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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

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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!

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Friday, July 14th, 2017

Monash University is the no. 1 engineering school in Australia

Are you creative, imaginative, analytical and technical? Do you want to extend yourself and help build the future? Engineers are in demand both in Australia and internationally—and an engineering qualification might just be for you.

Did you know Australia is a signatory to the Washington Accord, which means Monash Engineering graduates can work in any other signatory country, without the need to re-qualify. Just imagine where an internationally recognised engineering qualification could take you (Canada and USA!).

Monash University is the no. 1 engineering school in Australia

Study at the no. 1 engineering school in Australia—Monash University

Who are engineers?

They’re creative…

They’re imaginative, analytical and technical, with excellent teamwork skills. As an engineer, you get to apply science and mathematics in a practical way, to develop new technologies and improve existing ones.

They’re problem solvers...

They figure out how things work, and they create solutions to problems. They are key to the development of society and solving the challenges the world currently faces such as climate change, natural resource depletion, food shortages and increased demands on energy.

And they’re in demand

Engineers possess a rare combination of skills and qualities that place them in demand in many different industries. An engineer’s career is diverse, interesting and can be anywhere in the world. As a qualified engineer you’ll be equipped to work in many areas outside of engineering, such as management, banking and consulting.

Some engineers go on to become CEOs of major corporations. Almost 20 per cent of CEOs of ASX100 companies are engineers. Problem solving and planning skills, combined with a focus on the future and continuous improvement, make engineers competent business leaders.

Where does Monash Engineering stand?

Well, Monash University ranks as the best faculty in Australia for engineering (Times Higher Education, 2016–2017), and is one of the largest in the country. Monash is renowned world-wide for the quality of their teaching and research and the calibre of their graduates.

Master of Advanced Engineering

Did you know that Monash offers the widest choice of engineering courses than any other Australian university? Monash offers the Master of Advanced Engineering—the only kind in its field—that ensures that students grow into transformational, global, and socially-responsible leaders and engineers.

Delivered at the Clayton campus, the Master of Advanced Engineering is designed to extend your knowledge in your specialisation area and advance your leadership and complex-problem-solving skills. Specialisation options:

  1. Chemical engineering
  2. Civil engineering (Water)
  3. Civil engineering (Transport)
  4. Civil engineering (Infrastructure Systems)
  5. Electrical engineering
  6. Energy and sustainability (Malaysia campus only)
  7. Materials engineering
  8. Mechanical engineering
  9. Medical engineering
  10. Renewable and sustainable energy engineering

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Find out more about studying at the no. 1 engineering school in Australia—Monash University. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Engineering Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Monash high-tech lab opens up the senses

A new-concept hub designed to tackle the research challenges of the internet age will open at Monash University today.

Connecting information technology and engineering to creative and business expertise, sensiLab will hothouse researchers from the faculties of Information TechnologyEngineering, Art, Design & Architecture (MADA) and the Monash Business School.

Monash University Engineering and Information Technology

Professor Jon McCormack (far right) and a group of sensiLab researchers and students interact with the Nao humaniod robot.

The Hon Adem Somyurek, Victorian State Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade will open the new lab based at the university’s Caulfield campus.

Director of sensiLab Professor Jon McCormack said seniLab welcomed researchers from any discipline to initiate disruptive change, rather than simply react to it.

“The immediate, connected and open nature of the internet means that ideas propagate more quickly and more broadly than ever before,” Professor McCormack said.

“New knowledge is being generated faster than any time in human history. Universities must acknowledge that many traditional avenues of research have been bypassed by technology and the accelerated cultural change that it drives.”

From media to manufacturing, disruptive technology continues to challenge long-established businesses and institutions, even the nature of work itself.

“Australia must embrace these changes by adapting its research culture over the next decade,” Professor McCormack said.

“It’s here that sensiLab aims to drive creativity and innovation in IT by connecting designers, artists, engineers, computing experts and business entrepreneurs to create the technological breakthroughs necessary for a successful economy.”

Packed with all kinds of new technologies from humanoid robots to 3D printers, sensiLab’s concept is based on creative innovation through knowledge sharing, exemplified by emerging innovation spaces such as hacklabs and makerspaces.

The lab’s focus is the intersection of new developments in visualisation, interaction and digital fabrication and its name refers to the idea of engaging all the senses.

“We want to bring a sense of empathy and play to the design and application of technology to build really engaging experiences,” Professor McCormack said.

“With sensiLab we have the ability to rapidly prototype the technology of the future, from wearables, Internet of Things and machine-to-machine technologies to new virtual reality systems and haptic devices.”

The opening will also showcase collaborative projects from another Monash Faculty of Information Technology initiative, Immersive Analytics. This explores how next-generation interaction and display technologies available at sensiLab as well as the large CAVE2 immersive visualisation environment and other visualisation and interaction technique located at the university’s Clayton campus can be used to support analytical reasoning and decision-making. The aim is to provide truly multi-sensory interfaces that support collaboration and allow users to immerse themselves in their data and designs.

sensiLab will build productive connections between researchers across disciplines and will also seek to engage Monash University’s best research students—the next generation of research entrepreneurs. With its ability to work beyond traditional boundaries and conventional methodologies, the lab will become an attractive investment for industry and business looking to bring creativity and technological innovation to their business.

Some of the projects on display at the lab’s opening include

  • a new haptic ring that allows blind and vision-impaired people to feel graphics and diagrams on mobile devices such as phones and tablets;
  • ‘ContextUWall,’ a collaborative interactive display system that connects touch tables, tablets and high resolution display systems such as Monash’s CAVE2 environment to allow researchers to collaboratively explore complex data;
  • interactive virtual reality displays that recreate the ancient metropolis of Angkor Wat in Cambodia;
  • audio-enhanced 3D maps that allow people with a vision impairment to navigate in public spaces;
  • simple haptic techniques for low-cost virtual reality such as the Oculus Rift that add to the sense of presence by mirroring physical and virtual objects in space;
  • an interactive sandpit that brings a new virtual dimension to playing with sand.

sensiLab will be launched today, Wednesday, May 13 on Level 6, Building H at Monash University’s Caulfield campus.


Want to learn more about Information Technology and Engineering programs at Monash University? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. Find out how you can study in Australia!

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Monash Engineering: Minimising drag to maximise results

One of the most exciting parts of the Tour de France for spectators is the tactical “vying for spots” in the breakaway group at the front of the pack.

Monash Engineering School

Study at the Monash  Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

In trying to better understand the aerodynamic interactions between cyclists, researchers from Monash University and the Australian Institute of Sport studied how riders’ drag was affected by the relative position of multiple cyclists (in a formation).

Nathan Barry, a PhD student from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, said the research, undertaken by the Monash Wind Tunnel Sports Group, was designed to optimize the aerodynamics of elite riders when in a drafting or slipstreaming configuration.

Drafting or slipstreaming happens when two or more cyclists align in a close group. Taking advantage of the lead rider’s slipstream reduces the effect of drag, or air resistance. Drafting can significantly reduce the average energy expenditure required to maintain a certain speed and can also slightly reduce the energy expenditure of the lead rider.

“Typical racing speeds seen in professional cycling are 45km/h and getting up to 65-plus in a sprint, and over 90 per cent of an athlete’s power is expended overcoming drag,” Mr Barry said.

“If cyclists can reduce that drag, it will significantly improve their performance.”

The researchers found that two riders drafting the trailing rider could experience up to a 49 per cent drop in drag and the lead rider up to 5 per cent. When riders were travelling closely side by side or overtaking, the drag could increase by up to 6 per cent above that for a rider travelling alone.

“With the time being a critical factor in winning a stage or even the whole tour, it is important that teams understand how drag works when they are in a pace line such as a small breakaway group, overtaking or travelling side by side with another rider,” Mr Barry said.

Given the many complex interactions taking place in road cycling, the research could help fine-tune team tactics as well as potential interference tactics.

“Small reductions in drag leading to gains in speed across the duration of an event can mean the difference between crossing the finishing line first or second,” Mr Barry said.

This research is part of a Australian Research Council linkage project grant.

About the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

In addition to their role of imparting knowledge through their undergraduate teaching programs the department is actively engaged in creating new knowledge through its research activities. It is a large and diverse department consisting of a large academic staff, two industry-focused research institutes, postdoctoral research staff and a significant postgraduate student community.

Through their work, the department is internationally renowned for its teaching expertise, its research output and its facilities. Some of the areas of engineering research specialisation are

  • Aeronautical and industrial fluid dynamics (FLAIR)
  • Aerospace, turbulence and combustion (LTRAC)
  • Composite structures (CRC for Advanced Composite Structures)
  • Maintenance technology (MTI)
  • Micro/nano solid and fluid mechanics (MNRL)
  • Railway technology (CRC for Rail Technology and IRT)
  • Robotics and mechatronics (RMRL)

About the Monash Wind Tunnel

The Monash Wind Tunnel is a low-speed automotive aerodynamic testing facility. It is the largest wind tunnel in the southern hemisphere. The facility is open to industry partners, academics and students. Here, researchers facilitate aerodynamic and wind noise research, and help to develop full-scale production vehicles for Australian and international markets.

Key technologies

  • Large aerodynamic wind tunnel facility (four test sections)
  • 2×2 m cross-section 450 kW wind tunnel (boundary layer tests)
  • Six-component force balance system
  • Scale model force balance systems
  • Multi-channel dynamic pressure measurement system
  • High-frequency velocity probes
  • Anthropometric manikin


Would you like more information about engineering at Monash University? Email OzTREKK’s Australian Engineering Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. Find out how you can study in Australia!

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Monash Engineering student set to compete in IRONMAN World Championships

Monash University student Samuel Dwyer is set to compete in the IRONMAN World Championships after only competing in his first Ironman three months ago.

Described as “raw talent” by Director of Monash Sport Martin Doulton, Samuel took out the title in his age group, qualifying for the notorious world championships to be held in Kona, Hawaii, on  Oct. 12.

The modest Bachelor of Engineering and Science student is a part of the Elite Athlete Support program and said he first became interested in the sport two years ago.

“I was involved in swimming and cross-country at school and when I finished I knew I’d enjoy cycling so I thought I’d try and do a triathlon,” Sam said. “I was YouTubing triathlons and came across a clip for the IRONMAN World Championships and thought it was something I’d like to do.”

For the next two years, the Monash student saved enough money to purchase a bike, and trained himself, diligently working toward achieving this goal.

Despite doing a test prior to the IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Melbourne that revealed he was at a level where he could potentially win his age group, he still “didn’t quite believe it.”

“I sort of knew about a month before that I was at a level where I could win it, but that was never the ultimate goal,” Samuel said.

“Even though the test theoretically proved I could win, I didn’t quite believe it, so when it actually happened it was really awesome and gave me a lot of confidence for the future, and it was very satisfying.

The Bachelor of Engineering and Science student admitted that he had invested a lot and had trained all year. “I had a lot riding on it for this one day, and it all paid off, but to then be successful in it was a really nice and surreal feeling for me, especially to have won by so much and to have run so well on the day.”

Because of injuries, Samuel couldn’t do much running training in the lead-up to the event, but after taking a well-earned one-month break to recover, and after having completed physio, Sam has recently started training again, already running three times the distance he was before.

Now injury free, the distance is set to increase in preparation for the gruelling world championship: 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and marathon run (42.2 km).

“It will be interesting to see how I go now that I can train properly in running,” Samuel said.

“I want to win my age group again and hopefully make the top 50 overall. That would be ideal. Ultimately, I want to see how far I can take it.”

His motto while he’s training in Melbourne over winter is simple: It’s not raining in Hawaii.


Find out more about studying Engineering and Science at Monash University. Contact OzTREKK to find out how you can study in Australia!

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Monash University Calls For Quad-bike Safety This Summer

As summer is approaching in Oz, professionals at Monash University are urging caution about the potential dangers of quad-bikes.

A literature review conducted by two profs in the Monash University School of Engineering (department of mechanical and aerospace engineering) found that fitting crush protection devices on quad-bikes could reduce injuries and fatalities.

The Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR) has stated that quad-bikes have become the leading cause of death on Australian farms within the last year, accounting for about a third of the fatalities.

The ISCRR is a joint venture between Monash University, Worksafe Victoria and the Transport Accident Commission.

It went on to say that about half of all Australian quad-bike fatalities happened because of roll-over of the vehicle, with more than half of the roll-overs occurring on farms.

The Monash University review looked at the effectiveness of crush protection devices, which reduce the potential for riders to become pinned underneath an overturned quad-bike. It found that the devices could prove beneficial and can be retro-fitted to most bikes.

The report concluded that further testing and development of standards for quad-bike crush protection devices are needed, but that in the meantime such devices should be used for riders who use the bikes for work or on farms.

This is a prime example on how training from Monash University’s School of Engineering can be applied. The Faculty of Engineering at Monash is one of the largest and most prestigious centres for engineering education in Australia and provides teaching, research, professional and community services to the highest standards. Students enjoy studying at Monash University as the university is recognized as an international leader in many fields and is dedicated to preparing students for the competitive job market.


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