Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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

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.

Macquarie Graduate School of Management ranked #1 in Australia
This year’s ranking marks the third consecutive year that MGSM has taken out Australia’s top spot (Photo credit: FJ Gaylor)

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 Times as Australia’s leading business school in addition to placing in the top 50 globally. MGSM has always put our students first and we work hard to deliver the very best experience possible at every touchpoint, every day. This ranking highlights the hard work and dedication that goes into making MGSM the best business school in Australia.”

This is the third consecutive year that Macquarie Graduate School of Management has retained the number one ranking in Australia and the first year that the school has reached the world’s top 50, moving up seven spots since the 2016 ranking, highlighting the school’s commitment to excellence.

Acting Dean of MGSM Professor Norma Harrison stated, “MGSM faculty and professional staff are passionate about their student and alumni groups, and the content and delivery of their MBA program. Particular attention is paid to student services, alumni and business connectivity on a regular basis. The best in teaching and learning methods are applied in the design and delivery of our courses. Our students are constantly benchmarking with other schools and ultimately they know where to go for the very best in graduate business courses.”

MGSM’s outstanding result reflects the school’s ongoing commitment to providing students with the very best opportunities, which sets them up to achieve at the highest levels in their career.

In 2016 MGSM saw a 15 percent increase in the number of students studying at the School with an equal representation of domestic and international students. MGSM also reached a milestone 100th enrolment within its jointly funded Women in MBAs program which sets out to overcome the gender imbalance in MBA programs.

Macquarie Graduate School of Management MBA

The Macquarie MBA program is designed to extend the knowledge, skills and experience of its students through the analysis of problems and challenges facing industries and organisations. Covering all key aspects of business management, the MGSM MBA curriculum is grounded in industry reality which, combined with a highly practical approach, bridges the gap between theory and “real world” application. management subject areas available, students can tailor their program to focus on a particular management field of interest.

Degree: Master of Business Administration
Location: North Ryde, Sydney
Semester intakes: January, April, June, September
Application deadline: While there is no official application deadline, candidates are encouraged to apply at least three months before program’s start date.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Sydney Master of Occupational Therapy students gain practical experience on placement

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.

University of Sydney OT students gain practical experience on placement
Sydney OT students found their placement on Broken Hill extremely rewarding (Photo credit: University of Sydney)

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 profession,” said Dr Merrolee Penman, Senior Lecturer of Workplace Integrated Learning at the Faculty of Health Sciences.

“The best part of the placement experience was working with the children,” said, Sharon Yi Heng. “It’s great to be able to watch the children develop the skills required for school performance, achieve their goals, and grow in confidence. It was such an amazing feeling and very rewarding.”

The focus on peer supervision throughout the placement period encouraged leadership skills and the opportunity to put their learning into practice in real-world situations.

“One of the most valuable experiences I had was the peer supervision. We had lots of autonomy, meaning we had to be very independent in making clinical decisions. I definitely learned how to think on my feet and be flexible in my therapy session plans,” said Sharon.

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.

“I had the opportunity to practice my clinical reasoning, and develop my own style of practice and approach which is really great,” said Lydia. “I have definitely gained some paediatric skills which include understanding some of the underlying factors that contribute to difficulties with handwriting, how to be creative and make things interesting to engage children, and how to communicate and be firm with children when needed.”

University of Sydney Master of Occupational Therapy

The Sydney Master of Occupational Therapy is very popular among Canadian students. During this two-year degree, you will cover a wide range of topics including theories of what people do in daily life and why; knowledge of the development of human capabilities (e.g., cognitive, motor, psychosocial) and the ways in which injury and illness typically disrupt them; activity and environmental analysis; and theories and techniques for promoting participation in daily life. As part of your studies, you will complete more 1,000 hours of clinical placements, providing the opportunity to apply your knowledge and gain hands-on experience with real clients.

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2017 intake, the application deadline was September 30, 2016.

Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions

Interested in rehabilitation sciences? Then 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! http://study.oztrekk.com/rehab-sciences/

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

Don’t miss the Australian Law School seminars

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!

Don't miss the Australian Law School seminars
Don’t forget to RSVP Australian Law Schools Seminars Jan. 30 – Feb. 9, 2017

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


Friday, January 27, 2017

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

Winter Study in Australia Fairs are coming!

OzTREKK Winter Study in Australia Fairs
Study in Australia Fairs — Jan. 30 – Feb. 9

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 p.m.
Location: Arts Tunnel

McGill University
Date: February 6, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Leacock Lobby

York University
Date: February 7, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Food Court

University of Toronto
Date: February 8, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: East Common Room, Hart House

Western University
Date: February 9, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Atrium

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

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.

Digital hub adds a new dimension to student learning at Bond University
The new digital media hub at Bond (Photo credit: Bond University)

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 of software based digital media production, editing, 3D modelling and animation and CAD software plus 12 high-end PCs and Mac Pros.
Bond University Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Tim Brailsford said the purpose-built facility had been created to meet the needs of both students and academics for an interactive, multimedia learning space.

“Along with the growing use of virtual reality teaching apps and technologies by academics in our classrooms, comes the need for all our students to access these technologies to study, learn and create in their own time,” Professor Brailsford said.

“For example, our Health Sciences and Medicine students are creating 3D models of organs and general anatomy; our Film and Television students are creating and editing films; our Architecture students are using CAD for modelling their designs; our Advertising and Journalism students are creating audio and video media for online distribution; and our Interactive Media students are creating mobile applications, software and games.

“Furthermore, our students and academics will be able to use the micro studio to edit podcasts and vodcasts, and deliver lectures and attend seminars anywhere in the world, at any time, via virtual reality and cloud-conferencing.

“We are very grateful to the Balnaves Foundation for their continued generosity and support. This extension to the Balnaves Foundation Multimedia Learning Centre will ensure Bond remains at the cutting-edge of educational technology and we continue to provide our students with world-class facilities.”

Balnaves Foundation General Manager Hamish Balnaves said the foundation was proud to be part of the continued evolution of the award-winning Multimedia Learning Centre.

“The Digital Media Hub will further enable Bond’s academics to deliver a combination of personal interaction and digital learning 24-7, and ensure its students are well equipped to enter the modern global workforce,” Mr Balnaves said.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

UQ pharmacy student’s community placement

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.

UQ pharmacy student's community pharmacy placement
Study at UQ Pharmacy School
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 got me familiar with the daily practices of a pharmacy. This was particularly helpful as it was segmented throughout my degree and in plenty of time for my final intern year (which all students must complete after graduation). The experience also helped me to plan my study more effectively and assisted me in making career decisions, e.g., whether to be a community or hospital pharmacist. After my very positive placement experiences in community pharmacies, I have now decided to pursue this career avenue.

How to prepare for your first placement?

When on placement, you must be aware and switched on at all times. An attendance sheet must be signed by your preceptor (supervisor) after each placement, so it is important to try to impress them with your professionalism and pharmacy knowledge. You will be taking notes on every patient case that you observe; therefore, remember to pack a good pen (possibly a backup too), your attendance sheets, and your pharmacy student badge. For your second year you will also have to remember your graduated descriptor tools; however, you won’t need these in the first year. These tools allow your preceptor to grade your performance and enables open communication and advice between the two of you. It’s actually quite fun when you get to this stage and start to discuss your performance and things which you could improve on, with a graduated professional. Often the things that you feel like you are doing wrong, do not look the same (or as bad) for others. This feedback really helps shape and improve your placement performance.

What do you do on placement?

On your very first day on placement you will be required to observe and answer a list of questions provided by your course coordinator. These questions prompt your thoughts and help you to familiarise yourself with the business and how to deal with customer interactions. They may also teach you some of the basics including compounding medicine and using the cashier machine. Try to soak up as much experience and knowledge as possible in your four-hour shift. The time seems to fly past!

On your second placement (which is in second year, second semester) you will be required to get much more involved in the customer interactions, you may even handle some of the customer cases in regard to over-the-counter medications (either from direct-product request cases or symptom-based cases). Try to write down or remember each of your cases after your shift. These examples will be useful for your weekly reflective diary. Each year your responsibilities will grow and by year three you will be required to dispense a number of scripts and be confident with your patient interactions.

How to find a placement location?

In most cases for first-year students the placement locations will be arranged by the UQ Pharmacy administration. Or, if you have a specific pharmacy in mind, you can be proactive and find your placement site yourself. If you are planning to find it yourself, I would recommend you to search for the pharmacies nearest to your house, or at least those you can reach easily through public transport. Make sure you also take into consideration the services they provide, such as compounding, dose administration aids and any specialty services. Remember to take into account the business environment in which it operates. If it’s a busy pharmacy you may get to learn more and receive more opportunities to learn.

Choose the pharmacy that fits your preferences, then approach the manager in person to politely ask about their placement opportunities. Be prepared with your resume, university timetable and preceptor introduction letter (provided by the school). This will make you look organised and professional. This preparation will give you practice for your future placements, which must be found yourself. My suggestion is to not put all your eggs in one basket by only approaching one pharmacy. Many students are looking for placements and it takes them some time to filter through the students. Visit as many pharmacies as you can and put your best foot forward (including dressing smartly) to give a good first impression and increase your chances of being chosen.

What happens if you mess up on placement?

Mistakes do happen, which is why it is important to wear your student placement badge. This allows customers to be aware that you are still studying and are not completely armed with the knowledge and skills of a qualified professional.  Often this makes customers much more forgiving and considerate if you do make a mistake. If there is something you are not sure of then don’t freak out. Apologise and get help from one of the other pharmacy professionals. Make sure you listen to how they deal with the problem in order to learn from the experience and get it right next time around. Don’t be shy to speak out and ask the other staff members lots of questions on placement. You will learn much more from them than from reading a book or studying your lecture notes.

Do placements lead to paid jobs?

Many of my friends got hired by their preceptors and started to work part-time in the pharmacies whilst finishing their degree. If you are hoping for the same result then I would suggest you to try to go on placement at the big franchise pharmacies like Chemist Warehouse or Terry White Chemist. They will have greater job opportunities due to their many locations.

Finally, double-check everything before you go for your first day on placement: badge, attendance sheets, and pens. The last thing you want is to look disorganised on your first day. Most importantly, enjoy the experience and learn as much as you can. The skills you learn during this time will be the backbone of your future career as a pharmacist.

Story via UQ School of Pharmacy
Meet the author
Hi, my name is Pei Sin. I am in my third year of the Bachelor of Pharmacy at UQ. I am originally from Malaysia and am enjoying my time studying in Australia. I am a creative person so in my downtime, outside of uni, I enjoy painting, sketching and drawing. If I can find the time amongst study I also am a big fan of crime and investigations shows like NCIS, CIS and Bones—I definitely get a kick out of it when they mention chemical/medical terms which I understand.

UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

The UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy program prepares graduates for the contemporary role of the pharmacist in society, ensuring that patients optimize medication usage. Initial courses on chemical, physical and biological studies lead to professional specialties in later years. Practical and clinical science studies begin in first year, providing students with a strong background in professional practice.

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

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

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.

Leadership program gives Griffith Business students the edge in tough job market
Griffith Student Leaders on the Borneo Project. (Photo credit: Griffith University)
“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 LinkedIn and so on. This program has really set me up to be able to take that next step into my career instead of finishing uni and being unsure of where I want to go next.”

The program gives students the opportunity to learn new skills through business-themed seminars, as well as offering overseas experiences, camps, and volunteering work.

Georgia recently travelled to Borneo as part of the GBS Leadership Program, an experience she said was a highlight of her whole university experience so far.

“It really just made me so aware how other cultures deal with things,” she says. “Professionally it has definitely changed my life because it’s made me more globally aware.”

She says being a part of the program has been life changing. “It’s honestly shaped my whole university life and even my future career. It’s made me so much happier at university and made me feel like I belong here.”

Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of International Business student Alvin Yap, who also travelled to Borneo, says he’s really expanded his horizons thanks to the program.

“During my time as a student leader, I’ve learned networking skills, attended GBS alumni breakfasts, met with former students who are now in the business world,” he says. And that’s important, he says, because “in today’s business world it’s often not just what you know but who you know.”

All students who participate in the leadership program contribute to various volunteer projects that, apart from adding a socially responsible element to their resumes, also serve to provide them with an emotionally rewarding experience.

Georgia says she thinks that participating in the program will definitely give her an edge in the job market when it comes time to graduate, and she couldn’t have imagined her university experience without it.

“This program has really let me build that bridge between university and professional life,” she says.

Griffith Business School

Griffith Business School’s new $38-million building on the Gold Coast campus is setting the standard for business education, research and industry collaboration in Australia. More than 4,500 Gold Coast-based business students have access to world-leading resources including an advanced financial trading centre, a dedicated Griffith MBA and postgraduate teaching suite, technology-rich seminar and public lecture spaces, international conferencing and dialogue facilities and much more.

Meet Melbourne JD Professor Ian Malkin—a Canadian!

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

Meet Melbourne JD Prof Ian Malkin—a Canadian!
Melbourne JD Prof Ian Malkin (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)
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 “Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student learning” in the Carrick Australian Awards for University Teaching. In 2001, 2003 and 2006, he was one of the University of Melbourne’s nominees for an Australian Award for University Teaching.

Prof Malkin is currently one of the directors of the Melbourne JD program. He was appointed the Law School’s first Director of the Office for Teaching and Learning in Law in 2007. He was the faculty’s Director of Teaching on several occasions and twice helped lead and facilitate the Australasian Law Teachers’ Association’s Teaching Workshop.

Ian has been actively involved in many faculty and university committees. He served as Associate Dean (Undergraduate) and chair of the Faculty’s Undergraduate Studies Committee, as has had appointments to the University’s Selection Procedures Committee, Special Entry Pathways Sub-Committee, Undergraduate Scholarships Sub-Committee and Curriculum Commission. He helped develop and implement the faculty’s new LLB curriculum and was instrumental in designing the framework for the Juris Doctor degree. Ian chaired and served on Access Melbourne Committees for many years as well as the Equal Opportunity Committee. He was often appointed as one of the faculty’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Liaison Officers. He was a member of the University’s Interim Board of Undergraduate Studies and the Faculty’s Executive and Budgets and Special Consideration Committees.



Ian holds a Bachelors of Law degree from the University of Manitoba and a Masters of Law degree from the University of London. His research interests include issues associated with legal education, as well as policy issues underlying the law relating to HIV (for example, harm minimisation in the context of providing supervised injecting facilities), prisoners’ rights, the provision and supply of alcohol and compensation law reform.

He co-authored, with Prof Martin Davies, the 4th, 5th and 6th editions of Focus – Torts, published in 2003, 2008 and 2012, respectively, by LexisNexis Butterworths. He and Martin are currently revising their book, with a view to publication in 2014-2015. He has co-authored a number of articles on pedagaogy, as well as research papers that directly inform his teaching in Torts.

Say hello to Prof Malkin for us!

Melbourne Law School Juris Doctor program

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years (2 or 2.5 years for accelerated program)
Application deadline: Melbourne Law School has a general application deadline of November 30 each year; however, late applications may be accepted.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Travel Tuesday - Queensland, Australia




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

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.

University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor to lead Group of Eight in 2017
University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj (Photo: UQ)

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 to the leadership on behalf of Australia’s leading research universities.

“It will be a great privilege to speak on behalf of the Group of Eight and to advocate for sustainable funding for research and teaching that is critical to our nation’s future,” he said.

“Australia cannot deliver an innovation-driven knowledge economy without a world-class, well-resourced university sector that produces quality graduates and outstanding research combined with a strong desire to work in partnership with all sectors of the economy.

“One only has to look at the rise of Asian universities in key rankings to realise that higher education is fiercely competitive.

“International students are worth $19.2 billion in export revenue for Australia, and the nation can ill-afford to lose any ground.”

The University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor and President said six of the Go8 universities were ranked in the top 100 of the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities.

“That’s more than the entire nations of Canada, Germany or Japan. We need to build on this strength rather than put it at risk by having an unsustainable funding system.

“This is why the Group of Eight continues to advocate for a durable funding model for research of unquestionable quality and why I look forward to contributing to the national debate as chair.”

Professor Høj succeeds University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence, who has chaired the Go8 throughout 2016.

Professor Spence said the Go8 would benefit from Professor Høj’s leadership.

“These are complex times for our sector, with uncertainty over funding and with Australia confronting a much increased competitive marketplace for international students,” Professor Spence said.

Professor Høj took up the position in January.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Five reasons to study at Sydney Medical School

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.

Five reasons to study at Sydney Medical School
Meet Sydney Med School reps at the upcoming seminar!

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 a few.

“The clinical training component of your medical degree will take place at one of our many fantastic clinical schools across Sydney. Whichever one you’re placed at you will have a fantastic experience with dedicated teachers and support staff to help you in your studies,” said Professor Haq.

3. Research training
If you study medicine at Sydney, you will have access to world-leading researchers, research institutes and networks. You will gain formal training in research methods in your first year, encompassing the basic principles of health and medical research, research governance and ethics, and the basics of research methods in biomedical, clinical and public health.

“Our lecturers are world leaders in their fields, and the University of Sydney has deeply entrenched roots in research. They’ve been able to show us that research and clinical exposure go hand in hand, and so I have peers who are working intensely on research projects who will be the next face of medicine,” Sean Hassan, a Stage 4 medical (and OzTREKK!) student said.

4. Rural experience
With campuses in Dubbo and Orange, as well as departments in Broken Hill and Lismore, our School of Rural Health provides clinical placements throughout central, northern and western NSW. We also work in partnership with the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia.

“Medicine students at the University of Sydney have the option to go rural for a whole year. Everyone has something amazing to say about it, and lots of students tend to go back. That definitely made me want to come here,” said Lakshmi Sunderasan, a Stage 2 medical student.

5. Overseas opportunities
With extensive international connections, both across Asia-Pacific and in major research centres in North America and Europe, Sydney encourages its medical students to participate in an international elective.

You can take undertake a four- to eight-week clinical or research placement during your elective term. Many Sydney Medical School students also undertake optional overseas placements during the year-end break to places like Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Sweden and Vietnam.

Don’t miss the 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!

Don’t forget to RSVP: http://study.oztrekk.com/syd-med-dent-2017/

 

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 p.m.
Location: ECHA 2-150

University of British Columbia
Date: January 27, 2017
Time: 5:15 p.m.
Location: Performance Theatre, AMS

Friday, January 20, 2017

Wondering how you can get into law school?

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?


Get into law school?
RSVP for an OzTREKK Australian Law Schools seminar!

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


Thursday, January 19, 2017

University of Sydney is closing the veterinary void

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

University of Sydney is closing the veterinary void
Study veterinary medicine!
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 veterinarian Dr Jess Talbot, there is a great need for this service.

“In our last visit to HopeStreet, we saw 27 pets in two-and-a-half hours. There are so many animals needing care. We don’t have the funds to keep pace with demand and treat the variety of problems we see.

“We would love to be able to do even more for these beloved pets and their owners.”

Sydneysiders are invited to help these beloved pets by making a donation to fund essential treatments including vaccinations, tick and flea protection, and medications to ease the effect of conditions like arthritis and chronic skin disease.



Veterinary Medicine at the University of Sydney

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.

The Sydney DVM program encourages enrolment of students from diverse backgrounds and aims to help them achieve their goals to become veterinary medical professionals in the global community. Teaching is research-driven to ensure students learn from the latest developments and advances in evidence-based practice, veterinary science research, animal behaviour and welfare science and veterinary public health.

Program: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Program duration: 4 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2017 intake, the deadline was September 14, 2016.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Don’t miss the OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions

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!

Don't miss the OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions
Join us! Don’t forget to RSVP

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

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!

Get around town: transportation in Brisbane
Welcome to beautiful Brisbane!

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 city and outer suburbs.

An AirTrain service that is completely integrated into the Queensland Rail suburban network provides travellers with regular trains running from Brisbane Airport directly to Brisbane City and the Gold Coast. Passengers can travel on a single ticket from any station in South East Queensland to Brisbane Airport.

There are also special post-midnight services on Friday and Saturday nights for late-night adventurers.

Buses

Brisbane’s comprehensive bus service runs throughout the city connecting the outer and inner suburbs to the CBD, major shopping centres, railway stations and ferry terminals. There are also special NightLink bus services after midnight on Friday and Saturday. Tickets can be bought on buses and selected ticketing agents.

Visitors can also make use of the free weekday bus services, the Loop and Spring Hill Loop, which circle the central business district every 10 minutes and stop at visitor-worthy destinations including the Queen Street Mall, Conrad Treasury Casino, City Botanic Gardens and Riverside Centre and link the City and Spring Hill precincts.

Ferries

CityCats are one of the most enjoyable ways to get around the city. Brisbane’s CityCat and CityFerry services glide along the river, allowing travellers to sight-see and access key city spots. Tickets can be bought on board Brisbane’s CityCats and CityFerry services or at most newsagents and selected retail outlets, or you can use your Go card.

Students can also take advantage of the free CityHopper ferry service, which travels along the river from North Quay to Sydney Street, New Farm.

Bikes

Brisbane has extensive bicycle paths running throughout the city. Getting around by bike is a great and inexpensive option. If you don’t own a bike, Brisbane City Council has CityCycle bikes for hire at key inner-city destinations. Safety is important and wearing a helmet is mandatory in Australia. Courtesy helmets are available with many of the bikes at stations across the network. You’ll need to be a subscriber to the CityCycle program to access the bikes.

Taxi Services

Brisbane is well equipped with an array of taxi services, including disability services and larger group bookings—up to 10. There are taxi ranks near business centres, shopping precincts and venues and bookings can also be made online or by phone.

Car Hire

On your uni break? If you’re day-tripping to Brisbane’s beautiful fringes, nothing quite beats the freedom of a lovely set of wheels, and Brisbane offers a range of car rental options from all of the big names and several local operators. For those who would rather sit back and let someone else do the driving, a comprehensive range of limousine and chauffeured car services is available.
Find out more at Choose Brisbane: http://www.choosebrisbane.com.au/study?sc_lang=en-au

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

3 reasons why you should become a nurse specialist

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.

3 reasons why you should become a nurse specialist
There is an increasing need for registered nurses and nurse specialists (Photo credit: University of Sydney)

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 Nursing.

“Through completing my masters I gained knowledge which gave me the confidence to create my current clinical nurse consultant role,” said former Master of Cancer and Haematology Nursing student Katrina Wilczek.

“My studies shaped my focus on areas such as leadership and roles within health services, and clarified my interests as a bone marrow transplant nurse.”

Specialist nursing offers career progression

Amanda Hunneybell, Master of Mental Health Nursing student said: “The qualification I will gain from my Master of Mental Health Nursing course will demonstrate my commitment to my field and significantly broaden my future employment opportunities.”

“I hope to apply for higher positions to help those most marginalised in our society, and inspire others to do the same.”

As a graduate of a specialist nursing degree, you can expect to progress your career through promotion and advance your salary by a minimum of 30 percent from that of an experienced registered nurse.**

Nursing specialists make a difference

It’s no secret that nurses play a major role in the overall health of the population. Not only do they care for patients on a daily basis, they also help teach local communities, improve patient care, act as advocates and provide counselling.

Master of Intensive Care Nursing student Unaani Mani said her long-term goals include working in an educational health institution to contribute to the production of quality and competent nurses her home country of Botswana.

“I am also looking forward to refining my skills in evidence-based practice through involvement in research and publication,” she said.

Registered nurses with specialised qualifications are highly sort after as health leaders. Sydney Nursing School, is the Australian leader in providing educational excellence in nursing*** and has been providing our Advanced Learning Masters programs to registered nurses who wish to become nurse specialists since 2011. Sydney’s postgraduate specialty programs are offered at master’s, graduate diploma and graduate certificate levels and offer you the opportunity to not only progress your career, but make a tangible difference in the lives of others.
*Health Workforce Australia 2014: Australia’s Future Health Workforce – Nurses Detailed.
**Industrial Relations Commission of NSW, Public Health System Nurses’ and Midwives’ (State) Award 2015.
***QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016

Friday, January 13, 2017

How expensive is it to live in Australia?

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.

How expensive is it to live in Australia?
Your adventure in Australia awaits!

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 recommend you factor in the following estimated costs:
  • Tuition: Know the cost per year and the cost per program in Australian dollars (as outlined on your offer letter). Note that tuition fees will increase each year of your program.
  • General living costs: $19,830 AUD per year
  • Travel: Can be up to $2,400 CAD (return airfare to/from Canada; you could also consider a one-way ticket, although this won’t be significantly less if you fly in January/February, which is peak season)
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC): Approximately $500 AUD for 12 months for a single person
  • Australian student visa application fee: $550 AUD (one-time fee)
Of course, you must include things like internet, phone, clothes, activities, food, etc. Insider Guides has a very handy Cost of Living Calculator (http://insiderguides.com.au/cost-of-living-calculator/#/selection) so you can choose your city and your living arrangements to get a ballpark idea of what you’ll be spending per month.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

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

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

UQ research students recognised for documenting “amazing work” of occupational therapists
Find out more about studying OT at the University of Queensland
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 in Australian detention facilities. Their feedback included experiences of fear, deprivation and perceived insensitivity.

“One of the therapists said their main observation was detainees being stuck in the mindset of ‘Am I allowed to do this or will I be yelled at?’” Ms Mitchelson said.

Ms Mitchelson and Ms Begg received the Kryss McKenna Award from Occupational Therapy Australia for the best student presentation.

Featured in their presentation were drawings made by children before and after they engaged with occupational therapists, highlighting “a dramatic difference in content.”

Supervisor Dr Emma Crawford was full of praise for the UQ duo.

“They demonstrated extraordinary professionalism and sensitivity in their research project,” Dr Crawford said.

“Researching asylum seekers can be a sensitive area when discussing trauma, working within government legislation and policies, and balancing relationships with different stakeholders.

“The students have been outstanding representatives of UQ and have bright futures.”

Fellow UQ researchers Tim Barlott and Dr Merrill Turpin also featured in the study which the conference presentation was based upon.

UQ Occupational Therapy School

Master of Occupational Therapy Studies program equips graduate-entry students with the theoretical knowledge, clinical skills and professional attributes necessary for a career in occupational therapy.  In addition to a focus on clinical occupational therapy practice, emphasis is placed on the use of prior skills and knowledge to enhance the effectiveness of occupational therapy practice; and the development of advanced adult learning skills for ongoing professional development. In second year, management, research, and advanced clinical practice is covered.

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next semester intake: July 2017
Duration: 2.5 years
Application deadline: February 27, 2017

Deal opens Galapagos Islands to James Cook University

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.

Deal opens Galapagos Islands to James Cook University
Signing the agreement in Quito. Left to right: Professor Diego Quioroga, Vice-President of Research and External Affairs, Universidad San Francisco de Quito; Professor Terry Magnuson, VC for Research, University of North Carolina; Professor Iain Gordon, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Tropical Environments and Societies, JCU (Photo credit: JCU)

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. Today, however, they are under unprecedented pressure from development and tourism.

“This partnership, with two world-class universities, will allow our researchers and students to study the human and environmental issues associated with conservation and sustainable development on the islands.

“We will also help build the capacity of Ecuador’s researchers and provide advice to the Ecuadorian Government as to how to manage this unique archipelago,” said Professor Gordon.

He said that, in the first instance, there is also great scope for JCU intensive courses to be run on San Cristobal and adjacent islands in the Galapagos group.

The arrangement will run for the next two years.

James Cook University’s major partners in the Galapagos Marine Science Consortium are the University of San Francisco Quito (Ecuador) and the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill). Minor partners are the University of the Sunshine Coast and University of Brunei daar Salam.
The partner universities will collaborate based on their specialities; i.e., UNC has advanced genomic facilities and USFQ has local knowledge of the biodiversity and logistics. Each year there will be collaborative cruises among the islands for researchers and students from the different universities.

JCU College of Marine and Environmental Sciences

As part of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies, the College of Marine and Environmental Sciences promotes, fosters, supports and administers quality teaching and research at JCU in the areas of marine biology, environment, geography and sustainability, aquaculture and fisheries, and terrestrial ecosystems.

Marine science is the interdisciplinary study of the marine environment bringing together elements of marine biology, oceanography, marine geoscience and environmental management. Marine scientists explore the make-up and dynamics of the world’s oceans and use their skills to investigate and manage human impacts on the marine environment; understand and utilise ocean resources; and manage and protect our marine reserves.

JCU’s location in the tropics allows students and research staff ready access to a wide variety of tropical marine systems including coral reefs, tropical estuaries, mangrove habitats and seagrass beds. Links between research and teaching programs ensure that students are at the cutting edge of marine research.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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

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 University students most satisfied in Australia
Bond University students are the most satisfied in Australia, according to Federal Government survey

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 students for a career in the legal profession, business, industry or government, in Australia and overseas. This law program features excellent teaching, small classes and an extensive legal skills program, which provides an exciting learning experience that challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, or September
Next intake: May 2017
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. Students from Canada should apply at least three months prior to the beginning of the program.

Bond Physiotherapy School Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)

The Doctor of Physiotherapy program offers an innovative problem based learning model of physiotherapy education to prepare entry-level physiotherapists for their roles and responsibilities as first contact practitioners. The program integrates the clinical, pathological and related sciences with the physiotherapy knowledge, skills and professional behaviours and attitudes required to examine, diagnose and treat physiotherapy clients.

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: May
Next available intake: May 2018
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the May 2017 intake, applications closed Aug. 11, 2016.

OzTREKK Winter Study in Australia Fairs are coming!

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.

Your future is waiting at an Australian university
Find out more about the fairs

OzTREKK Winter Study in Australia Fairs

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 p.m.
Location: Arts Tunnel

McGill University
Date: February 6, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Leacock Lobby

York University
Date: February 7, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Food Court

University of Toronto
Date: February 8, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: East Common Room, Hart House

Western University
Date: February 9, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Atrium

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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

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.

It's
Don’t forget to register to write the DAT!

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 Test – 30 minutes
Not all Canadian or Australian dental schools use the Manual Dexterity Test (MDT) as part of their admission requirements. This test consists of carving a specified model out of a cylindrical bar of soap specially made for the DAT.

Neither the University of Melbourne nor the University of Sydney require this section to be completed to be considered for entry.

2. Survey of Natural Sciences – 60 minutes

3. Perceptual Ability – 60 minutes

4. Reading Comprehension (English DAT only) – 50 minutes

Sydney Medicine & Dentistry Seminars January 2017

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

Sydney Medicine Dentistry Seminars January 2017
Don’t forget to RSVP for the Sydney Medicine & Dentistry Seminars

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 p.m.
Location: ECHA 2-150

University of British Columbia
Date: January 27, 2017
Time: 5:15 p.m.
Location: Performance Theatre, AMS

Don’t forget to RSVP at http://study.oztrekk.com/syd-med-dent-2017/!

Friday, January 06, 2017

Air Canada offers flight discounts to OzTREKK students

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 offers flight discounts to OzTREKK students
Fly to Oz, get a 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 Vancouver to either Sydney or Brisbane. If you are flying from other cities, please let us know and we can see about getting a different code for you from Air Canada.

Be sure to contact your OzTREKK Admissions Officer for flight windows and codes!

Macquarie University lists 10 in-demand jobs of the future

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.

Macquarie University lists 10 in-demand jobs of the future
Study at Macquarie University in Australia!

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 finance

Demand for some accounting and finance professionals has increased by 44% and will increase by another 22% by 2020. Meet the demand by studying the  Bachelor of Leadership and Commerce or Master of Accounting.

2. Marketing

Fifteen percent more advertising and marketing professionals will be needed by 2020. Make your mark by studying a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Media or Master of Commerce specialising in marketing.

3. Education

Demand for all education professionals will continue to outgrow other professions by 2020. Demand for early childhood experts will increase by 27% and special education teachers by 21%. Change a child’s future by studying the Bachelor of Education or Master of Early Childhood.

4. Information technology

Demand for information technologies professionals will increase by up to 26.5% by 2020. Create an innovative future by studying a Bachelor of Information Technology or Master of Information Technology.

5. Engineering

22% more telecommunications specialists will be needed by 2020. Engineer a better future by studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or Master of Engineering.

6. Intelligence and policy

In the past five years, demand for intelligence and policy analysts has grown by 21.4%. Help make the world a safer place by studying the Bachelor of Security Studies or Master of Cyber-security, Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism.

7. Medical and health

Up to 40% more health and community services professionals will be needed by 2020. Learn more about the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) or Doctor of Physiotherapy, which is extremely popular with Canadian students!

8. Actuaries and statistics

Demand for actuaries, mathematicians and statisticians will increase by almost 10% by 2020. Get the quantitative and qualitative skills you need to speak the language of business with a Bachelor of Business Analytics, Bachelor of Science or Master of Actuarial Practice.

9. Environment

Demand for environmental scientists will increase by 4% by 2020, with significant growth globally. For example, the United States expects to see an 11%* increase by 2024. Start a sustainable job by studying the Bachelor of Environment majoring in Environmental Earth Science or Master of Environment specialising in environmental science.

10. International relations

The development of regional trade agreements around the world will increase job growth for policy analysts by 3% and government officers by 15.4% by 2020. Consider the Bachelor of Social Science majoring in political economy and social policy or Master of International Communication with Master of International Relations.
*Bureau of Statistics (United States)

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Top 5 tips for international students starting at JCU

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.

5 tips for international students starting at JCU
Make the most of your time at JCU!

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 you the opportunity to meet students of different backgrounds and cultures as well as learn about life in Australia. When you first arrive it is important to explore the community and meet people.

The groups and events on offer at JCU give you an opportunity to mingle and make friends with the local students as well as other international students. As an international student, know that you are not alone. There are currently more than 6,000 international students from more than 100 different countries enrolled at JCU. You may find others who share interests, beliefs and classes with you.

Make the most of the opportunities to meet new people. Whether you are interested in playing football, speaking Spanish or cycling, there are many clubs you can be a part of. With the help and support of your fellow students, staff and International Student Support team you will fit in and make life-long friends.

4. Explore your host country!

Don’t return home with regrets. Make a list of all the attractions and locations that you would like to see and plan to make it happen! The best thing about traveling is discovering and experiencing new and exciting places. You will see extraordinary things, meet great people and create life-long memories. Make the most of it!

5. The support team is there to help!

Keep in mind that the International Student Support team at JCU here to help you. The support team acts as your first point of contact once arriving in Australia to study. They will support you and ensure your smooth transition to life and study at JCU.

JCU student services

Student services provide a variety of on-campus student support services which you can access at any point of your studies to assist you. Arriving early will allow more time to adjust to the culture and ensure the transition is a smooth experience. After arriving on campus either in Cairns or Townsville, please visit the Student Centre as soon as possible so that they can provide you with details of the JCU Orientation program.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

University of Queensland works hard to ensure student safety

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.

University of Queensland works hard to ensure student safety
UQ Safezone App (Image: UQ)
“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 the UQ community who encounter any forms of assault and harassment.

“We work to promote a safe environment for people to report all incidents, including those that occur off campus, so that people can be properly supported and incidents can be investigated and referred to police and other authorities as appropriate.”

University of Queensland Chief Operating Officer Mr Greg Pringle said UQ’s UniSafe personal safety awareness program, launched in 1992 was the first of its kind at an Australian university.

He said not all incidents were reported to UQ.

“Sometimes people report directly to police, which is quite appropriate. But, worryingly, sometimes people don’t report them at all.”

Safety initiatives at University of Queensland campuses include
  • the UQ SafeZone App launched in 2016;
  • a network of  85 emergency call points for immediate connection to security staff;
  • free UniSafe Escorts on all campuses to accompany anyone to public transport or carparks after dark;
  • a free Safety Bus service;
  • more than 800 CCTV cameras monitored live and providing  post-event analysis;
  • an around-the-clock security team trained in first-aid and safety;
  • a policy outlining sexual harassment and reporting requirements and a network of Discrimination and Harassment Contact Officers;
  • confidential counselling services and emotional assistance for students throughout the process of reporting matters; and
  • counselling services and legal advice through the UQ Student Union.