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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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Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Don’t miss the University of Sydney webinars

Are you planning to attend the University of Sydney for the semester 1, 2018 intake?

Don't miss the University of Sydney webinars

Learn more about the University of Sydney

Sydney Uni will be hosting a live webinar on December 13 to answer your questions about studying at Australia’s first university! For details, click on the links below. Be sure to check “Show in my time zone” when you are registering!

For advice on accepting your offer, accommodation, and student life, register for the university’s general information webinar:

This is your chance to get your questions answered!
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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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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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Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

University of Western Australia climbs in global rankings

The University of Western Australia has climbed seven places in the 2018 Best Global Universities rankings to be placed 88th in the world and 7th overall in Australia and New Zealand.

University of Western Australia climbs in global rankings

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The results, recently announced by the independent agency U.S. News and World Report, reinforce UWA’s standing as a major global player in tertiary education.

The Best Global Universities rankings show the top tertiary educational institutions across 74 countries and help prospective students compare school options around the world.

UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Dawn Freshwater said UWA’s rise from 95th to 88th was an impressive achievement and enhances our standing as a university of international repute.

“These results confirm UWA’s reputation as one of Australia’s—and the world’s—top tertiary education institutions,” Professor Freshwater said.

“Our university is globally recognised for the quality of our teaching, the importance of our research and the success of our partnerships and it is pleasing to know that we are a leading contender for students.

“It is testament to how the university is continuing to invest in the future to drive excellence in teaching and research and reflects how UWA is contributing on the world stage.”

The Best Global Universities rankings evaluate universities on their research performance and their ratings by members of the academic community around the world.

Popular programs for Canadians at the University of Western Australia

The Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) at the University of Western Australia is a four-year, full-time professional degree with a significant research component. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of relevant knowledge in the basic medical sciences to support the staged development of clinical dental competencies and skills. Early clinical contact is pivotal to the course and students will enter the clinic from the first semester of their study.

UWA’s Doctor of Medicine (MD) program 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 PLACES curriculum structure encourages students to learn about the humanistic and non-technical aspects of being a doctor, while continuing to emphasise the importance of developing clinical competence and scholarly capabilities.

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Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Monash to become first 100 percent renewable energy powered university in Australia

By the year 2030, Monash University expects all of the energy used on its campuses will be clean and renewable.

Monash to become Australia's first 100 per cent renewable energy powered university

Solar panels at Clayton campus (Photo: Monash University)

The university is investing $135 million to achieve its aim with a project called Net Zero.

Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, said the Net Zero initiative was the most ambitious project of its kind undertaken by an Australian university.

“Leadership in sustainability, of the kind to which Monash aspires requires much more than being carbon neutral by offsetting emissions through carbon credits or similar mechanisms. The university strives to completely eliminate its dependence on fossil fuels,” Professor Gardner said.

“Monash is actively reducing its emissions and, by transforming our energy infrastructure and following a deep decarbonisation strategy, ensuring that all the energy we use on our campuses is clean.”

As well as committing to net zero carbon emissions from their Australian campuses, all of Monash’s operations will also be carbon neutral by 2030.

Residual emissions from operations—such as plane travel—will be offset by purchasing certified and socially conscious carbon offset programs.

“Clean affordable and reliable energy is something that we all want. This target is about putting our world-leading research and campuses to work to show that a 100-percent renewable future is not only possible, but good for business and the planet too,” said Monash Engineering and Sustainability Manager Dr Rob Brimblecombe.

Net Zero is not an overnight revolution. Monash has been greening itself for some time, beginning in 2005 when the university began measuring its performance in emissions, energy use, waste, water and transport. It then set an energy reduction target of 20 percent based on those early measurements.

In 2010 the first solar panels went in on each campus.

Now there are more than 4,000 panels in place, enough to power 100 average Australian households.

Building is now underway at the Clayton campus for an on-site microgrid that will help the university control when and how energy is used.

The Monash microgrid will be connected to the Victorian energy grid, which in the future can reduce the demand and strain on the network during peak times.

The state government, through the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), contributed $100,000 seed funding for the Monash Microgrid.

The Net Zero Initiative is set to directly benefit research at the university, which is building the microgrid to model and assess the performance of energy network systems.

“The Monash Microgrid will provide a real-world example demonstrating how communities can keep their energy system affordable and resilient, in particular during peak periods and extreme weather events,” said Director of the Monash Energy Materials and Systems Institute, Dr Jacek Jasieniak.

“We’re using our campuses and research to develop scalable clean energy solutions that can be tested here and deployed around the world,” Dr Jasieniak said.

By the end of 2020, the university will complete its biggest solar roll out. By then, it will be generating 7 GWh of energy, the equivalent of powering 1,000 homes in Victoria for a year.

The project supports the concept of Monash as a living lab, with research and teaching linked to operational sustainability.

Monash University is also eliminating gas and moving to 100 percent electricity.

“By 2030 all of our energy consumption will be electric and from renewable sources,” Professor Gardner said.

The university is also reducing the overall energy consumption of their operations. This includes updating all of their campus lighting to LED, ensuring sustainability certification of all new buildings, and only investing in appliances and equipment that are energy efficient.

Monash University is asking

  • How do you make Australia’s economy carbon neutral?
  • How do we solve the water crisis?
  • What does a sustainable city look like?

While the researchers, educators, partners and funders may speak different “languages” (science, the arts, engineering and policy for example) they are working together to achieve a common purpose.

The Monash Sustainability Institute programs and initiatives investigate how to build water-sensitive cities and better manage water resources. They are catalysing action across Australia’s economy to reduce greenhouse emissions and valuing and integrating indigenous knowledge to help manage natural resources, putting environmental sustainability at the centre of decision making. Monash is understanding and influencing human behaviour, training and educating the next generation of leaders in sustainability, and much more.

Apply to a Monash Environmental Sciences Program!

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Thursday, October 12th, 2017

What is genetic counselling?

Internationally, genetic counselling is taught within a 2-year clinical master degree. In Canada, only five universities offer a Master of Science in genetic counselling with very few places for each, and entry can be extremely competitive. It’s no wonder students with a passion for understanding genetics are looking elsewhere to continue their studies.

What is genetic counselling?

Study genetic counselling at the University of Melbourne

What is genetic counselling?

The practice of genetic counselling combines the expertise of genetic disease mechanisms with a sensitive appreciation of the psychological burdens and complex social and ethical issues associated with genetic disorders. Genetic counsellors work in a multidisciplinary team with clinical geneticists, nurses, social workers, dietitians, communicating complex genetic information to individuals and families to facilitate decision making.

The University of Melbourne’s 2-year Master of Genetic Counselling is designed to build and increase skills and breadth in clinical practice and research, utilising the expertise of tutors who are clinicians, genetic counsellors, scientists, people with a disability and community members.

The degree will fulfill the requirements for certification and employment as a genetic counsellor in Australia and reciprocity with training overseas. The program teaches counselling skills, research skills and clinical genetics knowledge in small interactive student groups. Problem Based Learning is one mode of teaching in the genetics tutorials.

Past graduates are employed throughout the world, including in Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand. It is expected that graduates of the Melbourne Master of Genetic Counselling will be eligible to register to practice as genetic counsellors in the UK and Canada, further increasing employment opportunities.

Program: Master of Genetic Counselling
Duration: 2 years
Next available intake: February 2019

Apply to the University of Melbourne Master of Genetic Counselling degree!

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Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

UQ sports science consistently ranked among best in world

The UQ School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences has ranked among the best in the world for sport science for the second year in a row.

The school ranked 5th globally and 2nd in Australia in the ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2017.

UQ sports science consistently ranked among best in world

UQ sports science—an interdisciplinary approach to research (Photo: UQ)

The ranking assessed key areas of research performance, including the number of papers published in top sport science journals and the number of citations of articles.

Head of the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Professor Andrew Cresswell said the accolade was a reflection of the University of Queensland’s dedication to being an international leader in exercise and sport science research and education.

“We take an interdisciplinary approach to research which is critical to allow effective translation of knowledge into practice,” Professor Cresswell said.

“Our research is diverse and focuses on addressing multi-dimensional questions related to how and why humans move and obtain nutrition.

“We focus on areas critical to health and disease prevention across the lifespan—including exercise, physical activity and health, dietetics and nutrition, sensorimotor neuroscience, sport, physical and health education.”

Professor Cresswell said the school’s performance was led by outstanding teaching and research staff, and work being undertaken in the research centres.

“Our strong commitment to excellence in teaching and research is paramount to our success, and permeates everything we do,” Professor Cresswell said.

“We aspire to be at the forefront of learning and strive to ensure students meet the needs of the sport science industry, are job-ready, and equipped with the skills and knowledge to succeed in their chosen careers.

“To be rated among the very best in the world is a huge accolade.”

UQ Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Sciences (Honours)

Studying the UQ sport science program will ignite your interest in the complexities of maintaining an active, healthy human body and allow you to make an essential contribution to well-being, rehabilitation and performance. This program focuses on understanding how to enhance human performance, how the body responds to exercise and physical activity, and how to conduct research which could help build healthier communities and stronger athletes.

Career opportunities are varied and may include prescribing and delivering exercise and physical activity programs in the fitness industry, developing strength and conditioning programs to assist elite athletes and sporting teams, delivering workplace health promotion and executive health management programs, or conducting diagnostic measurements (cardiac, sleep, respiratory or neurophysiology) in hospitals or other clinical services.

Program: Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Sciences (Honours)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Program duration: 4 years
Application deadline: November 29, 2017

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Monday, October 9th, 2017

Sydney Virtual Fair for international students

Don’t miss the University of Sydney’s virtual fair for international students! This is a great opportunity to chat online with friendly uni staff and have all your questions answered about studying at Australia’s first university.

Sydney Virtual Fair for International Students

Don’t miss Sydney’s Virtual Fair for international students

You can find out about admission requirements, watch video presentations from leading academics and current students, and learn about accommodation, student services and life in Sydney. If you’ve applied to the Sydney Sydney Juris Doctor, you can find out more about the program at 6 p.m. (EDT)!

The fair will run from 4 a.m. until 8 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, October 12. No matter where you are in Canada, you can chat with admissions and faculty staff about the university’s huge range of study opportunities and have all your questions answered.

  • Virtual Fair starts – Oct. 12 @ 4 a.m. 
  • Juris Doctor – Oct. 12 @ 6 p.m. (EDT)
  • Received an offer? Get questions answered – Oct. 12 @ 6:30 p.m. (EDT)

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