Friday, April 29, 2016

You’re invited to join the Sydney Veterinary School webinar May 5!

Study Veterinary Medicine in Sydney, Australia!

Join the University of Sydney on May 5  for an informative webinar where you will find out everything about studying the Sydney DVM at the Sydney Veterinary School.

University of Sydney Veterinary School
Join the Sydney Vet School webinar May 5, 2016 (Photo: Sydney Uni)

Learn what makes the Sydney DVM program unique and why they are ranked number 1 in Australia and number 9 in the world for veterinary science (QS World Rankings 2016).

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016
Time: 7 p.m. (Ontario)

This is your chance to ask questions about
  • what’s new and different in the program
  • what you will learn
  • how to plan your studies
  • what the opportunities are after you graduate
  • find out more about campus life
Register your participation by 5 p.m. Wednesday May 4:

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Sydney Veterinary School

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

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

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

Generous gift helps establish a chair of finance at UQ Business School

The UQ Business School will name its Chair in Finance in honour of Malcolm Broomhead, in recognition of a $3-million gift from the alumnus and leading Australian businessman.

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj thanked Mr Broomhead for his very generous support and said an international search was under way to fill the newly established Malcolm Broomhead Chair in Finance.

UQ Business School
Malcolm Broomhead (Photo credit: UQ)

“The generous three-million-dollar gift from Malcolm has now made it possible to endow this chair of strategic importance to UQ,” Professor Høj said.

“We are fortunate at UQ to have a strong alumni network whose generosity and support of the next generation is allowing us to extend our programs, attract quality staff and offer transformative student experiences.

“Mr Broomhead’s philanthropy is of a very high order and a fine example to others.

“It will enhance the UQ Business School’s capacity to educate and develop the business leaders of the future.”

Mr Broomhead is Chair of Ascinao Ltd, Chair elect of Orica, and a non-executive director of BHP Billiton Ltd and BHP Billiton Plc.

He was project engineer and construction manager with MIM Holdings in Brisbane when he undertook his MBA at the UQ Business School in the early 1980s.

“The MBA was a career-changer,” Mr Broomhead said. “I was working my way up the professional ladder when I started. The MBA program enabled me to really accelerate my career.”

Mr Broomhead said he found finance the most useful component of his studies, and went on to become a chief financial officer on his way to becoming a chief executive officer.

He said he chose to support the UQ Business School because he believed it was important for those who had been successful to give back and support the education of the next generation.

“UQ Business School is the leading MBA provider outside of North America and Europe,” he said.
“I think having a top business school is really important to the Australian economy—to our standards of living—and also a really important link into Asia.

“I think philanthropically supporting our universities is becoming more important, given our demographics and the competitive nature of education globally.

“We can’t continue to rely on the government to totally fund the education system. It’s important we encourage individuals who have been successful in life to support education.”

Mr Broomhead said Australia had a global competitive advantage in education.

“We may have a small population, but there are real niches where we can be world-class, including medical research and education,” he said.

“We need to ensure we maintain the highest standards possible.”

UQ Business School Academic Dean and Head Professor Andrew Griffiths said the school was seeking an internationally regarded professor with a strong research background who could create a high-quality learning experience for students.

About the UQ MBA

The UQ Business School program is ranked as one of the leading MBAs worldwide and number one in the Asia Pacific region. Its unique features help to set it apart from other MBA programs and provide added value to students.

While all MBA programs aim to develop leadership skills, UQ Business School’s Leadership Capability Framework provides visible evidence of your progress. There is also the chance to put your leadership skills into practice while working with community organisations, to collaborate with the renowned Wharton School on an international consultancy project, and to explore new markets on an MBA immersion tour.

UQ Business School’s reputation for research and its strong links with industry ensure fresh and relevant content, while the flexible study options allow you to fit in your learning alongside lifestyle and work commitments.

Degree: Master of Business Administration
Duration: 1 year
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: October 31 each year

Griffith law grads in top graduate program

Law careers are one step closer for three Griffith Law School graduates who have been awarded positions with a prestigious Brisbane law firm’s graduate program.

Sam Nean, Emi Christensen and Naomi Midha took up the two-year program with Norton Rose Fulbright at the end of March.

Their individual journeys from student to lawyer may have taken slightly different paths but all have their sights firmly set on burgeoning international careers.

Griffith Law chool
Samantha Nean, Naomi Midha and Emi Christensen are happy with their graduate program with top law law firm (Photo credit: Griffith University)

Sam knew she wanted to be a lawyer from a very young age and once she reached high school where she undertook legal studies she discovered a passion for advocacy.

“It was clear to me that law underpins everything in society and I wanted to be a part of that,’’ she said.

As a Griffith Honours College student, Sam was chosen to attend an International Youth leadership conference in Prague prior to studying a semester on exchange.

“It was an amazing experience and I learnt a great deal about the European system of governance and law.”

After graduating from Griffith University in 2014, she spent a year as a judge’s associate in the Supreme Court, which she said, was an invaluable experience.

“It gave me a practical insight into how the justice system works.  I’m now looking forward to seeing how things happen on the other side as a lawyer with Norton Rose Fulbright.”

Sam hopes to practice in litigation and develop an international focus in her work.

International experience
Emi, also a Griffith Honours College student travelled extensively throughout her degree which took her six years to complete instead of five because of her international commitments.

She studied human rights and leadership in Prague in 2012, spent a semester at the University of Copenhagen on exchange in 2013, and in 2014 was awarded a Prime Minister’s Scholarship (now the New Colombo Plan) to study in Japan.

While in Japan, she completed an honours thesis on indigenous human rights, with case studies on the Japanese Ainu people and Australia’s indigenous people.

“I’m looking forward to starting my career at a global law firm with a commitment to community and social responsibility.”

For Naomi, a career as an economist was her initial dream but at her father’s suggestion, she chose to study law as well as commerce.

“Once I started studying law I realised it really suited my personality as I love communicating and interacting with people and I love the problem-solving that’s part and parcel of law.”

Originally from India, Naomi moved to Australia when she was eight but her family moved back to India when she was a teenager and she completed Years 11 and 12 in India.

“I consider myself Australian so when I went back to India it was a huge cultural shock, but I can honestly say it was the best experience. I loved it and it made me appreciate how lucky we are in Australia.”

Naomi chose to study at the Griffith Law School because of its reputation and she wasn’t disappointed.

“I wanted to work in Australia and I heard a lot of good things about the Griffith law program and its focus on practical as well as theoretical concepts.”

Like Emi and Sam, Naomi also participated in an international internship, hers in India at a real estate firm. Her Australian experience includes working at a small Gold Coast-based boutique firm when she was part of the litigation team on one of the biggest personal insolvency cases in Australia.

“I am interested in many different aspects of commercial law and the graduate program will help me decide.”

In whatever area of law they work, one thing is clear, the future is bright for this young trio of lawyers.

About Griffith Law School

Griffith Law School one of the world’s top 100 law schools. Here, students gain all the legal skills to become an accomplished lawyer and have the opportunity to specialise the area of their choice.

The Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry) at Griffith Law School offers a professional legal curriculum that focuses on core areas of legal practice and the legal skills that lawyers must have. You will have the opportunity to choose law electives based on your interests, including clinical courses that emphasise practical legal skills, insights and experience.

Program: Bachelor of Laws
Location: Gold Coast or Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years

Thursday, April 28, 2016

First-year Sydney Pharmacy students welcomed to the profession

The University of Sydney Faculty of Pharmacy hosted a “Welcome to the Profession” event for first-year Bachelor of Pharmacy and Master of Pharmacy students on Monday, April 4, 2016.

University of Sydney Pharmacy School
Learn more about Sydney Pharmacy School

“Our students are entering a highly respected and valued profession in Australia and we welcome them to the pharmacy profession,” said Professor Iqbal Ramzan, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy.

The event was held in the prestigious Great Hall where students were presented with their own University of Sydney name badge and a copy of the FIP (International Pharmaceutical Federation) Pharmacists’ Oath, which they cited together as part of the ceremony to help guide them in their future professional practice as pharmacists.

A number of special guests were invited to attend the ceremony, including alumni, members of the Faculty of Pharmacy Foundation Council, representatives from the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia as well as a number of other industry guests.

University of Sydney Bachelor of Pharmacy

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

The University of Sydney Pharmacy School’s Bachelor of Pharmacy covers the study of the chemical, physical, pharmaceutical, and pharmacological properties of medicinal substances and the application of these in the pharmacy profession. The first year is a foundation year in which students study biology, chemistry and basic pharmaceutical sciences, and are introduced to pharmacy. The remaining three years are devoted to higher levels of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, together with specialized clinical pharmacy studies. During third and fourth years, considerable time is spent in clinical placements in community and hospital pharmacies, where valuable practical experience is gained.

Newcastle researchers to study impact of time on higher education students

Professor Penny Jane Burke and Dr Anna Bennett from the University of Newcastle, Australia have successfully secured a grant that will investigate the notion and impact of ‘time’ for students in higher education.

University of Newcastle research
Study at Newcastle!
Funded by the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education, Professor Burke and Dr Bennett will work with Co-Investigator Dr Jacqueline Stevenson from Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

The project, It’s About Time, will examine how experiences of ‘time’, as well as dominant discourses about ‘time management’ impact on the attraction, retention and performance of students in higher education.

“Higher education experiences are increasingly intensified by competing obligations of study, work and personal commitments. Despite significant change, the assumption still remains that time is a neutral and linear framework in which all students are equally positioned,” said Professor Burke.

“Studies show that one of the main reasons students from equity groups cite for leaving study is ‘lack of time’ and ‘time pressures’. Research is needed to understand how each students’ relation to time plays out across different and intersecting equity groups, particularly those from regional and remote areas,” she added.

The study will engage students from undergraduate Nursing, Law and Engineering programs across two regional universities in Australia and the UK where the student population includes significant cohorts of equity groups.

One of the aims of the project is to develop a platform where embedded assumptions of ‘time’ and ‘time management’ in higher education can be re-configured in response to the needs of students to better support their learning experiences.

A report will be made available upon completion of the project at the end of this year.

Don’t miss the JCU Medicine Information Session May 7

Why choose to study medicine? How do you choose the best university and medical program for you?

Join OzTREKK and Dean of Medicine Professor Richard Murray for an engaging JCU Medicine Information Session! Learn more about JCU’s unique focus on tropical and rural medicine and about how you can make a difference in today’s world. During this information session, presenter JCU Medical School Dean Prof Richard Murray will outline JCU’s high-quality medical program and explain its unique focus on rural, remote, Indigenous and tropical health.

JCU Medical School
Prof Richard Murray

James Cook University Medicine Information Session

Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 5 – 7 p.m.
Venue: Sheraton Centre, Toronto
Don’t forget to RSVP:

About JCU Dean of Medicine Professor Richard Murray

Richard Murray is the Dean of Medicine and Head of School at James Cook University. His career focus has been in Aboriginal health, rural medicine, public health, tropical medicine and the needs of underserved populations.

Richard was appointed the President of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine in late 2011. He is the immediate past Chair of the Federation of Rural Australian Medical Educators.

Richard spent 14 years working in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia, including 12 years as the Medical Director of the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council, a position in which he had broad-ranging clinical, population health, teaching, research and medical administration and management roles.


JCU Medical School offers an undergraduate-entry program that specializes in rural, remote and indigenous medicine and is located in north Queensland, Australia. Rather than having to earn a bachelor degree first, undergraduate-entry medical programs allow students to enter directly from high school. If you have completed high school studies or would like to apply to a medical school in Australia without using your MCAT score, you may wish to learn more about undergraduate-entry medical programs offered by Australian universities.

Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Next semester intake: February 2017
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2016

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

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Griffith in top 50 of world’s leading universities under 50

Griffith University is the only Queensland university to be ranked on all major university rankings*; in the top 400 globally and in the top 50 world universities under the age of 50.

The latest Times Higher Education 150 Under 50 Rankings has placed Griffith at 48, a climb of 34 places from last year’s position of 82.

Griffith Nursing School
Griffith Nursing is ranked 29 in the world

This impressive rise follows last month’s QS Subject Rankings in which Griffith placed in the top 100 institutions worldwide in nine subject areas with Griffith Nursing ranked 29 in the world. Griffith scored in 37 subject areas, confirming its status as one of Australia’s most comprehensive research and teaching universities.

Vice Chancellor and President of Griffith University, Professor Ian O’Connor said the latest ranking provided further recognition of Griffith’s position as one of Australia’s leading universities.

“This is confirmation of Griffith’s growing influence as a leading institution of research and teaching excellence,” Professor O’Connor said.

“Griffith is now in the top 50 in both the Times Higher Education and QS (37) Top 50 Under 50, one of two Queensland universities to achieve this distinction.

“In addition, the university is now in the top 400 overall on all major world rankings.”

In January, Griffith University was placed 102 in a list of 800 of the world’s most international universities in the Times Higher Education rankings and second in Queensland.

In October 2015 it was named among the world’s top 300 universities in the Times Higher Education World Rankings for 2015-2016. A total of 13 performance indicators were considered for the Times HE rankings including research, citations, teaching, international outlook and industry engagement.

*The three major world rankings are the Academic Ranking of World Universities, QS World University Rankings and Times HE World University Rankings.

Study Nursing at Griffith University

The Griffith School of Nursing and Midwifery is committed to the development of nursing and midwifery practice, theory and research in positive and visionary ways. The school is also committed to the development of graduates imbued with a solution-focused philosophy who will make a positive difference in nursing, midwifery and health care. Through developing research, consultancy and continuing education opportunities, Griffith seeks to serve the nursing and midwifery professions, the health care system and the broader community.

Program: Bachelor of Nursing
Location: Logan, Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intakes: February and July
Duration: 3 years

Gaining professional registration as a chiropractor in Canada

Like Canada, few post-secondary institutions in Australia offer chiropractic programs.

The Master of Chiropractic degree offered at the Macquarie Chiropractic School is comparable to Doctor of Chiropractic programs at chiropractic schools in Canada and in the United States.

Macquarie University Chiropractic School
Study chiropractic science at Macquarie University

Located in Sydney, New South Wales, Macquarie University offers a professional chiropractic program that attracts a number of Canadian students who have completed an undergraduate degree in a related field.

Students wishing to gain qualifications leading to professional registration as a chiropractor in Canada must undertake a recognised program of study of not less than 4,500 hours. Macquarie University’s program structure involves completion of the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science and completion of the Master of Chiropractic. Combined, these two degrees, taken over five years, are equivalent to the Doctor of Chiropractic offered at Canadian institutions. Students undertake 12 months of clinical practice at one of three Macquarie Chiropractic Clinics prior to graduation.

Graduates of the university’s Master of Chiropractic degree are recognized internationally. Canadian students who wish to practice as a chiropractor upon their return to Canada should visit the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board’s website for accreditation information: Graduates will be eligible to write the Board’s licensing exam, which is required in order to be granted a licence to practice in Canada.

Bachelor of Chiropractic

The Bachelor of Chiropractic Science is a three-year, full-time degree program, which covers a range of chiropractic diagnostic and manipulative skills on a background of anatomical, physiological and biomedical science studies. It is a prescribed program which provides a strong scientific foundation and includes units in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, histology and pathology.

Program: Bachelor of Chiropractic Science
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: Rolling admissions. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

High school diploma with a minimum of 65% average or higher.

Grade 12 Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics are recommended studies for Chiropractic units although introductory units and bridging courses are available for students without this background. Students without Grade 12 Chemistry or Chemistry below Grade 12 will be required to take at least one additional unit at first-year level which will enable them to acquire the above recommended knowledge. Other units taken as part of a degree may require assumed knowledge, prerequisites or recommended studies.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Master of Occupational Therapy at the University of Sydney

The Sydney Master of Occupational Therapy prepares graduates for clinical practice in the profession of occupational therapy.

University of Sydney Occupational Therapy School
Study occupational therapy at the University of Sydney
Occupational therapists work with their clients to overcome barriers that may be preventing them from participating more fully in life. This might involve teaching alternative techniques to achieve a given task, or facilitating improvement of skills.

Occupational therapists collaborate with family and carers where needed, and typically work in teams with other health professionals.

The occupational therapy course is a graduate-entry program (students are required to have completed an undergraduate degree prior to entry); however, the MOT is designed to accommodate all suitably qualified candidates regardless of their previous discipline. If you already have a background in health you will be able to take on electives of your choice, while those without such experience will be required to take prescribed electives.

As the course leads to eligibility to practice, students will be assisted in achieving prescribed professional competencies through practical and theoretical skill acquisition and clinical fieldwork placements. Clinical placements are undertaken in both the public and private sectors. Students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the career path they have chosen, and its place in contemporary health.

University of Sydney Master of Occupational Therapy

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: September 30, 2016

Monash University is helping science students stand out from the crowd

Science graduates rank well in earnings potential according to a new Australian Graduate Survey conducted by Graduate Careers Australia.

Latest data identifies that science graduates, especially Mathematics majors, earn more than many other graduates.

Monash University Faculty of Science
Study science at Monash University

Monash University is committed to helping science students stand out from the crowd when applying for a job after graduating through offering a range of extra-curricular activities designed to help build skills sets and a portfolio of experience:

Science Industry Placement Program (SIPP): Monash Science has a voluntary industry placement program to support students in gaining invaluable industry based experience. The SIPP program provides practical, hands-on skills in the workplace, as well as the opportunity to develop relationships with potential employers and add sought-after skills to CVs.

Science Careers Advice and Transition Program: Monash Science has the only faculty-based Careers Education Consultant who provides individual career counselling and job seeking support for science students, develops and implements career education programs such as Science Industry Week, and works to increase the employment outcomes for Monash science students.

Science Student Ambassador Program: Enables students to get involved and gain valuable experience representing the Monash Faculty of Science at a variety of events including Open Day, information evenings and school visits. They also represent the faculty through social media management and marketing activities.

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS): An academic mentoring program, usually aimed at first-year students transitioning from high school to university. The study session are led by senior students and provide support and guidance for first-year science students.

Study support Programs: Offered to help science students when they need it most. Sessions are “drop in” and tutors are available to provide advice or support with challenging assignments or subject related, specific questions.

Science Peer Mentoring Program: Newly enrolled first-year undergraduate students are paired with students in their second (or higher) year of university to assist the first-year students settle into university life. They can act as guides, helping to answer questions and advise first-year students.

Science Future Leaders Program: Designed to identify and cultivate the science leaders of the future. Activities include a residential program, a series of leadership seminars and workshops, and the opportunity to practice leadership within the university.

Science Study Abroad Opportunities: Provides the opportunity to complete internships and work placements overseas. Study at an overseas campus of Monash University is also possible as an Intercampus Exchange student.

Clubs and societies: Monash offers more than 100 student-run clubs and societies that include activities, events, competitions, productions, get-togethers, seminars, camps and conferences. A fantastic way to meet other students and enjoy social activities enhancing the experience of university life.

Archaeologists find key to dingo mystery

The people from South Sulawesi in Indonesia probably introduced dingoes to Australia, according to research by Griffith University and the University of New England.

Griffith University archaeology
Professor Paul Tacon (Photo credit: Griffith University)
Professor Paul Tacon from Griffith University’s Place, Evolution and Rock Art Heritage Unit and archaeologist Dr Melanie Fillios from UNE looked at genetics and archaeology to find out the exact timing of the dingoes’ introduction.

“We’ve long known that people from South Sulawesi visited northern Australia for many hundreds of years but it now appears to have been several thousand. We now need to search for further evidence of this in both Sulawesi and north Australia,” Professor Tacon said.

“This study is significant because dogs were the first species to be domesticated by people with some saying this relationship happened as long ago as 35,000 years.”

Researchers looked at five different groups: Indian mariners, Lapita peoples, a Timor group, Taiwanese peoples and Toalean hunter-gatherer peoples from Sulawesi.

They found that Toalean or other hunter-gatherers from South Sulawesi in Indonesia were the likely suspects.

“We don’t know if the dingoes came through early agriculturalists, hunter-gatherers or sea-faring traders. But after looking at recent genetic studies of dingo origins we have managed to narrow down a list of potential groups who could have been responsible for their introduction,’’ Dr Fillios said.

The lack of starch digestion gene (AMY2B) in dingoes further supports the hypothesis that the dingo accompanied a hunter-gatherer people as opposed to people from an agricultural society.

A sophisticated maritime hunter-gatherer culture was widespread across the South Sulawesi area for more than 40,000 years resulting in the initial colonisation of Australia.

Griffith University archaeology
Toalean peoples were the strongest candidates for bringing the dingo to Australia (Photo credit: Griffith University)

No dog has yet been found in South Sulawesi archaeological sites, but the Toalean peoples were the strongest candidates for bringing the dingo to Australia, perhaps after obtaining it from people in Borneo.

“In Australia, dogs appear to be a relatively late arrival post-dating human settlement by at least 40,000 years.  It is still a mystery as to who brought them here, why and when,’’ Dr Fillios said.
She said dogs accompanied people into all corners of the globe and this relationship can be used to understand the movement of people and ideas around Oceania during the Holocene.

“Not only were they the first animal to be domesticated by humans, this relationship predates the emergence of agriculture, making them a valuable key for human hunter-gatherer migrations.”

The research was published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports this month.

Griffith University Place, Evolution and Rock Art Heritage Unit

PERAHU is located within the Griffith School of Humanities. Prof. Paul Taçon leads PERAHU in his capacity as Griffith University’s Chair in Rock Art Research. As both an archaeologist and anthropologist, he advocates multidisciplinary, multicultural and scientific approaches to rock art and cultural evolution research. The acronym PERAHU highlights the significance of water crossings in the human colonization of the region as a perahu is a traditional Malay/Indonesian sailing vessel, an example of which has been used for the PERAHU logo.

This focused research unit links Griffith staff and students to a highly collaborative international network of researchers and Indigenous peoples undertaking innovative visual, symbolic, landscape and cultural evolution research across Australasia.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Take a tour of the University of Sydney!

Located in one of Australia’s most dynamic, exciting and culturally diverse cities, the University of Sydney's heritage-listed, sandstone buildings stand side by side with ultra-modern sophisticated ones on main campus. The Camperdown/Darlington main campus is conveniently situated within close proximity to the city’s Central Business District and also to Sydney’s world-renowned, stunning ocean beaches.

University of Sydney Medical School
Study at the University of Sydney

The institution’s academic and teaching resources include Australia’s largest university library, and state-of-the-art technical, computing and research facilities. Sydney Uni offers the widest range of research programs in Australia and is one of the top recipients of Australian government research funding.

Take a tour of the University of Sydney:


Camperdown/Darlington Campus
The University of Sydney's Camperdown/Darlington Campus is the largest campus and  is 72 hectares of state-of-the-art teaching and learning technology, including six libraries, art galleries, historical museums, perfectly manicured lawns, and the following faculties and schools:
  • Agriculture and Environment
  • Architecture, Design and Planning
  • Arts and Social Sciences
  • Sydney Business School
  • Education and Social Work
  • Engineering and Information Technologies
  • Sydney Law School
  • Sydney Medical School
  • Sydney Pharmacy School
  • Science
  • Sydney Veterinary School
Other important centres, institutes and facilities located at Camperdown/Darlington (partial list):
  • Charles Perkins Centre
  • Student Support Services
  • Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness
  • Sydney University Postgraduate Representation Association (SUPRA)
  • University of Sydney Union (USU)

University of Sydney 2016–20 Strategic Plan

The University of Sydney's 2016-20 Strategic Plan was published in March 2016 following a wide-ranging consultation with university staff, students and other key stakeholders.

The plan continues the trajectory that began almost 170 years ago with twin founding commitments to excellence and public service. By 2020, the university aims to
  • invest in outstanding research, ensuring that their best work—work of national, regional and international impact—is well supported with the right people, equipment, and physical infrastructure;
  • deepen their commitment to undergraduate education with a reinvigorated curriculum, so that graduates will develop the skills, knowledge and values they need to thrive and lead in a rapidly changing world; and
  • build a university-wide culture where staff and students are able to realise their full potential.

Melbourne Dental School talks orthodontics

Most people remember braces as yet another part of an awkward adolescence: metal tracks, elastic bands, and unfortunate food choices.

Associate Professor Paul Schneider is the Head of Orthodontics at Melbourne Dental School and says early in the year is a great time to get started for orthodontic treatment.

“There is more availability in the clinic and patients will find it easy to commence a course of treatment at the start of the year.”

University of Melbourne Dental School
Staff at Melbourne Dental Clinic explaining treatment options. (Photo credit: Melbourne Dental Clinic)

But those of us who had braces in the ’80s or ’90s recall the limited options available. The biggest choice we had was whether we wanted coloured elastic ligatures or just plain ones. These days the options are somewhat broader with traditional metal braces, tooth-coloured ceramic braces, braces behind the teeth and clear aligners viable options for different treatment needs.

Instead of being a major cause for anxiety, orthodontic patients find themselves in good company with high-profile celebrities sporting braces: Emma Watson, Gwen Stefani, Beyoncé and Tom Cruise.

While no one doubts that straightening out a smile can be a big motivator, orthodontists will tell you that straight teeth are not just about aesthetics, but about improving the health and condition of the whole mouth and face.

Proper dental care, including straightening teeth, contributes to better overall health. Orthodontic treatment can correct a jaw deformity, crowded teeth or misaligned bite (known as malocclusion), and speech or breathing difficulties caused by the misalignment.

Crooked teeth are also more difficult to clean, which can lead to increased risk of tooth decay, gum disease or tooth loss.

The University of Melbourne runs a teaching clinic where students of the Melbourne Dental School can experience the real treatment needs of clients under the supervision of registered specialists.

Orthodontic students are qualified dentists undertaking a specialisation. They work under close supervision of clinical specialists, using the best equipment similar to what they would find in their own clinics.

“We have access to the latest digital technology to assist with efficient and comfortable orthodontic treatment,” says Associate Professor Schneider.

The digital technology at the clinic allows students to view the entire mouth in 3D where they are able to diagnose and build a treatment plan for the whole mouth and individual tooth position. In special cases, the clinic is able to manufacture appliances for the specific needs of a complex case which can reduce treatment times. This practice is becoming more and more widespread across private clinics and is available for students while they undergo their clinical training.

Anna Scott is a third-year Doctor of Clinical Dentistry student. “It’s good that we’re getting real-world experience and a spread of treatment options. Patients like it too,” she says.

“They have long appointment times. That means a lot of time with us and attention from us and the clinical supervisor.”

The Melbourne Dental Clinic is an independent, not-for-profit teaching clinic providing ethical practice and a quality treatment and learning experience. Each patient is given treatment options most appropriate for their own needs and circumstances.
Story by Lisa Mamone

About University of Melbourne Dental School Doctor of Dental Surgery

The Melbourne Dental School offers the Doctor of Dental Surgery program which incorporates all aspects related to the provision of advanced general dental care to patients as well as teaches students to prepare, develop, execute and write for publication a small research project.

Program: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: July 29, 2016

UQ sparks electric vehicle revolution

The University of Queensland is embracing the future of sustainable transport, installing four solar-powered electric vehicle chargers at its St Lucia and Gatton campuses.

UQ sparks electric vehicle revolution
Car at the Veefil DC fast charger (Photo credit: UQ)

The chargers are the first solar-powered fast-charging infrastructure to be built in Queensland, and are available for free use by the public as well as staff and students.

UQ Chief Operating Officer Mr Greg Pringle said UQ was helping lead the charge for widespread use of electric vehicles.

“UQ is committed to creating a more sustainable future, and we see the installation of this infrastructure as a real milestone for the development of sustainable transport in Queensland,” he said.

“We hope the chargers will motivate staff, students and the wider public to consider the many benefits of electric vehicle travel.

“They’re powered by UQ’s solar arrays, meaning that when the sun is shining, charging is emissions-free.”

Each campus has one Veefil DC fast charger, which can charge fully electric vehicles or compatible plug-in hybrid vehicles, and one Tesla Destination Charger designed for use with Tesla vehicles.

Mr Pringle said Veefil chargers were designed and built in Brisbane by Tritium, a leading clean tech company founded by UQ graduates Dr Paul Sernia, Dr David Finn and Mr James Kennedy, who began working together on the UQ solar racing team in 1998.

“UQ is delighted to host the chargers, playing our part in the positive change these graduates are creating,” he said.

Tritium CEO Dr Finn said he was excited to be working with UQ to help kick-start the electric vehicle revolution in Queensland.

“The Veefil charger at Gatton is a first for Queensland as it allows easy inter-city electric vehicle travel between Brisbane and Toowoomba,” he said.

“We’ve installed hundreds of our chargers in North America and in other parts of the world, but it is great to see more going in where it all began.”

The Veefil chargers can provide a range of up to 70 kilometres for every 15 minutes of charging – about 10-times faster than traditional charging options.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships applications are open

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

The 2017 round of the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships is now open. Applications will close close June 30, 2016.

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

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Study in Australia? Yes, please!

What Endeavour offers


As a scholarship or fellowship recipient, you will gain invaluable international experience in study, research or professional development.

The department has engaged a contractor to provide post-selection support services to all recipients including a dedicated case manager, pre-departure briefings, advice on health, travel insurance, accommodation, security, payment of allowances, and reporting to the department on recipients’ progress.

The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships offer support to internationals to undertake study, research or professional development in Australia. To apply, you must be from a participating country and/or region.

All recipients will receive
  • travel allowance: $3,000 (provision to pay up to $4,500 under special circumstances)
  • establishment allowance: $2,000 (fellowships) or $4,000 (scholarships)
  • monthly stipend: $3,000 (paid up to the maximum category duration on a pro-rata basis)
  • health insurance for the full category duration (OSHC for international recipients)
  • travel insurance (excluding during programme for international recipients)
Endeavour scholarship recipients will also receive tuition fees paid up to the maximum study/research duration on a pro-rata basis. Tuition includes student service and amenities fees.

Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship

Degree: Australian Master’s or PhD
Duration: Up to 2 years for a Master’s; up to 4 years for a PhD
Total per semester: $15,000
Total: Up to $272,500 (PhD) and $140,500 (Master’s)
Application deadline: June 30, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. (AEST)

Bond Law academics take out top honours

Three Bond Law School academics have been recognised for their outstanding approach to teaching:
  • Assistant Professor Dr Iain Field has been awarded the 2016 Stanley Shaw Bond Prize for Teaching Excellence;
  • Assistant Professor Tammy Johnson has received the 2016 Faculty Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning through Sustained Innovation; and
  • Senior Teaching Fellow Jackson Walkden-Brown has received the 2016 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Generously sponsored by global law database corporation LexisNexis, the Stanley Shaw Bond Prize is awarded annually to the “staff member who, in the opinion of his or her students, has performed most credibly.”

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Jackson Walkden-Brown, Prof Nick James & Asst Prof Tammy Johnson (Photo: Bond University)

For Dr Iain Field, his comprehensive Course Handbooks made him a clear stand-out. These handbooks plot out the subjects he teaches with embedded links to relevant information, and include a Weekly Study Guide that some of his students have referred to as ‘The Bible.’

He is also renowned for his dynamic lectures that encourage students to understand the reasons behind the rules.

“The handbooks essentially plot out the subject week by week, assigning pre-reading for each lecture,” said Dr Field. “Lectures develop organically in the light of student challenges to, and reflections upon, these readings.

“Each handbook needs to be constantly updated but they ensure that the learning experience is engaging and intellectually challenging.”

For Assistant Professor Tammy Johnson, the Faculty award recognises a range of student-centred learning innovations including ‘flipped classrooms,’ case summary podcasts and the use of technology-based story circles that foster the development of collaborative skills.

“The flipped classroom concept involves learning the relevant theory prior to class then using the class time to apply it to a practical exercise as opposed to the traditional model of learning theory in class and doing the practical element as ‘homework’,” said Assistant Professor Johnson.

“In the Legal Drafting and Conveyancing course, for instance, I post the relevant theory on iLearn then, in class, we conduct a drafting workshop with students working in small groups on a series of practical tasks that relate to those specific legal issues.”

Assistant Professor Johnson’s expertise in learning and teaching has been recognised by the wider academic community through publication in the Legal Education Review and she is a member of the Faculty’s Teaching and Learning Group.

Winner of the 2016 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Jackson Walkden-Brown brings the real world into his classes by using his experience as a legal practitioner to develop unique and practical innovations in his curriculum design and delivery.

His teaching innovations include introducing his students to a diverse range of legal opinions by creating video capsules of his fellow academics discussing key foundational concepts and live video interviews with experts from all over the world.

“The Australian Legal System course, for example, covers a broad range of topics that students will explore more fully in subsequent subjects,” said Mr Walkden-Brown.

“Video capsules featuring other Bond Law academics allow our first-year students to learn from experts on various foundational topics in the curriculum and also to get exposure to those who will be teaching them throughout their degree.

“Similarly, the live video interviews with external experts bring a range of incredible guest speakers into the classroom, including lawyers from all across the globe.”

He also shares his passion for animal rights and pro bono experience by transforming his Animal Law classroom into a replica legal clinic where students work on active case studies and research projects.

About Bond Law School

Bond Law School is consistently ranked first in Australia in terms of overall quality of the student experience for very good reasons. Bond has some of the best law teachers and scholars in the country delivering innovative law programs using truly world-class teaching facilities. The school is committed to providing an exceptionally high-quality learning experience characterised by a professional and practical emphasis, a global focus, small classes and personal attention. National and international legal experts in a variety of fields contribute to the delivery of programs at the cutting edge of contemporary legal scholarship and practice.

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

Sydney Veterinary Science ranked 9th in world in latest QS Rankings

The Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science has been ranked ninth in the world and number one in Australia in the 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject, cementing its position as a global leader in research and educational excellence.

The school’s core strength is their exceptional staff. Their dedicated work improves animal health, well-being and productivity and contributes to the unique roles of the profession in protecting human health, food supply and societal well-being. This work is more valuable than ever as veterinarians and animal scientists are increasingly acknowledged as playing vital roles in addressing the big issues the world faces: food security, animal conservation, control of emerging disease and protecting the health and welfare of animals.

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Learn more about Sydney Veterinary Science

The veterinary school strives to provide the very best education in veterinary and animal science through bachelor’s degrees, postgraduate coursework, continuing education and research training. Alumni have shaped the professions locally, nationally and globally. Their sustained, stellar achievements in practice, public service, research, academia and the media provide the best advertisement for the success of Sydney’s programs.

Veterinary science is part of the University of Sydney’s rich tradition of excellence in pursuit of intellectual discovery. The university’s research portfolio is world class, enriched by links with the university’s research leaders in health sciences, science and agriculture and mature collaborations with government and industry research organizations. The mix of heritage and new buildings on the Camperdown campus and the rural campus at Camden reflect its history and ongoing renewal. The school’s farms, laboratories, hospitals, lecture theatres, computer facilities and accommodation provide well-equipped venues for cutting-edge research, teaching and clinical practice.

The Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science veterinary teaching hospitals provide world-class clinical services and have the latest technology for the care of companion animals, wildlife, livestock and horses. These facilities allows the university to train the next generation of veterinary practitioners and specialists.

A career in veterinary or animal science offers remarkable opportunities and benefits and the university is dedicated to providing graduates with the best preparation for success. When you study with the University of Sydney you will also enjoy the great life that Sydney offers as a global city in a wonderful location.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Program: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Program duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as this program can fill quickly.

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

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

Thursday, April 21, 2016

JCU scientists develop the first pharmalogical tourniquet

Imagine the following scenario: You are leading your team on patrol in pursuit of enemy insurgents and trigger a booby-trap. The explosion is massive. You hit the ground hard with both legs blown off. After the dust and smoke clears, help arrives. The medic sees your body rapidly bleeding out as you go into shock and notices a gaping hole in your abdomen. The new enemy is time.

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Geoff Dobson and Hayley Letson (Photo credit: JCU)

Tourniquets in Iraq and Afghanistan have saved thousands of lives by stopping major bleeding from extremities such as arms or legs. However, there are few options when it comes to preventing abdominal blood loss caused by penetrating foreign objects, gunshots or explosive fragments.

In those conflicts it’s estimated more than 1,100 deaths were deemed potentially survivable, and the majority were from internal blood loss and occurred within the first hour of injury. In addition, there are many thousands of innocent lives lost from terrorist attacks and urban warfare due to internal hemorrhage.

JCU scientists Prof Geoffrey Dobson and Hayley Letson of the College of Medicine & Dentistry and Australian Institute of Health and Tropical Medicine (AITHM) have teamed up with the US military to solve this major problem. US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has granted the project US $532,349 so the pair can continue their work.

The latest tests show the scientists have developed a potentially revolutionary drug therapy that treats shock and acts like a “pharmacological tourniquet” by dramatically reducing internal blood loss by up to 60%, which has the potential to save countless lives.

The stabilisation fluid, consisting of adenosine, lidocaine and magnesium, is known as ALM. The JCU team have shown a single small IV bolus of ALM over 60 minutes followed by a four-hour stabilisation ‘drip’ resulted in a 60% reduction of internal blood loss and increased survival.

“The ALM fluid is administered intravenously and circulates around the body, kick-starts the heart, gently raises blood pressure, protects the heart, brain and organs, and slows bleeding by plugging up the leaks,” Dr Dobson said.

“It is not a foam or synthetic compound like that those used to plug a flat tire, it is a therapeutic drug that protects the body and stops the blood from thinning, allowing it to rapidly form a viable clot and reduce bleeding.”

Currently, many combatants die before they reach a medical facility.

“The uniqueness of our ALM fluid is its small-volume and ability to protect the whole body at the point of injury, as part of a knife-edge balancing act between life and death.

“It resuscitates the body after hemorrhagic shock, plugs the holes, reduces inflammation, protects the vital organs, including the brain, and reduces infection. It is all about providing the combat medic with a new way to buy time on the battlefield,” he said.

The James Cook University innovation also has extensive civilian pre-hospital applications in tropical, rural, and remote environments, retrieval medicine, low-income countries (trauma, post-partum hemorrhage), mass casualty incidents and terrorist attacks.  Translational studies are being planned.

“Only time will tell if we have raised the bar high enough to improve survivability in these austere environments where currently no effective treatment exists,” Dr Dobson said.

UQ solar milestone

The University of Queensland has slashed grid electricity use at its Gatton campus by 40 per cent since bringing Australia’s largest solar research facility on line a year ago.

UQ’s Manager of Energy and Sustainability, Andrew Wilson, said the 3.275 megawatt facility generated more than 5.8 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy since installation in March last year.

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Solar research facility at UQ’s Gatton campus (Photo: UQ)

“This is equivalent to the annual electricity usage of more than 1,000 average Queensland households, and the displacement of more than 5,300 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions,” Mr Wilson said.

“We’ve seen the net electricity consumption from the grid of the Gatton campus reduce by almost 40 per cent as a result.

“This is achieved by exporting energy back to the grid when the campus’ consumption is lower than the energy generated by the array, typically during the middle of the day,” Mr Wilson said.

Director of Clean Energy at UQ’s Global Change Institute (GCI), Professor Paul Meredith, said the environment was not the only beneficiary as the solar farm had saved UQ more than half a million dollars in electricity costs so far.

“These savings are being invested back into research programs at the university, helping to solve the complex challenges of transforming the way we produce energy,” Professor Meredith said.

“The full-scale research we’re able to conduct with the Gatton facility is helping us to better understand how clean energy options like photovoltaics fit into our state and national electricity mix, from both an engineering and economic perspective.”

Mr Wilson said the first year of operation for the plant hadn’t been without its challenges.

“The cost of maintaining the grass at the 10-hectare site was higher than we anticipated.

“We will soon arrange for sheep to graze between the rows and keep the grass manageable,” Mr Wilson said.

In addition to reducing ongoing operational costs this initiative will increase the available land on campus for agricultural research.

Real-time and historical information on the Gatton Solar Research Facility and all of UQ’s solar arrays can be viewed on the UQ Solar website. (

Monash invites you to Question the Answers

Monash University and advertising agency GPY&R have launched a new national campaign, the first ever of its kind for the university.

The new “Question the Answers” campaign will be led by a short video featuring Australian actor David Wenham, which will air from April 13 across free-to-air television, in cinemas and on YouTube and key social media channels.

Monash University invites you to Question the Answers
Monash University invites you to Question the Answers campaign (Image: Monash University)

Monash President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AO said the campaign aims to communicate the challenge and curiosity that fuels higher education and what Monash University represents as an institution that values innovation, persistence and impact.

“We decided that when we did this video we would attempt to have it express the essence of what it was to be part of the Monash community. That essence is to be challenging, so the campaign had to reflect that in order to be a true representation of Monash and the way it has always approached the world. This campaign shows that we are prepared to ask questions that matter, seek challenges and search for new answers. We want to create that opportunity for our students,” Professor Gardner said.

Monash University has been working with GPY&R over the past six months to create the campaign, which also includes multiple outdoor and digital components.

Mr Jake Barrow, Creative Director GPY&R Melbourne, says that the challenge in developing this campaign was in communicating a mindset that cut through current perceptions of the higher education sector, challenging conventional thinking.

“With a strategy like this we set out to create something that was pretty un-university-like. So there was always a pretty good chance we weren’t going to show a group of students playing Hacky Sack in the quadrangle,” Mr Barrow said.

The campaign will run throughout the year, bringing to life examples from the Monash community, both people and projects, which embody the philosophy of challenging the status quo in order to make an impact in the world.

Why Canadians Enjoy Studying at Monash University

Students from Canada choose Monash due to its highly regarded reputation for excellence and that its name is highly respected by employers internationally.

Monash University also attracts internationally-respected lecturers, and although Monash is a large institution, its staff-student ratio is higher than that of the average Australian university, which ensures that students receive more focus and time from academic staff.

As one of Australia’s largest universities, Canadians enjoy the both resources and facilities available at Monash University and the diverse international student population on campus. The city of Melbourne is a key attraction for students from Canada, and students particularly enjoy attending Monash’s main suburban campus, Clayton.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Macquarie scientists help develop coral reef database

With the future of coral reefs threatened now more than ever, researchers have announced the release of a new global database that enables scientists and managers to more quickly and effectively help corals survive their many challenges.

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Coral reefs are changing rapidly (Photo credit: Macquarie University)

“Coral reefs are changing rapidly, and that is unlikely to slow down,” said Associate Professor Joshua Madin from Macquarie University’s Genes to Geoscience Research Centre, who led the team developing the database.

“If we don’t understand these changes, we can’t protect these species-rich ecosystems. We need to speed the science up, and to think creatively about how to do that.”

In a paper describing the database, published recently in Scientific Data, Professors Andrew Baird and Sean Connolly from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) say the Coral Trait Database will assist scientists working on coral reefs answer a multitude of questions.

“The trait database is the first of its kind for corals and will allow coral reef scientists to begin to address many significant, unresolved questions—and much faster,” Professor Baird says.

“Traits are fundamental to most aspects of the ecology and evolution of organisms,” he explains. “For example, the Great Barrier Reef is now in the grip of perhaps the largest coral bleaching episode in history, and this database can help scientists explain why some species are more susceptible than others.”

Baird, Madin and their colleagues spent thousands of hours compiling the database over the past few years. They sifted through papers published in journals, tables printed in books, and examined other resources scattered around the globe.

Some of the data had been buried in obscure, often difficult to access—but highly informative—books dating back to the 1800s. The Coral Trait Database promises to save a lot of time, money and effort across all fields of coral reef studies.

“A lot of these data were not easily accessible, and it was expensive for many to get to,” explains Professor Sean Connolly. “So much of the Coral Trait Database content was previously only available to the ‘elite.’ The existence of this tool also means the coral reef research community can cut down on redundant research efforts.”

Coral reefs remain one of the most diverse and valuable ecosystems on the planet, hosting more species than any other marine environment. Globally, an estimated 275 million people rely directly on coral reefs for food, protection from waves and storms, income, and cultural value. They are also crucial in providing protection and habitat for healthy fish populations. However, in the past 20 years, coral cover has diminished by as much as 95 percent in some locations.

Climate change and the El Niño of the recent months combined are currently contributing to a global mass-bleaching event—and on a scale previously unseen in recorded history. Added stresses from pollution and over-fishing further complicate coral reef health.

“There are hardly any questions you can’t ask of the database: its number of uses are extraordinary, but progress in these areas has been hindered by the lack of readily accessible trait data,” said Madin.

“We hope this database will support scientists trying to make a difference by providing them access to the data they need quickly, and at no cost.”

Macquarie University Department of Biological Sciences

Macquarie University has an international reputation for being innovative in the study of science. It is at the forefront of research nationally and internationally, and excels in the application and commercialization of new discoveries. Macquarie offers a unique range of interdisciplinary postgraduate degrees across a number of areas including environmental management, environmental education, environmental health, environmental planning, environmental science, environmental studies, sustainable development, biodiversity conservation, geography, geoscience, marine science, museum studies and wildlife management.

Griffith in partnership on sustainable tourism

Griffith University Institute for Tourism (GIFT) has entered into a strategic partnership with EarthCheck, the world’s leading certification and business advisory group for sustainable tourism.

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Professor Susanne Becken (Photo: Griffith University)
GIFT Director Professor Susanne Becken said the agreement will allow both parties to collaborate on research and development projects in the field of sustainable tourism and environmental management.

“EarthCheck holds the world’s most comprehensive database with environmental metrics collected from their international client network over more than 15 years of operation,” Professor Becken said.

“This will give our students practical experience in the most advanced measurement tools, and practical operational insights.”

Through its global strategic partnerships, GIFT’s structure and research programs are designed to ensure high industry and policy relevance. Following the triple bottom line concept, the key areas of impact of research undertaken at GIFT reflect economic, social and environmental dimensions.

During 2016, GIFT and EarthCheck will focus on three core research and consulting projects:
  1. Research into the relationship between water and energy use at major hotel groups
  2. Developing the tourism workforce of the future through labour and skills development, certification and mobility in the APEC region
  3. Development of a global sustainable travel and tourism indicator set
Professor Becken will present the latest findings on global greenhouse gas emissions and corporate social responsibility at the upcoming Inner Circle 2016 forum in April 2016, an annual think-tank hosted by EarthCheck for its members.

Ancient burial ground discovered at the Plain of Jars

Researchers are a step closer to unravelling one of the great prehistoric puzzles of South East Asia, after discovering an ancient burial ground, including human remains, at the Plain of Jars in central Laos.

The discoveries were made during excavations conducted in February 2016 and led by a team of Australian and Lao researchers including Dr Louise Shewan from the Monash University Warwick Alliance and Centre for Archaeology and Ancient History, Dr Dougald O’Reilly from the Australian National University and Dr Thonglith Luangkhoth of the Lao Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.

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Researchers at the Laos site (Photo: Monash University)

The fieldwork is part of a five-year project funded by the Australian Research Council aimed at uncovering the mysteries surrounding the 90-plus jar sites, including who made the jars, what they were used for, and how the sites came into existence.

The sites, located in the central Lao province of Xieng Khouang, comprise large carved stone jars of varying sizes—some as big as two metres in diameter and three metres high. Initially brought to the attention of science by French researcher Madeleine Colani in the 1930s, the sites have remained largely unstudied due to the huge quantity of unexploded bombs in the area—the result of heavy bombing during the ‘Secret War’ in Laos in the 1970s.

The recent excavations—the first major excavations in nearly two decades—uncovered an ancient burial ground in an area known as ‘Site 1,’ and revealed various burial methods including the internment of whole bodies, the burying of bundled bones and bundled bones placed inside ceramic vessels and then buried.

Dr Shewan, who is analysing teeth found at the burial ground, says the project has the potential to ascertain who these people were and where they lived.

“My research involves the measurement of strontium isotopes in human dental enamel to shed light on the home environment of the individual,” Dr Shewan says. “Teeth mineralise at different ages, so by analsying different teeth we are able to ascertain where an individual lived during their childhood.”

The results of the project will be showcased in the CAVE2 facility with support from the Monash Immersive Visualisation Platform.

“To visualise all our research findings, including excavation data, remote sensing data and drone imagery in the CAVE2 environment is going to greatly assist our analysis and interpretation and provides a unique opportunity to conduct ‘virtual fieldwork’ in areas that are inaccessible by foot. From the drone imagery we may also be able to identify potential occupation areas. At present there are no known occupation sites. No one knows where these people lived,” Dr Shewan said.

The research will assist the Lao government in their bid to have the jar sites nominated for UNESCO World Heritage status.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Push for International Day of Tropics gathers speed

James Cook University Vice Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding has travelled to the United Nations in New York to participate in the launch of the public campaign for the creation of an International Day of the Tropics, which would deliver benefits for Northern Queensland and beyond.

In September, the Australian Government announced it would lead efforts to establish the 29th of June as the International Day of the Tropics. The proposal was be formally launched at the UN last week.

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Aerial shot of JCU Cairns campus

Professor Harding said she strongly supports the Australian Government’s push to recognise the global significance of the Tropics.

“An International Day of the Tropics will call into account the development of the tropical world. Australia is a developed country with the largest tropical land mass and we have the experience, skills, and knowledge to share to the benefit of this region,” Prof Harding said.

Professor Harding said an International Day of the Tropics would be very important step forward for Northern Queensland.

“We know how to do business, build cities and prosper in tropical conditions. The things we do here each day are going to be in high demand throughout the tropical world.”

Prof Harding said the North is standing on the cusp of an enormous growth in export earnings.

“Jobs growth, innovation—all of that can come out of this particular focus on similar geographies and climates, health, environment and the economic development challenges of the tropical world. We can advance a new set of exporting industries that tap into our ‘tropical expertise’ and provide the infrastructure and other needs of the growing Tropics.”

The 29th of June is the anniversary of the launch of the inaugural State of the Tropics report. Nobel Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, launched the project’s first major report in Yangon, Myanmar in 2014. State of the Tropics is convened by James Cook University and draws on the expertise of leading institutions from around the world.

The ground-breaking State of the Tropics report confirms the great demographic, environmental and geopolitical significance of the region, describes the grand challenges facing the world’s tropical regions, and provides a baseline for a more sustainable global future.

The Tropics is home to 40% of the world’s population, and it hosts about 80% of its terrestrial biodiversity. By 2050, more than two-thirds of the world’s children under 15 years of age will be living in the Tropics.

James Cook University

As a leading research university, JCU provides excellent facilities for teaching and learning. JCU teaching staff are highly qualified and dedicated, and many JCU academics are considered to be leaders in their fields. The unique location of James Cook University allows nationally significant and internationally-recognized research to be conducted by both staff and students. Much research focus is based on the industries and environments of northern Australia including marine biology, biodiversity, tropical environmental studies, earth sciences/geology, engineering, tropical health and tourism. JCU is a member of the prestigious national alliance, Innovative Research Universities and has as its vision to be one of the world’s leading research universities in the tropics.

Sydney Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships

The University of Sydney of Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships up to A$40,000 value awarded to international students based on academic merit. To qualify, secure an Unconditional Offer of Admission for semester 2, 2016 before the following dates:

• Round 1 – May 6, 2016
• Round 2 – June 10, 2016

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Learn more about the University of Sydney

Tier 1 Scholarships capped at AUD$40,000 towards a recipient’s first year tuition fees for the enrolled CRICOS registered program of study at the University of Sydney is open to ALL international students enrolled in Undergraduate and Postgraduate Coursework full degrees only.

Tier 2 Scholarships capped at AUD$20,000 towards a recipient’s first year tuition fees for the enrolled CRICOS registered program of study at the University of Sydney will only be offered to citizens of selected countries and enrolled in Undergraduate and Postgraduate Coursework full degrees only.

Tier 3 Scholarships capped at AUD$5,000 towards a recipient’s first year tuition fees for the enrolled CRICOS registered program of study at the University of Sydney is open to ALL international students enrolled in Undergraduate and Postgraduate Coursework full degrees only.

Selection Criteria

  • Selection will be based strictly on academic merit as per the University of Sydney’s admission requirements
  • Only applicants with unconditional offers of admission will be considered;
  • Only applicants who are not citizens of Australia and New Zealand nor a permanent resident of Australia will be considered;
  • Specifically for tier 2 scholarships, only applicants who are citizens of the nominated country will be considered;
  • Students who have already commenced or have transferred with credit exemptions and/or advanced standing, are not eligible.
  • Students applying for their second University of Sydney degree will be eligible for the scholarships so long as they have not been recipients of a University of Sydney scholarship in their first University of Sydney degree.
  • University of Sydney Foundation Program (USFP) students articulating into full degree University of Sydney CRICOS registered programs will also be eligible for the scholarships and will be assessed similarly to all other direct applicants on the basis of academic merit.

Application Procedures

No separate application is required for the scholarship. All eligible applicants with an unconditional offer by a specified cut-off date will be considered for the scholarships.

The scholarship will be a one-off payment and will cover tuition fees only and no living allowance is payable.

Tier 3 Scholarship recipients will be eligible to concurrently receive either the Tier 1 or 2 Scholarships. Should this be the case, the $5000 will be deducted from the Tier 1 and Tier 2 scholarship amounts in order to ensure that the respective caps of AUD$40000 and AUD$20000 is not exceeded.

Successful candidates
  • must not be in receipt of any other tuition scholarship or sponsorship from the University of Sydney or the Australian Government;
  • must commence study as per the Scholarship offer – deferment to a later semester is not permitted and will result in the forfeiture of the scholarship;
  • will be required to pay for their own airfares to Sydney, living expenses, study materials, text books, any ancillary fees (if applicable) and Overseas Student Health Cover each year;
  • are also responsible for paying the balance of tuition fees as applicable each year;
  • are required to enroll as full-time international students and must maintain their international student status on a full-time basis throughout their enrolment at the University of Sydney;
  • may not be entitled to a Leave of Absence during the duration of the Scholarship, unless it is due to extenuating circumstances which the university will consider on a case-by-case basis; and
  • will be asked to promote the program in which they are enrolled as well as represent the University of Sydney at student orientation, marketing events and corporate networking events.
The University of Sydney reserves the right to make changes to this Scholarships Program without notice and at its discretion.