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Monday, July 25th, 2016

Introducing the new Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management at the University of Sydney

New in 2017, the Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management is an innovative five year full-time degree that teaches a unique combination of pharmacy skills and business knowledge. Students will develop an understanding of sound business practices integrated with sustainable healthcare models, and also develop the commercial, clinical and communication skills to thrive in a changing and competitive healthcare landscape.

Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management at the University of Sydney

Study pharmacy and management at the University of Sydney!

Whether you decide to register as a pharmacist, run your own business, enter the pharmaceutical industry, work for government agencies, or contribute to research and academia, one thing is for sure, you will be in demand!

You will study a unique combination of pharmacy and management subjects to ensure you stand out from your peers.

You will receive blended learning opportunities through a mix of lectures, tutorials, labs, small group work, problem-based learning and clinical placements, which develop valuable practical skills and experience.

You will have access to the newly opened University of Sydney Business School, a state-of-the-art learning environment, as well as Faculty of Pharmacy’s cutting-edge facilities.

You will learn from some of the most highly respected academics in Australia and the world.

You will be exposed to a range of modern clinical settings to gain hands-on experience and learn how drugs are developed and how medications affect the human body.

Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: Feb/March
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

Bachelor of Pharmacy

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: Feb/March
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

Apply to the University of Sydney Pharmacy School!

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Do you have questions about the new Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management program? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com or 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Sydney Business School alumni welcome international students

Prominent Sydney Business School alumni will join a university-wide initiative to “introduce new students to some of the people and places that make Sydney one of the best cities in the world,” through the ‘Welcome to Sydney’ program.

The program sees alumni plan and host events for small groups of new regional and international students to encourage networking and friendships during the exciting, yet daunting start of semester.

University of Sydney Business School

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“When starting university, some students get lonely and leave their course half way through. The program’s purpose is to give a warm welcome to our students, particularly for those who haven’t been to Sydney before. We try to go above and beyond to make them feel welcome,” said Lily Meszaros, Manager of Volunteer Engagement.

“The ‘Welcome to Sydney’ program is working to increase the student experience, not just on the academic side. It’s all about inclusion and making them feel a part of the university,” said Ms Meszaros.

The ‘Welcome to Sydney’ program holds significant appeal to the Business School, where 60% of last year’s students were international.

“The Business School’s well-deserved reputation as a world leader in undergraduate and postgraduate business education with cutting edge dynamic programs is reflected in the number of international students choosing to join us,” said Dean of Sydney Business School, Professor Greg Whitwell.

“With this growing number of international students comes a responsibility to ensure that business school life is open, welcoming and, most importantly, inclusive,” said Professor Whitwell.

Business School alumna and 2015 ‘Welcome to Sydney’ host Emma Ringland said the program displayed a unique benefit of the University of Sydney.

“It’s a good way of letting alumni give back to the university in a meaningful, manner,” said Ms Ringland.

“I think this sort of low-key interaction between alumni and international students is a very good way of engaging these two quite different stakeholder groups of the business school,” said Ms Ringland.

“I was pleased that each of my four guests was from a different cultural background. This made for a really interesting discussion over lunch.”

Gundeep Khalon, an Indian exchange student in the Master of Commerce program, said the 2015 event helped him have the time of his life in Sydney.

“The host invited us to their home and took us for dinner at a surf club. I loved their hospitality and would recommend this type of event to all international students,” said Mr Khalon.

Proposed outings for this year’s program include dinner and fireworks at Barangaroo, a scenic walk through Manly and the Spit Bridge, or a visit to the Sydney Fish Markets followed by a Wentworth Park picnic.

Master of Commerce at the University of Sydney

The Sydney Master of Commerce will equip you with the advanced skills and knowledge required for a high-level position in industry, business and government. Whether your background is in business or in some other field such as arts, engineering or science, the MCom is the ideal degree to either fast-track your current career or take it in a new direction entirely.

The Master of Commerce offers great choice and flexibility, allowing you to develop the knowledge and transferable skills to advance your career in a wide range of specialisations. Offering solid grounding in the fundamental areas of business and 18 elective specialisations, the program will give you the scope to enter a wide range of business careers. After completing your foundation units, choose up to three areas of specialisation.

If you are new to business studies, this program offers the right combination of breadth and depth, and will equip you with an applied understanding of business concepts and practices.

Core specialisation examples (many more to choose from):

  • Accounting
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Information Systems
  • Business Law
  • Business Sustainability
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • People, Management and Organisations
  • Project Management
  • Quantitative Finance

Degree: Master of Commerce
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intakes: March and July
Application deadlines: January 30 and June 30

Entry requirements

Candidates must have completed an undergraduate degree or a graduate diploma/certificate from a recognized post-secondary institution and have a minimum of a 65% average.

Apply to the University of Sydney Business School!

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For more information about Sydney Business School, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at 1-866-698-7355 or shannon@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

University of Sydney Business School jumps eight places

University of Sydney Business School jumps eight places in highly respected global rankings by the UK’s Financial Times.

The Business School’s flagship Master of Management program now stands at 39th in the world, up from 47th in 2014. It also remains in the top five in Asia and the only Australian MMgt program to appear in the FT’s prestigious ranking.

University of Sydney Business School

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“This is absolutely brilliant news,” said the Business School Dean Professor Greg Whitwell, who joined the school in June 2014. “I’m very proud.

“The rise in our rankings is testimony to our commitment to continuous improvement and the dedication and energy of our academic and professional staff,” he added.

“To rise eight places in a world in which global competition between business schools is becoming ever more intense, is a truly remarkable achievement.”

Sydney Business School Deputy Dean (Education), Professor John Shields, said he was “delighted that the Financial Times has again recognised the outstanding quality of our Master of Management program and its graduates.”

“The school’s educational mission is global in its reach and seeks to graduate young management professionals ready to assume socially responsible leadership roles in businesses in any part of the developed or developing world,” Professor Shields said.

Amongst other things, the FT rankings are based on salary levels achieved by graduates, their international career prospects, the gender balance within the student cohort, the program’s corporate partnerships and perceptions of “value for money.”

“Our dramatic rise in this important global ranking evidences both the quality of our Master of Management program and the outstanding career progress and opportunities for our graduates,” said Associate Professor Philip Seltsikas, the Business School’s Associate Dean (Graduate Management).

“Our Master of Management is designed to equip students from diverse backgrounds with the skills and capabilities required to launch management careers,” Associate Professor Seltsikas said. “It is also strongly supported by our industry partners.”

“It is the quality of our corporate connections and the way we embed these into our degree programs that truly sets us apart,” he added.

A total of 80 schools in 23 countries appear in the 2015 FT rankings.

The University of Sydney Business School is positioned in the top 40 with a range of leading institutions including HEC Paris, Essec Business School, the Rotterdam School of Management, the London Business School, Warwick Business School, the Indian Institute of Management and Shanghai’s Jiao Tong University.

The exclusive CEMS Master’s in International Management Program (MIM), which is offered by an alliance of 29 business schools around the world, moved up the FT’s ranking from fifth place in 2014 to fourth place this year.

The University of Sydney Business School is the only Australian tertiary institution accredited to offer the CEMS MIM degree program.

The Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine has, meanwhile, ranked the Business School’s Global Executive MBA (Global EMBA) the nation’s number one executive education program of its type.

Describing the BOSS ranking as “absolutely fabulous,” the Director of Executive Education and Global EMBA Program Director, Associate Professor Robin Stonecash, said the School’s Global EMBA was aimed at “turning students into self-aware leaders with the confidence and the ability to impact on society through their business or their community activities.”

The Business School’s 18-month Global EMBA consists of five, two week modules, two of which are undertaken in Australia. The others are delivered in California’s Silicon Valley, in the Indian city of Bangalore and in southern France in cooperation with local businesses.

“The FT Rankings for our MMgt and the CEMS MIM, as well as the number one BOSS ranking for our Global EMBA is clear external validation of what we already knew; the University of Sydney Business School is truly a world-class institution,” concluded Professor Whitwell.

About the Sydney Master of Management

The Sydney Master of Management is a pre-experience program designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to pursue a career in management within your chosen field.

Distinctive features include small class sizes, a highly interactive learning environment, direct involvement with corporate partners and a focus (across all the specifically designed units of study) on solving real-world business problems. Part of the course involves students working directly with a leading company on a real business project.

The degree was designed by the University of Sydney, with input from leading European business schools and a number of the world’s most renowned corporations. The contribution of business leaders in the design of this course cannot be underestimated. It was built on a foundation of the key characteristics employers are seeking in tomorrow’s business leaders.

Program: Master of Management
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 1.15 years / 60 weeks full time
Semester intakes: March or July
Application deadline: It is recommended Canadian students apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply, you will need

  • a completed bachelor’s degree from a recognised university with a minimum credit (65%) average;
  • to submit your CV (with photo);
  • to submit a statement of motivation; and
  • to attend an interview.

Applications will be accepted from students who are currently completing the final semester of their degree and have a credit (65%) average at the time of application.

Apply to the University of Sydney Business School!

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Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355 for more information about Sydney Business School.

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Sydney professor talks about why business prizes humanities degrees

Do you have a Bachelor of Arts and wondering about your career options? Have you ever considered business? Read on!

By Associate Professor Richard Miles, first published in the Australian Financial Review. Associate Professor Richard Miles directs the ArtSS Career-Ready Program at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney.

It’s an all-too-common claim that a humanities education is well past its sell-by date.

University of Sydney Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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In the United States, the Republican Senator for Florida Marco Rubio has questioned the point of studying Greek philosophy, “because the market for Greek philosophers is tight.” In Texas, they have passed legislation to encourage students to major in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects instead of those in the liberal arts. In Australia, the Institute of Public Affairs suggested as recently as last year that taxpayers shouldn’t fund arts degrees at all. These are extreme examples but they are emblematic of the negativity that can downplay the contribution of arts graduates, across a spectrum of economic activities.

In the humanities, we defend ourselves by pointing out the dangers of reducing university education to little more than training for future employment. Anyone who wants to live in a dynamic and innovative society should have sympathy with this argument. Yet, it does not address the legitimate aspirations of students for a successful and fulfilling career after graduation.

Anyone who has ever been behind a humanities department information desk at a university open day can attest that career prospects are understandably a prime concern for students and their parents. With the prospect of rising costs in higher education, these concerns are only going to grow. Universities will be called upon to put energy and resources into making the case for why Australia needs arts graduates more than ever. This does not necessarily mean humanities education needs to be radically reformed but that it gets better at explaining to employers the vital skills it helps students acquire.

Arts graduates have characteristics traditionally prized by the Australian corporate and public sectors. At the University of Sydney the percentage of arts students from the highest performing ATAR group matches or exceeds those in the science and business degrees. My own academic discipline, classics, might seem as about as far removed from the needs of a modern commercial enterprise as it is possible to get.

Yet when I taught at university in the United Kingdom, my students were routinely hired by investment banks, management consultancies, accountancy firms and government agencies not because of their ability to translate Latin or ancient Greek, but because these employers coveted their analytical, critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills.

It’s for these reasons that Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney has partnered with organisations such as Westpac, KPMG, Telstra and Allianz to create paid placement programs for bright and enterprising students. By coupling these placements with professional skills workshops on our campus, the program readies arts students for the workplace and demonstrates to employers the breadth of skills held by our graduates.

Surprisingly, it is technology that has strengthened the case for employing arts graduates. Technological innovation is now so fast-moving that it is difficult to predict the skills executives will require in five, let alone 10 years. This creates problems for vocational degrees in keeping up with these ever-changing requirements. Yet, the ability to synthesise large quantities of diffuse data into a clear, economical and effective argument—a key feature of an arts degree—will never go out of fashion.

The influential Second Carnegie Report on Business Education, published in 2011, made this clear. The dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto said the study “effectively dismantles the argument that there is no time or need for the liberal arts in modern business education. The authors correctly point out that the world needs business leaders who can manage complexity, think creatively and leverage the insights of others—skills honed far more explicitly in the liberal arts than in business.”

That’s why arts graduates are greatly overrepresented in the senior ranks of corporate Australia. Take for example Westpac, where Brian Hartzer, a history graduate has recently replaced Gail Kelly, who studied classics, as CEO. It is the all-important ‘soft skills’ that are essential for effective senior leadership—particularly those around effective communication and empathy. These are core attributes of an arts degree.

The challenge now for Australia’s universities and employers is to forge effective partnerships with one another to ensure that young talented Australian arts students are given the opportunities for the careers that they deserve.

University of Sydney Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney remains one of the leading institutions for the arts and humanities globally. Recently, the university was ranked 21st in the world under the QS World University Rankings by Faculty 2014 – Arts and Humanities.

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Learn more about the University of Sydney’s arts degrees. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Arts Programs Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com for more information about arts programs at Australian universities.

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

University of Sydney Business School cementing US relations

The University of Sydney has received a glowing endorsement in the United States House of Representatives by Congressman John Shimkus.

The praise was directed at the Industry Placement Program (IPP) arrangement between the University of Sydney Business School and the United States Studies Centre.

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Congressman Shimkus took the opportunity in Congress to thank Joshua Sprake, a Business School Arts Commerce undergraduate who spent several months as an intern at Capitol Hill.

“He has excelled in managing his different commitments and has been able to apply his skills to look outside of the box in many of the tasks that have been assigned to him,” Congressman Shimkus told members of the house.

A valuable learning curve

Joshua noted that certain cultural and political differences between Australia and the United States are “mind boggling” and he was able to view issues from a different perspective.

“I also learnt things that I would not have learnt in a classroom. I learnt about different ways of thinking and different ways of working,” Joshua said.

Just under 50 Australian students have taken up the opportunity to work in the Washington placement program during the past five years. According to Congressman Shimkus, the program has helped to strengthen and preserve the relationship between the two countries. Participating students also earn credits toward their chosen degree while learning firsthand about working in a high-level organisation.

Industry placements available in Australia and overseas

Joshua worked alongside fellow interns from Germany and also Samuel Edwards from the University of Canberra. Congressman Shimkus is obviously pleased with the input from our young Australian ambassadors and hopes they “look fondly back upon their time here and are able to take some knowledge and American values with them throughout their life.”

About the University of Sydney Business School

The University of Sydney Business School is a world-class business school at the forefront of global business and management education.

The business school also offers students studying for selected degrees the opportunity to work for a leading firm as part of their degree, through their innovative Industry Placement Program.

Enrolment into the Industry Placement Program or unit of study is selective and only those students who successfully proceed through the selection process are considered for placements. Students from the Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Commerce combined degrees; the Master of Commerce; the Masters of HR & IR; the Masters of Professional Accounting; the Masters of Logistics Management and the Masters of Transport Management; plus those completing a Bachelor of Economics degree being administered by the University of Sydney Business School are eligible to apply. The selection criteria on which all assessment tasks are based are Commerciality, Teamwork and Leadership, Business Communication, and Critical Thinking.

The Industry Placement Program falls into three main categories:

  1. Local – placements with Sydney-based firms
  2. Regional – placements with regionally located organisations
  3. International – placements in Asia, Europe, and the US

Apply to the University of Sydney Business School!

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Are you interested in studying at the University of Sydney Business School? Want to find the right business program for you? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Ancient ceremony marks milestone in construction of state-of-the-art Sydney Business School

Ancient traditions are important, it seems, even for the enormous, no-nonsense John Holland Group, a company with an image more readily defined by hard hat, concrete pours, towering construction cranes and tight deadlines on multi-million-dollar projects.

Last year, the company invited a local Aboriginal elder to perform a smoking ceremony on the site of the University of Sydney Business School‘s new $250-million state-of-the-art facility in the Sydney suburb of Darlington.

University of Sydney Business School

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A year on and John Holland Group has again turned to ancient tradition to ensure the successful completion of this vast undertaking know as the Abercrombie Precinct project.

Before an audience of hard-hat wearing workers, company managers and University of Sydney representatives, an evergreen tree from the Australian rainforest was hoisted six floors above the ground to the top level of the partly competed building.

This, the dignitaries were told, was a “Topping Out” ceremony, an ancient Scandinavian religious rite held when a construction reaches its highest point. The aim is to appease the tree-dwelling spirits displaced by the building work.

Following the raising of the tree, University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence and the Sydney Business School‘s Dean, Professor Greg Whitwell, were invited to make a gloved hand impression in wet cement for posterity.

“This is not just a building; it is an investment in the young people of Australia and the region,” said Dr Spence. “It is a building that will create opportunities.”

Professor Whitwell said the Abercrombie Precinct resulted from the hard work, creativity and imagination of a small army of people and would ultimately become an asset and a showcase for the entire university.

“This building will allow us to reach our potential as a world-class business school,” he said. “Most importantly, it will allow us to do what we have always done and that is making lives better.”

John Holland’s Project Director Adrian Mulhall admitted that the company had faced some challenges and would no doubt face further challenges before the project is completed in the middle of next year. “We have still got a lot of work to go but today is a day for celebration,” he said.

In keeping with ancient tradition, workers on the site were treated to a meal at the end of the Topping Out formalities. The tree, itself, will be transferred to the grounds of the nearby Darlington Public School.

The John Holland Group chose to “appease” the tree dwelling spirits with the Topping Out ceremony on the eve All Hallows’ Day, better known as Halloween, a time for remembering the dead including saints and martyrs—just a coincidence or perhaps another nod to tradition.

Business Leader Postgraduate Scholarships

The University of Sydney Business School is offering up to 20 scholarships for local and international students undertaking one of the eligible single master’s postgraduate coursework programs offered in semester 1, 2015. The scholarships are awarded on merit to the most outstanding applicant against the following selection criteria of academic achievement, leadership, ambassadorial potential and motivation to succeed in business in a socially responsible way. The scholarships will cover 50% of the tuition fees for up to 16 units of study, pending degree duration.

Semester 1, 2015 applications deadline: January 15, 2015

Sydney Business School is currently taking applications from students who will be commencing one of the eligible master’s degrees in semester 1, 2015.

Only candidates who are expected to commence study in one of the following degrees in semester 1, 2015 may apply for the Business Leader Postgraduate Scholarship:

  • Master of Commerce
  • Master of Professional Accounting
  • Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations
  • Master of International Business
  • Master of Logistics Management
  • Master of Marketing
  • Master of Transport Management
  • Master of Management
  • Master of Management (CEMS)

The scholarship covers 50% tuition fees and is tenable for 1.5 to 2 years full-time study. The tuition fee will be cleared following census dates (March 31 and August 31). The scholarship does not include airfares to Sydney, living expenses, study materials, text books, any ancillary fees (if applicable) or Overseas Student Health Cover each year.

The scholarship is competitive, by application and awarded on merit to the most outstanding applicant assessed against the following four selection criteria:

  1. Prior academic achievement, which must include a prior university degree with an Australian-equivalent average of at least 75%
  2. Leadership capability, with the successful applicant being required to demonstrate outstanding leadership potential in the business domain
  3. Ambassadorial potential, including outstanding public and professional communication skills
  4. Motivation to succeed in business in a socially responsible way by demonstrating a commitment to applying the learning offered in the chosen master’s program to making a positive difference to professional life and business practice

Apply to the University of Sydney Business School!

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For more information about this scholarship and to apply, and about Sydney Business School, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Master of Management at Sydney Business School ranked #1

Dean of the Sydney Business School, Professor Greg Whitwell; Associate Dean (Management Education), Associate Professor Philip Seltsikas; and current Master of Management student, Emma Cowan, talk about the internationally ranked Master of Management program at the business school and what makes it stand apart.

About the Sydney Master of Management

The Sydney Master of Management is a pre-experience program designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to pursue a career in management within your chosen field.

Distinctive features include small class sizes, a highly interactive learning environment, direct involvement with corporate partners and a focus (across all the specifically designed units of study) on solving real-world business problems. Part of the course involves students working directly with a leading company on a real business project.

The degree was designed by the University of Sydney, with input from leading European business schools and a number of the world’s most renowned corporations. The contribution of business leaders in the design of this course cannot be underestimated. It was built on a foundation of the key characteristics employers are seeking in tomorrow’s business leaders.

Program: Master of Management
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 1.15 years / 60 weeks full time
Semester intake: March or July
Application deadline: January 31, 2015 for the March 2015 intake

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for the Master of Management degree you will need

  • a completed bachelor’s degree from a recognised university with a minimum credit (65%) average.
  • to submit your CV (with photo)
  • to submit a statement of motivation
  • to attend an interview

Applications will be accepted from students who are currently completing the final semester of their degree and have a credit (65%) average at the time of application.

Business Leader Postgraduate Scholarships

The University of Sydney Business School is offering up to 20 scholarships for local and international students undertaking one of the eligible single master’s postgraduate coursework programs offered in semester 1, 2015. The scholarship covers 50% tuition fees and is tenable for 1.5 to 2 years full-time study. The Master of Management degree is eligible for this scholarship!

Semester 1, 2015 applications deadline: January 15, 2015

Apply to the University of Sydney Business School!

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Find out which business programs are eligible for the scholarship! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355 for more information about Sydney Business School.

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Sydney Business School scholarships available

Business Leader Postgraduate Scholarships

The University of Sydney Business School is offering up to 20 scholarships for local and international students undertaking one of the eligible single master’s postgraduate coursework programs offered in semester 1, 2015. The scholarships are awarded on merit to the most outstanding applicant against the following selection criteria of academic achievement, leadership, ambassadorial potential and motivation to succeed in business in a socially responsible way. The scholarships will cover 50% of the tuition fees for up to 16 units of study, pending degree duration.

University of Sydney Business School

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Semester 1, 2015 applications deadline: January 15, 2015

Sydney Business School is currently taking applications from students who will be commencing one of the eligible master’s degrees in semester 1, 2015.

Only candidates who are expected to commence study in one of the following degrees in semester 1, 2015 may apply for the Business Leader Postgraduate Scholarship:

  • Master of Commerce
  • Master of Professional Accounting
  • Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations
  • Master of International Business
  • Master of Logistics Management
  • Master of Marketing
  • Master of Transport Management
  • Master of Management
  • Master of Management (CEMS)

The scholarship covers 50% tuition fees and is tenable for 1.5 to 2 years full-time study. The tuition fee will be cleared following census dates (March 31 and August 31). The scholarship does not include airfares to Sydney, living expenses, study materials, text books, any ancillary fees (if applicable) or Overseas Student Health Cover each year.

The scholarship is competitive, by application and awarded on merit to the most outstanding applicant assessed against the following four selection criteria:

  1. Prior academic achievement, which must include a prior university degree with an Australian-equivalent average of at least 75%
  2. Leadership capability, with the successful applicant being required to demonstrate outstanding leadership potential in the business domain
  3. Ambassadorial potential, including outstanding public and professional communication skills
  4. Motivation to succeed in business in a socially responsible way by demonstrating a commitment to applying the learning offered in the chosen master’s program to making a positive difference to professional life and business practice

Applicants are required to submit an application addressing each of the above criteria, including certified details of prior academic results. Applicant performance against these criteria is assessed by a committee from Management Education chaired by the Associate Dean, Management Education. The committee nominates individual applicants on the basis of their application submitted. The committee will recommend the nominees for the award to the Associate Dean, Postgraduate Coursework for approval.

Apply to the University of Sydney Business School!

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For more information about this scholarship and to apply, and about Sydney Business School, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, June 20th, 2014

University of Sydney Business School course challenges students to help the poor

Postgraduate students are being told to “radically rethink” many traditional business principles and focus on a five trillion dollar international market that has been all but ignored by the world’s investors.

The four billion people in the developing world who exist on less than five dollars a day, says Associate Professor Ranjit Voola, provide the private sector with an enormous opportunity to genuinely engage with them in alleviating poverty and making profits.

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Dr Voola has developed a unit titled “Poverty alleviation and profitability” for approximately 50 students engaged in the CEMS Masters in International Management. CEMS in an elite global alliance of 29 business schools which includes the University of Sydney Business School.

“This unit is unique in its content in Australia and the University of Sydney Business School is among the first CEMS partner to introduce this into its curriculum,” he said.

“The unit is aimed at encouraging students to radically rethink the traditional business focus on prosperous middle class markets and engage with the world’s poor,” Dr Voola explains. “We are not talking about exploitation but rather a novel role for business in poverty alleviation.”

Dr Voola says that while poverty alleviation had been the exclusive domain of not-for-profits, governments and multinational organisations like the World Bank, there is now both moral and economic imperative for businesses to become involved.

As examples of how business can engage with the poor, profitably, Dr Voola points to the Safaricom/Vodofone M-Pesa venture in Kenya, which allows money transfers and access to microfinance via a mobile phone. “This enhances financial literacy and financial inclusion, amongst the poor,” he said.

Another firm, Saathi, a small start-up has developed an innovative way of providing Indian women with affordable access to sanitary protection and a sustainable business.

“A lack of access to affordable sanitary protection robs around two hundred million Indian women of vital work and education opportunities,” Dr Voola explains. “Saathi has developed a way of making sanitary products from banana fibre and it has partnered with local women, who buy the machinery, manufacture the products and distribute them. This business model, engages the poor as both consumers and as producers.”

The Sydney Business School professor admits that “poverty alleviation and profitability” is challenging students to rethink all that they have been taught about business priorities and business risk in a developed marketplace like Australia and Europe.

“We are asking them to consider a business strategy that targets illiterate people with very little money who currently operate in an informal economy,” he says. “We are also asking them to base their engagement with these people on social justice principles.”

“The UN and others in the field now recognise that the private sector will eventually have a leading role to play in the alleviation of poverty,” Dr Voola concludes. “By 2050, the world’s population is forecast to be 9.3 billion, with a significant percentage who are poor.”

Master of International Business  at Sydney Business School

The Sydney Master of International Business will equip you with the knowledge and skills to advance your career to the global level in industry, government and non-government organisations.

The Master of International Business is a specialised program tailored to students seeking to build a career with a global outlook. It is also appropriate for more seasoned managers who are looking to progress their global learning curve and to advance their skills in managing culturally diverse employees and teams.

Program: Master of International Business
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 1.15 years (60 weeks)
Semester intake: March or July
Application deadline: June 30 for the July 2014 intake; January 31, 2015 for the March 2015 intake

Entry requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Master of International Business will hold a bachelor’s degree, graduate diploma/certificate in commerce/business or equivalent from a recognized post-secondary institution with a minimum credit (65%) average.

Apply to the University of Sydney Business School

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Are you interested in studying at the University of Sydney Business School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady for more information about business programs Australian universities. Email Rachel rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Business as usual with Sydney Master of Commerce student

Have you ever considered studying business? How about studying business at an Australian Business School? There are a wide range of Canadian business degrees available, so why should you consider studying in Australia?

A former OzTREKK student gives us the 4-1-1 on studying the Master of Commerce at the University of Sydney Business School.

How did you become interested business?
I became interested in business through a junior/entry-level job opportunity I held in Toronto, which brought me into contact with people in the finance industry. As well, elective courses I’d taken in my BA Hons degree had confirmed that I’d enjoy the academic content.

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What made you choose Sydney vs the other Australian universities?
My partner is Australian and we made the decision to move to Sydney. The University of Sydney Business School offered a program that suited my interests and academic background as well as provided opportunities that others didn’t (Industry Placement Program).

What is the Master of Commerce, anyway?
It’s effectively a Bachelor of Commerce only instead of covering broadly most if not all business/commerce subjects, you instead focus on one or two in greater detail. I’d say it’s meant for people who already have an idea of where they’d like to focus their attention in business rather than test out each and make a decision later (as in second or third year of a BComm).

What do you plan to do now that you have graduated? 
I’ve been sponsored by one of the major banks and currently work in finance.

What do you like about your program/dislike? What was the most surprising thing?
I like the fact that it gives a student a solid foundation and a chance at a second career, the flexibility in the courses, and the Industry Placement Program. I also like that it’s located in Sydney and is centrally located. The potential to meet plenty of people from around the world is also a plus!

I’m not crazy about the tuition fees as it is an expensive degree and the fact that most of the major employers do not hire international students in Australia, even after they obtain their degree. That being said, I can think of at least two or three others including myself who were able to get sponsorship, but go in knowing that jobs won’t land on your lap without a bit of effort. I used the Industry Placement Program at the University of Sydney Business School—available to international students—as my initial way into a bank here in Australia.

The Master of Commerce degree is basically seen on the same level as a Bachelor of Commerce degree here in Australia (and to be honest, you’ll learn much if not exactly the same content, only in fewer subjects and no variety in first year courses). I feel there are two useless, yet mandatory, courses that you do at the start and end of your degree which are meant to provide the student with a well-rounded business experience.

How has your time in Sydney and in Australia been so far? Have you had time to travel?
Both Sydney and Australia are incredible. I’ve had the chance to travel around Australia and head home a few times. The obvious problems that come with the country are isolation and travel expense. Also, Sydney is expensive. Really expensive, but very accommodating and welcoming. The work/life balance that most companies maintain is incredible. Lifestyle is great 90% of the year. But the Internet is slow.

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What was the most difficult thing about moving to Australia? 
Accommodation initially was a pain as you don’t know where to go. I would suggest Newtown or Glebe if you want to be close to the main campus at the University of Sydney. Expect to pay $250 – $275 per week for a half-decent place. Isolation from other countries. Expensive. Difficulty for most international students to get a full-time job after graduation (student internships and graduate programs at most major companies—banks and the like—do not accept international student applications).

Do you have any advice for students thinking about studying at Sydney?
Make sure you have a contingency in coming back home comfortably after you graduate as it may be tougher to land a working/sponsorship visa than you think. Be sure to look into potential employers prior to coming to see if they accept international candidates for entry-level/analyst roles. If you can, don’t cheap out and live a bus trip or a train trip away from the university. Life for international students/young adults is in the city and beaches, not the suburbs.

About the University of Sydney Business School

The University of Sydney Business School is a world-class business school at the forefront of global business and management education.

The business school also offers students studying for selected degrees the opportunity to work for a leading firm as part of their degree, through their innovative Industry Placement Program.

Enrolment into the Industry Placement Program program or unit of study is selective and only those students who successfully proceed through the selection process are considered for placements. Students from the Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Commerce combined degrees; the Master of Commerce; the Masters of HR & IR; the Masters of Professional Accounting; the Masters of Logistics Management and the Masters of Transport Management; plus those completing a Bachelor of Economics degree being administered by the University of Sydney Business School are eligible to apply. The selection criteria on which all assessment tasks are based are Commerciality, Teamwork and Leadership, Business Communication, and Critical Thinking.

The Industry Placement Program falls into three main categories:

  1. Local – placements with Sydney-based firms
  2. Regional – placements with regionally located organisations
  3. International – placements in Asia, Europe, and the US

Degree: Master of Commerce
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March and July
Application deadline: June 30, 2014 for the July 2014 intake; January 31, 2015 for the March 2015 intake

The Sydney Master of Commerce will equip you with the advanced skills and knowledge required for a high-level position in industry, business and government. The program first provides foundational business knowledge and then allows you to develop a specific focus in an area that most interests you. After extensive review, the business school created a revitalised Master of Commerce program structure. Unlike specialist master’s programs, the MCom is built on flexibility so it can be tailored to suit your needs.

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