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Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

UQ offering new dual degree in international relations and conflict studies

New year, new options! The University of Queensland has announced that it is now offering a new dual degree: the Master of International Relations/Master of Peace and Conflict Studies.

This two-year dual degree program that allows you to obtain two highly sought after and complementary qualifications. The combined Master of International Relations/Master of Peace and Conflict Studies allows you to pursue a unique program of studies, providing you with an understanding of the broad structures and dynamics of the international system combined with more specialised skills and knowledge of critical issues and debates relating to peace and conflict, conflict resolution and mediation, and peace-building.

UQ offering new dual degree in international relations and conflict studies

Study international relations and conflict studies at UQ

By studying these programs as a dual, students will acquire two degrees in a shorter time frame than if studying them individually. They can also be taken as separate 18-month programs if preferred.

These two cognate degree programs each have a distinctive focus. The Master of International Relations degree provides students with an advanced understanding of key issues and challenges in contemporary world politics, international security, foreign affairs and global, international and regional governance. It provides students with an opportunity to develop skills in international political analysis, political risk evaluation, and in addressing bilateral, regional and global policy objectives.

The Master of Peace and Conflict Studies builds knowledge of the forces that generate contemporary conflict and the process and practices that contribute to conflict prevention, resolution and peace-building. It also equips students with practical skills to engage in conflict analysis and resolution, peacekeeping and peace building in the contemporary global context.

The program is delivered by the UQ Graduate Centre in Governance and International Affairs, a school that is recognised internationally and nationally as a leader in both international relations and peace and conflict studies research and teaching. You will have access to world-class teachers and researchers who are in touch with industry partners and participate in regular public commentary and debate in their fields. You can also gain hands-on experience through the internship program—an opportunity to work closely with an organisation in Australia or overseas.

Studying this dual master program will provide you with a global perspective and with the advanced analytical and practical skills to prepare you for your future career. Graduates have gone on to work in areas such as diplomacy, government, think-tanks, the UN and non-governmental organisations as well as the media.

Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Intakes: February and July each year
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: May 30 (July intake) and November 29 (February intake) each year; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Apply to the UQ Master of International Relations/Master of Peace and Conflict Studies!

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Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

UQ Peace and Conflict Resolution graduate aims to change the world

War survivor Nabi Sahak has a burning desire to change the world for the better, and he’s well on the way to doing so as he graduates with a University of Queensland Master of International Studies (Peace and Conflict Resolution) this week.

Leaving UQ in the pursuit of peace

UQ Master of International Studies grad Nabi Sahak (Photo credit: UQ)

Nabi is no stranger to conflict. He was born and raised in Kabul in Afghanistan, and lived with the terrors of war for 23 years before migrating to the United States in 2002.

The fact that he had borne witness to refugee crises, human rights violations, abuse of children and the full gamut or war horrors meant he had much to offer as a Rotary Peace Fellow Scholarship postgraduate student at the University of Queensland’s Rotary Peace Centre.

Nabi’s commitment to peace was forged while serving in the Afghan Armed Forces during the civil war. He spent two months in hospital recovering from gunshot wounds, where he saw hundreds of wounded men, women and children.

“Waiting in line for surgery, bleeding in my neck and chest, I promised myself if I survived these wounds then I would commit my life to the work of peace,” he said.

“I believed then and I believe now that peace is everyone’s natural right, and it’s everyone’s moral obligation to defend and protect it.”

Nabi began his pursuit of peace by battling to help his entire family escape Afghanistan—where they were targeted by the Taliban—and join him in the US.

“It took over ten years but I finally managed to bring all twenty-seven of them to the States through refugee and humanitarian parole programs,” he said.

Nabi has worked in a range of challenging roles—from a BBC radio reporter to a senior cultural analyst supporting the US’s global war on terror—and returning to university as a mature-aged student after 20 years was not without its own challenges.

“It was intimidating at first, but the culture at UQ promotes students from every age group, every nationality and every background, so I felt very comfortable in the environment,” he said.

Nabi believes the world needs more peacekeepers and conflict study experts.

“I tell people that peace must be learned, must be spread, must be appreciated, otherwise the finite resources of the world are no match to the infinite greed of man, and conflicts are prone to happen,” he said.

“I want to be an agent of change. The person who provides some insight that could potentially lead to the end of the conflict.”

Nabi plans to complete a PhD, with an offer already in the wings from the King’s College London Department of War Studies.

His long-term goal is to work for the Office of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees as a Case Protection Officer or to be a peace mediator between the US Government and Afghanistan, and to teach peace and conflict studies on part-time basis.

“Peace is beautiful and brings all the promises that humanity was destined to fulfill. In war, life becomes a burden, but in peace, life becomes a blessing,” Nabi said.

UQ School of Political Science & International Studies

The world is changing around us. This is demanding new tools for understanding world politics and new kinds of graduates who have the knowledge and creativity to be able to respond to this world of complex and dramatic challenges. The UQ School of Political Science and International Studies is one of the world’s leading centres for research and education in world politics.

In 2016, UQ created a new Graduate Centre in Governance and International Affairs which is at the cutting edge of research and teaching on contemporary issues in politics and governance at the national, regional and international levels. The Graduate Centre supports the Rotary Centre for International Studies in Peace and Conflict and the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.


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Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

UQ’s new Graduate Centre in Governance and International Affairs

The Graduate Centre in Governance and International Affairs sits at the heart of the UQ School of Political Science and International Studies and is the hub of graduate education in the school. It brings together graduate students from across Australia and the globe to study with world-class scholars and innovative teachers, renowned for their expertise in governance and international affairs.

UQ Graduate Centre in Governance and International Affairs

Study at the UQ Graduate Centre in Governance and International Affairs (Image credit: UQ)

It provides an environment in which students can share and develop ideas. The Centre focuses on building a strong community among the students and encouraging synergies that draw on their diverse backgrounds and interests. As part of this dynamic community, you will be able to explore some of the most important and challenging issues we face in politics today—in the world, in the region, and in Australia itself.

Studying at the Centre will equip you with the skills to understand and navigate these issues, whether you see your future career as a practitioner in the public or private sector or in further study and the world of academia. The goal of the University of Queensland is to provide you with a quality of education and student experience that is second to none, and which prepares you to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

The School of Political Science and International Studies offers a range of world class postgraduate coursework programs. Taught by internationally renowned academics, UQ programs engage and challenge students at all levels.

Governance and Public Policy

  • Master of Governance and Public Policy
  • Graduate Diploma of Governance and Public Policy
  • Graduate Certificate of Governance and Public Policy

International Relations

  • Master of  International Relations
  • Graduate Certificate in International Relations

Mediation and Conflict Resolution

  • Graduate Certificate in Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Peace and Conflict Studies

  • Master of  Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Graduate Certificate Peace and Conflict Studies


Would you like more information about studying at the University of Queensland? Contact OzTREKK’s Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston for more information at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Year of the Monkey celebrations swing into action

While the western world is well recovered from its own New Year festivities, Chinese New Year is only partway through its 23-day celebration, with February 8 officially marking the start of the Year of the Monkey.

University of Queensland Confucius Institute Director Professor Ping Chen said Chinese New Year was based on the lunar calendar, so the most important event in Chinese culture falls on different dates each year.

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Happy Chinese New Year! 2016 is the Year of the Monkey (Image credit: UQ)

“The New Year celebration is believed to go back to the Shang Dynasty around 2800 years ago,” Professor Ping said.

“Some scholars believe it originated as far back as Emperor Yao or Emperor Shun more than 4000 years ago.”

This year the festival will farewell the year of the sheep and welcome the monkey, known for its wit and intelligence.

“The year of the monkey is considered a good year to have a baby,” Professor Ping said.

“For those born in Monkey years—2004, 1992, 1980 and every 12 years previously—chrysanthemum flowers are considered very lucky, but monkeys should avoid the colour pink and the number seven.”

There are some tricks for everyone to get a little extra luck—by wearing red to ward off evil spirits or accessorising with jade to keep away bad luck.

The holiday period is widely considered the largest human migration, with millions travelling home to and within China to celebrate with family and friends.

More than one billion Mandarin speakers will wish each other “Gong Xi Fa Cai” 恭禧發財 (Happy New Year).

Professor Ping said The Confucius Institute at the University of Queensland would start  the year of the monkey by promoting Chinese language and culture.

“We will be supporting our friends in Cairns and Innisfail, including bringing calligraphy, wushu martial arts and tai chi performances to schools,” Professor Ping said.

“Students are always excited to participate in events that highlight different cultures and experiences.

“We also plan to open a new Mandarin language teaching facility at Indooroopilly State High School in the coming month.”

Chinese New Year celebrations and performances will be held around Brisbane for the next few weeks.

Confucius Institute at the University of Queensland
The Confucius Institute at The University of Queensland was established under an agreement between UQ and the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) in China, and in partnership with Tianjin University, China. In addition to promoting the learning of Chinese language and culture at UQ and in the broader community, the UQ Confucius Institute seeks to build and deepen links and collaborative opportunities with China in the fields of science, engineering and technology (SET).

UQ School of Languages and Cultures
The UQ School of Languages and Cultures specialises in teaching and research in major world languages and cultures, and is committed to the highest standards of teaching and research in these languages, the cultures in which they are spoken, in linguistics and applied linguistics and in translating and interpreting. They pursue these studies in the interests of scholarship, promoting understanding of languages other than English, and developing linguistic and intellectual skills relevant to students’ personal and professional goals.


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Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

UQ launches free online philosophy and English courses

Students around the world preparing for English proficiency testing now have access to a new online course offered by the University of Queensland.

It is one of two new free edX courses, with the other designed to attract people interested in “thinking about thinking.”

University of Queensland philosophy and English

The philosophy course develops cognitive skills and philosophical ideas (Image credit: UQ)

Associate Professor Deborah Brown said META101x: Philosophy and Critical Thinking developed the cognitive skills and philosophical ideas needed for a thinking economy.

“It looks at how thinking and argument allow us to frame and approach some of life’s big questions, from how we can know about the world and ourselves, to what it means to be thinking in the first place,” said Dr Brown, who developed the course with fellow academic, Peter Ellerton.

Both are from the UQ School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry.

“META101x is an introductory course aimed at senior secondary school students and first-year university students, though as with all UQx courses, anyone with internet access can enrol.

“The course is short and intense (four weeks), and will transform how you think and engage with the world.”

Each of the four modules is being released weekly, with the first available this week.

The English course—IELTSx: IELTS Academic Test Preparation—has been developed by the Institute of Continuing and TESOL Education (ICTE-UQ) to assist students preparing for assessment through the International English Language Testing System.

TESOL Director of Studies Iain Mathieson said the course was designed for people who did not have English as a first language.

“The self-paced course provides about 80 hours of interactive practice materials covering the four skills tested: listening, speaking, reading and writing,” he said.

“To develop the course we have leveraged the expertise of ICTE-UQ, which has been helping students prepare for the academic IELTS test for more than 25 years.

“The ICTE-UQ staff are excited to have the opportunity to share their IELTS test knowledge and expertise with not only test-takers here at UQ, but now with students from all around the world.

“Each section of the course includes engaging video and audio presentations that cover key test-taking skills, strategies and techniques.

“Students complete a wide variety of authentic IELTS-style exercises and activities which provide focused practice of the skills, strategies and techniques that test-takers need to perform at their best.”

The two new Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) were part funded through edX’s High School Initiative, which produces MOOCs geared towards secondary school students from around the world.

UQx Director John Zornig said the new courses would suit prospective students who wanted to create change in themselves and to ensure they were university-ready.

“Well-developed English language and critical thinking skills are essential for any student about to embark on their higher education journey,” Mr Zornig said.

“UQx hopes these courses will benefit students wherever they may choose to study. We also hope it might lead them to enrol in a traditional program of study at UQ.”

Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology founded edX in 2012. It offers stimulating and engaging free online education.

About the UQ School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry

The disciplines of Classics, Religion, Philosophy and History work together in the areas of teaching, research and school administration, whilst retaining their respective community activities and professional associations.

The UQ School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry is recognised for the high quality of its teaching and research. The school’s dynamic team of academic staff are widely published internationally and have extensive research backgrounds.

The school is dedicated to cross-disciplinary teaching and learning activities, so that students are offered a variety of learning experiences in collaboration between the disciplines and with other schools across the university. The research community hosts a vibrant and enthusiastic cohort of research students.


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Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Artist’s 100 images win UQ’s $50,000 National Self-Portrait Prize

Victorian artist Fiona McMonagle has been awarded one of Australia’s most prestigious art prizes, The University of Queensland’s National Self-Portrait Prize 2015.

The award was judged by QAGOMA Curatorial Manager of Australian Art Jason Smith.

UQ Faculty of Arts

An image from One Hundred Days at 7pm 2015 by McMonagle (Image via UQ)

The winner was announced at the opening of the National Self-Portrait Prize exhibition at the UQ Art Museum on Nov. 13.

Fiona McMonagle’s winning artwork, One hundred days at 7pm 2015, is a single-channel, 16-second video animation of 100 self-portraits. The artist painted a single portrait at 7 p.m. every day over 100 days.

“To me, ‘becoming’ is the process of change and moving forward, and I wanted to translate these ideas into an artwork that had a fluidity about it,” she said.

“As a medium, watercolour lends itself very nicely to the moving image, but the challenge was to keep my self-portraits as consistent as possible by using a restricted palette and a restricted number of brushes.

“I also didn’t allow myself to view the previous portrait when making the next.

“The process itself turned out to be an intrinsic part of the work. The ritual of painting one’s self-portrait at the same time every day was an exercise in self-discipline and a test of my painting skills.”

Mr Smith said self-portraits did not allow an artist to divorce themselves from their subject, and it had been a poignant and challenging process to judge artworks with such captivating qualities and personal backstories.

“Judging art prizes is never easy, but I kept coming back to Fiona McMonagle’s work, not only because it addressed the theme of ‘becoming’ in many ways, but it also did so in a way that drew me to her process of constant looking and observation.

“I think perhaps this distinguishes one self-portrait over another,” he said.

“Fiona is well known for her lyrical watercolours, so it was also intriguing to see how she has pushed her practice into the realm of animated film. It was a remarkable transformation that resulted in a poetic, mesmerising and wonderfully alternative view of the artist.

“For me, transformative artworks always are more than the sum of their parts.

“It sustains the viewer until the end and, for some indefinable reason, keeps driving you back to it. Fiona’s work achieves this and she has produced a quiet but complex, poetic picture of herself.”

UQ Art Museum Director Dr Campbell Gray said 30 artists at the forefront of Australian visual arts practice were invited to vie for the acquisitive prize, responding to the theme of ‘becoming’.

“It is wonderful to see these diverse and innovative responses to the theme by some of Australia’s most senior artists and many exciting newcomers,” Dr Gray said.

“The self-portrait is an important focus area for both collection development and exhibitions at UQ Art Museum through our National Collection of Self-Portraits, and Fiona McMonagle’s work makes an important addition to the UQ Art Collection.”

The $50,000 invitation-only acquisitive prize is a biennial event, curated this year by National Portrait Gallery former Deputy Director Mr Michael Desmond.


Would you like more information about the University of Queensland? Contact OzTREKK’s Admissions Officer Rachel Brady for more information about Australian arts degrees! Email rachel@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

UQ Master of Governance and Public Policy

Governance and Public Policy at the University of Queensland

How do governments interact with the private and community sectors to deal with society’s challenges? The University of Queensland is the only university in Australia offering four unique specialisations in this highly sought after field of expertise:

  1. Governance and development
  2. Public health
  3. Public management
  4. Resource management

  • UQ School of Political Science and International Relations is ranked 40th in the World (2014 QS World Rankings)
  • Social and Political Sciences are research strengths at UQ
  • Over 100 full-time researchers in the area have attracted more than $35 million in funding since 2008
  • Students will have access to leading thinkers and debates in the public, private and community sectors.
  • Upon graduation, you will become part of UQ’s Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty’s alumni group and UQ’s 200,000-strong alumni network

Why study the Master of Governance and Public Policy?

The Master of Governance and Public Policy focuses on issues of governance and analyses how society deals with challenges and policy problems, often by combining the resources of government, private and community sectors. Students develop practical knowledge combined with high level research skills and a critical, enquiring approach to questions of governance and policy development in the new millennium. Students will be exposed to leading thinkers and debates in the public, private and community sectors, and will develop capacities to enhance effectiveness in the workplace and gain a better understanding of the way governments operate as well as the major public issues confronting our society.

The program offers a suite of practical and skill-based courses that allows students to enhance their employability and produce research independently. The program allows students to tailor the program to their particular interests or needs.

Program: Master of Governance and Public Policy
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February and July
Duration: 1.5 years

Apply to the University of Queensland!


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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

UQ alum and successful author Kate Morton talks about the writer’s life

“Having readers devour my novels in languages I can’t speak is certainly an incredible experience,” reflects Kate Morton (UQ Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) ’99, Master of Philosophy, ’02), as she considers the points in her career where she realised she had made it as an author.

“It makes me appreciate that the books have a life of their own after they leave my desk.”

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UQ alum and successful author Kate Morton (Image credit: UQ)

A life of their own may seem an understatement to those who have read her novels and become entirely involved in the mystery and intrigue of her intricate storytelling.

The accolades speak for themselves: Sunday Times Bestseller, The New York Times Bestseller, international bestseller, Amazon Best of the Month, The Courier Mail’s People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year.

Each book she has published has earned Morton the prestigious Australian Book Industry Awards General Fiction Book of the Year.

They are awards well earned, with Morton devoting two years to each book, ensuring factual accuracy and a story that simply cannot be put down.

“I plot and research for three to four months,” said Morton. “Then I write the first draft in about nine months, adding research where necessary, and then spend the next six months or so working in fits and starts on the different editing phases: structural, copyedit and proofread.

“The following six months is taken up with publication and promotion.

“I’d love to start work on a new book while I’m still promoting the current one, but I seem only to be able to focus whole-heartedly on one story at a time.”

For Morton, the highlight of the process is what she calls ‘play’—the very beginning.

“The highlight is the plotting and planning that takes place before I’ve even typed ‘Chapter One’,” she said.

“It’s a period of absolute play in which I spend months scribbling down ideas in notebooks, conjuring the story to life in my imagination.

“There are no wrong answers, the possibilities are endless and the potential unlimited as I haven’t yet had to trap my ideas in concrete form.”

Morton’s unique and involved style of writing has captured readers’ attention and concentration as they attempt to figure out what they know is coming: her signature twist that leaves audiences wondering how she could have even imagined such an ending.

“It’s very important to me that the mysteries in my stories are sufficiently complicated to keep readers guessing.

“The best mysteries are those where everything necessary to solve the problem is hidden in clear sight, so I need to employ a lot of misdirection.

“It’s a lot like assembling a puzzle: in the beginning I need three or four pieces to fit together to provide enough of a kernel around which to build the rest of the picture.

“As a reader and writer, I prefer books with rich, vivid textures and layers of plot and meaning.

“If my setting, characters, plot or sense of place don’t feel real enough, I find it very easy to lose faith in the book I’m writing.”

As a high school student, Morton was unaware courses in English Literature were on offer at universities, with much of the selection information focussing instead on careers—a perplexing concept for an artist who loved English and to learn.

She suggests she fumbled her way through her undergraduate years in a number of Arts majors, before finally coming to the University of Queensland to complete her honours in English Literature.

“It was a complete revelation to discover it was possible to study books and writing, and to learn how to read in a deeper, more fulfilling way,” said Morton.

“I won a scholarship to undertake my Masters and studied tragedy in the Victorian novels of Thomas Hardy.”

For those considering a similar career path, Morton suggests allowing yourself the time to read in our busy world is essential.

“Learning to read critically is a very useful skill for a writer, as indeed it is for everyone, but having the time and space to read at all is the most important thing.

“Voracious readers can’t help but develop an instinctive feel for narrative shape and all the other elements necessary to construct a story.

“A book is made up of thousands of ideas, some of them only tiny fragments or impressions, which combine to form a whole. Part of being a writer is collecting them all and then recognising which ones belong together.”

As with most creative pursuits, Morton suggests instinct and conscious effort are essential.

“Don’t give in to writer’s block: it’s better to keep moving—even if it’s sideways for a time instead of forwards—than to fall out of your novel’s world.

“Write what you love—there’s always research for the things you don’t yet know.

“And remember that you are the best and most qualified person to tell your story.”

Currently in the final phase—promotion—for her next future-bestseller, The Lake House, Morton has no plans to stop any time soon.

“I’m not sure that anyone who makes a living as a writer ever feels entirely like they’ve ‘made it’.

“Creating something from nothing brings its own rewards and enormous pleasure, but no matter how many books you publish the next one always starts with a blank page and a blinking cursor.”


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Monday, August 31st, 2015

UQ journalism students reap rewards of creating change

Ten journalism students from The University of Queensland have won the Communication and Media Achievement Award at the Queensland Multicultural Awards.

UQ Journalism

The Change Makers team: Dr Scott Downman, Alynna Wong, Kemii Maguire, Jordan McMullen, Jade Horrobin, Rachel Westbury and Alicja Rudz, Max Rowley, Navin Regi, Sophie Volker and Courtney Lawler (Photo credit: UQ)

The students were recognised for Change Makers magazine, a project with Woodridge State High School which aimed to tell the real stories of the local community and debunk negative stereotypes.

UQ School of Communication and Arts Lecturer Dr Scott Downman said the award was terrific recognition for the students and the UQ journalism program.

Change Makers is an innovative project that combines cross-cultural reporting and the use of non-traditional newsgathering techniques. There is nothing else like it in Australia.” Dr Downman said.

Six students visited Woodridge State High School over five months to document stories and create the magazine, which was launched in October 2014.

Another four students joined the project in 2015.

Team member Alicja Rudz said working on Change Makers was extremely rewarding.

“The first time we visited the school’s English as a Second Language class, which includes refugees and asylum-seekers, we were greeted with such warmth and were amazed at how smart the students are,” Ms Rudz said.

“We were happy to have our own preconceived ideas blown away.

“It was a privilege to hear and tell the stories of bright and motivated young students who achieve remarkable success despite challenging and often horrific experiences.”

The Multicultural Awards were presented by Multicultural Affairs Minister Shannon Fentiman.

The Change Makers project also won Best Student Publication at the student journalism Ossie Awards and was a finalist in the 2014 Premier’s Cultural Diversity Awards for Communications and Media.


Are you interested in UQ journalism programs? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Rachel Brady for more information about Australian arts degrees at rachel@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Free UQx grammar course is back in style

Writing well ‒ learning how and knowing why ‒ is the key skill to be learnt from a free online grammar course that is back by popular demand.

The University of Queensland’s Associate Professor Roslyn Petelin said she developed the edX course WRITE101x: English Grammar and Style in response to the overwhelming demand for strong communication skills in our writing-intensive world.

“This course introduces the key concepts of grammar and style that are essential for producing coherent, economical, and compelling writing,” said Dr Petelin, from the UQ School of Communication and Arts.

”With the rise of social media and the Internet, everyone is writing more than ever, and the demand for high literacy levels has increased enormously.

“This course can improve anyone’s communication skills, if feedback from our 50,000 students last year is any indication.

“Even if it’s just a reminder of things forgotten, learning the ‘rules of the grammar game’ will be of huge benefit.”

The course covers grammatical principles, word usage, writing style, punctuation and sentence and paragraph structure.

It features quizzes, discussions, video interviews and other hands-on activities.

WRITE101x: English Grammar and Style begins on July 26.

Registrations are now open and more than 50,000 students have signed up already.

The course is offered via the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform edX, a not-for-profit online education venture founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with the aim of making high-quality educational experiences more widely available.

UQ School of Communication and Arts

The UQ School of Communication and Arts brings together a wealth of expertise and creativity across all facets of communication, journalism, writing, literature, art history and the arts at the University of Queensland. This school offers a collegial and supportive environment for study and research with a strong focus on equipping our students with deep knowledge, skills and leadership that will enrich and enable fulfilling lives.


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