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University of Sydney Business School’s Master of Management is number 1 in Australia

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The University of Sydney Business School’s global reputation for excellence in management education has been reaffirmed by the inaugural rankings by The Economist. The flagship postgraduate program was ranked number one in Australia.


The University of Sydney Business School’s global reputation for excellence in management education has been reaffirmed by the highly respected news magazine, The Economist, in its inaugural ranking of Master of Management programs.

The Business School’s flagship postgraduate program was ranked number one in Australia, number three in the Asia-Pacific region and number 35 in the world.

The move by The Economist, which has long ranked MBA programs, to also survey the pre-experience Master of Management courses (average work experience of students limited to one year), acknowledges their growing popularity worldwide.

The results for the business school at a national and international level, closely mirror those published last September by the London-ba…

JCU marine biology student explains how to get volunteer experience while studying in Australia

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Remember JCU marine biology student Kessia? Well, she’s back with more great advice. This time, Kessia chats about gaining valuable volunteer experience while you are studying in Australia! When I first started uni, all the lecturers encouraged us to get volunteering experience. Lots of emphasis was put on it and we were told how this was the way to get a job in the future. Volunteering allows you to put into practice what you have learned in your lectures to the real-world situations.


I’ve put together a few tips on how to get volunteering, more specifically in the science field.

Talk to your lecturers This is the best way to get your first volunteering experience. If you are interested in a particular field, then talk to the lecturer and ask if they can point you in the right direction in terms of volunteering. You never know, they might have some opportunity for you. In first year, it is sometimes intimidating to go up and talk to the lecturer in a class of 100 students…

University of Melbourne Doctor of Dental Surgery admissions timeline

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Great news, Australian dental school applicants! Melbourne has released its admissions timeline for the 2018 intake.


The Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree leads to registration as a general dental practitioner with the Dental Practice Board in Australia and New Zealand. Additionally, the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) recognizes the reciprocal agreement between the Australian Dental Council and the Commission of Dental Accreditation of Canada, which allows for accredited graduates of either body to practice dentistry in Australia or Canada. For Canadian students studying at the University of Melbourne, this means that they will return home and follow the same process as Canadian domestic graduates with licensure being granted after successfully sitting the National Dental Examination Board of Canada.

With state-of-the-art technologies, the Melbourne DDS uses new infrastructure, including a 100-seat pre-clinical laboratory and the new Melbourne Univer…

The Macquarie University audiology and speech pathology student experience

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Audiology is a growing discipline in health sciences that deals with the study, diagnosis and rehabilitation of the auditory system of the human body. There are very few Canadian universities that offer a Master of Audiology, and only three audiology schools are taught solely as an English-language program. Consequently, competitive admissions arising from so few spots have made Australian schools an attractive option for Canadians who wish to learn the requisite clinical skills to practice audiology.


Similarly, there are few speech pathology programs offered by Canadian universities, and since admission into these programs are increasingly competitive, graduate-entry speech pathology programs in Australia are a top choice for Canadians seeking to gain qualifications as a speech pathologist.

If you’re passionate about studying audiology or speech pathology, you may wish to consider studying at Macquarie University in New South Wales, Australia. Macquarie is home to the A…

James Cook University trains specialist doctors for regional and remote communities

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James Cook University’s ability to train and keep GPs and medical specialists in regional and remote settings has been given a big boost.

As part of the Federal Government’s Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training program $54.4 million has been allocated over 2016–2017 to 2018–19 for new Regional Training Hubs and University Departments of Rural Health.

JCU will operate three of the new Regional Training Hubs—in North, Western and Far North Queensland.

Professor Richard Murray, Dean of JCU’s College of Medicine and Dentistry, said the investment will allow JCU to be more involved in training the specialist doctors that regional and remote communities need.

“The number of graduating doctors in Australia has almost tripled over the past 15 years, yet what we have seen is graduates piling up in the cities, looking for city-based specialist training jobs. The regions are still left to rely on importing doctors from overseas. This announcement is a welcome first step towards a sys…

UQ physiotherapy application deadline is coming up!

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Just a friendly reminder to all those interested in the UQ physiotherapy program for the November 2017 intake that the application deadline is coming up next week, May 30, 2017. The Master of Physiotherapy Studies at the University of Queensland is one of the most popular program for Canadian students! It introduces graduates to the profession of physiotherapy and its key concepts in intensive mode during an initial summer semester. This program focuses on developing core knowledge and skills in the areas of musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiorespiratory and physiotherapy across the lifespan, and integrates this knowledge and skill and application of clinical reasoning in supervised clinical practice.

Program: Master of Physiotherapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: November
Program duration: 2 years
Application deadline: May 30, 2017
Student reviews about the UQ physio program “The program itself is amazing, what I want to learn about, tough, but necessar…

Bond Law information sessions in Canada this June

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In order to best serve you, Bond Law holds information sessions across Canada twice each year so that you can discover more about life at Bond University. These events are hosted by Bond University International Regional Manager Stuart Floyd, who is based in Toronto full time and is familiar with what Canadians “need to know” about studying law in Australia!


Bond is Australia’s largest law school for Canadian Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Laws candidates. Bond has strong links with Canada and has been training Canadian lawyers for more than 20 years. There are currently more than 150 Canadian students studying law at Bond University and an active Canadian Law Students’ Association.

Upcoming Information Sessions
Toronto  – June 18, 2017
Calgary – June 20, 2017
Edmonton – June 21, 2017
Vancouver – June 22, 2017
Study at Bond Law School Recognized as one of the top-ranked Australian law schools, Bond Law School has earned a reputation for its innovative teaching methods, interna…

New gift helps treat pets at UQ School of Veterinary Science

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A donation of state-of-the-art equipment to UQ VETS Small Animal Hospital has empowered the university’s staff and students, while also improving the outcomes of the animals they treat.

A dog named Sparkie was the first patient to benefit from a generous donation by alumna Hilary Huey (Diploma in Physical Education ’70) that funded the purchase of diagnostic equipment.


Dr Donna Spowart from UQ VETS said the equipment used to treat Sparkie had also provided many additional benefits for students, and pets treated at UQ.

“The digital otoscope allowed us to get good visualisation of what was going on in the ear canal so that we could develop an appropriate treatment plan. Using the equipment meant we could share these pictures with the owner to explain the pet’s condition,” said Dr Spowart.

“It also allowed our students to practice visualising ear structures which is something that is otherwise difficult to teach.”

UQ veterinary science students can watch the clinician position …

Turn your career dreams into reality – Study in Australia!

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Getting a great education is a step in the right direction. This June, meet Australian universities in person to find out how you can turn your career dreams into reality.


Have you been thinking about studying medicine in Australia? Are you curious about dentistry or law? What about entry requirements and the accreditation process for your program of interest? Come visit us this June to find out everything you need to know about studying in Australia.
Study in Australia – Practice in Canada!Toronto
Venue: Hilton Toronto, Governor General Main
Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 12 – 3 p.m.

University of British Columbia
Venue: Robson Square, Plaza Lounge
Date: Sunday, June 4, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Meet Newcastle Law School human rights professor Amy Maguire

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Happy Law Week!

Meet Dr Maguire, a Senior Lecturer at Newcastle Law School. She is an expert in international human rights law and conducts research on the rights of Indigenous peoples and refugees, potential legal responses to climate change impacts, and capital punishment, among other areas. She is also an award-winning teacher who coordinates the subjects Public International Law, International Human Rights Law and Indigenous Peoples, Issues and the Law. She has a regular column in The Conversation and tweets as @DrAmyMaguire.

Dr Amy Maguire is becoming a well-known social commentator on contemporary human rights issues. This month she was interviewed on Channel 7’s Sunrise Program regarding the case of Australian woman Cassandra Sainsbury, who has been arrested in Colombia on drug charges. Dr Maguire developed her analysis of this case through an article in The Conversation, arguing that Ms Sainsbury should not be denied the presumption of innocence. Dr Maguire was also …

University of Melbourne optometry students provide eye care to 3,000 Sri Lankans

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Lecturer Dr Kwang Cham and students Anjalee Athukoralage, Victor Liu, Tom Morton and Noni Rupasinghe from the University of Melbourne  Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences conducted eye checks and dispensed glasses to 3,000 low-income earners in Sri Lanka this January.


In collaboration with the not-for-profit Global Hand Charity Inc., the team self-funded their trip in order to treat people who had travelled from distant villages and waited in long queues to have their sight checked. The students were able to practice their skills under the supervision of experienced optometrists and make referrals for customised glasses. The new glasses mean that many adults can resume their livelihoods while young people will be aided in their study.

Regina Lau, Medical Coordinator at Global Hand Charity, wrote to the Dean to praise Dr Cham and the students involvement and singled out Senior Optometry Lecturer Christine Nearchou who was instrumental in recruiting the students and o…

CSU dentistry students part of healthcare team for refugees

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Charles Sturt University (CSU) students are playing a key role in an innovative oral health program in regional NSW to help recently arrived refugees settle into their new home.


Students are working with health professionals in the Multicultural Centre Refugee Health Clinic in Wagga Wagga. Along with staff from the Wagga Wagga Health Service (WWHS) and the Wagga Multicultural Centre, the oral health students complete oral health assessments on the refugee patients in the Clinic.

CSU third-year students Ms Victoria Holahan and Ms Liya Johny describe their involvement in the program as life-changing.

“My experience in the program has been so rewarding I would now like to work with Indigenous populations when I complete my degree at Charles Sturt University,” Ms Holahan said.

Ms Johny said the refugees tell you how they used to live and sometimes the stories are heartbreaking.

“It has been an eye-opener to approach oral health in this way. One of the really important things tha…

Bond University launches Australia-first Transformer program

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Bond University has just launched an Australia-first co-curricular program aimed at instilling big-picture thinking in students across all faculties, after making a $2.5-million investment in the new offering, including a dedicated co-working space.


More than 90 students have already enrolled in the new Transformer program, the launch of which coincides with the university’s 28th anniversary. It is available year-round at no cost to students, and designed to develop creativity, encourage exploration, enable innovation and enhance the Gold Coast university’s trademark entrepreneurial experience, for which it’s been renowned for almost three decades.

The Transformer is being offered to all students and can be completed at their own pace in three distinct consecutive phases over the course of their undergraduate or postgraduate degree:
Inspiration – where students will identify and define their concept, researching the core issues and existing solutions with a key emphasis on…

5 reasons to study pharmacy at the University of Sydney

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Why should you study pharmacy with Australia’s first pharmacy school? The university asked their current students and alumni why they chose to study pharmacy at the University of Sydney. Here are their top 5 reasons to study pharmacy at Sydney Uni.
1. Diverse range of career opportunities “I love the different opportunities that the degree offers its graduates—the ability to move from one specialty to another, industry positions and extensive research and teaching opportunities.” – Reham Raid Mansour Soro, MPharm first-year student


Most people assume that there is only one career outcome when you study pharmacy: to become a pharmacist. But studying a pharmacy degree can lead to more than simply becoming a pharmacist. Pharmacists are an important part of the healthcare system. Their skills and knowledge can be applied across a range of careers, allowing for employment opportunities in
community pharmacyhospital pharmacyacademic or research institutionspharmaceutical industry i…

UQ to provide major boost to regional health

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Regional communities and future health professionals studying through The University of Queensland are big winners from a multi-pronged $54.4 million Federal Government initiative.
In Queensland, UQ will lead the establishment of a University Department of Rural Health (UDRH), providing a major boost to education, training and research in rural south Queensland for nurses, midwives and allied health workers.


Three new medical training hubs under UQ control will also be established in Central Queensland, Wide Bay and South West Queensland, operating with an aim of retaining doctors in regional areas.
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Executive Dean Professor Bruce Abernethy said research indicated students who experienced rural practice were far more likely to return to work rurally once qualified.

“For the local communities, this is part of a long-term strategy to address maldistribution of the health workforce,” Professor Abernethy said.

“Rural and remote regions of…

It’s National Law Week in Australia

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National Law Week in Australia takes place throughout Australia in May each year. This year, it runs from May 15 – 19. Law Week provides Australians (and visitors) to get a closer look at how law and justice works in each Australian state. A range of exciting and interactive activities are being held around Australia celebrate Law Week, including courthouse tours, mock trials and student competitions.


Law Week events in Australia are organized individually or by a group of organizations collaborating to share ideas and resources. Some examples of organizations who participate in and support Law Week include the Courts Administration Authority, law firms, Australian police departments, municipal libraries, community legal centres, legal aid, and the Attorney General’s Department.
Usually, Law Week’s major highlight is Courts Open Day, which provides a chance to explore the rich heritage of the courts. Tours, mock trials, sentencing exercises and meet-the-judge sessions giv…

Australian student visa application processing times

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Have passport, will travel. For study in Australia, this also means obtaining the right student visa.


The Australian Government has announced that from March 2017, you can view current student visa application processing times via the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website: http://www.border.gov.au/about/access-accountability/service-standards/global-visa-citizenship-processing-times. Follow DIBP on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DIBPAustralia/) to keep updated on developments. Having all required information, documentation and evidence at the time of lodging your student visa application will help facilitate a quick assessment.

In order to apply for an Australian student visa, you should have a current passport that is not due to expire in the next six months. If you are renewing your passport, please apply for your student visa after your new passport is issued. Your passport number will change and it needs to match the passport number…

Why should Canadians consider studying at JCU Medical School in Australia?

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There are many reasons that encourage people to study medicine. Among the most popular include the desire to help others. Sometimes that wish goes beyond the standard “I want to make a difference in my community” to “I want to make a difference in the world.”

So what makes JCU stand out from other Australian universities? And how on earth can we compare Australia’s and Canada’s health care needs?

James Cook University may not be the largest university, or the most well-known, but JCU has something the others don’t: their riveted focus on Aboriginal health, rural medicine, public health, tropical medicine and the needs of under-served populations.

James Cook University Deputy Vice Chancellor Tropical Health and Medicine Professor Ian Wronski explains why JCU concentrates on rural, remote and tropical health care.

“JCU was established as Australia’s university for the tropics, and so we focus on programs that are particularly relevant to the tropical world,” Prof Wronski say…

What are the Australian dental school application deadlines?

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Wondering what the admissions timelines are for our Australian dental schools? We’re so glad you asked!

Here are the application deadlines. Remember, it’s always best to apply as soon as possible since dentistry admissions can be very competitive.

University of Western AustraliaDegree: Doctor of Dental Medicine
International places: 6
Deadline: Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Charles Sturt UniversityDegree: Bachelor Dental Science
International places: 10
Deadline: Thursday, June 15, 2017
Note: CSU uses application rounds; however, the program fills quickly. You are encouraged to apply no later than this date.

University of SydneyDegree: Doctor of Dental Medicine
International places: 15 – 25
Deadline: Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Note: As the cycle is short, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

University of MelbourneDegree: Doctor of Dental Surgery
International places: 15 – 25
Deadline: July 28, 2017
Note: If you wish to apply for a fee waiver, you should have all application documents…

University of Sydney explains the value in a graduate certificate or diploma

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When considering a postgraduate degree, the choice isn’t only deciding whether to do a master’s degree (coursework) or a PhD (research). There are other postgraduate study options that could help you achieve your goals.


If you’ve been out of university for more than 10 years but are interested in returning to study, you should consider a graduate certificate or a graduate diploma—a great way to further your education and the perfect step toward obtaining a master’s degree.

A crucial question to ask yourself is what do you hope to achieve by pursuing postgraduate study? The University of Sydney examines reasons to help decide where postgraduate study could lead you.
At its core, a postgraduate qualification can provide opportunity to take the next step in your career by upskilling and deepening your knowledge of a chosen field, or even launching into a new career direction. It may also be the catalyst for you to expand your horizons or pursue a personal ambition. Your motivat…

UQ occupational therapy graduate shares how his unexpected hobby helped his career

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UQ occupational therapy graduate Lachlan graduated in 2016. He recently commenced working with the RISC Association, where he assists people with severe and multiple disabilities to develop independence and belonging through socialisation and recreation in the community. In the future, Lachlan hopes to pursue further opportunities for occupational therapy research, particularly in the area of sensory modulation. Here is Lachlan’s story!

“Finishing my occupational therapy degree was not the most important thing that happened to me last year.” Perhaps not the best opening line to use at my first professional job interview, but I stick by what I said.

Last year I took up piano lessons, which turned out to be the most valuable learning curve during 2016. This was something that I had wanted to do for years; however, only recently had I plucked up the courage to become an adult beginner—which was slightly terrifying for me.

I like to think that my lecturers at UQ would not hav…