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Macquarie Graduate School of Management ranked #1 in Australia for third consecutive year

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This year’s ranking marks the third consecutive year that MGSM has taken out Australia’s top spot!

The Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) has taken out the title of Australia’s best business school as well placing in the world’s top 50 business schools following the release of the 2017 Financial Times’ Global MBA Ranking.


Based on the results of the global MBA ranking, which is considered a global benchmark of business school excellence, MGSM placed 49th globally and first in Australia for the third consecutive year. Last year, the school had improved its global ranking to #56 worldwide. This year’s rankings reviewed business schools from around the world, measuring criteria submitted by both the school and alumni such as average salary after graduation, value for money, diversity of staff and the MBA’s international reach.

Professor Stephen Brammer, Executive Dean Faculty Business and Economics said, “It is an honour to once again be recognised by the Financial…

Sydney Master of Occupational Therapy students gain practical experience on placement

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A group of Master of Occupational Therapy students recently completed an eight-week placement in Broken Hill, a mining town in the the New South Wales outback.

The students worked with local children as part of the placement experience required for the two-year graduate entry master’s program.


Lydia Tu, who took part in the placement, said that being a part of a program that makes a difference in children’s lives is an experience she’ll never forget.

“Often children in Broken Hill can have developmental delays because of factors like exposure to lead in their environment. When this is coupled with a shortage in the health workforce, it can be very difficult for these children. It was great to work with the children and see immense improvements in them at the end of the program.”

“Fieldwork provides hands on experience with real clients in a supervised environment allowing students to combine academic study with the practical abilities required of the occupational therapy pro…

Don’t miss the Australian Law School seminars

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If you’re wondering what it’s like to study law in Australia and then practice in Canada, then don’t miss the upcoming OzTREKK Australian Law Schools Information Sessions!
Meet Australian law alumni who are successfully practicing in Canada, and chat with Australian law school representatives to learn more about your study and career options!


During the seminars, you will have the opportunity to speak with Australian law school graduates who are successfully practicing law in Canada. Learn more about how to get into law school, the accreditation process, program structures, and much more!

VANCOUVER
Date: January 30, 2017
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: University of British Columbia, Allard Hall, Fasken Martineau Room 122

MONTREAL
Date: February 6, 2017
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Adams Auditorium

TORONTO
Date: February 8, 2017
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: University of Toronto, Social Work Building, SK 720

We’re coming to a Canadian university campus near you!

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Winter Study in Australia Fairs are coming!


Find out more about how you can study in Australia at an upcoming OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair, and we’re starting at UBC this Monday, Jan. 30 at the AMS Nest.

You can study medicine, dentistry, law, and physiotherapy and much more in Australia—and then take your degree home to Canada to practice!
Come meet our Australian university representatives to find out about what it’s like to study your program of interest at an Australian university.  Everyone is welcome to attend—you don’t need to RSVP!

University of British Columbia
Date: January 30, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: AMS Nest, Level 1

Simon Fraser University
Date: January 31, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: North Academic Quad

University of Alberta
Date: February 1, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Student Union Building

University of Calgary
Date: February 2, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: MacEwan Centre

University of Saskatchewan
Date: February 3, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 …

Digital hub adds a new dimension to student learning at Bond University

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A new state-of-the-art Digital Media Hub was launched Jan. 24, 2017 at Bond University in the Balnaves Foundation Multimedia Learning Centre (MLC), providing unprecedented access to the latest multimedia technologies for students and staff.

The Digital Media Hub, which was co-funded by the Balnaves Foundation and Bond University Student Association (BUSA), will be used for academic-led classes, development of pod/vod casts, as well as independent learning by students out-of-hours.


It consists of three main zones:
The micro studio for content creation and production, featuring a green screen, HD remote controlled PTZ cameras, three-point production lighting, a teleprompter and monitors, Apple Mac, quality audio capture and playback facilities and virtual reality (VR) hardware.Study lounge areas featuring individual or group-based learning spaces, USB charging stations, BYOD capability to support streaming platforms.Individual digital media workstations with access to a range …

UQ pharmacy student’s community placement

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The UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) is one of Australia’s most comprehensive and well-respected pharmacy degrees, both domestically and internationally, and offers intensive pharmacy placements so students can get fully prepared for their career in pharmacy. Here, a current UQ Pharmacy student talks about the community placement experience.

I have had three blocks of placements (over the course of the past three years) while undertaking the Bachelor of Pharmacy, and I have learnt many different things from each experience. I hope that this post helps anyone thinking about studying pharmacy to have a slight insight into the degree, and helps those already enrolled in the program to prepare for their first placement.

As a first-year pharmacy student, I wasn’t quite sure why we needed to do a community placement in the first place. Since then the answers have become quite obvious. Community placement gave me an insight into the operations and running of a small business and g…

Griffith Business School Student Leadership Program gives students the edge in tough job market

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In a job market full of qualified applicants, it can be difficult to get your resume to stand out from the crowd. But a Griffith Business School program is helping to change all that.

The two-year Student Leadership Program aims to give its members the life and job skills to stand head and shoulders above the competition.

Georgia Newell knows firsthand just how beneficial the program has been to increasing her skill set as she progresses through her dual Bachelor of International Business/Bachelor of Government & International Relations degree.

“The Student Leadership Program has given me real-world professional experiences. I’ve been to networking events, and interacted with alumni of Griffith, so now I know how to interact with people in the workforce and also through seminars, develop my professional skills,” she explains.

“I know that if I go out into the world I will be able to do public speaking, I am already able to set up my personal brand, I know how to do my Li…

Meet Melbourne JD Professor Ian Malkin—a Canadian!

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If you’re planning to attend Melbourne Law School, you’ll be meeting a Canadian.

Juris Doctor program Professor Ian Malkin came to Australia from Winnipeg Canada in 1986 and currently teaches Legal Method and Reasoning and Torts. Prof Malkin was also one of the lecturers involved in designing the university breadth subject, Drugs That Shaped Society. He also coached several Jessup International Law Moot Court competition teams. Two of the teams he co-coached won the International competition in Washington.

Teaching excellence
In 2014, he was the second recipient of the University of Melbourne's Award for Outstanding Leadership of University Teaching. He also has been nominated for an Australian Award for University Teaching Excellence in 2014. In 2003, Prof Malkin was awarded the Barbara Falk Award for Teaching Excellence—one of the university’s inaugural teaching awards and the first recipient of the award in the Law, Arts and Music category. In 2007, he was awarded a …

Travel Tuesday - Queensland, Australia

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University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor to lead Group of Eight in 2017

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The Group of Eight (Go8)—Australia’s leading research-intensive universities—has appointed University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj as its Chair for 2017.

Professor Høj worked at executive level in industry, government and universities before becoming Vice-Chancellor of UQ in October 2012.


He has reinforced UQ’s stature as a leading university for teaching, research and commercialisation and overseen the development and implementation of a focussed international strategy.

Go8 Chief Executive Vicki Thomson said Professor Høj would bring experience, determination and energy to the role as the organisation worked to increase political and community awareness of the value of its graduates and research outcomes to the Australian economy.

“We are keen to harness his skills as we work to secure long-term sustainable policy and funding direction from Government.”

Professor Høj said he was honoured to be elected Chair and looked forward to contributing …

Five reasons to study at Sydney Medical School

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Why should you join Australia’s top medical school? Sydney Medical School is ranked number one in Australia and 17 globally in the QS World University Rankings, but that’s not the only reason why students from all over the world come to Sydney Uni to study medicine.


1. Early patient care
You’ll begin your medical studies with hands-on experience in a structured, supervised way over years 1 and 2, which means you’ll be well prepared for when you transfer to clinical schools in Stage 3 (years 3 and 4).

“A great strength of the course is that you get to enter the clinical world right from your first week of your first year,” explained Co-Director of the Sydney Medical Program Professor Inam Haq.

2. Teaching hospitals
Clinical training is offered at an extensive network of top-tier hospitals across New South Wales that offer the most advanced healthcare in the country, including Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Westmead Hospital and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, to name just …

Wondering how you can get into law school?

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Are you interested in studying law but unsure about your options? Would you like to hear from law graduates who have studied in Australia and are now practicing lawyers in Canada?

Then please join Australian law school representatives, and law school alumni for the upcoming Australian Law Schools Information Sessions!

During the seminars, you will have the opportunity to speak with Australian law school graduates who are successfully practicing law in Canada. Learn more about how to get into law school, the accreditation process, program structures, and much more!

VANCOUVER
Date: January 30, 2017
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: University of British Columbia, Allard Hall, Fasken Martineau Room 122

MONTREAL
Date: February 6, 2017
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Delta Hotel, Concerto Room, Montreal

TORONTO
Date: February 8, 2017
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: University of Toronto, Social Work Building, SK 720

University of Sydney is closing the veterinary void

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The University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney is supporting homeless and disadvantaged Sydneysiders to access quality veterinary care for their beloved pets.

There is a crisis of care for some of Sydney’s most vulnerable pets. Homeless and disadvantaged owners are unable to fund even the most essential of treatments to improve the well-being of their treasured animals.

That’s why the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Sydney is helping to provide assistance to some of Sydney’s most disadvantaged pet-owners by partnering with BaptistCare to establish the HopeStreet pop-up pet clinic, which operates once a month in Woolloomooloo.

Staffed by volunteers, clinicians, veterinary nurses and students from the Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science, the animal welfare outreach initiative is helping the most vulnerable pets of Sydney.

The outreach initiative at HopeStreet is run by clinicians, veterinary nurses and students from the University of Sydney. According to veterina…

Don’t miss the OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions

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Australia is world-renowned for its leading-edge rehabilitation sciences research and practice, and Canadians enjoy learning from Australian academics who are world leaders in their fields.

If you’re curious about studying rehab sciences in Australia, don’t miss the upcoming OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions. Enjoy refreshments and the opportunity to speak with Australian uni representatives and alumni to learn more about how you can study in Australia and practice in Canada!


OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions
Simon Fraser University
Date: January 31, 2017
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Blusson Hall, Room 9655

Western University
Date: February 9, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: UCC, Room 210

Get around town: transportation in Brisbane

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So, you’re heading to beautiful Brisbane! Many university students feel that finding a place to live near their university can be challenging, so many opt to live farther away, despite the travel time. The good news is that Brisbane has great travel options!


Brisbane provides a reliable network of travel and transport links, as well as paths and walkways that make up one of Australia’s most compact and foot-friendly city centres. TransLink (https://translink.com.au/), Brisbane’s integrated ticketing system, provides students with the flexibility to travel on train, bus and ferry services using just the one card. Go cards can be bought at Queensland Rail stations and selected ticketing agents and provide fares cheaper than buying paper tickets at transit stations. The green student Go card offers full-time students even further discounts.

CityTrain Brisbane’s speedy network of electric trains covers the broadest reaches of Greater Brisbane and provides direct access to the …

3 reasons why you should become a nurse specialist

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Nursing is a career that has been, and will continue to be in high demand. In fact, it’s expected that Australia will have a significant shortfall of nurses in the next 10 years, with 85,000 less than will be required by 2025.* The increasing need for registered nurses and nurse specialists is due to the need for healthcare in general, driven by an ageing population, the rising cost of technology and treatment as well as rising consumer expectations.

Sydney Nursing School looks at the three big reasons why you might choose to specialise in a range of fields by undertaking postgraduate nursing studies.


Nurse specialists become leaders Nurse specialists are increasingly needed to take on leadership positions, mentor new nurses and influence future health policy.

Students can choose to specialise in a range of areas including Cancer and Haematology, Clinical Trials Practice, Emergency, Intensive Care, Mental Health, Primary Health Care and Advanced Nursing Practice/Clinical N…

How expensive is it to live in Australia?

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Cost of Living in Australia It can be challenging to advise students how much it will cost for one year of living expenses, as this depends on where a student lives and his/her lifestyle and spending habits. Obviously, a student living in Melbourne will have higher expenses than a student in Townsville.


Generally speaking, the cost of living in Australia is comparable to Canada. Most OzTREKK students find that living in Australia is more expensive than living in North America, especially clothing and dining out.

According to Australian Government records, the average international student in Australia spends approximately $380 AUD per week on living expenses, and this includes international and domestic travel costs. This figure really depends on the city in which you live, whether you live on campus, just off campus or in a less expensive suburb near your university, and how frugal or reckless you are in spending your cash!

As an international student in Australia, we rec…

UQ research students recognised for documenting “amazing work” of occupational therapists

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Two Queensland research students have been recognised for documenting the “amazing work” occupational therapists do to help child asylum seekers in Australian detention facilities.

Kelly Mitchelson and Hannah Begg of the UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences earned acclaim at the Occupational Therapy Australia (Northern Territory/Queensland) annual conference.

“The well-being and rights of child asylum seekers are things I am very passionate about,” Ms Mitchelson said.

“We sought the perspectives of occupational therapists on what they saw as the needs and challenges faced by children in detention.

“The research also sought to understand how occupational therapists practice in this unique context.”

Ms Mitchelson noted that previous literature about occupational therapy and asylum seekers in Australia was limited and did not include research about services for children seeking asylum.

UQ research was gathered from interviews with 10 occupational therapists who had worked …

Deal opens Galapagos Islands to James Cook University

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James Cook University staff and students will have the opportunity to study in the crucible of evolutionary theory, the Galapagos Islands, under a new agreement.


The agreement allows JCU staff and students access to the Galapagos Science Centre: a world-class research and teaching facility on the Galapagos Island of San Cristobal, which is globally recognised as a pristine, unique ecosystem.

JCU’s Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies, Professor Iain Gordon, signed the Galapagos Marine Science Consortium Agreement at a ceremony in Quito, Ecuador last month.

Professor Gordon said the intent is for JCU to collaborate with partner universities in areas of research and teaching with a focus on the Galapagos Islands.

“The Galapagos Islands are iconic for their part in shaping Darwin’s ideas on evolution. As with the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics, the Galapagos Islands are recognised by the United Nations as a World Heritage Area.…

Bond University students most satisfied in Australia, according to government survey

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Bond University students are the most satisfied higher education students in Australia, according to the 2016 Student Experience Survey (SES) results recently released by the Australian Federal Government Department of Education and Training.

Students from Bond University rated their overall educational experience higher than students from any other higher education institution in the country.


Bond also received the highest ratings in Australia for teaching quality, learner engagement and learning resources, and the second highest for student support and skills development.

The Student Experience Survey (SES), which is the only comprehensive survey of current higher education students in Australia, also showed Bond to have the best career development and support services in the country.

Popular Bond University Programs for Canadian Students Bond Law School Juris Doctor (JD) Bond University’s Juris Doctor program is a professional legal qualification designed to equip stude…

OzTREKK Winter Study in Australia Fairs are coming!

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You can study medicine, dentistry, law, and physiotherapy and much more in Australia—and then take your degree home to Canada to practice!

We’re coming to a Canadian university campus near you, and everyone is welcome to attend—you don’t need to RSVP! Find out more about how you can study in Australia at an upcoming OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair, Jan. 30 – Feb. 9, 2017.

Our Australian representatives fly to Canada to participate in these OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs in order to give you the most information possible. Visit with Australian university representatives to find out about what it’s like to study your program of interest at an Australian university.


OzTREKK Winter Study in Australia FairsUniversity of British Columbia
Date: January 30, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: AMS Nest, Level 1

Simon Fraser University
Date: January 31, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: North Academic Quad

University of Alberta
Date: February 1, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Student…

It’s “DAT” time of year, pre-dentistry students!

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Upcoming Dental Aptitude Test dates Applying to the 2018 intake at an Australian dental school?

Many pre-dentistry students will be writing the Canadian DAT this February 2017. The Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) is conducted by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) to help students assess their aptitude for a career in dentistry and to assist dental schools in selecting first-year students.


As there are a limited number of DAT test centres and seats available, applicants are advised to register as early as possible for their preferred test location and date for the DAT and well in advance of the registration deadline.
Saturday, February 25, 2017 (Deadline to register is January 15, 2017)Saturday, November 4, 2017 (Deadline to register is September 2017) Canadian Dental Aptitude Test Format There are four examinations included in the English DAT and three examinations included in the French DAT. The tests are administered over a half day and include the following:

1. Manual Dexterity …

Sydney Medicine & Dentistry Seminars January 2017

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Have you ever considered studying medicine or dentistry at the University of Sydney in Australia? How can studying in Australia advance your career?


Get your questions answered! Join OzTREKK and the University of Sydney for the upcoming Sydney Medicine & Dentistry Seminars!

Find out why the University of Sydney is one of the top universities in the world! Enjoy refreshments, speak with Sydney Uni representatives and alumni, and learn more about what happens after graduation and the accreditation process so you can practice in Canada!

Sydney Medicine & Dentistry Seminars
Dalhousie University
Date: January 23, 2017
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Council Chambers, SUB

University of Toronto
Date: January 24, 2017
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: MB128, Lassonde Mining Building

Western University
Date: January 25, 2017
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: McKellar Room, UCC

University of Calgary
Date: January 26, 2017
Time: 12:10 p.m.
Location: Escalus Room, MacEwan Centre

University of Alberta
Date: January 26, 2017
Time: 5:30 …

Air Canada offers flight discounts to OzTREKK students

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Happy Friday!

All of us at OzTREKK always want to ensure our students are prepared to study in Australia, which means we are constantly working behind the scenes to make your journey to Australia as easy as possible. This involves creating partnerships with organizations that can help you get to Australia. With this in mind, we are excited to announce that OzTREKK has partnered with Air Canada to provide our students with a special discount!

Air Canada is pleased to provide OzTREKK students and their family members with specially negotiated fares for their travel to Australia, as well as with separate codes for your return travel. Using the promotional codes designed specifically for OzTREKK students will give you a 15% savings on your flight!

To take advantage of this offer, just add the appropriate code for your flight window in the promotional box on www.aircanada.com and the fares will be automatically calculated for you at a 15% discount.

All flight paths are via Vancouv…

Macquarie University lists 10 in-demand jobs of the future

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Disruptive technologies, climate change, robotics, natural resource limitations, renewable energy, the sharing economy, the cloud, big data and ageing populations are just some of the issues shaping the way we work today, and these issues will continue to impact the careers of the future.


If you are just starting out on your career journey or contemplating a career switch, this is a great opportunity to position yourself for an exciting and prosperous career in a wide variety of emerging industries.

Three million new jobs are expected to be created in the next 15 years, with entrepreneurialism, connectivity and the human touch expected to be big drivers of future careers.

Want to further your education but not sure where your career will be in 10 years? Macquarie University has outlined some of the most in-demand jobs for you! The following jobs are popular now and will become more sought after in the future, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics.

1. Accounting and f…

Top 5 tips for international students starting at JCU

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Heading to JCU Medical School or JCU Dental School? As a new international student, there are several things that you should know to make the most of your experience at James Cook University.


1. Get connected! Sign up to news updates via the university website. Join your host campus Facebook page or faculty group and connect with other students who are studying or planning to study in your program. When you arrive, you will find that you already have friends to help you settle in.

2. Plan your study: Prioritize! With all the welcome distractions of university life, it is easy to lose sight of your academic goals. Planning your study can help to organise your time and priorities. The teaching style and academic standard may be different from what you are accustomed to, so be prepared for a change in study routine and teaching methods. Keeping on top of your studies will free you up to enjoy what your new environment has to offer.

3. Join in! Moving to a different country gives…

University of Queensland works hard to ensure student safety

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Deciding to study abroad is challenging. Along with the common questions associated with moving around the globe are some pertinent ones: How will you get around? Where should you live? Is it a safe area?

In today’s world, we should be able to say, “You don’t have to worry,” but that’s not always realistic. What is realistic is knowing that the university you are planning to attend takes student safety seriously.

The University of Queensland works hard to ensure the safety of all students, staff and visitors who attend its campuses.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Professor Joanne Wright said up to 50,000 people travelled to and from UQ’s campuses each day, and working to keep people safe at all campuses was a significant task.

“UQ is now participating in a Universities Australia’s student survey on sexual assault and harassment, in the latest step in a long line of safety initiatives,” Professor Wright said.

“UQ has policies, procedures and supports in place for members of t…