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

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

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

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

This is your chance to ask questions about
what’s new and different in the programwhat you will learnhow to plan your studieswhat the opportunities are after you graduatefind out more about campus lifeRegister your participation by 5 p.m. Wednesday May 4:

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Sydney Veterinary SchoolProgram: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Program duration: 4 years
Application deadline: January 4, 2016; however it is recommended th…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr Broomhead is Chair of Ascinao Ltd, Ch…

Griffith law grads in top graduate program

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

After gradua…

First-year Sydney Pharmacy students welcomed to the profession

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

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

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

A number of special guests were invited to attend the ceremony, including alumni, members of the Faculty of Pharmacy Foundation Council, representatives from the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia …

Newcastle researchers to study impact of time on higher education students

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

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

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

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

“Studies show that one of the main reasons students from equity groups cite…

Don’t miss the JCU Medicine Information Session May 7

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

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

James Cook University Medicine Information SessionDate: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 5 – 7 p.m.
Venue: Sheraton Centre, Toronto
Don’t forget to RSVP:

About JCU Dean of Medicine Professor Richard Murray Richard Murray is the Dean of Medicine and Head of School at James Cook University. His career focus has been in Aboriginal health, rural medicine, public health, tro…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gaining professional registration as a chiropractor in Canada

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

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

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

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

Master of Occupational Therapy at the University of Sydney

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

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

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

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

As the course leads to eligibility t…

Monash University is helping science students stand out from the crowd

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

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

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

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

Science Careers Advice and Transition Program: Monash Science has the only faculty-based Careers Education Consultant who provides indi…

Archaeologists find key to dingo mystery

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

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

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

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

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

Take a tour of the University of Sydney!

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

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

Take a tour of the University of Sydney: Campus
The University of Sydney's Camperdown/Darlington Campus is the largest campus and  is 72 hectares of state-of-the-art teaching and learning technology, including six …

Melbourne Dental School talks orthodontics

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

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

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

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

Instead of being a major cause for anxiety, orthodontic patients find themselves in good company with high-profile celebrities sporting braces: Emma Watson, Gwen Stefan…

UQ sparks electric vehicle revolution

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

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

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

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

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

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

Each campus has one Veefil DC fast charger, which can charge fully electric vehicles or com…

Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships applications are open

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

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

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

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

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

Bond Law academics take out top honours

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

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

He is also renowned for his dynamic lectures th…

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

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

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

The veterinary school strives to provide the very best education in veterinary and animal science through bachelor’s degrees, postgraduate coursework, continuing education and research training. Alumni have shap…

JCU scientists develop the first pharmalogical tourniquet

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

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

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

JCU sc…

UQ solar milestone

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

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

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

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

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

Director of Clean Energy at UQ’s Global Change Institute (GCI), Professor Paul Meredith, said the environment…

Monash invites you to Question the Answers

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

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

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

“We decided that when we did this video we would attempt to have it express the essence of what it was to be part of the Monash community. That essence is to be challenging, so the campaign had to reflect that in order to be a true representation of Monash and the way it has always approached the world. This campaign shows that we are prepared to ask questi…

Macquarie scientists help develop coral reef database

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

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

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

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

“The trait database is the first of its kind for corals and will allow coral…

Griffith in partnership on sustainable tourism

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

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

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

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

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

Ancient burial ground discovered at the Plain of Jars

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

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

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

The sites, located in the central Lao province of Xieng Khouang, comprise large carved stone jars of varying sizes—some as big as two metres…

Push for International Day of Tropics gathers speed

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

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

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

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

Professor Harding said an International Day of the Tropics would be very important step forwa…

Sydney Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships

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

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

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

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

Tier 3 Scholarships capped at AUD$5,000 towards a recipient’s first year tuition fees for the enrolled CR…