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Inspired student visions for Sydney architecture

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University of Sydney students unveiled their big architectural visions for a series of landmark cultural buildings and public spaces in Sydney and regional NSW in a final graduate exhibition that opened on Nov. 24.

It is recognised as one of the most influential student architecture shows of the year, drawing thousands of visitors on opening night. The annual showcase reveals the bold and intelligent ideas of a new generation of architects.


Elizabeth Carpenter, an alumna of the University of Sydney and Managing Principal of fjmt, said.

“We are inspired by the ideas emerging from the new generation. These ideas are our future. For the ongoing viability of the profession, recent graduates are vital in maintaining our relevance in a rapidly changing world.”

The work on display comes from eight graduation studios, where Sydney Architecture students spent four months creating their design and model in their final year of study. Each studio gives students a fictitious brief to …

UQ employability program lauded in national awards

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A University of Queensland student employability service has won a prestigious 2016 Australian Financial Review Higher Education Award.

The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law Student Employability Team (BEL SET) recently won the employability category ahead of finalists from the University of Sydney, Marcus Oldham College and Bond University.


In their report, the judges said employability was an increasingly important issue for universities.

“The University of Queensland is to be commended for its systemic, embedded approach to boosting employability, and the demonstrable results it has produced,” they said.

UQ Provost Professor Aidan Byrne said UQ Law students in particular ranked the highest nationally in securing graduate full-time employment.

“I congratulate the BEL SET team for this outstanding result, which should give great confidence to future students considering studying business, economics or law at UQ,” Professor Byrne said.

“The BEL SET program challenges studen…

From Yellowknife to Sydney: OzTREKK student trades snow for surf Part 2

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If you’re considering studying dentistry in Australia, you’ve come to the right place.

Every year, OzTREKK helps hundreds of prospective students apply to dental schools in Australia, and because of the reciprocal agreement between Canada and Australia regarding dentistry accreditation, getting a dentistry degree in Australia is a very attractive option for many people—including OzTREKK student Lorynn Westad, who’s currently in her first year at Sydney Dental School.

(Continuation from “From Yellowknife to Sydney: OzTREKK student trades snow for surf")



My educational background is fairly unremarkable. I came from a small public school in a farming community, my elementary school class only having five people in my grade. My high school had approximately 90 people in my grade and was located in an industry town with trade occupations dominating the future career interests of most of my classmates. Upon graduation I was one of three people who ventured out of the communi…

Melbourne optometry students conduct eye tests for Glasses for Kids

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A new program offering free eye tests and glasses at Victorian schools is set to transform the learning environment of children in prep to year three—up to a third of whom may have unidentified vision problems.


Final-year Melbourne Optometry students will conduct eye tests at more than 100 schools as part of the Glasses for Kids program launched recently by the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Education James Merlino.

The three-year program is being delivered by the university in partnership with  the not-for-profit group State Schools Relief (SSR), and the Department of Education and Training Victoria.

The new Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences, Professor Shitij Kapur, said common problems in this age group included long-sightedness, turned eyes and colour vision problems.

“The importance of both good education and good health to a child’s future cannot be underestimated,” Professor Kapur said.

“Unidentified vision problems often lie…

More flexibility in revamped JCU law degree

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James Cook University has refreshed its JCU Bachelor of Laws degree, to provide JCU law graduates with a competitive edge in the ever-changing legal environment.

Flexibility, work-integrated learning and skill development are key features of the course.
Head of Law Mandy Shircore said the new JCU Law degree was designed for the lawyer of the future: contemporary, relevant and innovative.


Ms Shircore said the award-winning first-year study program has been redesigned to include a new subject: Contemporary Practice: The New Lawyer.

“This subject focuses on the skills required for the contemporary lawyer, including interpersonal and communication proficiencies, emotional intelligence and the non-adversarial methods of dispute resolution,” she said.

“Aware of the emerging importance of technology and the impacts of artificial intelligence on traditional legal roles, our refreshed course looks at technology in law and will allow students to undertake a minor in Information Technolo…

Bond University is getting ready to welcome you!

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Heading to Bond Law School this January?

Australia is the perfect country to combine travel and study for students of all ages. World-class cities, warm climate, multi-cultural society, friendly faces—all great reasons so many Canadians choose to study in Australia!

But perhaps most important, the education system in Australia is truly world standard. Australian universities are recognised internationally and their university qualifications are accepted by employers and other institutions all over the world. So it’s no surprise that education is one of Australia’s biggest export industries with international students making up more than 20% of Australian university enrolments.

Getting Started at Bond University Enrolment at Bond University is a 3-step process, and they’ve developed some how-to guides to help you complete this process for the first time. Begin by planning your subjects, then enrol via eStudent and finally register in classes!

As a new student, you can enrol…

Monash Residential Services: accommodation for international students

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Settling into the university way of life can be daunting, especially when you are moving around the globe! For everyone heading to Monash University, living on-campus with Monash Residential Services (MRS) means being supported, being safe and being part of an inclusive, vibrant and diverse community, full of social, leadership and development opportunities.


The Residential Support Team is available 24/7 to provide support, engagement and development for all residents and engage them in academic, social and recreational activities.

Every residence has a long list of activities to help students make new friends, stay connected in their new home, form study groups and achieve their academic outcomes. With a cohort of residents from more than 50 different countries, residents have the opportunity to form friendships from around the world.

Everyone at MRS lives in a community supported by a Resident Advisor (RA), senior students who are pivotal to the MRS experience. These s…

New Medical Dean at UQ Faculty of Medicine

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The UQ Faculty of Medicine has appointed Professor Stuart Carney, from King’s College London in the United Kingdom, to the position of Medical Dean.

Acting Executive Dean Professor Robyn Ward announced the appointment following a comprehensive international search which generated interest from a strong field.

“Professor Carney joins UQ from King’s where he is currently the Dean of Medical Education, overseeing the largest MBBS program in the UK,” Professor Ward said.

“At King’s he has led a major turnaround to transform the student experience and medical program, and before that he was Vice Dean of Education of the newly created University of Exeter Medical School.

“A psychiatrist by training, Professor Carney holds a strong track record in medical education as well as extensive experience as a clinical teacher, examiner and curriculum developer.”

Professor Carney completed his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery at Edinburgh University and went on to obtain his Master …

University of Sydney tops the state for graduate employability

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The University of Sydney has been ranked number one in New South Wales and 49 in the world in the most recent Times Higher Education Global Employability University Rankings.

The 2016 employability rankings, released Nov. 17, 2016, are based on surveys of recruiters and managing directors at international companies across 21 countries. The results reveal which universities the respondents think are best at preparing students for the workplace.


Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence said the results reflected the university’s teaching excellence and quality of its global graduates.

“The results once again place us as one of the best higher learning institutions in the world and reflect the quality of our graduates, who are making a difference in communities locally, nationally and internationally.”

Dr Spence pointed to alumni such as Dr Anna Lau, who was at front line in the fight against Ebola when the highly infectious virus made its way to the United States in 2014; as well a…

JCU’s unique teacher education program

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Are you passionate about the education of children? Have you ever considered teaching in rural and remote areas (Canada has lots!)?

James Cook University is Australian’s tropical university. Students who choose to study at JCU are exceptional and eager to become part of a university community that is committed to aiding those who live in remote communities. While JCU is famous for its focus on tropical medicine and environmental sciences, all its courses have an underlying purpose: Marshalling broad intellectual strengths, the university seeks knowledge-based ways to help the world’s tropical regions prosper.


First offered in 2016, the JCU Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary) prepares teachers to critically respond to the challenges of northern Queensland and the Tropics, through a theoretically informed practice-based approach with provision for learning experiences in urban, rural and remote school-community environments.
High-quality candidates: JCU uses selection c…

Prime Minister opens Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute

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Australia’s capacity to deliver innovative solutions to critical global health problems has been enhanced with the development of Monash University’s Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) which was officially opened on Nov. 14 by Prime Minister the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP.


Monash University’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, welcomed Prime Minister Turnbull to the launch of the Monash BDI, which brings together a collaborative research effort of great scale that will see more than 120 world-renowned research teams, 700 on site researchers, clinical partners and industry working together. The Monash BDI will be located at Monash’s Clayton campus where it will form a key part of the innovation precinct delivering crucial economic and social benefits to Victoria and the nation.

“Monash University has been Australia’s biomedical innovation leader for decades, from pioneering in-vitro fertilisation in the 1970s and developing the world’s first succes…

A prickly patient for UQ Veterinary School

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Sticking his best beak forward was not a wise idea for George the echidna, who recently ended up with a fractured beak near the town of St George, Queensland.

But thanks to a kind rescuer and the staff at the UQ Vets Small Animal Hospital at the UQ Veterinary School, George has made a full recovery and is ready to defend his territory.


Veterinary nurse Rebecca de Gier said a good Samaritan had found George rolled up in a ball by the roadside and looking poorly.

“Luckily for George, the gentleman had the presence of mind, commitment, passion and kindness to animals to drive five hours to bring him to us for a check up,” Ms de Gier said.

“George was X-rayed and provided with pain relief, and had a fracture in his beak stabilised.”

George received world-class attention from the hospital’s avian and exotics team, including Associate Professor Dr Bob Doneley, veterinary intern Dr Zoe Anastassiadis and Ms de Gier.

“Vehicle accidents are the number one cause of damage to echidna beaks …

Q&A webinar with current UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy student Nov 22

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Maybe you have already filled out the application and received an offer, or maybe you are just toying with the idea of studying pharmacy in Australia.


Great news! Former OzTREKK and current UQ student Rabina will be online to chat about life as a UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy student. This is a great opportunity to learn everything you wanted to know about the program, the university, and life in Brisbane! Totally casual—feel free to ask anything you’d like!

UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy Q & ADate: Tuesday, November 22
Time: 7 p.m. (Ontario time)
Register: krista@oztrekk.com

UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) The UQ 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.

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
Location: Brisbane, Queensl…

JCU medical student: Australian snacks you need to try

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Former OzTREKK student Helena Xiang is back, and she’s got some snacking tips for everyone headed to JCU Medical School in Townsville, Queensland… and for everyone else, too!


Confession: I am a habitual snacker. There are always food packages sprawled across my desk for my convenience when I study. That’s why I’m always on the hunt for new snacks I’ve never tried before. I’ll be talking about different foods to try while you’re here.


When you travel, eating the food from that country is a way to experience their culture. Although Australia is very similar in culture (and food) as Canada and the US, you can still find some foods that are iconic or only available in Australia.



Tim Tams One of the most iconic Australian snacks, Tim Tams consist of cream between two biscuits and covered in chocolate. There are so many different types of flavours, including the original, three bean, mango, etc. This is probably one of the first snacks to try.


Vegemite It’s an acquired taste. Only a thin la…

Melbourne’s booming Airbnb market

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Researchers from the University of Melbourne have conducted the first in-depth analysis of the Airbnb property market in Melbourne, showing the number of monthly bookings has rocketed by 600 percent in the last two years.



At the same time, the total number of Airbnb houses, apartments, bed-and-breakfast units and private rooms has grown steadily from fewer than 5,000 in October 2014, to approximately 17,500 listings in metropolitan Melbourne today.


The research, conducted by Dr Gideon Aschwanden and Dr Andy Krause from the Melbourne School of Design in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, also found that the market grew most quickly over the summer months from December 2015 to February 2016.


“Over the summer period, around $12 to $14 million a month, or $500,000 a night, was spent on Airbnb in Melbourne,” they said. “This compares to $A2 million a month, or $65,000 every night in October 2014.”


While market growth predictably slowed over winter (occupancy rates are lowe…

Join us for the upcoming Griffith Law School seminars!

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Find out how you can study law at Griffith University and return home to practice! Don’t miss the upcoming Griffith Law School seminars Nov. 29 – Dec. 2, 2016.
At the information sessions, Griffith Law School Dean and Head of School Prof Penelope Mathew and Deputy Head of School Associate Professor Therese Wilson will speak about the faculty and about studying law at Griffith:
Griffith UniversityGriffith Law SchoolGraduate Bachelor of Laws programProgram structureAdmissions requirementsApplication processAccreditationLife on campusAnd much more!Griffith University Law School Information Sessions Join Griffith Law School for these upcoming seminars. Enjoy refreshments, meet like-minded people, and speak with a current Griffith LLB student who will be attending the Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver info sessions.

Ottawa
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016
Time: 6 p.m.
Venue: Westin Ottawa, Spruce Room

Toronto
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016
Time:  6 p.m.
Venue: BL 205 Claude T. Bissell Building, Univers…

UQ graduate shows the tables are turning for women in digital and IT

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Women in the information technology industry have become a hot commodity, sometimes even used as trophies to enhance a company’s ability to attract and retain the very best (female) talent.

IT and digital companies are recruiting women for a variety of reasons: to boost their employer brand, because they are a listed company and are under pressure to report on their workforce diversity statistics, or because these employers genuinely want to enhance gender diversity for the right reasons. The right reasons being that they acknowledge the benefits of diversity on problem solving, innovation and, more broadly, thought leadership.


The most successful women in digital and IT choose to work with companies where gender diversity and inclusion is demonstrated at every level of the organisation, and with companies who offer roles that can keep up with the ambitions and abilities of women in their industry.

Women are now so highly sought after in these professions that they have …

OzTREKK pre-departure events a success!

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At OzTREKK, we are proud to assist our students in any way we can—including holding in-person pre-departure get-togethers. Our pre-dep prep aims to guide students through the final steps as they prepare to live and study in Australia. It is also a great opportunity to meet other students who will also be travelling to Australia to study. This year, we hit Toronto and Vancouver, and we are so pleased we had a chance to meet you!


This year, many of our OzTREKK students and some of their family members joined us for these important seminars, and, as always, it was just as fun for OzTREKK staff as it was for the students—just check out video slideshow! What a great way to prepare for your trek to Australia and get the latest 4-1-1 on what to expect—and meet some students who will be studying with you!

So, we send out a big thank you to everyone who came out to participate!




Melbourne Law School graduate: it’s all about words

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For 2015 Melbourne Law School graduate Nick Kotzman, the study and practice of law all comes down to one thing: words.

“I’ve always found it interesting that we use words as tools to convey meaning about important things such as the powers of government, and the types of conduct that we think should be met with punishment,” Nick says.

In fact, it was his fascination with words and their meanings that first drew Nick to pursue a legal education and now, a career in commercial law.

“I find the process of trying to understand the meaning that is conveyed by the words that make up our law to be a challenging and rewarding exercise that draws on a range of problem-solving skills,” he says.

Stepping into a graduate role at commercial law firm Herbert Smith Freehills this year, he has worked on matters ranging from the approval process for the Melbourne Metro Tunnel to competition advice on various infrastructure assets. Nick says he uses the interpretive skills that he learned a…

Monash University secures highest funding of $47.9m in research grants

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Monash University has been awarded $47.9 million in the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) funding, the highest amount awarded to any university.

Monash achieved the highest funding for 18 ARC Future Fellowships of $13 million, and for five Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) projects for which it was awarded $3.4 million.


In addition, Monash achieved $7.5 million for 21 Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA) and $24 million for 62 Discovery Projects.

The ARC funding will support a diverse range of research projects from enhancing a state-of-the-art microscope facility to analyse the atomic level structure of the natural world and advanced materials; understanding the role of mitochondria—the power generators of cells—in evolutionary adaptation; to developing a satellite that can measure moisture levels in soil more deeply than previously possible.

Announced by the Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Bi…

International audiology experts gather at world-leading symposium

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There are 360 million people living with disabling hearing loss worldwide and this figure is set to increase significantly. To prepare for the expanding needs of these patients, Cochlear Limited (ASX: COH), together with Macquarie University and the Australian Hearing Hub, brought together international experts from the audiology community in a world-leading symposium, held Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 in Sydney, Australia.


“The symposium is not a typical conference where delegates come and listen to presentations, but a place for us to come together to identify new opportunities for collaboration, discuss the latest research and future directions, and this will ultimately support our clinical partners to enhance patient outcomes,” said Jan Janssen, Senior Vice President, Design and Development, Cochlear.

The four-day Global Research Symposium united more than 200 multidisciplinary stakeholders along the entire spectrum of care under the theme of “First Heard,” tying the transformative…

Former OzTREKK student featured by UQ Pharmacy

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There is an exciting future for the field (of pharmacy), one that I want to be a part of. Every now and then a familiar face pops up. We especially like it when it’s a former OzTREKK student being featured on an Australian university website! UQ Pharmacy recently let us know that one of our students, Brian Kim, was one of them! Here’s what Brian has to say about the Bachelor of Pharmacy at UQ:

“UQ is well known in Canada and it recognizes previous studies which was a major deciding factor in choosing to study here. In addition, it satisfied my desire to study abroad and experience a new country.

“The lecturers and tutors are one of the best things about UQ. They are some of the highest quality educators I have experienced and they genuinely care about making sure you have a positive learning experience.

“UQ offers a great program that incorporates a good balance between practical and theoretical learning, a great learning environment, and great staff to help you through the…

Introducing Cohortpay, a new way to transfer your tuition fees

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Every year we see an increasing number of students learning ways to save money on their health cover and foreign exchange.


Over the last few years, OzTREKK has been a proud supporter of Cohortpay, an Australian company specializing in international student services. Having met with Cohortpay CEO Mark Fletcher a number of times, we can comfortably attest to the quality of their services and their attention to students. The company is incredibly responsive and our students are treated well—as they should be!

We did a little “test” recently and compared the results to a uni’s wire transfer page. We found that on $10k it was about $200 savings. As that tuition amount increases, it can really add up!

OzTREKK isn’t any getting any referral rewards—we just really think this is one of the best solutions available for our students!

About Cohortpay Cohortpay is a secure payment platform designed specifically for students that will save you time and money.

Offering significant savings to…

What’s it like to move to Melbourne? OzTREKK student shares his tips and tricks (Part 2)

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International students have a lot to do in order to prepare for study in Australia: getting a student visa, booking a flight, transferring money, finding accommodation, registering for classes, mentally preparing… the list goes on! Luckily, we are here for you every step of the way. From application to arrival, OzTREKK will be there.

Former OzTREKK students are there for you, too.

Remember OzTREKK student, Eric Leckie? We recently ran a blog (OzTREKK student gives us the inside scoop about the Melbourne physiotherapy program) about his journey as an international student. His detailed story outlining the tips and tricks of the Melbourne physiotherapy program got a ton of hits on Facebook, and now he’s back to give us the skinny on moving to Melbourne!

Take it away, Eric!

I love living in a big city such as Melbourne. There is always something to do on the weekends to keep you busy when you have some down time from uni. For example, there certainly isn’t a shortage of restaurant…