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Monday, December 5th, 2016

JCU Business students gaining valuable work-ready experience

Finding a job in a tight employment market can be difficult, but JCU Business students are getting a head start by completing work experience as part of their studies.

During her studies, mature-aged student Kerry Orro said she had a concentrated introduction to her goal of becoming an accountant with local firm Concord Tax Kirwan.

JCU Business students gaining valuable experience to be work-ready

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Ms Orro undertook one of her subjects in block mode at the business, where training was more concise and the practical skills were easier to acquire with intense application, as opposed to sporadic, once-a-week contact.

“I was able to work in a very hands-on role from the start, which gave me an honest reflection of the tasks and workload that I would encounter as an accountant in a smaller practice,” she said.

“As I started employment at Concord throughout the third year of my degree, there were so many relevant and direct correlations between my work and studies.

“At work, I was learning the ‘how’ and at JCU, I was learning the ‘why.’ This was very beneficial when it came to having real life examples with which to connect and helped with greater understanding.”

For the past three years, the refreshed Bachelor of Business degree has included a work integrated learning (WIL) program where students complete one of three capstone WIL subjects in the final year of their degree.

One of the capstone subjects on offer is a professional internship, which involves 100 hours of workplace experience.

Three years later, many students are finding work, either in their place of internship or through contacts they’ve made during their internship.

As of November 7, 121 students have participated in the WIL program in Townsville in 2016.

JCU Lecturer in the WIL Program Dr Alf Kuilboer said WIL was a crucial link between graduates and employment as it takes theory into practice, enhancing learning and employability prospects of students.

“It’s helping them prepare for the workplace,” he said. “As part of their assessment, students collect evidence to develop individual ePortfolios to demonstrate their skills and proficiency.

“It’s a tight employment market and you are going to have to have a competitive edge, or advantage over others looking for work. We are wanting students to achieve a certain standard, to be continually thinking about their potential future employer.”

More than 300 businesses across North Queensland and beyond are registered as either having already hosted students or have expressed interest in hosting students through the WIL program.

JCU Business School

James Cook University’s School of Business is located across two campuses in the tropical north of the state of Queensland. The school offers a broad, leading-edge range of business-related disciplines and degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

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Find out more about studying at JCU Business School. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Friday, May 27th, 2016

JCU Master of Public Health / MBA combined degree

James Cook University has an illustrious record in public health education and research. The Public Health and Tropical Medicine discipline at  JCU represents one of the largest graduate public health training programs in Australia, and was one of a select group of academic institutions funded by the Australian Government to assist in training public health professionals.

JCU Master of Public Health / MBA

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Within the business discipline, leading-edge postgraduate study areas reflect global industry needs. Strong links to industry  and government agencies enhance opportunities for students within the program. Students develop leadership skills in the  management of people, organisations and change.

The joint Master of Public Health / Master of Business Administration degree enables health professionals to gain advanced management skills while undertaking further study in the area of their specialisation.

The program aims to develop the following knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding current major health and management issues, managing information and human financial resources within health care delivery organisations
  • Critical analysis by health managers in the context of national and global economic and political environments
  • Identification and analysis of management issues in health care delivery organisations and the identification of appropriate solutions

Program: Master of Public Health / Master of Business Administration
Campus: Townsville
Duration: 2 years
Semester intakes: February and July
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

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Learn more about studying public health at James Cook University. Please email OzTREKK’s Australian Public Health Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

JCU taking care of business

James Cook University and the Townsville Chamber of Commerce have announced a partnership agreement that will kick-start the careers of JCU’s business and law graduates.

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Under the agreement, graduating students from JCU’s College of Business, Law and Governance will be given assistance to make the transition from the end of their formal education to the beginning of their professional career.

The Dean of the College of Business, Law and Governance, Professor David Low said all business and law graduates from JCU Townsville will also receive a complimentary 12 months membership of the Young Chamber of Commerce (YCC).

“I am delighted to be able to provide this opportunity to our students. It will allow them to further develop their networking skills and facilitate their entry into the business environment where they will be commencing their career,” Professor Low said.

Professor Low said the agreement will allow the College of Business, Law and Governance to support the Young Chamber of Commerce in Townsville to grow, with the college to organise and host two events every year.

“The partnership with the Young Chamber is one I have been keen to formalise, as the major local educator in Townsville, I see it is a natural fit for our college to support the Young Chamber in this manner.

“By supporting a number of events throughout the year we can assist in the further development of the already active program of the Young Chamber,” Professor Low said.

The YCC will support graduating students during their last semester of formal education and the first six months of their professional life.

There will be activities held on campus and off campus, which will be integrated with existing Chamber events. The activities will help develop networking skills and assist students to start developing their own professional networks.

The Chair of the YCC, Chris Rockemer said the agreement is a fantastic opportunity for the Chamber to boost networking and connections between business leaders and the future leaders of Townsville—graduating students from JCU’s College of Business, Law and Governance.

“We’re very proud to formalise the agreement. It’s testament to how important the Chamber sees partnerships with the College.

“It is a true win-win scenario, where students receive support transitioning to their professional careers and the Chamber can deliver to future leaders its charter of economic growth, job opportunities and development for the Townsville region,” Mr Rockemer said.

The Executive Officer of the Townsville Chamber of Commerce, Marie-Claude Brown said the Young Chamber is there to engage the next generation of Chamber members and the next generation of Townsville’s business leaders.

“It is important to support the transition of graduating students into professional life so they can become those leaders and be a voice for local businesses,” she said.

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Would you like more information about studying business at the JCU Business School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com.

Do you have any questions about how to apply to James Cook University Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston for more information: shannon@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

JCU Business School explores the social impacts of tourism

What about our way of life? Exploring the social impacts of tourism

North Queensland residents feel proud of tourism destinations in their areas and the positive impact tourism has in their communities, but it can also lead to locals feeling detached when transient populations pass through.

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This is why Queensland has so many tourists!

Elena Konovalov, a PhD student at JCU Business School, has studied how tourism influences the everyday lives of the people who live in tourist destinations and impacts on their quality of life.

Ms Konovalov said advocates of tourism development usually focused on its potential as an employer and source of business income.

However, opponents of tourism typically focus on the potential negative environmental impacts of uncontrolled tourism.

“Social tourism impacts are usually not as obvious, but nonetheless should be taken into account when evaluating tourism development benefits and costs to the community and this is what our research project was focused on,” Ms Konovalov said.

Ms Konovalov conducted a survey of local residents in three Queensland tropical communities (Airlie Beach, Bowen and the Atherton Tablelands) to explore the links between the scale and style of tourism development and various social aspects of community well-being.

“When we compare the results between the three communities, a number of links between social aspects of community well-being and tourism can be suggested,” Ms Konovalov said.

“In the area of human capital, for example, it seems that the scale of tourism development has a direct impact. A more developed tourism industry tends to coincide with more opportunities for work and education as well as attract more residents to the area.

“A more developed tourism industry is also associated with more opportunities to socialise in public places and more community services that are also available to locals,” the JCU Business School PhD student said.

Ms Konovalov said the presence of tourists at a destination also contributed to the community pride experienced by locals.

“But these benefits can come at a cost,” she said. “The research suggests that higher levels of tourism development can increase the transient population of temporary workers, can contribute to locals feeling detached from their community and less willing to give back to their community, and as tourist numbers increase, some locals can begin to feel angry and powerless about these changes.”

Ms Konovalov said overall, the research so far showed that tourism impacts on social aspects of community well-being are affected by the scale and style of tourism development as well as scale and type of community.

“The challenge for the researchers now is to explore further with these communities how to find the right mix of tourism to keep the benefits and manage the costs.”

Ms Konovalov is conducting the study under the supervision of Associate Professor Laurie Murphy and Professor Gianna Moscardo.

JCU Business School

The Faculty of Law, Business and the Creative Arts offers internationally recognized degrees that inspire students by exposing them to contemporary issues, the latest research and new ideas. JCU business degrees focus on learning outcomes that have professional relevance and practical application. Located across two campuses in the tropical north of the state of Queensland, the JCU Business School offers a broad leading edge range of business-related disciplines and degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management-MBA

This is an innovative joint master level qualification that combines tourism, hospitality and business management to give students the management skills required to be a tourism and hospitality industry professional.

Program: Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management-MBA
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years

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Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

JCU Business School student receives scholarship

James Cook University international student has been awarded a $50,000 scholarship to help with his studies in Australia.

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Chia Hui Tan, a first-year student in the Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Psychology course, has received the inaugural ACER International Student Scholarship – Business (AISS).

Founded in 1930, the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that aims to create and promote research-based knowledge, products and services that can be used to improve learning throughout life.

The ACER International Student Scholarship, which is based on the highest score achieved in the International Student Admissions Test, helps support an international student who wishes to study for an undergraduate business degree at an Australian university.

The scholarship, which will be paid over two to three years, will cover Mr Tan’s tuition fees.

Mr Tan said winning the inaugural ACER International Student Scholarship was a “lucky break.”

“I don’t consider myself to be academically inclined, at least compared with my siblings,” he said. “Winning the ACER International Student Scholarship has renewed my confidence in myself.”

Although he is a Malaysian citizen, Mr Tan spent most of his life in Singapore, including completing national service there.

Mr Tan, who describes himself as having been an international student since kindergarten, said studying a business degree at JCU in Townsville was a “smart choice.”

“The whole point of a university education is to arm you with the right tools to advance your career, but studying in Australia also supports my education as a citizen of the world,” he says.

The 21-year-old said the ACER International Student Scholarship would ease the financial pressure on his family.

“My parents have inspired me to strive to make the most of my abilities; it is their sacrifices that have enabled my successes.”

Mr Tan said he had originally intended to study a Bachelor of Psychology, with the aim of completing an MBA afterward.

“However, when the opportunity presented itself for me to try out both psychology and business at the same time, it gave me the chance to better understand both degrees, and therefore make a wiser decision with regards to my Master’s,” he said.

“I originally chose JCU Singapore as it was regarded as the best university for psychology in Singapore; however, it did not provide a double degree in both business and psychology, something that could be found at the main campus.

“Therefore, when a group of my friends decided to transfer to JCU Townsville, I saw it as an opportunity to try out business as well as to become more independent.”

The news of his success in obtaining the scholarship came as a surprise, he said.

“I never regarded myself as an ideal candidate, despite my friend’s protests. While Singapore is a very academically inclined country, I was never counted amongst the smartest of my cohort, so obtaining a scholarship was never something I thought I could accomplish.”

He was looking forward to life in North Queensland, he said.

“Of course, coming to Townsville has brought about numerous learning opportunities, both in and outside the classroom. With the scholarship at hand, I have been freed from most of my financial concerns and can focus more on making the most of this rare and delightful opportunity.”

JCU Business School

The Faculty of Law, Business and the Creative Arts offers internationally recognized degrees that inspire students by exposing them to contemporary issues, the latest research and new ideas. JCU business degrees focus on learning outcomes that have professional relevance and practical application.

Located across two campuses in the tropical north of the state of Queensland, the JCU Business School offers a broad leading edge range of business-related disciplines and degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

At the advanced master’s level, the JCU Business School offers the following degrees:

  • Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) fully approved through industry accreditation
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a selection of majors such as the popular Dispute Resolution
  • Master of Economics at the Townsville campus

Find out more about JCU scholarships for international students.

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Would you like more information about studying business at the JCU Business School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at 1-866-698-7355 or email rachel@oztrekk.com. Find out how you can study in Australia!

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

JCU Business School to host lecture

One of Australia’s most recognizable former political leaders will present the next BEST lecture at James Cook University in Townsville next month.

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Former Premier of Victoria and Founding Chairman of beyondblue, a national depression initiative, Jeff Kennett AC will make the presentation as part of the Business Excellence Series in the Tropics (BEST), hosted by JCU’s School of Business.

The BEST series involves presentations by prominent community, industry and government leaders who share their knowledge and experience on a range of topical themes, issues, challenges and trends.

Mr Kennett, Victorian Premier from 1992 to 1999, and arguably one of its strongest, will speak on the topic “Low standards are no standards in corporate or political life” on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Professor David Low, head of the JCU Business School, said he was particularly interested to talk to Mr Kennett about his career post-politics, his thoughts on mental health and the community as well as his very outspoken stance on drugs in sport.

“Given this is only a few weeks after the federal election it will also be interesting to canvass his opinion on the political winners and losers of the federal election,” he said.

The Faculty of Law, Business and the Creative Arts offers internationally recognized degrees that inspire students by exposing them to contemporary issues, the latest research and new ideas. JCU Business School degrees focus on learning outcomes that have professional relevance and practical application.

Located across two campuses in the tropical north of the state of Queensland, JCU’s School of Business offers a broad, leading-edge range of business-related disciplines and degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

International students are welcome to attend the Cairns or Townsville locations to further their studies in a safe and welcoming tropical environment.

At the advanced master’s level, the Business School offers the following degrees:

  • Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) fully approved through industry accreditation
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a selection of majors such as the popular Dispute Resolution
  • Master of Economics at the Townsville campus

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Learn more about JCU Business School.

Find out how to apply to Australian Business Schools in Australia. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at 1-866-698-7355 or email rachel@oztrekk.com Find out how you can study in Australia!

 

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Program of the Month: Master of Business Administration

Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees are offered at Australian University Business Schools and are recognized around the world. In Australia, MBA programs are offered to students interested in developing skills in leadership and management, as well as fundamental business areas such as finance, marketing and organizational behaviour.

Many programs offer students the opportunity to develop skills in analysis, teamwork and communication. In most MBA programs, students are able to explore their own interests via elective course study in areas such as health, finance, human resources or information technology. The following Australian universities, which OzTREKK represents, offer Master of Business Administration programs:

 

Bond University Business School
Course: Master of Business Administration
Duration: 1 Year
Entry Requirements:  Applicant must have completed a bachelor’s degree with a strong GPA, and a minimum of three years of work experience. If applicants do not meet these requirements, a GMAT score of at least 580 and an interview may be required.

 

James Cook University Business School
Course: Master of Business Administration
Duration: 1.5 Years
Entry Requirements: Applicant must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline. While it is also preferable to have several years of work and management experience, it is not a compulsory entry requirement for the degree.

 

Macquarie University Business School
Course: Master of Business Administration
Duration: 1 Year
Entry Requirements: Applicant must have completed an undergraduate degree, and have a minimum of five years managerial/professional work experience, or have a minimum of two years of work experience and a GPA of 3.30 on a 4.0 scale.

 

Monash University Business School
Course: Master of Business Administration
Duration: 2 Years
Entry Requirements: Applicant must have completed an undergraduate degree with at least a 65% average, and have five years of relevant work experience, with at least three years working in a managerial position.

University of Melbourne Business School
Course: Master of Business Administration
Duration: 16 or 20 months
Entry Requirements: Applicant must have completed an undergraduate degree, have a minimum of two years of full-time post-graduation work experience, and a 550 GMAT score or above.

University of Newcastle Business School
Course: Master of Business Administration
Duration: 1 Year
Entry Requirements: Applicant must have a recognized bachelor’s degree or postgraduate diploma, or a recognized graduate certificate; or, the applicant should have a recognized diploma and two years of work experience; or have a 550 GMAT score or above.

University of Queensland Business School
Course: Master of Business Administration
Duration: 1 Year
Entry Requirements: Applicant must have completed an undergraduate degree with a 4.5 GPA on a 7.00 scale, have at least three years of relevant work experience, and a 550 GMAT score or above.

 

The MBA not your thing? Here are some more business programs!

 

What is the GMAT?

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a computer-adaptive standardized test in Mathematics and the

English language for measuring aptitude to succeed academically in graduate business studies. Business schools in North America commonly use the test as one selection criterion for admission.

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