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Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

UQ offering new dual degree in international relations and conflict studies

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

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

UQ offering new dual degree in international relations and conflict studies

Study international relations and conflict studies at UQ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Distinguished academic appointed Head of UQ Veterinary Science

The UQ School of Veterinary Science has received some great news lately.

Currently ranked number 1 in Australia*, the school has just announced an internationally renowned veterinary academic and a leader in the University of Queensland’s One Health initiative has been appointed to head of UQ School of Veterinary Science. Following a competitive international selection process, Executive Dean of UQ’s Faculty of Science Professor Melissa Brown announced Professor Nigel Perkins as the new Head of School.

UQ veterinary science

Prof Perkins is the new Head of UQ School of Veterinary Science (Photo: UQ)

Professor Perkins said he looked forward to working with his colleagues to build on the school’s current international standing in the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities.

“I would like to maintain the school’s record as the preferred choice for the very best students and staff from Australia and across the world,” Prof Perkins said.

Originally from southwest Queensland, Professor Perkins completed his veterinary science degree at UQ in 1984, earning first-class honours and a University Medal. This was followed by a Master of Science at The Ohio State University and a PhD in veterinary epidemiology at Massey University, New Zealand.

He has practiced as a veterinarian in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria and has worked as a veterinary academic clinician at university veterinary schools in the USA, New Zealand and Australia.

Professor Perkins has held leadership roles including as Group Leader of the EpiCentre, an internationally acclaimed epidemiology research and consultancy centre within the Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Science, Massey University, New Zealand.

He was research program manager for the Horse R&D Program within the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (now AgriFutures Australia); and surveillance program coordinator for the Australian Biosecurity Co-operative Research Centre.

Professor Perkins was Chief Examiner of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and Director of AusVet Animal Health Services, a private Australian epidemiology consulting company operating in many countries around the world.

“The school has great facilities and caseloads and fantastic students and staff,” Prof Perkins said. “My predecessors, acting head Associate Professor Jenny Seddon and former head Professor Glen Coleman have left the school in great shape and I look forward to continuing this success.”

*Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2017

Why study veterinary science at UQ?

The UQ veterinary science program is one of the most sought after in Australia, attracting the very best students and producing veterinarians that are in high demand. The UQ Bachelor of Veterinary Science provides the broadest base in the biological sciences of any undergraduate course and provides a very wide range of career options as well as its professional qualifications, enabling graduates to practice veterinary medicine and surgery.

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The University of Queensland’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science program was accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in 2012. This means that graduates are considered in the same category as graduates from North American vet schools when undertaking licensing examinations in North America. Graduates are eligible to sit the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination along with graduates from accredited veterinary colleges in the United States and Canada.

Program: Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)
Location: Gatton, Queensland
Semester intake: February each year
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: UQ Veterinary School has a general application deadline of November 29; however, late applications may be accepted. It is strongly recommended that students apply a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

Apply to UQ Veterinary School!

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Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

University of Queensland ranked among world’s top 50 universities

UQ’s rise to 45th in the world further confirms the university’s status as a research and learning powerhouse

University of Queensland ranked among world’s top 50 universities

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The University of Queensland has pushed into the world’s top 50 on another university league table—this time the 2018 US News Best Global Universities assessment of the world’s top 1250 universities.

UQ Acting Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Aidan Byrne said UQ’s rise to rank 45—up from 52—was a confirmation of the university’s status as a research and learning powerhouse.

“This ranking follows on UQ’s strong performance in other respected rankings, such as the National University of Taiwan’s Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities, where UQ this month rose to rank 41, up from 72 five years ago,” he said.

“That ranking and this latest table recognise UQ as one of Australia’s top three universities, along with the universities of Melbourne and Sydney.

“My congratulations go to everyone in the UQ community who has worked hard over many years to build the solid base of research and learning that is earning international plaudits,” Professor Byrne said.

The Best Global Universities ranking highlights UQ’s performance in key academic subject areas:

UQ’s Top 50 Subject Areas 2018 2017
Agricultural Sciences 24 25
Biology and Biochemistry 46 equal 48
Environment / Ecology equal 8 8
Microbiology equal 27 equal 28
Molecular Biology and Genetics 36 47
Pharmacology and Toxicology equal 24 26
Plant and Animal Science equal 18 21
Psychiatry / Psychology equal 49 49
Social Sciences and Public Health 22 equal 32

 

Last month UQ maintained its position within the top echelons of research institutions in the world, ranking 65th globally and fourth in Australia in the Times Higher Education University Ranking.

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Discover more about studying at the University of Queensland!

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

UWA Medical School Mentoring Program

What is the UWA Medical School Mentoring Program?

The UWA Medical School has the only longitudinal mentoring program in Australia, whereby all medical students have a clinical mentor involved in the student’s professional development for the duration of the course. This program has been a popular feature of the student experience for many years from MBBS to the new MD course.

UWA Medical School Mentoring Program

Study medicine at UWA

Clinical mentors are usually qualified medical doctors who altruistically dedicate some of their time to meet with medical students so that a productive mentoring relationship can develop. Just as it is essential for a medical graduate to know how to diagnose or treat an illness, they need to graduate with the professional skills that are required as an intern and beyond. The qualified doctors’ role as a mentor is to help ensure that their students have addressed and reflected on many of these areas in their professional development throughout the MD course and beyond.

Since the MD course commenced, students have the opportunity to nominate those mentors who they feel have been outstanding for a Dean’s Letter of Commendation. This year, Professor Brendan McQuillan, Head of the Medical School, presented these awards at the annual Clinical Mentor evening held in the newly refurbished Medical and Dental Library.

The Medical School wishes to thank all the clinical mentors for their dedication and altruism in supporting the professional development of the next generation of doctors.

About the UWA Doctor of Medicine degree

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) program at the University of Western Australia is a highly integrated and contextualised course with many innovative features to equip graduates with the capabilities to work as a doctor in Australian and around the world.

The overall aim of the program is to prepare students to become accountable, scholarly, capable and caring doctors, committed to the well-being of the patient, of the community and of society. This includes teaching in professionalism, leadership, advocacy, education and scholarly practice.

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Semester intake: January
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: May 30, 2018

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply to the UWA Medical School MD, candidates must

  • have completed a bachelor degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 5.5 out of 7;
  • have completed the GAMSAT or MCAT: 123/123/123/123 and an overall minimum of 492.

In addition, it is recommended that applicants have undertaken the following units/subjects:

  • Physics to year 12 level
  • Chemistry to first-year university level (including completion of Grade 12 level chemistry)
  • Biology or human biology at first-year university level

Test scores will not be considered if the exam results are more than 2 years old. Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based equally on GAMSAT/MCAT and GPA. Interview dates TBC.

Apply to the UWA Doctor of Medicine program!

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Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Employers rank Monash University as a top provider of job-ready graduates

Monash University has maintained its ranking as one of the world’s top 100 universities for graduate employment according to a major annual survey published by Times Higher Education.

Employers rank Monash as a top provider of job-ready graduates

Monash graduates are work-ready

The survey placed Monash 57 in the top 100 list for graduate employability as judged by global recruiters and business leaders.

In Australia, the results placed Monash University fourth, with recruiters at top companies ranking Monash highly in preparing students for the workplace.

More than 2,500 recruiters and over 3,500 senior business people employed with international companies participated in the 2017 Global Employability University Ranking survey. Companies involved in the survey covered all major business sectors, had more than 5,000 employees and recruited over 50 graduates per year. Survey participants were selected across more than 20 countries.

The survey ranked 150 universities across 33 different countries, from the US to Japan. Employers voted both for institutions in their own country and universities around the world if they recruit internationally.

Rankings were based on a variety of factors including past experience with graduates, expertise in one field of competence, production of ready-to-work graduates, quality of research facilities and teaching staff, and links with companies.

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Friday, November 17th, 2017

UQ Business School MBA tops Australia yet again

The University of Queensland Business School’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program has ranked first in Australia and the Asia-Pacific and 16th in the world in the 2017 Economist MBA rankings.

UQ Business School MBA tops Australia yet again

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UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said UQ’s full-time MBA program was in a class of its own, with The Economist recognising it as a clear league leader outside the United States and Europe for the sixth consecutive year.

“Our strong performance in this highly respected ranking is undoubtedly the result of the hard work and dedication of staff, students and alumni, and we look forward to further growing and shaping the program into the future,” he said.

Only three Australian universities were placed among the world’s top-50 MBA programs in the ranking, which considers student outcomes based on student feedback and post-MBA achievements including salaries for the three years after completing the program.

“The fact that we did so well is particularly impressive given the slide in the Australian dollar and the resources sector downturn.”

UQ Business School MBA Program Director Associate Professor Tim Kastelle said the MBA program was designed to help people achieve their ambitions.

“This ranking is an excellent reflection of the fact that it is successfully doing so.”

UQ’s MBA program has also earned a five-star Graduate Management Association of Australia rating for the 13thyear running.

About the UQ MBA

UQ Business School is also known for its strong links with the business world and its lecturers act as consultants to leading companies worldwide. This means that knowledge gained through research is tested in the high-pressure world of consultancy which ensures teaching is always fresh and relevant. The MBA integrates theory, real-life practice and personal reflection to develop principled, innovative leaders who solve complex problems and produce systemic change.

Degree: Master of Business Administration
Duration: 1 year
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February each year

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Thursday, November 16th, 2017

University of Sydney moves up in latest global rankings

The University of Sydney has placed 34th in the world in the latest US News Best Global Universities rankings.

The excellent result sees the university move from 45th place last year and maintain its second position in the national rankings.

University of Sydney moves up in latest global rankings

The University of Sydney moves up in world rankings

“The university’s high-quality research is the main reason for our continuing success in these prestigious rankings. It reflects our ongoing commitment to being a leading comprehensive, research-intensive university in Australia and the world,” said Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney.

Professor Duncan Ivison, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) said, “Our Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Public Health and Clinical Medicine research excelled in this year’s rankings.”

For example, Professor Pippa Norris, ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of Government and International Relations, has led a global Electoral Integrity Project which has recently compared 241 parliamentary and presidential elections in 158 countries around the world.

“Not only has her team’s work resulted in a large number of high-quality publications, but has also generated an enormous amount of media and public attention at a time when electoral systems are under increasing scrutiny around the world,” Professor Ivison said.

Another timely example is the recent report by Associate Professor Philip Alpers, from the Sydney School of Public Health, whose research findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed that while gun deaths have declined since Australia’s gun reforms, no state or territory fully complies with the laws.

The US News Best Global rankings were established in 2014 use Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science database, formerly known as Thomson-Reuters, to rank the top 1,250 institutions globally (increased from 1,000 last year).  Factors such as reputation, publications, books, conferences, international collaboration and citations are considered.

Internationally Harvard University is the top ranked institution.

Popular schools for Canadians at the University of Sydney

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Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Monash University shines in latest Global University Rankings

Monash University has performed strongly in this year’s global ranking from US News & World Report that focuses on academic research, including by partnering with international scholars to produce highly cited articles.

Monash has moved up 11 places to rank #68 in the World in the Best Global University Rankings for 2017–2018 and remains #4 in Australia, behind Melbourne (#26), Sydney (=34) and Queensland (#45).

Monash University shines in latest Global University Rankings

Find out more about Monash Pharmacy

In the subject rankings, Monash ranks first in Australia for Chemistry (#52 Globally), Materials Science (#41 Globally) and Pharmacology and Toxicology (#14 Globally).

Monash has increased the number of subjects ranked inside the Top 100 Globally to 12 and the number of subjects ranking inside the Top 50 Globally to 5.

President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AO said the strong improvement was further evidence of the university’s growing international reputation for excellence in research and collaboration.

“Despite being the youngest member of the Group of Eight, Monash is fourth highest of any Australian university, proving that our impact is now truly world class,” Professor Gardner said.

In other subject rankings, Monash ranked 53 in the engineering and technology top 100—the highest ranked Australian institution in this category.  Monash ranked 73 in top 100 sciences subject rankings and in clinical, pre-clinical and health Monash ranked 35 in the top 100.

“This exceptional result is wonderful recognition of the endeavours being undertaken by so many Monash staff to enhance our research and collaboration profile,” Professor Gardner said.

The Best Global Universities rankings encompasses 1,250 institutions from 74 countries.  The rankings are largely derived from publication data including number of publications, citations and citation impact, but also examine the research reputation of institutions and their international collaboration.

About Monash Pharmacy

Monash’s Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) program produces graduates with a sound knowledge and understanding of the science, technology and practice behind pharmacy as a profession. Monash Pharmacy is ranked #2 in the world and #1 in Australia according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: January 2018
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by to submit their applications as early as possible.

Receive a $4,000 relocation grant: The university offers a grant to all international students who study pharmacy at Monash!

Apply to the Monash University Pharmacy School!

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Monday, November 6th, 2017

University of Melbourne Law School in world’s top 10

The University of Melbourne Law School has been ranked seventh in the world and first in Australia in the Times Higher Education World University 2018 Subject Rankings for Law.

Melbourne Law School in world's top 10

Study at Melbourne Law School

It is the first time in which Law has been included in the Times Higher Education (THE) subject rankings, and Melbourne Law School is the only Australian institution represented in the top 20.

Melbourne Law School Dean Jenny Morgan said the position reflected the hard work and dedication of Melbourne Law School staff and students.

“The ranking is a testament to the outstanding research being conducted by colleagues across the law school, the teaching excellence in our Juris Doctor and Masters programs, and the international outlook fostered in our research and study partnerships,” Professor Morgan said.

Professor Morgan said Melbourne Law School was continuing to innovate and ensure its programs prepared graduates for the modern workforce.

“Our curriculum is evolving to meet the challenges of the digital world, balancing important elements of traditional legal study with new offerings that equip graduates with technical skills,” she said.

“The pace of change in the legal profession means that law schools must ensure our graduates are well placed to navigate the complex legal, ethical and social implications of new technologies.”

The Times Higher Education (THE) Subject Rankings for Law measure universities against a series of performance indicators across teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

University of Melbourne Law School Juris Doctor program

Melbourne Law School’s JD is designed specifically for graduate students. The program is highly regarded both nationally and internationally. It leads to admission to the legal profession in all Australian jurisdictions and can also be used as a basis for seeking admission in many jurisdictions overseas. The curriculum for this law program allows students to build the core skills essential to a wide range of legal and professional careers, and gives them the opportunity to tailor their studies to areas of particular interest through elective subjects.

Program: Juris Doctor
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years (standard course structure); 2 or 2.5 years (accelerated course structure)
Application Deadline: Melbourne Law School has a general application deadline of November 30 each year. It is recommended that you apply as early as possible.

Entry Requirements

Melbourne JD applicants must have

  • completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline; and
  • completed the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

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Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Macquarie University and Cochlear partner for hearing research and audiology education

Macquarie University and Cochlear have recently announced the establishment of the co-funded Cochlear Chair in Hearing and Healthy Ageing at Macquarie University, a role that will strengthen and formalise the strategic collaboration between the organisations.

Macquarie University and Cochlear partner for hearing research and audiology education

Macquarie’s Vice-Chancellor Professor S. Bruce Dowton (left) and Cochlear’s President Dig Howitt (Image credit: Jo Stephan, Macquarie University)

Cochlear is the global leader in implantable hearing solutions and focuses on technology innovations to treat a range of moderate to profound types of hearing loss. The company has long supported clinically focused hearing research, audiology education and advocacy in hearing health care.

The Cochlear Chair at Macquarie University will align this focus with the university’s own commitments in hearing research and education, as well as clinical practice and advocacy. The Chair will oversee the implementation of collaborative research and education strategies, with the long-term goal of developing a leading platform for further impactful research in hearing in Australia.

The announcement was made at Cochlear headquarters by Macquarie’s Vice-Chancellor Professor S Bruce Dowton, together with Cochlear’s President Dig Howitt, who was recently announced as Cochlear’s next Chief Executive Officer effective January 3 next year.

“Around 3.6 million Australians are affected by hearing loss, a number that will double by 2060 as the population ages. Macquarie University and Cochlear continue to commit ourselves to addressing that major health priority,” said Professor Dowton.

“Macquarie is home to the Macquarie Hearing Hub, and Cochlear continues to lead the market with innovative new hearing technologies—together we exemplify the strategic industry-academic engagement called for in the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, and we are in a good position for further impactful research in the hearing space.”

In addition to its commitment to the Cochlear Chair, Cochlear has also committed to provide financial support for the ongoing research activities of the university’s Professor of Hearing, Language & The Brain and Australian Laureate Fellow, Professor David McAlpine.

“Hearing loss is a major public health problem. There is increasing evidence of the importance of hearing to overall health, especially as people age. Developing evidence of the impact of untreated hearing loss on people’s health and the economy, and the effectiveness of treatments, is critical to ensuring hearing loss is treated appropriately. We are proud to sponsor the Cochlear Chair in Hearing and Healthy Ageing at Macquarie and to provide support to Professor McAlpine’s research. Professor McAlpine has already made significant contributions to the fields of audiology and hearing,” said Cochlear President Dig Howitt.

Cochlear moved its purpose-built global headquarters to Macquarie University’s North Ryde campus in 2010, allowing a strategic collaboration to grow in support of research, learning and teaching and advocacy around hearing health. This partnership has only increased in strength and benefit to the hearing health community, particularly with Macquarie’s establishment of the Australian Hearing Hub in 2013, which brings together a variety of research centres and hearing stakeholders.

Study Audiology at Macquarie University

The audiology program at Macquarie Audiology School is dedicated to preparing students to become professional audiologists. The university’s audiology program provides supervised clinical placements to hone its students’ professional skills. As well, numerous modules of scientific coursework allow students to learn the scientific fundamentals of audiology and understand the processes that contribute to congenital or acquired hearing loss and vestibular dysfunctions.

Program: Master of Clinical Audiology
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February each year
Duration: 2 years

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