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Thursday, November 17th, 2016

UQ graduate shows the tables are turning for women in digital and IT

Women in the information technology industry have become a hot commodity, sometimes even used as trophies to enhance a company’s ability to attract and retain the very best (female) talent.

IT and digital companies are recruiting women for a variety of reasons: to boost their employer brand, because they are a listed company and are under pressure to report on their workforce diversity statistics, or because these employers genuinely want to enhance gender diversity for the right reasons. The right reasons being that they acknowledge the benefits of diversity on problem solving, innovation and, more broadly, thought leadership.

UQ graduate shows the tables are turning for women in digital and IT

Women in Digital and Digital Talent Co. CEO Holly Tattersall (Photo: UQ)

The most successful women in digital and IT choose to work with companies where gender diversity and inclusion is demonstrated at every level of the organisation, and with companies who offer roles that can keep up with the ambitions and abilities of women in their industry.

Women are now so highly sought after in these professions that they have the luxury to pick and choose which employer they work with, according to the perks and benefits on offer, and also based on their deeper compatibility with a company’s professional ethos.

While a company may promote their gender-diverse policies, flexible working arrangements and inclusive culture, when the rubber hits the road many women are lured to workplaces that don’t practice what they preach. They might, for example, subtly (or not-so-subtly) discourage females from leaving work early to get the kids, despite the fact they will burn the midnight oil from home later.

This incompatibility of values means an increasing number of these outstanding women are becoming entrepreneurs, jumping off the corporate ladder and instead starting their own companies or small businesses.

For the women who don’t go down the path of starting their own business, this disconnection of companies who talk the talk but don’t walk the walk creates a genuine challenge as they are then left having to decipher sometimes misleading employer branding messages.

How do they figure out the real story? They ask peers, their networks or do research online. The truth will always out.

But what if you don’t have a strong network, are new to Australia and aren’t across the market nuances? What if you’ve been sold a lemon of a company? For men and women in digital and IT, one of the greatest challenges is that top talent is lured into roles and sold the opportunity to digitally innovate, only to be disappointed by an executive board that doesn’t understand nor respect digital as a platform for customer engagement.

For this reason, top talent looks to advisory organisations like mine who are trusted to put forward only the best employers who prioritise diversity and inclusion, and who take digital innovation seriously.

So as Beyoncé asks, “Who run the {digital} world in 2016”?


Holly Tattersall (Bachelor of Business Management ’10) is the ambitious founder and CEO of Women in Digital and Digital Talent Co., which provide mentoring, training and career opportunities to their members. Holly is passionate about empowering women globally through digital technology.

UQ School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

The UQ School of Information Technology is a multi-disciplined school that teaches across numerous fields of study in the information and communications technology (ICT) and engineering areas, preparing graduates for a successful career in a myriad of jobs and industries.

ICT graduates are in demand with employers increasingly wanting ICT trained people possessing a combination of business problem solving and interpersonal skills. ICT skills are readily transferable across employers and industries, allowing graduates flexible employment opportunities.


Would you like more information about IT programs available at the University of Queensland? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Information Technology Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Global rankings confirm Monash as leader in engineering and technology

Monash University has been named Australia’s leading university in engineering and technology by an authoritative global rankings institution.

The Times Higher Education world university subject rankings 2016/17 announced has placed Monash 45th across the globe for engineering and technology—the highest ranking of any Australian university. Monash’s 45th ranking was eight places up on its rating for engineering and technology in last year’s rankings.

Global subject rankings confirm Monash as leader in engineering and technology

Monash is #1 in Australia for engineering and technology!

Monash’s high ranking in engineering and technology was underpinned by strong outcomes in teaching, international outlook, research, citations and industry income.

Further, Monash was ranked 41st in the world by Times Higher Education in clinical, pre-clinical and health and 63rd in business and economics. A total of 980 universities were included in the rankings.

President and Vice Chancellor of Monash University Professor Margaret Gardner AO said the results were further evidence of the university’s growing international reputation for outstanding research.

“Monash offers students the opportunity to study at a world-class university that produces research with global impact, collaborates with industry to drive innovation and attracts and retains the highest calibre of research and teaching staff,” Professor Gardner said.

“It’s wonderful to see the quality of our academics recognised. I particularly congratulate Monash staff in the fields of Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health, Engineering and Technology, Business and Economics and the Physical Sciences, all of which ranked among the top 100 this year.”

The Times Higher Education subject rankings follow the recent release of a number of global university rankings, each of which placed Monash in the top 100 universities in the world.

These rankings saw Monash placed 65th in the QS World University Rankings and 74th in the Times Higher Education rankings and 79th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities. Monash was also placed 32nd in the Reuters Top 75: Asia’s Most Innovative Universities.


Find out more about studying engineering at Monash. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Engineering Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

New Cyber Security Hub at Macquarie University

Optus Business and Macquarie University have joined forces to establish a multi-disciplinary Cyber Security Hub to support businesses and government to recognise and protect themselves from increasing cyber threats.

The new ‘Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub’ will provide research, short professional courses and consultancy services to the private sector and government agencies.

Optus Business and Macquarie University to establish new Cyber Security Hub

John Paitaridis, Managing Director, Optus Business and Professor David Wilkinson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Engagement and Advancement), Macquarie University. (Credit: Paul Wright)

It represents a $10-million investment by Optus Business and Macquarie University that will draw on the expertise of Optus and leading Macquarie University academics from various disciplines and industry experts to cover three academic areas: Science and IT, Business and Economics; and Security Studies and Criminology. It will focus on providing a holistic approach to cybercrime, how it is perpetrated, how it affects the economy and how it impacts policy.

The partnership includes degree programs, executive and business short courses, professional recruiting opportunities and thought leadership through cyber awareness events and international engagements in areas such as intelligence, technology, criminology, finance and governance.

John Paitaridis, Managing Director, Optus Business, said “As Australian enterprises and government agencies increasingly embrace the digital economy and shifting consumer expectations of online experience, cyber security is a top priority for Executives and Boards.

“While cyber-attacks are increasing in frequency and sophistication, most organisations lack the right expertise and skills across their business to identify and manage these attacks.

“As organisations adopt more online and digital channels, they also need to have a fully integrated approach to cyber security involving all staff training, management buy-in, effective technology solutions and knowledge of today’s cyber threats.

“The Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub addresses all these areas, providing businesses and government agencies with a unique and unparalleled cyber offering to help them navigate a complex landscape. We are committed to empowering every person, business and organisation to confidently operate in the digital world, and this partnership is a significant step in helping us deliver on that promise.”

Supporting the Federal Government’s recent cyber security strategy—which outlines plans to make Australia a cyber-smart nation—the new Cyber Hub will have a range of initiatives to enhance Macquarie University’s teaching and research offering. Optus’ workforce will also be a key focus, with the partnership increasing awareness, as well as equipping and upskilling staff with the latest cyber security skills and expertise. Optus will offer the same opportunity to its enterprise and government customers.

David Wilkinson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Engagement and Advancement), Macquarie University said, “Education underpins the very success of the government’s Cyber Strategy, and is the cornerstone of any cyber security program.

“Cyber security has become one of the defining issues of this decade, which is why Macquarie University was one of the first in the country to establish a dedicated policing, intelligence and counter-terrorism degree.

“The opportunity to partner with Optus, an organisation that deals with cyber threats and challenges on a daily basis, was something we welcomed as it enables us to improve cyber security education at all levels—from the C-level executive through to every employee.

“By collaborating with industry to tailor our study programs, we give our students a head-start in their careers, placing them at the top of Australia’s cyber security talent pool. These initiatives will also work to support the wider expansion of cyber security training within organisations to better secure and protect their networks and infrastructure.”

Optus and Macquarie University signed the agreement in May and envisage the Cyber Security Hub will attract partners from the public and private sector who want to generate knowledge and foster enhancements in cyber security technologies and governance, through research and innovation.

Master of International Security Studies

The Master of International Security Studies goes beyond the traditional security challenges such as military conflict and can include challenges to human, societal, economic and environmental security. This degree explores the strategies being developed to respond to these security and intelligence threats. It covers a broad spectrum of traditional and non-traditional security issues examined from a regional and global context.

Some topics of study

  • Counter Terrorism
  • Terrorism Dynamics
  • Insurgency and Counterinsurgency
  • Cyber Crime
  • International Policing Systems
  • Practice of Modern Intelligence
  • Intelligence Analysis Platforms
  • Cyber Security
  • Cyber Policing and Intelligence
  • Nuclear Weapons

Career Opportunities

  • Advisers and analysts for private security agencies
  • Advisers and analysts to international organisations involved in security operations
  • Border protection agency officials strategists
  • Commentators and researchers for media outlets
  • Researchers for intelligence agencies

Program: Master of International Security Studies
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intakes: February and July
Duration: 1 – 1.5 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, it is recommended that candidates apply at least three months prior to the program start date.

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Learn more about studying at Macquarie University. Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 for more information.

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Newcastle student’s drone delivery video makes a real splash

University of Newcastle student Matt Evans thought it’d be a laugh to deliver a few coffees and donuts to surfers on Crescent Heads. He didn’t realise it would become a social media sensation.

When Matt uploaded a one-minute video of a drone delivery of two coffees, two donuts and a caramel tart to a bunch of surfers hanging outside the swell to his Facebook page, Matt was stunned to see how quickly the views rose.

Newcastle student’s drone delivery video makes a real splash

Matt Evans preparing the drone for delivery (Image credit: Matt Evans)

A little over 48 hours after he posted it, the video had racked up over 60,000 views and climbing.

“It’s gone crazy,” Matt said. “Because I do wedding videos I was expecting it to get around 2,000 – 3,000 views. Within the first hour it picked up a lot quicker than others had and it just kept climbing.”

The third-year Bachelor of Communication student only bought his drone in March so it’s impressive that he’s not only using it to capture glorious footage but to deliver a caffeine hit to surfers who are more used to catching waves than donuts.

A day that Matt had set aside for working on his major project was dashed when media outlets saw the rapidly climbing views of his Facebook video.

A radio interview, TV interview and newspaper interview followed….

On March 1 Matt posted his first drone footage of beaches of his hometown at the Central Coast on his Facebook page. “I’d wanted to buy a drone for about a year, my first footage shot with the Phantom 3 made it all worthwhile.

Matt’s already had media success with his videos. Six months ago Matt’s short Before the Camera Goes Click a study of filmmaker and photographer Matthew Vandeputte was featured on ABC Open and broadcast to an international audience on the web.

And in case you’re wondering—the drone delivered a plastic bag to the surfers and then took away all the rubbish afterward.


Learn more about how you can study communication and information technology at the University of Newcastle! Contact OzTREKK Australian Information Technology Schools Admission Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Monash data scientist wins Victorian Young Achiever Award

Dr François Petitjean, from the Monash Faculty of Information Technology, is the winner of this year’s Victorian Young Achiever Award in the Research Impact category.

Monash University Information Technology School

Dr Francois Petitjean (Photo credit: Monash University)

Dr Petitjean, whose work is partly funded by the US Air Force, has developed systems which are being applied across a range of scientific disciplines, from monitoring oil spills to fighting insect-borne diseases.

“I am delighted and honoured to receive this award,” said Dr Petitjean. “In my work, I try to focus on today’s important issues in science and industry, to use them as a beacon to tell me where new theories are needed.

“I am really glad to help other fields and I am humbled to see this recognised by the panel. For me, the next big project is using latest-generation satellites to create an accurate map of Australia’s vegetation; this would serve as the basis for fire-spread models, algae outbreaks detection or pollution management,” he added.

After completing his PhD in France, where he received two prestigious awards from the French Space Agency, Dr Petitjean joined the Monash Centre for Data Science in 2013. Since then, Dr Petitjean has developed a data analysis tool called Chordalysis, which can reveal relationships and influences between the variables of a dataset. Several research teams around the world have already started using Chordalysis for problems as diverse as discovering symptoms of rare diseases, creating heat-resistant anti-inflammatories, and monitoring oil spills in the Mediterranean Sea.

“I like to think of my discipline as something like the support crew for a Formula One team,” Dr Petitjean said.

“We computer scientists don’t discover new drugs, proteins, or elementary particles. Rather, we build robust and efficient theories, tools, and technologies that will make those discoveries possible.”

Dr Petitjean believes that big data holds the key to future scientific progress.

“It’s a bit like the difference between trying to stop a tap from leaking or a fire hose, the solutions that are great for the former are simply unthinkable for the latter,” he added.

“We are now collecting more data every two years than in the whole history of humanity: we are definitely facing a fire hose.”


Want to learn more about information technology programs at Monash University? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Sydney Computer Engineering study warns of the rise of artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence must be kept under human control or we may become defenceless against its capabilities, warn two University of Sydney machine-learning experts.

Professor Dong Xu, Chair in Computer Engineering from the Sydney School of Electrical and Information Engineering said the defeat of the world champion Go player has raised fresh concerns about the future role of artificial intelligence (AI) devices.

Sydney Engineering and Information Technology School

Study at the University of Sydney

The professor, whose research interests include computer vision, machine-learning and multimedia content analysis, says the question now is how much we should control AI’s ability to self-learn.

“The scientists and technology investors have been enthusiastic about AI for several years, but the triumph of the supercomputer has finally made the public conscious of its capabilities. This marks a significant breakthrough in the technology world,” Professor Xu said.

“Supercomputers are more powerful than the human mind. Competitive games such as Go or chess are actually all about rules  —they are easy for a computer. Once a computer grasps them, it will become very good at playing the games.”

Professor Xu said “The problem is that computers like AlphaGo aren’t good at the overall strategy, but they are good at partial ones because they search better within a smaller area. This explains why AI will often lag behind in the beginning but catches up later.

“A human player can be affected by emotions such as pressure or happiness, but a computer will not.

“It’s said that a person is able to memorise a thousand games in a year, but a computer can memorise tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands during the same period. And a supercomputer can always improve—if it loses one game, then it would analyse it and do better next time.

“If a super computer could totally imitate the human brain, and have human emotions such as being angry or sad, it will be even more dangerous.”

Currently, AI is good for the labour-intensive industries and can work as human substitutes to serve the public interest. They can clean, work as agricultural robots in the fields, or probe deep underground.

“Another challenge is that AI needs a more intelligent environment. For instance, self-driven automobiles often can’t recognise a red light, so if the traffic lights could send a signal to the cars and they could sense them, it would solve the problem. Singapore is making an effort to build an area with roads that are friendly or responsive to self-driven vehicles.”

Professor Xu believes it is crucial for companies such as Google and Facebook to set up “moral and ethics committees” to take control to ensure scientific research won’t head in the wrong direction and create machines that act maliciously.

Dr Michael Harre, a senior lecturer in complex systems who spent several years studying the AI behind the ancient Chinese board game, said “Go is probably the most complicated game that is commonly played today. Even when compared to chess, which has a very large number of possible patterns, Go has more possible patterns than there are atoms in the universe.

“The technology has developed to a point that it can now outsmart a human in both simple and complex tasks. This is a concern because artificial intelligence technology may reach a point in a few years where it is feasible that it could be adapted to areas of defence where a human may no longer be needed in the control loop: truly autonomous AI.”


Would you like more information about engineering and information technology programs available at the University of Sydney? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Nanoscience and technology institute launching at University of Sydney

Cross-disciplinary institute and flagship $150m building cements Sydney’s place advancing frontier knowledge.

The Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, launching next month, provides a world-leading environment for scientists at the forefront of nanotechnology to address some of the biggest challenges facing society. A recent issue of the Sydney Morning Herald featured an insight into the university’s “quantum leap” into the next frontier.

The Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, which launches next month at the University of Sydney, brings together in a purpose-built facility the capacity to design, fabricate, measure, test and deploy nanotechnology innovations—in an Australian first.

The new $150m Sydney Nanoscience Hub—the headquarters of the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology—is among the most advanced laboratories for advanced measurement and experimental device demonstration globally built for this purpose and joins just a handful of facilities at some of the most prominent universities globally.

Available for public use will be a prototyping facility and cleanroom, which will be augmented by a bespoke electron microscope in one of the most electromagnetically and mechanically stable environments in the world.

The Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology officially launches on April 20, 2016. 


Find out more about science and technology degrees available at the University of Sydney. Contact OzTREKK Australian Science Programs Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at 1-866-698-7355 or shannon@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Minister joins call for more women in science, tech, engineering and maths

In the lead-up to International Women’s Day (March 8, 2016) the Hon Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Science, visited young engineering students on Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus on Friday, March 4, 2016.

Assistant Minister Andrews, herself a qualified engineer, is a strong advocate for making science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) a priority in schools and in particular for girls to study these subjects through to university.

Griffith Engineering School

Hon Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Science visits first-year engineering students at Griffith’s Gold Coast campus (Photo credit: Griffith University)

“Tackling the gender imbalance in STEM is a key focus for the government in its National Innovation and Science Agenda. There’s $48 million to inspire STEM literacy under the agenda and we’re investing an additional $13 million to inspire girls and women to take up STEM education and careers,” said Mrs Andrews.

“This will be done by highlighting female leaders and building programs and networks to support workplace gender equality and advance women in STEM.”

Pro Vice Chancellor of Griffith Sciences Professor Debra Henly said she was delighted to have the Minister’s support in calling for more women to take up careers in STEM.

“The future of work is in STEM. The National Innovation and Science Agenda will drive a new boom to generate jobs and prosperity for all and we need more women to do that.

Griffith University is committed to producing high calibre STEM graduates and we begin that process with our Science on the Go team which works very closely with high schools across the southeast Queensland encouraging more students, particularly girls, to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics courses.”

“At Griffith University, we also work closely with our industry partners so that our students are working on real-life projects from the word go and they have the necessary skills and experience to take advantage of the range of jobs that are evolving.”

Professor Henly is one of only a handful of women who head a science, engineering and information technology faculty in Australia.


Learn more about studying science, engineering, and information technology at Griffith University! Contact OzTREKK’s Admission Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355 for more information.

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Sydney IT School studies email security

An international research team has provided evidence for the first time of the vulnerability of electronic communication via email.

Dr Ralph Holz, lecturer in Networks and Security at the University of Sydney School of Information Technologies and co-appointed researcher at Data61 a premier innovation network, says experts have suspected weaknesses in email cryptographic setups and authentication for some time but there has been no hard evidence to support these suspicions.

Sydney IT School

Study information technology at Sydney Uni

The research team conducted active scans of the entire Internet, testing the setups of mail and chat servers before analysing the passive Internet traffic of more than 50,000 users in the United States in more than 16 million encrypted connections.

Results of their study revealing how emails can be poorly protected when in transit will be presented at the Internet Society’s Network and Distributed System Security Symposium in San Diego this week.

Dr Holz, a specialist in internet communication and co-appointed researcher at Data61, a premier innovation network, said “We investigated both the client-to-server interactions as well as server-to-server forwarding mechanisms. These can be configured in a number of ways, but these many combinations  are leading to insecure deployments.

“We ran continuous scans of the Internet’s most important security protocols and applications to detect deployment patterns that open systems to attacks.

“While email between users of major providers such as Gmail or Hotmail is relatively secure, this is not true in more general cases and several serious weaknesses exist.

“One of the largest problems identified in the analysis is the lack of support for encryption—less than half of the mail servers supported even basic encrypted communication, and 17 percent used insecure cryptography.

“Only a third of mail servers can prove their identity securely; this means that a sending party often cannot determine whether an email is going to reach the right receiver or will be intercepted at some point,” the Sydney IT School lecturer said.

The researchers will offer several recommendations based on their analysis to help change the status quo, which include providing more measurements and urging software makers to use sane default configurations.

University of Sydney researchers worked with a group which included members from Data61 (Australia), ICSI (USA), and the Technical University of Munich (Germany).

University of Sydney School of Information Technology

Information technology professionals create and manage business applications, websites, systems and the IT environment for organizations. Drawing on both computer science and information systems, it involves the study of computers and the programs that run on them as well as the creation of computer systems that satisfy individual and organizational needs.

The University of Sydney School of Information Technologies offers a Master of Information Technology for professionals wanting to extend and update their knowledge of advanced computing subjects, as well as a Master of Information Technology Management, for technically skilled graduates seeking to move up the management ladder.


Find out more about information technology programs available at the University of Sydney. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Information Technology Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Melbourne IT researchers study insertable microchips

Researchers at the University of Melbourne are investigating the growth in a new type of technology, inserted under the skin, and set to revolutionise the way we gain access to our homes, our bank accounts and use public transport.

University of Melbourne Information Technology School

Insertable chips are very small and made of bio-inert materials. (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)

PhD researcher Kayla J. Heffernan from the university’s Department of Computing and Information Systems says these insertable technologies are no longer part of science fiction.

“Digital devices have become more powerful and are now small enough to be inserted into the human body,” Miss Heffernan said.

“Since 1998, people have been using insertable technology, similar to a pet microchip, to turn on lights, open doors and access computers.

“These inserted microchips are passive, meaning they only give off a signal when they are at close range to a home scanning point.”

“While there are still many issues to discuss around this new technology, the devices can offer great convenience. An insertable device reflects an individual’s personal choice that can allow us to open secure entrances, access our accounts without referring to passwords, grant us access to our workplaces and in future even take us home on a train,” she said.

At present, there would be no legislation that prevents the use of insertable technologies except for the need to show you are over 18 years of age. Project supervisor Professor Frank Vetere says while increasing accessibility and convenience, insertable technologies also raise many social, ethical and technical challenges.

“What limits should be placed on insertable sensors? How do we interface with technology inside our bodies?” he said.

“There is a small but growing group of people who are choosing to augment their human senses by voluntarily (and covertly) inserting devices inside their bodies. This research will help us to understand why people are doing this and the implications for human-technology interactions.”

Miss Heffernan will continue to monitor the uptake and uses of such devices to follow the trends but is clear to reassure the public that the devices are not for tracking but for convenience and access.

Did you know that the University of Melbourne is currently ranked as the #1 university in Australia for Computer Science & Information Systems? (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015)

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Learn more about studying information technology at the University of Melbourne. Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.