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Thursday, September 8th, 2016

JCU students set to strengthen skills abroad

More than 140 James Cook University students will have the opportunity to learn more about the Indo-Pacific region with the university receiving nearly $470,000 in New Colombo Plan (NCP) funding.

JCU students set to strengthen skills abroad

JCU students will be leaving the lecture theatre and practicing abroad with the NPC funding

JCU students will travel to Cambodia, Indonesia, Vanuatu, Singapore, India, Thailand and Fiji after $468,600 was announced recently in the 2017 round of funding.

Overall, for 2016–2019, JCU will receive $1.52 million.

The NCP is a Federal Government initiative in which Australian university students are sent abroad to learn, build friendships and strengthen ties with neighbouring Indo-Pacific countries.

Study options include semester-based learning, teaching practicums, research, field studies and clinical placements.

A group of JCU Nursing students will head to Indonesia—the first time nursing students have been able to undertake the overseas placements under this plan.

Of the funded projects for 2017, 15 nursing students will head to Indonesia next year, with another 20 to follow in 2018, and an additional 25 to travel there in 2019.

Dr Karen Yates, Senior Lecturer in Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition, said it was an exciting opportunity for nursing students.

“This placement will allow them to work beside nursing and other health care staff, while contributing to a developing community in a meaningful and sustainable way,” Dr Yates said.

“Students will join with local nursing and medical services to deliver supervised nursing services, implement community health promotion strategies for disadvantaged populations in diverse settings.

“This experience will enable students to develop an overview of health care provision and their role as a global citizen.”

A total of 15 Education students will be off to Cambodia, 10 French language students to Vanuatu, 10 Social Work students to India, eight Archaeology students to Thailand, and the largest group—64 Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Physicians Assistant students—are off to Fiji.

In addition, 20 Tropical Planning students will travel to Singapore, to work with JCU’s Singapore campus and the National University of Singapore.

JCU’s Mobility Manager from the Division of Global Strategy and Engagement, Linda Rust, said the scheme provides fantastic opportunities for students.

“They will be immersed in the language and culture, and will develop new international networks while gaining valuable work experience,” she said.

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Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

JCU Nursing School reports record enrolments

Nursing is proving to be an increasingly popular career choice, with the JCU Nursing program receiving a record number of enrolments in 2016.

JCU takes mid-year enrolments for its Bachelor of Nursing Science to cater for the course’s growing popularity.

JCU Nursing School reports record enrolments

JCU nursing student, Lisa Garland. (Photo: Richard Davis, JCU Media)

On current figures, there’s been more than a 19% increase in undergraduate nursing enrolments for second semester 2016 in Townsville, Cairns, Mackay, and Mt Isa.

Based on those numbers, undergraduate nursing enrolments across the year have jumped to 1,723 in 2016, more than a 13% increase on the previous year.

And that’s despite JCU raising the entry requirements for Nursing in 2016.

The Head of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition, Professor Melanie Birks said it’s wonderful to see a record number of enrolments.

She said all students now have to meet the new raised entry requirements, providing JCU with high-calibre students who are seeking a career in nursing.

“The Bachelor of Nursing Science program at JCU is equipped with highly educated lecturers and staff to assist students along their journey. Our students have access to PhD qualified lecturers that have many years of experience in clinical nursing and nursing education.

“We are committed to growing our own nursing workforce in the region. The reputation of our nursing program attracts school leavers and mature age students from the local area and interstate,” Prof. Birks said.

Nursing student Lisa Garland said James Cook University has given her unrivalled opportunities and experiences through practical sessions and small class sizes.

“Having a lecturer that knows your name and is happy to help you in any way they can could be the difference between becoming a nurse or not.

“And having the ability to access state-of-the-art practical laboratories whenever I need to is the reason I am going into the workforce as a confident nurse, ready for anything,” Ms Garland said.

About James Cook University Nursing School

JCU Nursing has been in Townsville for 25 years and has developed a large footprint in the city, forging strong relationships with the Townsville Hospital and Health Service. JCU is the leading provider of the nursing workforce for the region and all graduates have the necessary educational foundations and skills to make a significant contribution to the health care workforce.

With JCU’s Bachelor of Nursing Science, students will gain practical work experience, including rural clinical placements from their very first year, so they can graduate with work-ready skills to understand and manage

  • distinctive needs of north Queensland’s under-served and tropical populations;
  • distance and remote delivery of health care and nursing;
  • regional and rural mortality rates across all age groups;
  • medical experiences and facilities in Indigenous communities; and
  • specialized care in hospital and community settings.

Program: Bachelor of Nursing Science
Location: Townsville or Cairns, Queensland
Semester intakes: February and July
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: No set deadline; however, candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

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Thursday, November 12th, 2015

JCU appoints new tropical health dean

James Cook University has appointed tropical and public health specialist, Professor Maxine Whittaker as Dean of the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences.

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Professor Maxine Whittaker (Photo credit: JCU)

Professor Ian Wronski, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, said the university was delighted to have secured Professor Whittaker for this key position.

Professor Whittaker is currently Professor of International Health at the University of Queensland and was formerly the Director of the Australian Centre for International and Tropical Health at UQ.

“This appointment represents a return to the tropics for Professor Whittaker, who previously distinguished herself in senior health roles in Papua New Guinea, including Senior Technical Health Adviser to the National Department of Health,” Professor Wronski said.

“She brings a wealth of experience in global and tropical health to her new role, having worked extensively in tropical countries including Papua New Guinea, Zambia and Bangladesh, to improve the accessibility, acceptability and quality of essential health services, especially for marginalised and vulnerable populations.”

Professor Whittaker will oversee teaching and research in public health, tropical medicine, biomedical sciences, veterinary science, and molecular and cell biology.

She joins Professor Lee Stewart and Professor Richard Murray as the Deans of the three Colleges in the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine.

“I am excited about the unique opportunity JCU provides to advance the practice of ecosystem health in its teaching, research and engagement activities,” Prof Whittaker said.

JCU is unique in being the only university in Australia, and one of only a few in the world, with human health and public health and animal health in the same division. It also has a strong environmental science capacity in the university that when all brought together can ensure JCU plays a global leading role in the field.”

“Added to this is the strong commitment to, and engagement of, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and academics at JCU, which will uniquely enhance the understanding of and approach to ecosystem health,” Prof Whittaker said.

“The strong bio-medical sciences capacity in the college provides further depth in understanding many of the global tropical human and animal health challenges that need to be addressed if Australia and the world are to achieve the recently launched Sustainable Development Goals.”

Prof Whitaker also has a personal connection to the region. “Both my husband and I have ancestral roots in Northern Queensland, which we look forward to exploring more deeply and helping our families learn about our links to this part of the country.”

In announcing the appointment, Professor Wronski thanked Professor Peter Leggat, who will continue acting in the role until Professor Whittaker takes up the position in Townsville in late February 2016.

“Throughout the university’s restructure and the formation of our division’s three colleges, Peter has provided exemplary leadership and invaluable guidance. We wish him well as he returns to his role as a leading researcher in public health and tropical medicine, working on important projects here and internationally.”

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Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

First graduates of JCU Nursing School

The first ever students have graduated from James Cook University’s Mackay-based Bachelor of Nursing Science (Pre-Registration) course, in a boon for healthcare in the region.

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Five of the seven graduates were the first entrants in the program in 2012, part of an initiative designed to help fill the gaps in healthcare services in regional, rural and remote locations.

Lecturer and site coordinator Jane O’Shannessy said six of the seven graduates will be commencing employment in Mackay and Emerald with one heading to Townsville for her graduate year. She said this secures 100% of the graduates in the North Queensland workforce.

She said that nine other nursing students have completed their second year of training, with 27 completing their first year. She expects between 30 and 35 people will start the course in 2015.

“Interest is strong for the degree here in Mackay and JCU is looking to build on the successful completion of the Bachelor of Nursing Science over the next few years.”

Acting Head of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition, Professor Melanie Birks, said the course had been very successful. “We are very much committed to growing our own workforce,” she said. “We would have lost these people to bigger cities, but because we are now able to provide a quality program it means they are able to stay in the region.”

She said JCU’s relationship with Mater hospital was instrumental in the success of the program and valued for the opportunities and relationships it brought with it.

About the JCU Bachelor of Nursing

Program: Bachelor of Nursing Science
Location: Townsville or Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Program duration: 3 years
Application deadline: No set deadline

Entry Requirements

Eligible applicants must have completed a high school diploma. A minimum GPA of 67% in the best six Ontario Grade 12 subjects or equivalent for students from other provinces. If you have completed post-secondary studies at the college and/or university level, those grades will also be considered. Applicants must also have completed the prerequisite subject of English at the high-school level. Biology, Chemistry and any high school studies in Mathematics are recommended.

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Monday, May 5th, 2014

JCU talks modern nursing

Modern nursing: analysing a changing profession

The recent history of nursing and its role into the future will be examined in an upcoming James Cook University public lecture in Townsville.

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Professor Melanie Birks will present The past, present and future of nursing education in Australia, a Professorial Inaugural Lecture hosted by the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition on May 6.

Professorial Inaugural Lectures help develop JCU‘s profile in, and relationships with, the general community. Recently appointed professors, or those professors who have been at the university for less than three years in academic appointments, are invited to present an Inaugural Lecture.

Professor Birks said her lecture would focus on nursing as a “barometer of society.”

“Peaks and troughs in the development of the profession can be traced to major events in history,” Professor Birks said. “Periods of war, industrial and technological revolutions and globalisation have all made their mark on the societies to which nurses provide a crucial service.

“The system of education of nurses has evolved in response to the milestones of history, thus ensuring the successful adaptation of a profession that meets the needs of the individuals and communities they serve.”

Examining nursing and how it had changed, and would continue to change, would be a focus, she said.

“This lecture will reflect on the early history of nurse ‘training’ in Australia, debate the transfer of nursing education to the tertiary sector, examine the rapid and significant changes to the regulation and education of nurses in recent years, and consider the implications for educators of nurses in the face of challenges in the decades to come.”

Melanie Birks has been involved in the teaching of nurses and other health professionals since 1993. She currently holds the position of Professor of Nursing (Teaching and Learning) with the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition on the Townsville campus. Melanie has worked and researched extensively in the area of nursing education and is passionate about promoting quality and relevance in undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programs. In her current position Melanie promotes scholarship in the area of teaching and learning and has published extensively in this area. She is also recognised internationally for her work in grounded theory methodology. Melanie has co-authored four textbooks and currently has three more under development. She is a recipient of the Australian Defence Medal for her work in educating Royal Australian Air Force personnel. Melanie has spent time teaching and researching in the international environment, particularly in East Malaysia, which was the setting for her PhD research.

About James Cook University Nursing School

The James Cook University Nursing School was founded in October 1989, accepting its first students in 1990. The School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition is the largest discipline within the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences. The undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing Science is offered in on-campus mode in Townsville and Cairns, mixed mode in Mackay, Mount Isa and Thursday Island, and in distance learning mode.

With JCU‘s Bachelor of Nursing Science, students will gain practical work experience, including rural clinical placements from their very first year, so they can graduate with work-ready skills to understand and manage

  • distinctive needs of north Queensland’s under-served and tropical populations;
  • distance and remote delivery of health care and nursing;
  • regional and rural mortality rates across all age groups;
  • medical experiences and facilities in Indigenous communities; and
  • specialized care in hospital and community settings.

Program: Bachelor of Nursing Science
Location: Townsville or Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Program duration: 3 years
Application deadline: No set deadline

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Thursday, October 10th, 2013

JCU Nursing encouraging parents to be with sick children

Parents of sick or injured children are being encouraged to be more involved in the way their kids are looked after when they have been admitted into health care.

The Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Health care (AWCH) for North Queensland is a joint initiative between James Cook University and The Townsville Hospital and Health Service.

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JCU’s Student Centre in Townsville

The AWCH, which held a public meeting in Townsville recently, is a lobby group for parents and others who want the best care for their children when they come into hospital, or any part of a health service.

JCU Professor of Nursing Linda Shields said parents were usually involved when their child needed health care.

“When a child is admitted to hospital, the parents come too, because a child needs its parents when something traumatic is happening to them, or they are sick. So the care is given to the whole family, not just the sick child,” she said.

“Consequently, parents are very much a part of the way their kids are cared for in any health service.”

The JCU Nursing School professor added that the Townsville Hospital and Health Service has very good facilities for the care of children, but if parents become involved, they can make sure standards remain high, and can contribute ideas for how things can be done better.

Professor Shields said parents could initiate new ways of doing things: “For example, the AWCH has a ‘ward grandparent’ scheme, where volunteer older people can come and visit and support children and families who may not have their own grandparents near.”

Professor Shields said the AWCH also supported facilities such as the hospital schools and play services, which make admissions to hospital better for sick children.

“Parents’ and children’s voices are really important to us in the hospital and also to the people who make decisions about how the health service is run,” she said.

“We are encouraging parents to partner with health care providers, Boards and Government in managing their children’s health to be advocates for good practice and positive change.

“Consumer engagement is an important part of the way forward for Queensland health services and parents will be asked to play a pivotal role in helping shape the design and delivery of those services.”

JCU supports this initiative through the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition’s Tropical Health Research Unit.

About JCU’s Bachelor of Nursing

Program: Bachelor of Nursing Science
Location: Townsville or Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Program duration: 3 years
Application deadline: No set deadline

Entry Requirements

Eligible applicants must have completed a high school diploma. A minimum GPA of 67% in the best six Ontario Grade 12 subjects or equivalent for students from other provinces. If you have completed post-secondary studies at the college and/or university level, those grades will also be considered.

Applicants must also have completed the prerequisite subject of English at the high-school level. Biology, Chemistry and any high school studies in Mathematics are recommended.

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Canadian and Australian nursing programs at the university level are similar. To become a registered nurse, you need to complete a Bachelor of Nursing degree, or, alternatively, you can undertake a general undergraduate nursing degree and then progress into a two-year, graduate-entry master’s nursing degree.

For more information about James Cook University Nursing School, including nursing program entry requirements, application deadlines, tuition fees, scholarships, please visit OzTREKK’s Australian Nursing Schools page or contact Australian Nursing Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.

Friday, September 27th, 2013

OzTREKK Funny Friday

A police officer was rushed to the hospital with an inflamed appendix. The doctors operated and advised him that all was well; however, the officer kept feeling something pulling at the hairs on his chest.

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Beware of the sharp attack!

Worried that it might be a second surgery the doctors hadn’t told him about, he finally got enough energy to pull his hospital gown down far enough so he could look at what was making him so uncomfortable.

Taped firmly across his hairy chest were three wide strips of adhesive tape, the kind that doesn’t come off easily.

Written in large black letters was the sentence—

“Get well quick. With love, from the nurse you gave a ticket to last week.”

About Australian Nursing Schools

Canadian and Australian nursing programs at the university level are similar. To become a registered nurse, you need to complete a Bachelor of Nursing degree, or, alternatively, you can undertake a general undergraduate degree and then progress into a two-year, graduate-entry master’s degree.

The graduate-entry nursing master’s degrees offered by OzTREKK‘s Australian Nursing Schools are intended for university graduates with a degree in an area other than nursing who wish to train for a career in nursing.

Career Opportunities

Registered Nurse
This group includes registered nurses, psychiatric nurses and graduates of a nursing program awaiting registration (graduate nurses). They provide direct nursing care to patients, deliver health education programs and provide consultative services regarding issues relevant to the practice of nursing.

They are employed in a variety of settings including hospitals, nursing homes, extended-care facilities, rehabilitation centres, doctors’ offices, clinics, community agencies, companies and private homes, or they may be self-employed.

Example Titles
Clinical nurse
Community health nurse
Critical care nurse
Graduate nurse
Intensive care nurse
Nurse researcher
Nursing consultant
Nursing researcher
Occupational health nurse
Private duty nurse
Registered nurse
Registered psychiatric nurse

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Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

JCU Nursing School professor presents lecture about polio pioneer

A nurse who pioneered polio treatment in North Queensland was the subject of a James Cook University lecture this past Wednesday, Aug. 21.

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Professor Linda Shields, from the JCU School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition, presented her Professorial Inaugural Lecture Sister Kenny’s Legacy in the Tropics in Townsville.

Professor Shields said Sister Elizabeth Kenny set up the first nursing research unit in Australia in Townsville in 1934.

“Sister Kenny’s work is a wonderful example of how nursing led the world in research and treatment that had huge benefits for the health of people and nations,” Professor Shields said.

“I have been inspired by Sister Kenny to develop a program of research which is translatable to the health and well-being of children and their families across the world.”

Professor Shields’ presentation showed why Kenny was such a leader, and how she came to Townsville. It also explained the JCU Nursing School professor’s research, about the care of children and families in health services, and how like Kenny’s work, been used to guide practice and inquiry.

The JCU Nursing School professor also explained her other area of research, history, and how it is important for the health care of today. Shields also demonstrated how today’s nurses can continue Kenny’s legacy and its importance to the nursing profession as a whole.

About James Cook University Nursing School

The James Cook University Nursing School was founded in October 1989, accepting its first students in 1990. The School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition is the largest discipline within the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences. The undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing Science is offered in on-campus mode in Townsville and Cairns, mixed mode in Mackay, Mount Isa and Thursday Island, and in distance learning mode.

With JCU‘s Bachelor of Nursing Science, students will gain practical work experience, including rural clinical placements from their very first year, so they can graduate with work-ready skills to understand and manage

  • distinctive needs of north Queensland’s under-served and tropical populations;
  • distance and remote delivery of health care and nursing;
  • regional and rural mortality rates across all age groups;
  • medical experiences and facilities in Indigenous communities; and
  • specialized care in hospital and community settings.

Program: Bachelor of Nursing Science
Location: Townsville or Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Program duration: 3 years
Application deadline: No set deadline

Entry Requirements

Eligible applicants must have completed a high school diploma. A minimum GPA of 67% in the best six Ontario Grade 12 subjects or equivalent for students from other provinces. If you have completed post-secondary studies at the college and/or university level, those grades will also be considered.

Applicants must also have completed the prerequisite subject of English at the high-school level. Biology, Chemistry and any high school studies in Mathematics are recommended.

Canadian college nursing graduates and Canadian university graduates with a general bachelor’s degree are welcome to apply. James Cook University will assess a student’s application for credit for previous studies to determine whether past subjects are equivalent to JCU nursing subjects, and credit may be granted toward some JCU nursing subjects.

Apply to JCU Nursing School!

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Canadian and Australian nursing programs at the university level are similar. To become a registered nurse, you need to complete a Bachelor of Nursing degree, or, alternatively, you can undertake a general undergraduate nursing degree and then progress into a two-year, graduate-entry master’s nursing degree.

For more information about James Cook University Nursing School, including nursing program entry requirements, application deadlines, tuition fees, scholarships, please visit OzTREKK’s Australian Nursing Schools page or contact Australian Nursing Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

James Cook University Nursing School applications are open for 2014

James Cook University Nursing School applications are open for the 2014 intake via OzTREKK!

JCU’s nursing course places an emphasis on tropical health issues and nursing for rural, remote, tropical and Indigenous communities. Clinical placements take place from first year of study.

The JCU School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition is the largest discipline within the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences. JCU’s undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing Science is offered on campus in Townsville and Cairns. With more than 1,500 students in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, the school is renowned for its friendliness and sense of family.

Program: Bachelor of Nursing Science
Location: Townsville or Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline for this nursing program, applicants are strongly encouraged by James Cook University to submit their applications before the end of September 2013 for the February 2014 intake.

Entry Requirements: Eligible applicants must have completed a high school diploma. A minimum GPA of 67% in the best six Ontario Grade 12 subjects or equivalent for students from other provinces. If you have completed post-secondary studies at the college and/or university level, those grades will also be considered.

James Cook University Nursing School applicants must also have completed the prerequisite subject of English at the high-school level. Biology, Chemistry and any high school studies in Mathematics are recommended.

Canadian college nursing graduates and Canadian university graduates with a general bachelor’s degree are welcome to apply. James Cook University will assess a student’s application for credit for previous studies to determine whether past subjects are equivalent to JCU nursing subjects, and credit may be granted toward some JCU nursing subjects.

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For more information about how to become a nurse, including nursing program entry requirements, application deadlines, how to apply to nursing school in Australia, tuition fees, scholarships, please visit OzTREKK’s Australian Nursing Schools page.

If you have any questions, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Nursing Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady or Admissions Manager Beth McNally.

Email Rachel at rachel@oztrekk.com or Beth at beth@oztrekk.com; or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.

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Monday, September 10th, 2012

James Cook University Nursing School professor inducted into Hall of Fame

A James Cook University Nursing School professor has been inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame!

Professor Linda Shields, from the James Cook University Nursing School, Midwifery and Nutrition, was one of 14 nurse researchers inducted into the 2012 into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. Each inductee has achieved significant and sustained national or international recognition for their work, and whose research has impacted the profession.

Professor Shields, whose appointment is conjoint with the Townsville Hospital and Health Service, said it was recognition of the quality of nursing in North Queensland.

“While this is a great honour for me, it is terrific to see nursing in North Queensland highlighted in this way,” she said.

She said nursing is a stimulating profession.

“I enjoy the intellectual challenge of being able to do some really exciting research that will help people maintain their health and well-being.”

Professor Shields was nominated for the Hall of Fame by other nurses around Australia, the US and Ireland. Professor Shields also holds an honorary chair in the School of Medicine at the University of Queensland.

She is an expert in family-centered care the topic for which, in 2011, she was awarded a Higher Doctorate-Doctor of Medicine from The University of Queensland. Professor Shields is also the first nurse in Australia to attain a higher doctorate!

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