number one BOSS ranking for our Global EMBA is clear external validation of what we already knew; the University of Sydney Business School is truly a world-class institution,” concluded Professor Whitwell.

About the Sydney Master of Management

The Sydney Master of Management is a pre-experience program designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to pursue a career in management within your chosen field.

Distinctive features include small class sizes, a highly interactive learning environment, direct involvement with corporate partners and a focus (across all the specifically designed units of study) on solving real-world business problems. Part of the course involves students working directly with a leading company on a real business project.

The degree was designed by the University of Sydney, with input from leading European business schools and a number of the world’s most renowned corporations. The contribution of business leaders in the design of this course cannot be underestimated. It was built on a foundation of the key characteristics employers are seeking in tomorrow’s business leaders.

Program: Master of Management
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 1.15 years / 60 weeks full time
Semester intakes: March or July
Application deadline: It is recommended Canadian students apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Entry requirements
To be eligible to apply, you will need
  • a completed bachelor’s degree from a recognised university with a minimum credit (65%) average;
  • to submit your CV (with photo);
  • to submit a statement of motivation; and
  • to attend an interview.
Applications will be accepted from students who are currently completing the final semester of their degree and have a credit (65%) average at the time of application.

Don’t miss the upcoming Griffith medicine and dentistry events!

On Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 in Toronto and Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 in Vancouver, Griffith Medical School Dean Prof Simon Broadley, Griffith Dental School Dean Prof Ward Massey will be holding information sessions for anyone interested in learning more about studying medicine and dentistry at Griffith University.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Griffith MD and the Griffith dentistry program are welcome to attend this free event!

Griffith University Medcial School
Study medicine or 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!

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


Inaugural Doctor of Physiotherapy students graduate from Macquarie

The first cohort of students have graduated from the inaugural Doctor of Physiotherapy program at the newly-established Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University.

Macquarie Doctor of Physiotherapy
Macquarie DPT graduates (Photo credit: Macquarie University)

The Macquarie DPT program is the only three-year masters-level physiotherapy degree in New South Wales, and was designed for students to develop advanced physiotherapy skills as well as business, management, leadership and advocacy skills.

Forty-six students have graduated from the program so far and are working in a variety of areas including sports, orthopaedics, brain injury and aged care in both private practices and hospitals.

“Future physiotherapists need more than physiotherapy-specific knowledge in order to gain and maintain employability, and our program offers the advanced skills needed to practice in an increasingly complex and challenging healthcare environment,” said Professor Catherine Dean, Director of the Doctor of Physiotherapy Program and Head of Department of Health Professions.

Graduate Sam Cantori said the program is unparalleled in comparison to other courses offered.

“The Doctor of Physiotherapy program has not only provided me with the most current physiotherapy skills, but also skills in areas such as research, business, law, advocacy and policy, and the future of extended scope physiotherapy as a profession. These skills have laid a brilliant foundation for me in the industry to be an autonomous and strong clinician,” said Mr Cantori.

Professor Patrick McNeil, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences said the first cohort of students graduating from the inaugural Doctor of Physiotherapy program is an important first step for the faculty.

“As we begin to launch our suite of pioneering degree programs and work towards our vision of hosting Australia’s first fully integrated Academic Health Sciences Centre under a university’s leadership, I see the Macquarie University health care enterprise as being the institution of choice for clinicians and researchers at the top of their fields,” said Professor McNeil.

The faculty will launch its first undergraduate program in 2016 through the Bachelor of Clinical Science. The degree will be an accelerated two-year program that will prepare graduates to pursue further studies for careers in medical and health professions, and will offer targeted preparation for the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admissions Test (GAMSAT).

Macquarie has also recently increased the number of places for international students to 20!

About the Macquarie University Doctor of Physiotherapy

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Next available intake: July 2016
Application deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions basis. The sooner you apply the better.

Entry requirements

1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree with about a 65% average or above. This is the minimum academic standing needed to apply and does not guarantee admissions. The starting point to a competitive average would be at least a 70% cumulative average or higher; however, competitiveness changes each year depending on the quality and quantity of each year’s applicants.

2. Prerequisite courses in the following areas:
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology (Cell and Systems)
  • Psychology
  • Research Methods
The courses in the following subject areas are desired, yet not mandatory:
  • Biomechanics
  • Pharmacology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Motor learning and performance
  • Neuroscience

Selection Process

Once entry requirements for each candidate have been met the following processes occurs:
  • Candidates will be ranked on their academic merit based on their highest GPA for any tertiary qualification.
  • Secondary level of consideration will be given to students who have completed desired tertiary units of study.
  • The highest ranked candidates will be offered a place.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

UQ medical students promote Indigenous health through song and dance

Medical students from the University of Queensland attended the Biennial Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival with a focus on promoting health and inspiring future health professionals.

The festival is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and showcases the people of the Cape York Peninsula through song and dance ceremony.

UQ Medical School
UQ med students at the Biennial Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival (Photo credit: UQ)

The medical students were representing TROHPIQ (Towards Rural and Outback Health Professionals in Queensland) and RHINO (Rural Health in Northern Outback).

Ms Sarah Ayles said their main objective for the weekend was to engage with the youth of the Cape York and promote health careers.

“We hope that we have inspired some future health professionals,” Ms Ayles said.

“Most importantly, as future clinicians, we had the opportunity to learn and participate in Indigenous culture.

“We were truly blown away with the level of engagement of everyone at the festival.

“Our booth was frequently visited by people who were willing to have a yarn about their experiences with the health system from Weipa to Thursday Island,” she said.

“We were interviewed for the National Indigenous Radio Service and one of the most consistent messages being broadcast over the weekend was that of healthy starts for children and ongoing involvement with health professionals.

“Our UQ Frisbees, casts for the children, apple Slinkies, and anatomy game were very popular, not to mention our free sunscreen and hats in the thirty-degree heat.”

As well as attending the festival, the students had the opportunity for some sightseeing, visiting the Split Rocks with famous rock art in the Laura area, and also got to spend an afternoon at Mossman Gorge.

“We would like to thank TROHPIQ for their support and allowing students to have these experiences and UQ Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences for their generous donations of merchandise for the weekend,” Ms Ayles said.

About the UQ Medical School Program

The UQ Medical School conducts a four-year, graduate-entry medical program, the Doctor of Medicine (MD). The School of Medicine is a leading provider of medical education and research in Australia, and with the country’s largest medical degree program, they are the major single contributor to Queensland’s junior medical workforce.

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next available intake: January 2017
Duration: 4 years

Donors pave the way for students and research at the University of Sydney

On Sept. 3, more than 1,000 donors helped raise $3.6 million for University of Sydney students and research as the university held its 24-hour fundraising challenge, Pave the Way.

The total, $3,680,382, surpassed the inaugural 2014 campaign by more than $2.7 million.

“Philanthropy plays such a powerful role at the university. We are proud to have such a large community of supporters who believe in what we do, and want to help us grow and strengthen our programs,” said Tim Dolan, Vice-Principal (Advancement), Division of Alumni and Development.

“Every gift, no matter how much, has an impact. Thank you to everyone who got involved with Pave the Way yesterday to support students facing physical, mental health and financial barriers and health research.”

This year, the online and on-campus event was also supported by a number of major gifts, including $1 million from Mr Roger Massy-Greene and University Chancellor Belinda Hutchinson AM.

Their gift will establish scholarships to attract and support more science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates into the Master of Teaching and ultimately improve STEM teaching in disadvantaged schools.

Other generous donations included
  • $75,000 to Indigenous scholarships from the Rosebrook Foundation
  • $1 million to set up the Ho Kong Fung Ling Research Fund and Postgraduate Scholarship at the Charles Perkins Centre
  • $18,000 from Caroline Wilkinson to support the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Rising Stars program
  • $120,000 from the Walter and Eliza Hall Trust for 20 scholarships, including five for students with a physical disability
  • $600,000 from the Family of Dr Charles Warman AM to preserve our beloved Great Hall
  • $750,000 from an anonymous donor
In addition, an anonymous alumnus of the University of Sydney kindly agreed to match gifts dollar for dollar up to the value of $25,000.

“We were delighted to see people from all areas of the university get involved, with support from staff more than double that of last year and 44 percent of participation coming from our alumni,” Mr Dolan said.

Monash unveils Earth Sciences Garden

Sept. 15 marked the opening of the new Monash Earth Sciences Garden at the university’s Clayton Campus in Melbourne; the first of its kind in Australia and the most comprehensive worldwide.

Monash University Environmental Sciences
Monash Earth Sciences Garden is the first of its kind in Australia and the most comprehensive worldwide. (Photo credit: Monash University)

Inspired by the geology and physical geography of Victoria, Australia, this ‘living’ geological map comprises a stunning arrangement of nearly 500 rock specimens, weighing up to 14 tons, laid out to represent a pattern of rock outcrops and set amongst beautiful native plants representing each geographical region.

Monash University’s Head of School, Earth, Atmosphere and Environment, Professor Sandy Cruden, who was part of the team of earth scientists who developed the Monash Earth Sciences Garden concept, said the Monash Earth Sciences Garden establishes a brand new, hands-on approach to teaching geology, physical geography and atmospheric sciences.

“The Earth Sciences textbook is brought to life by this dynamic outdoor classroom which offers a practical approach to learning field measurement and mapping techniques, and rock and mineral recognition skills. It reflects the Faculty of Science’s wider approach to teaching science in more innovative and engaging ways,” Professor Cruden said.

Officially opening the Monash Earth Sciences Garden, Director of the Geological Survey of Victoria Paul McDonald welcomed the innovative new teaching resource and what it means in training future geologists.

“More than ever we need graduates in geological sciences who are ‘field ready’ and capable of stepping straight into the diverse range of careers this dynamic area of science offers. The Monash Earth Sciences Garden provides this crucial hands-on exposure to the Earth’s rich geological formations and will inspire future generations of Earth Scientists.”

Aimed primarily at undergraduate students as well as secondary and high school students, the 120 by 30 metre Monash Earth Sciences Garden also provides a beautiful relaxation space for students and visitors.

The rock specimens represent a variety of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks found in Victoria. Highlights include
  • 125-million-year-old Cretaceous sandstone from the Otway Ranges, where significant dinosaur fossils have been found and continue to be studied at Monash University. These dinosaur and early mammal remains are from creatures that lived near the South Pole in a large, forested river system that developed as Australia and Antarctica began to break apart, offering unique insights into life on a significantly warmer Earth. An important dinosaur fossil, Noddy, will be displayed for photography and filming purposes at the launch and palaeontologists will be on hand for interviews.
  • Large black volcanic ‘bombs’—approximately 1 metre in diameter—from an 8,000-year-old volcano near Colac. This volcano is located in the Newer Volcanics Province (NVP), which stretches from Melbourne’s CBD to Mount Gambier in South Australia and contains at least 437 volcanoes ranging in age from 8 million years to just 5,000 years, some of which are still considered to be active. The basalt lava that erupted from these volcanoes forms an integral part of Victoria’s rich historical heritage as the rock, commonly called bluestone, is used extensively in building, paving and roads.
  • Dramatic basalt columns similar to those located within the Organ Pipes National Park (near Calder Racetrack). These represent lava flows from the NVP volcanoes, which filled in valleys and created western Victoria’s flat landscape.
  • Spectacular 400-million-year-old limestone from Buchan in eastern Victoria, comprising fossils of marine creatures that were building reef systems in tropical seas when Victoria straddled the Equator.
  • Folded rocks and quartz veins representing the geology of the Victorian Goldfields. The abundant gold in Victoria made Melbourne the richest city in the world for a while, and provided the foundation for growing the world’s most liveable city.
  • A seasonally dry, mud billabong that reflects the semi-dry south-eastern Australian climate. The billabong fills with water during wet weather and naturally dries up at other times, forming large mud cracks. This enables students to study how present day events may be recorded and traced back through geological time.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Serving up the best education in Sydney’s watering holes

The city’s bar scene is getting set for an academic shake up as we bring the worldwide Raising the Bar initiative to Sydney.

On Oct. 20, Sydney’s watering holes will be transformed into classrooms for one night as 20 academics enter 20 bars to deliver 20 thought-provoking talks.

The University of Sydney has joined Raising the Bar to bring the popular worldwide initiative, which has previously run in New York, Hong Kong and London, to Sydneysiders.

University of Sydney Law School
Raising the Bar: 20 bars, 20 talks, 1 night (Photo credit: University of Sydney)

On Oct. 20, Sydney’s watering holes will be transformed into classrooms for one night as 20 academics enter 20 bars to deliver 20 thought-provoking talks.

The University of Sydney has joined Raising the Bar to bring the popular worldwide initiative, which has previously run in New York, Hong Kong and London, to Sydneysiders.

Established in 2014, Raising the Bar began with a group of students from Columbia University and New York University who were looking to share the unique learning experience from the world’s greatest minds with the general public.

The first ever Raising the Bar Sydney event aims to change the city’s popular culture to make education a key element.

Raising the Bar’s CEO Yuli Luvish said the initiative seeks to create an environment for leading scholars and thought-leaders to share their knowledge in an intimate and personal way.

“We are very fortunate to collaborate with the prestigious University of Sydney to host Raising the Bar Sydney,” said Ms Luvish.

“This event is part of the RTBLocal program looking to make education accessible and find new ways for people to harness knowledge and spark innovation by bringing quality content to unique and unexpected places.”

Speakers will discuss topics as broad as ground-breaking research in medicinal cannabinoids from Dr David Allsop to Professor Sahar Amer questioning why Muslim women wear the veil.

To veil or not to veil?” – Presented by Professor Sahar Amer (School of Languages and Cultures) at Knox Street Bar
Putting aside Western assumptions of veiling, Professor Sahar Amer will discuss the multitude of reasons why Muslim women choose to veil.

“Islam did not invent veiling, even though the veiling of hair (and body) is today most often associated with the Islamic tradition and the subordination of women,” said Professor Amer.

“Contrary to what many believe, the Quran does not offer any firm or unambiguous requirement to wear what we have come today to recognise as ‘Muslim dress’ or veiling.

“The Islamic fashion industry is today a multi-million-dollar business and is very well established in Australia. There is also a large industry of veiled (Muslim) dolls, and of Islamic beauty pageants.”

What’s hot at the Paris Climate Talks?” – Presented by Professor Tim Stephens (Sydney Law School) at The Bristol Arms Hotel
With the Paris climate talks scheduled to take place in December, the issue of climate change has rarely been as hot. In his Raising the Bar talk, Professor Tim Stephens will interrogate how global decisions are being made in the realm of global warming.

“Finally, global momentum is building for decisive action to confront the climate crisis,” said Professor Stephens.

“The question remains: will the talks in Paris will be enough to avoid the two degree Celsius rise in temperature the world has agreed to keep below? Australia has much to gain from a transition to a clean economy, and Paris represents a critical fork in the road.”

Are you smarter than an ant?” – Presented by Dr Tanya Latty (Faculty of Agriculture and Environment) at The SG Bar
The answer to Dr Tanya Latty’s confronting question may surprise you. Dr Latty said ants have brains smaller than a pinhead, yet they run complex societies complete with transportation networks, communication systems and even waste management infrastructure. So how do they do it?

“Social insects are among the most successful organisms on the planet,” said Dr Latty. “If an alien landed tomorrow and had a good look around she would almost certainly conclude that they—not us—were running the planet.

“Individual ants tend not to be particularly clever—their brains, after all, are smaller than pinheads. But by working together as a group they can do astonishingly complex things. Ants get things done by working together as a well-organised team. That’s why they’re so good at raiding your picnic.”

Weeding out the myths about cannabis” – Presented by Dr David Allsop (Sydney Faculty of Science) at Manning Bar
With over half the states in America having now legalised cannabis for medical purposes, Dr David Allsop will weigh up both sides of the debate to take a close look at what the future of medical cannabis might look like in Australia.

“To this day cannabis remains demonised in almost all countries of the world, still prohibited alongside heroin and cocaine, with no recognised medical purpose,” said Dr Allsop.

“Australia is grappling with the rightful place of medical cannabis in society, with a groundswell of community support rising up to challenge the status quo.

“Perhaps the most persuasive argument for cannabis comes from parents of children with intractable epilepsy who are reporting remarkable results in improving their children’s quality of life through cannabis. One such family were so convinced of the power of cannabis to treat their granddaughter’s epilepsy that they made a record donation of $34 million to the University of Sydney to once and for all nail the science to the mast.”

“Bad blood: Women, danger and popular music” – Presented by Dr Rebecca Sheehan (United States Studies Centre) at The Record Crate
We live in an unprecedented time when more and more female artists are soaring up the pop music charts. Dr Rebecca Sheehan said it would be naive to dismiss them as meaningless.

“The story of women and popular music is one of the relationship between an exploitative industry and the brave, talented, savvy women who have succeeded in and been broken by it,” she said.

“In a still-sexist world, women have to navigate the pleasure and danger that comes with their bids to step out of the status quo. Far from irrelevant, understanding women in pop can give us a blueprint for liberation.”

UQ veterinary surgery sets police canine crew up for healthy service

German shepherd PD Maui and his canine colleagues are lean, keen policing machines, thanks to important surgery at the University of Queensland’s Gatton campus.

UQ Veterinary School
Healthy and happy: Police Dog Maui underwent the preventative surgery (Photo credit: UQ)

The UQ Veterinary School Medical Centre Small Animal Hospital is treating Queensland Police Service dogs to minimise their risk of developing gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV).

Police Dog Maui has had laparoscopic surgery to prevent GDV, a life-threatening condition that requires emergency veterinary treatment.

Animal surgery senior lecturer Dr Jayne McGhie said GDV, also known as bloat, occurred when the stomach became dilated and twisted into an abnormal position.

Dogs can die quickly without prompt medical attention.

“GDV is common in large, deep-chested dogs such as great danes, German shepherds, weimaraners, setters and standard poodles,” she said.

“High drive dogs such as working dogs, anxious dogs, dogs that eat rapidly and dogs with a first-generation relative that have had the condition are at higher risk,” Dr McGhie said.

The Brisbane Dog Squad’s PD Maui had his day surgery at UQ’s Veterinary Medical Centre Small Animal Hospital, where he was treated by a team of veterinary surgeons, anaesthetists and nursing staff.

“The procedure, known as a gastropexy, creates a permanent attachment between the stomach wall and the body wall to reduce the risk of the stomach twisting,” Dr McGhie said.

“We perform this surgery on dogs such as police or military working dogs and other at-risk dogs to greatly reduce their risk of developing GDV at some time in their life.

“This is an elective procedure, performed when the dog is healthy and at a time that suits the Police Dog Squad to have one of a handlers and their dog rostered off duty.

“Surgeons insert a small-diameter laparoscope into the abdominal cavity via a small cut in the abdominal wall. This alleviates the need for large open incisions which are more painful and take longer to heal.

“The dogs are discharged the same day, have less pain because they have very small surgical incision sites, and police and military working dogs have less time off work,” Dr McGhie said.


Are you interested in veterinary science? UQ’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science program is one of the most sought after in Australia, attracting the very best students and producing veterinarians that are in high demand, both domestically and internationally.

The UQ Veterinary School has full accreditation with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and with both the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the UK, enabling UQ graduates to also practice in North America, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Hong Kong and most of Asia. Graduates of the Bachelor of Veterinary Science program may sit the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination in order to be qualified to practice veterinary science in North America.

OzTREKK heading to Atlantic Canada

It’s about time, Atlantic Canada! We’re finally headed to the east coast!

Starting today, Sept. 22 in Halifax, OzTREKK staff will be attending several Canadian university grad fairs. We’re happy to announce that we’ve recognised that you guys are interested in studying in Australia, so we’re on our way!

Sydney Dental School
Come meet us at the grad fairs!

Join us at the grad fairs where you will be able to find out more about the following graduate study opportunities in Australia:
  • Medical Schools in Australia
  • Dental Schools in Australia
  • Physiotherapy Schools in Australia
  • Law Schools in Australia
  • Pharmacy Schools in Australia
  • Veterinary Schools in Australia
  • Occupational Therapy Schools in Australia
  • Speech Pathology Schools in Australia
  • Audiology Schools in Australia
  • Business Schools in Australia
  • Environmental Science Programs in Australia
and much more!

Where will we be?

Halifax Career Fair
Cunard Centre, 961 Marginal Road
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

University of New Brunswick Fredericton Fall Career & Graduate School Fair
Richard J. Currie Center
Thursday, September 24, 2015
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

St. Francis Xavier University
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 (TBC)

Acadia University Graduate & Professional School Fair
Students’ Union Building – Main Lobby
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
2 – 5 p.m.

BOSS ranks Bond top for MBA satisfaction

Bond University’s Business School has come out on top for student satisfaction in the latest Australian Financial Review (AFR) BOSS MBA rankings.

Students also ranked Bond Business School number two for improvement in skills in the bi-annual Australia-wide rating, the only independent national ranking of MBA programs.

Bond Business School MBA
Study at Bond Business School

Bond Business School was named seventh overall for its MBA program and fourth for its Executive MBA program in the BOSS ranking.

Queensland emerged as a sought-after education destination, with six of the top 10 MBA programs and three of the top five Executive MBA programs at universities in the Sunshine State.

Bond Business Executive Dean, Professor Mark Hirst, said Bond had a longstanding reputation for student satisfaction.

“Bond Business School offers a unique model that focuses on small class sizes, a personalised teaching environment and practical skills, and that is key to our success,” he said.

“We consistently rate among the top universities for MBA and Executive MBA programs and to be listed as number one for student satisfaction is a real coup, and recognition that our students really value their experience at Bond.”

Bond MBA Director Neva Maxim said the university had a focus on student bonding from the outset, which created a positive teaching and learning environment for the MBA program, which can be completed at Bond in 12 months full time.

“We start the program with a three day retreat to set the tone for the students to work together and support each other, and all teaching staff know the students by name,” said Ms Maxim.

“Bond’s MBA offers a real diversity of nationalities, with students from 20 different countries enrolled in the program, allowing for shared business experiences and the formation of a worldwide network of contacts. A lot of students end up going into business together.

“With global business becoming the norm, a lot of universities, including Bond, teach cross cultural management and in the MBA program they live it every day.

“For example, we have a group working on a project that includes students from Papua New Guinea, the United States, Peru and Finland. It is an extremely valuable experience to have them all working together.”

Bond Executive MBA Director Professor Keith Duncan said the small program size and the opportunity to balance work, life and study appealed to Executive MBA students, who could complete their program in 13 months full time.

“We offer a mode of learning that allows for this balance, by providing eight day blocks every six weeks in which students can cover two subjects,” said Mr Duncan.

“It is very intensive, but it means they can focus fully on study during that time in a collaborative and supportive environment.”

Bond University Business School

Bond University’s one-year, full-time MBA program, designed by internationally renowned educators, blends the most current industry-relevant research with actual business challenges.

Students work in small groups with an international cohort of professors, lecturers, high-profile guest speakers and fellow students, and operate at board level, steering a management team through the ever-changing panorama of real-world business challenges that impact real-world businesses. Bond offers the following programs:
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Business Administration (Finance)
  • Master of Business Administration (Global Business)
  • Master of Business Administration (I.T.)
  • Master of Business Administration/Master of Finance
  • Master of Business Administration (Marketing)
  • Executive MBA
Program: Master of Business Administration
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Duration: 1 year 4 months (4 semesters)
Semester intakes: January, May, September

Monday, September 21, 2015

Public health excellence in research awarded to UON and UQ

The CAPHIA 2015 Team Award for excellence in public health research was awarded jointly to the University of Newcastle and the University of Queensland for their work on the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health.

This award was accepted at the 2015 Public Health Teaching and Learning Forum in Hobart by Professor Julie Byles, University of Newcastle and Professor Gita Mishra, University of Queensland.

University of Newcastle Public Health School
The award was given jointly to the University of Newcastle and the University of Queensland for their work on the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health

This award recognises the study as an exceptional public health resource that provides an evidence base for government and other decision-makers to formulate public health policy.

The latest report from the study was released in early September and examines chronic conditions, physical function and health care use across four different cohorts of Australian women.

The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health is a long-term study of over 58,000 women which began in 1996. The four cohorts studied were aged 18–23, 45–50 and 70–75. In 2012/13 a new cohort of women aged 18–23 was introduced.

The study assesses the women’s physical and mental health, along with psychosocial aspects of health (including lifestyle factors and socio-demographic factors).

The CAPHIA 2015 Award for PhD excellence in public health was awarded to Dr Ashleigh Guillaumier, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle.

Dr Ashleigh Guillaumier receives this award for the high quality of her thesis on An exploration of socioeconomically disadvantaged smokers’ responses to three tobacco control strategies.

The research, which has resulted in six published papers in international journals, was the first in Australia to examine the responses from highly socioeconomically disadvantaged smokers to several tobacco control policies (mass media, plain packs and pricing and tax).

The research highlights the ways current policies could be improved to increase their effectiveness among highly disadvantaged groups.

Master of Public Health at the University of Newcastle

The Master of Public Health program at the University of Newcastle provides its students with opportunities to undertake professional development and develop a strong foundation in public health. The program will be of interest to individuals of all ages, at any stage of their career, who have a basic undergraduate degree in health and are working in, or intending to work in, the area of public health.

Master of Public Health at the University of Queensland

The Master of Public Health program prepares health professionals from a broad range of backgrounds, with knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplines, to define, critically assess and resolve public health and nutrition problems. Various fields of study allow students to focus on Australian public health issues or on international public health, including nutrition and tropical health in the Asia Pacific region.

Monash supports marriage equality

Monash has joined more than 690 organisations and numerous Australian individuals showing their support through Australian Marriage Equality, and is one of the first of the Group of Eight (Go8) coalition of Australian universities to do so.
Monash Law School
Monash University has long been a supporter of equity and diversity

Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner, said the university has long been a supporter of equity and diversity, with a focus on inclusion a key element of its new strategic plan.

“Since it was founded, Monash has stood for the principles of fairness, tolerance and diversity. Support for marriage equality is consistent with these values and our commitment to championing those values,” Professor Gardner said.

Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Associate Professor Paula Gerber, welcomed the university’s public move to embrace marriage equality.

“I am proud to be working in a university that is one of the first to publicly support marriage equality in Australia,” Dr Gerber said.

“Such initiatives, along with the establishment of the Ally Network and the recent launch of the Monash Queer Mentoring Scheme, send a clear message to all LGBTIQ staff and students, that they are welcome and respected at Monash.

“This has a very real and positive impact on the health and well-being of people of diverse genders and sexualities.”

In 2012, Monash University established an Ally Network to provide support, information and referral to LGBTIQ members of the university community. There are now over 100 trained and published Allies across all Australian campuses.

In March 2015, Monash became a member of Pride in Diversity, a national not-for-profit employer support program for all aspects of LGBTIQ workplace inclusion and the developers of the Australian Workplace Equality Index and the Australian National LGBTI Recruitment Guide. As part of its membership Monash has engaged Pride in Diversity to provide LGBTIQ Awareness sessions for staff to complement the Ally Network and Queer 101 training for Monash students.

The Monash Equal Opportunity Policy and Discrimination and Harassment Grievance Procedures articulate Monash’s commitment to equality and non-discrimination. The Social Justice Plan: Diverse Genders and Sexualities 2015-2017 helps give effect to these commitments for LGBTIQ staff and students.

Monash launched its Queer Mentoring initiative on Sept. 1, designed to equip LGBTIQ students to move seamlessly into the workplace. Rowena Allen, Victoria’s new Gender and Sexuality Commissioner, was part of the Panel launching the program, which was facilitated by Associate Professor Gerber.

Joining the growing list of Australian organisations publicly declaring their support for marriage equality was the natural next step in Monash’s steadfast commitment to social justice and non-discrimination and demonstrates Monash’s commitment to inclusion of its LGBTIQ staff and students in all facets of life.

Castan Centre for Human Rights Law

The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law seeks to promote and protect human rights through the generation and dissemination of public scholarship in international and domestic human rights law.

In pursuit of this mission, the Centre brings the work of human rights scholars, practitioners and advocates from a wide range of disciplines together in the Centre’s key activities of research, teaching, public education (lectures, seminars, conferences, speeches, media presentations, etc), applied research, advice work and consultancies.

The centre is named after Ron Castan AM QC (1939–1999), who was a passionate advocate for the recognition and protection of human rights and a distinguished member of the Victorian Bar.

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
Duration: 3 years (accelerated option: a minimum of 2.5 years)
Application deadline: Applications are generally assessed on a rolling admissions basis.

Upcoming  semesters for the Monash JD program:
  • January 2016
  • May 2016
  • August 2016

Young filmmakers encouraged to enter Bond film awards

Budding filmmakers from around Australia are being encouraged to enter their work in the Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTA), the only competition of its kind for high school students in the country.

Now in its 20th year, the awards have uncovered some of Australia’s best young talent, including last year’s overall winner, Thomas Evans, who has accumulated a staggering 15 million views on his YouTube channel for his Adventures of Lego Minecraft series.

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Thomas Evans accumulated 15 million views on his YouTube channel for his ‘Adventures of Lego Minecraft’ series (Photo credit: Bond University)

The Brisbane local, whose prize included a full scholarship to study Film and Television at Bond University on the Gold Coast, said entering the awards had been life changing.

His animations Against the Sky and The Walk were among the 18 short films recognised from 170 entries from across Australia, and took out the top gong in a number of categories including Overall Winner, Best Sound, Best Cinematography and Best Experimental Film.

“I’m trying to get as much experience as I can through networking and working on other short films while I’m at Bond. The experience I’ve gained already in my first semester has been invaluable and I look forward to practicing more writing, live action filmmaking, and different types of animation while I’m here,” said Thomas.

“I’m also working on a new series of Lego Minecraft-related shorts, using official sets the Lego company sent based on the videos that I entered into BUFTA.

“I’m experimenting with introducing dialogue and telling a larger scale story with more complex animation; I’m already putting a lot of what I’ve observed from my studies into practice.”

Thomas said his best advice for young students dreaming of a career in film and television was to ‘make something and enter’ BUFTA.

“The problem a lot of creative people run into is that they won’t settle for one idea and they’ll keep doubting which direction they want to go in. Ideas are all well and good, but I’ve found that they’re not especially important—what’s important is that you stick to one, even if it’s simple, and just make something out of it. Every time I make something new, I have to keep reminding myself that,” he said.

“Deadlines are important and BUFTA provides a great opportunity for this. There is a fantastic reward up for grabs, and a hard due date to go with it. Keep that deadline in mind and finish your film in time for it. Whether you win or not isn’t necessarily important, it’s just an extra incentive, a possible bonus reward at the very end. Now you can show your film to people, and once you’ve pressed the ‘submit’ button, the sense of accomplishment should be worth the work on its own.”

Bond University Film and Television Director Associate Professor Dr Michael Sergi encouraged any young students thinking about a career in film and television to enter the awards.

“BUFTA is a great platform to showcase, and receive national recognition, for your work,” he said.

“With the standard of entries high, it is also a good opportunity to challenge yourself.

“The films that have taken out awards in recent years have been so impressive that we’ve really had to stand back and appreciate the fact they have been produced by students who are still in high school.

“We are looking forward to seeing more amazing short films this year.”

Students can enter films into a number of categories including animation, comedy, documentary, drama, experimental and music video.

The best Overall Filmmaker will receive a full scholarship to study a  Bachelor of Film and Television at Bond University, with a range of other prizes including subject scholarships and Videopro vouchers awarded to category winners.

For further information on this year’s BUFTA, visit

Bond University Bachelor of Film & Television

Program: Bachelor of Film and Television
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: January, May, September
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Australian rehab sciences application deadlines

Are you interested in studying physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology or audiology in Australia? Here’s a rundown of which applications are still open!

Australian Physiotherapy Schools in Australia
You can study rehab sciences in Australia

Australian Physiotherapy Schools

The following Australian physiotherapy schools are accepting applications:
  • Sydney Physiotherapy School – Deadline is September 30, 2015
  • Macquarie Physiotherapy School – Apps for July 2016 intake are open!


Australian Occupational Therapy Schools

The following Australian occupational therapy schools are accepting applications:
  • Sydney Occupational Therapy School – Deadline is September 30, 2015
  • Monash Occupational Therapy School Deadline is October 30, 2015 and January 29, 2016
  • UQ Occupational Therapy School Deadline is February 26, 2016


Australian Speech Pathology Schools

The following Australian speech pathology schools are accepting applications:
  • Griffith Speech Pathology School Deadline is September 29, 2015
  • Macquarie Speech Pathology School Deadline is October 30, 2015
  • Melbourne Speech Pathology School Deadline is October 30, 2015
  • UQ Speech Pathology School Deadline is February 26, 2016
  • Sydney Speech Pathology School Deadline is September 30, 2015


Australian Audiology Schools

The following Australian audiology schools are accepting applications:
  • Macquarie Audiology School – Deadline is October 30, 2015
  • Melbourne Audiology School – Deadline is October 30, 2015
  • Queensland Audiology School – Deadline is September 29, 2015