Showing posts from September, 2016

Monash University announces five-year strategy for Peninsula campus

Monash University has acknowledged the importance of the Monash Peninsula campus to the future of the university and its broader role in the social, cultural and economic growth of the Peninsula region with a new five-year plan for the campus.

Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, said Monash Peninsula will become Australia’s leading centre of allied health and primary care education and research, building on the university’s existing strengths in emergency medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and nursing.

“Monash has committed more than $20 million towards new research, staffing and facilities at Peninsula to set a new standard of excellence in teaching, research and collaboration in allied health, primary care, education and business,” Professor Gardner said.

As part of the plan, Monash will establish an integrated health and education precinct in conjunction with Frankston Hospital, which includes funding for a new edu…

The truth about cats, dogs (and horses!)

Australia’s first national pet surveillance scheme VetCompass has been launched.

Initially set up in the United Kingdom by Sydney Veterinary School Professor Paul McGreevy, VetCompass has now launched in Australia—in a collaboration between all veterinary schools—to bring the benefits of big data and epidemiology expertise to pets, with potential impacts on human health and the environment.

Some of the most common ailments and causes of premature death in companion animals are easily preventable—that’s a key finding of VetCompass in the United Kingdom, which is now spawning its Australian counterpart.

The not-for-profit project is a collaboration including the Royal Veterinary College in the UK, the University of Sydney and now all veterinary schools in Australia, investigating companion animal health problems and identifying risk factors for common disorders in our favourite pets.

VetCompass is an innovative global collaborative project bringing big-data surveillance to prov…

Be Remarkable at Griffith University

Griffith University has unveiled a Remarkable new brand position.

The bold and confident statement of Be Remarkable sums up a university on the move, ready and willing to take on some of the biggest challenges of modern life.

“Griffith is a relatively young university and yet in just four decades we are recognised as performing among the top three per cent of universities in the world,” Vice Chancellor Professor Ian O’Connor said.

“This performance is underpinned by our commitment to make a real contribution to our local national and international communities.

“We produce remarkable graduates, armed with the skills and confidence to make their mark on the world.

“We conduct remarkable research that helps improve the lives of others near and far.

“And we are creating remarkable opportunities with our leading role as the Official Partner of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.”

The Remarkable Griffith position ties together scholarship, research, teaching, student experience, in…

Meet JCU medical student Helena Xiang

Meet first-year JCU Medical School student Helena Xiang. OzTREKK first spoke with Helena in February 2014, when she inquired about studying medicine in Australia. Still in high school at the time, Helena was determined to stick to her plan of applying to an undergraduate medical degree and begin her studies.

And so she did.

Application process: The starting point
Application processes can get difficult and tedious when you don’t know what you’re doing. When I started my application, I didn’t really know where to begin. Not much information was available on Australian schools, and my high school counsellors sent me away to Google everything myself. If you’re a student who’s thinking of applying to JCU, the following might be worth a read:

Apply through an agent
I applied to James Cook University through an agent. There are many agents out there that provide services to Canadian students, but the one I personally got in touch with was OzTREKK. These people were friendly, provi…

Heading to UQ? Here are some student accommodation options!

If you’re a future UQ student and getting ready to study this November (or January/February!), we know you’re wondering about your accommodation options!

It’s also handy to know where you should be looking, right? When considering suburb locations for off-campus accommodation, students tend to have different preferences. Some prefer to live in the heart of the city, while others prefer to live in other areas near specific attractions, like the beach or bay.

Below is a list of popular suburbs located in the city of Brisbane:

St Lucia: St Lucia is a great place to live if you want the convenience of being close to UQ, but the peace and quiet of the suburbs. It is located approximately 7 km from the centre of the city, in a bend of the Brisbane River. Most properties in St Lucia are within walking distance to the UQ campus. There is no train station located in St Lucia, but there are buses that connect to the train station in nearby Toowong. There is also a bike path that run…

Times Higher Education World University Rankings confirm Australia’s best

Australia has 35 universities in the Times’ world top 800, making it the number five nation.

Overall, the top 20 in this year’s THE list is very similar to 2015, with the top 20 mainly coming from the US, followed by the UK, with one European inclusion, ETH Zurich, in ninth place.

Key performance indicators for THE Rankings THE rankings performance indicators are grouped into five areas:
Teaching (30%) – includes a reputation survey, and measures staff-to-student ratio, doctorate-to-bachelor’s ratio, doctorates-awarded-to-academic-staff ratio, and institutional incomeResearch (30%) – includes a reputation survey, and measures research income and research productivityResearch citations (30%)International outlook (7.5%) – measures international-to-domestic-student ratio, international-to-domestic-staff ratio, and international collaborationIndustry income (2.5%) – measures how much research income an institution earns from industry against the number of academic staff it employs.

What is the Sydney University Law Society?

The Sydney University Law Society (SULS) is the primary association for students studying at Sydney Law School, and is officially associated with the Faculty of Law. The membership of the society comprises all students in the Faculty of Law proceeding to a degree or diploma (including undergraduate, postgraduate, and Juris Doctor students).

As the largest and most active society at Sydney, SULS aims to enrich the law student experience. SULS provides the law school community with a variety of social events, educational support, mooting and skills competitions, careers events, sporting functions, and initiatives that inspire students to use the law as an instrument for social change.

The great news? All law students at the University of Sydney are automatically members of SULS!

Student Support Services
Ensuring that your experience at law school is a rewarding, safe, and happy one is a major priority for SULS. Student welfare is at the core of their agenda.

The SULS also provi…

Griffith University in top 50 under 50

Griffith University its place among the leading young institutions in the world with the release of the Top 50 Universities Under 50 rankings.

The QS Top 50 rankings place Griffith 34th in the world among universities less than 50 years old.

Griffith opened its doors in 1975 to 451 students at one campus. Today it hosts 50,000 students across five campuses in southeast Queensland as well as online.

The Top 50 announcement follows the QS World University Rankings last week which placed Griffith among the top 400 of all universities in the world, regardless of age.

“The impact that Griffith researchers, teachers, students and alumni are having across the globe is truly remarkable,” Vice Chancellor Professor Ian O’Connor said.

“We are proud of being recognised among the rising, young institutions globally.”

The QS Top 50 ranked Griffith 37th last year.

Griffith International Postgraduate Coursework Excellence ScholarshipsFor: Outstanding international students applying for postgrad…

Newcastle visual communications student draws interest from Nickelodeon

A University of Newcastle animation student has been hand-picked from more than 900 international entries to produce an animated film for children’s television network Nickelodeon.

Dan Smith, a third-year Bachelor of Visual Communication Design student, will move to Melbourne to work with a prestigious animation studio to complete his short film, titled Blair and the Sea Pancake.

“I still can’t believe my work has been chosen. My film is about a pair of loose-cannon larrikins, one human and the other a stingray, who bumble through life together,” he said.

Mr Smith’s project is the result of his entry into the 2016 Nickelodeon Animated Shorts Program earlier this year. Participants were invited to develop a storyboard aimed at a young audience and nominate a production studio they would like to work with to bring their idea to fruition.

Mr Smith’s Melbourne-based collaborators remain a secret to the outside world, but he revealed they are a company he had admired for some ti…

Bond Law win at Australian Law Students’ Association conference

Bond Law students Lara Sveinsson and Marty Campbell made a stunning debut at the 2016 International Humanitarian Law moot when they defeated 14 universities from across Australia.

The International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Moot Competition is a national mooting competition run jointly by the Australian Red Cross and the Australian Law Students’ Association (ALSA) every year during the ASLA’s annual conference. This year’s event was held in Hobart.

The purpose of the IHL Moot is to assist Australian university students in understanding and appreciating the growing importance of international humanitarian law, its nature as a system of protection during times of armed conflict and its role as fundamental part of international law.

The talented Bondies went head to head with a team of very strong opponents from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in the final but managed to secure victory, having gained a confidence boost early on in the competition when they progressed a…

Employment initiatives boost student experience and graduate outcomes at Griffith University

A new range of career-focused initiatives will give Griffith University graduates a sharp competitive edge to improve their job prospects.

Griffith aims to include real-life industry experiences in all its degrees and programs.

Its students also have access to an e-mentoring program, a high-quality ePortfolio platform. Griffith is the first Australian university to operate a franchise of Unitemps—a recruitment service providing paid work opportunities for students.

These employability enhancing services have proved invaluable for recent mechanical engineering graduate Sebastian Speak, who has been employed full-time by Scout Aerial to design a drone launcher for an anti-poaching device, which will be used in Africa.

“I designed one launcher as part of a twelve-week internship and now I’m making thirty ready to be used in Africa to specifically target the illegal poaching of rhinoceros and elephants,” he said.

“I moved to Australia to specifically study at Griffith because I ha…

UQ Vet focuses on one health—for all creatures great and small

As the gatekeepers of the interface between humans and animals, veterinarians have many roles.

While the local “pet vet,” who vaccinates and treats beloved “Fido” may be the most recognisable, veterinary practice in Australia and Canada encompasses much more diverse fields, including small and large animal practice, emergency medicine, animal production, public health and disease control, quarantine and biosecurity, research and education, pharmaceuticals and commercialisation, animal welfare and therapeutic treatments, and wildlife conservation.

Over the last decade, the veterinary profession has progressively shifted its focus to a more holistic and integrated approach, which links animal, human and ecosystem health to promote all components through interdisciplinary cooperation.

Concepts of One Health have gathered momentum from an initial focus on understanding and controlling significant recent emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) such as Ebola, avian influenza, and Hen…

What are your study options? Find out at a Study in Australia Fair!

If you are considering studying medicine, dentistry, law, pharmacy, physiotherapy or other professional degrees, and aren’t sure how to make it all work for you, come to one of our upcoming Study in Australia Fairs! Beginning tomorrow at Simon Fraser University, OzTREKK and our Australian university partners will be travelling across Canada to help students learn more about their study options! Join us at an OzTREKK Fall Study in Australia Fair—and find out how you can make your career dreams come true!

Simon Fraser University
Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: North Concourse

University of British Columbia
Date: Friday, September 23, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: Performance Theatre

University of Alberta
Date: Monday, September 26, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: Student Union Building

University of Calgary
Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: MacEwan Centre

Carleton University
Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p…

Tips to help with your accommodation search

Former OzTREKK students are da bomb. They are always willing to help out future students interested in studying in Australia. Of course, finding accommodation is always at the forefront of everyone’s mind, keenly perched there and peering acutely like an excitable budgie.

You will be travelling around to the other side of the planet, after all, so we know th
at finding accommodation is a big deal. We’ve complied a quick checklist to help you out!

Staying on campus?
Visit your uni’s accommodation website and read… and read so more. Get a feel for what the residence or college is about. Most have international houses for out-of-towners like you! Some also have “Party Central.” Wuh wuh. Don’t choose that one. You’re there to be brilliant, not to be bombed.

Connect with your future classmates and current students in the program as early as possible in advance to find potential roommates and discuss your options together, as this will give you more confidence with your liv…

Q&A with UQ School of Pharmacy lecturer Jacqueline Bond

If you’re planning to attend the Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours program at the University of Queensland, then you already know you’ll be studying with the industry’s best.

Meet UQ School of Pharmacy lecturer Jacqueline Bond, whose passionate and innovative approach to education has led to curricular reform that inspires students and prepares them for future roles as “medicines experts.”

You have been recognised as an excellent educator since joining UQ’s School of Pharmacy in 2001. Why did you decide to move into teaching after more than a decade working in government and industry in Australia, and at a university research centre overseas?

I have had a most non-linear career trajectory, beginning my professional life as an industrial chemist. Prior to graduating, I worked for two summers at an oil refinery and loved every minute of being on-site.

After graduating, I moved on to quality control, research and development (R&D) and formulation roles in other industries. I wa…

If OzTREKK staff members were to study in Australia…

You have all heard, “If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?”

We’d like to take it up a notch and query, “If you could study anything in the world, what would you study?” Since we represent such amazing Australian universities, our selection is almost endless! Here are the OzTREKK office results if we were to study in Australia!

Adam I would love to undertake a PhD in Mongolian studies at a great university like the University of Sydney. I’m basically obsessed with Genghis Khan, the social dynamics he emerged from, and misunderstandings about how his legacy shaped the world we live in.

Amanda I would like to study nutrition in a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics program at Griffith University. I feel Australia naturally focuses on healthy living and wellness, with nutrition and its awesome food culture playing a big role in people’s lives. I’d like to learn the science side of things—anatomy, endocrinology, chemistry etc., then apply a holistic focus…

UQ speech pathology researcher uses app to help stroke survivors

Dr Caitlin Brandenburg’s award-winning research is certainly something to get people talking.
The UQ speech pathology pioneer will soon begin testing a second version of CommFit, an app-connected device that encourages stroke survivors to speak more frequently.

“By measuring vibration through the collarbone using an accelerometer, we can tell how much the wearer has talked throughout the day,” Dr Brandenburg said.

“It’s essentially a language pedometer that is paired with personalised tasks to assist people to get better at conversation, and also more involved and engaged with their community.

“The idea is based on principles of neuroplasticity, being that as the brain repairs after damage you want to repeatedly practise the skills you want to improve.

“A lot of current speech rehabilitation methods revolve around naming pictures or singular tasks, which isn’t directly transferable to everyday conversation like CommFit is.”

CommFit, short for Communicative Fitness, is prima…

Griffith Medical School scholarships are up for grabs!

Have you applied to Griffith Medical School?

The Griffith Medical School is known for its innovation and excellence in medical research and education. Griffith MD students will develop communication skills and learn about the art and science of medicine in its wider social and ethical context. The program comprises extensive clinical placements in health care facilities ranging from rural settings through to the brand new Gold Coast University Hospital.

And, guess what? Griffith offers scholarships for both the Doctor of Medicine and the Bachelor of Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine programs!

Pro Vice Chancellor (Health) Graduate Entry Scholarship in MedicineFor: High-achieving graduates applying for the Doctor of Medicine program at Griffith University
Available to: New students commencing in Trimester 1 2017
Level of study: Postgraduate
Citizenship: Citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand
Award value and benefits: $20,000 in total (four tuition payments of $5000 e…

Career opportunities for occupational therapy graduates

A degree in occupational therapy provides a breadth of employment opportunities: working with individuals, small groups, organisations or communities. Occupational therapists work in many settings including hospitals, rehabilitation, private practice, community health, early intervention, social services, schools, government agencies, industrial and commercial organisations, mental health services, homes, and supported housing. After gaining relevant workplace experience further career opportunities exist in education, management and research.

The Master of Occupational Therapy Practice program at Monash University is a full-time course over two years from July to May (mid-year intake). It will operate over 72 weeks and include 1000 hours of fieldwork education commensurate with World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) Minimum Standards for the Education of Occupational Therapists (2002).

Monash University strives to develop OT graduates who are

Australian universities stay strong in world rankings

The latest university rankings are out!

QS World University Rankings 2016/17 has just released the latest world university rankings, and four of OzTREKK’s Australian universities were out to represent and held strong in the top 100. In fact, they are all within the top 470, and considering there are more than 10,000 universities around the world, this is a big deal!

University of Melbourne at #42University of Sydney at #46University of Queensland at #51Monash University at #65 Once again, the University of Melbourne holds strong near the top of the list, closely followed by the Sydney and the UQ. In fact, all of our Australian university partners fared well, and we are proud to represent them.

The University of Sydney has again been named in the top 50 universities in the world, with a formal ranking of 46 in the latest QS World University Rankings. Sydney’s result confirms its place among the world’s leading research and educational institutions. It also underscores the univ…

UQ supports international students with new online job search platform

We’ve got an interesting tidbit for all of you intending to study at UQ.

The University of Queensland’s Advantage Office has launched Global Grad, a new online job vacancy platform for international students:

UQ Careers Service Manager Daniel Capper said the platform provides international students studying in Australia access to international job opportunities.

“Global Grad presents amazing employment opportunities to our international students while in Australia and allows them to place an application directly with the employer,” Mr Capper said.

“The resource addresses a gap that previously existed for international students who are away from their home country and may feel somewhat disconnected.

“The platform highlights graduate opportunities in their home country, provides direct links to applications and identifies international employers who are actively recruiting.”

Mr Capper said there was already considerable interest from employers to us…