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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

Apply to the University of Queensland!

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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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Don’t forget to register!

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Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

University of Sydney graduates rated Australia’s most employable

University of Sydney graduates have been named the most employable in Australia for the third year running and in the top 5 globally, according to the 2018 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

University of Sydney graduates rated Australia's most employable

Sydney Uni grads have been named the most employable in Australia for the third consecutive year (Photo: University of Sydney)

The 2018 QS Employability Rankings also reveal the university’s graduates are the fourth most sought after in the world, the same position as last year and up from 14th in 2015.

In addition to surveying over 30,000 employers, the QS rankings move beyond employment rates and evaluate the affiliations of high-achievers, as well as work placement partnerships and employers’ connections with graduates.

“We are delighted by the rankings which confirm our graduates continue to be the most sought-after by employers in Australia and in high demand worldwide,” said Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence.

“It is testament to our exceptionally designed courses delivered by world-class teachers.

“This is why we have transformed our undergraduate curriculum with the Sydney Undergraduate Experience. Every University of Sydney student will have the opportunity to take on real-world industry, community, research and entrepreneurship projects,” said Dr Spence.

One of the main drivers of the university’s ranking was the networking and partnership opportunities made available to students by employers.

A recent event saw students pitch their best ideas to a panel that included entrepreneurs, industry and government. Students have also helped solve real-world challenges for Australia’s largest book retailer Dymocks, while in the faculty of engineering and information technology, students have helped engineering firm Cardno navigate a drone-enabled future.

This year, the QS rankings considered 600 universities, double that of last year, and expanded to a top 500 from 200 in 2016. The rankings also increased the number of Australian universities included from 15 to 24.

The results follow the recent announcement that the university has been ranked 61 in the world and third in Australia in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

To determine the rankings, QS mapped the following indicators:

  • Employer reputation (30%)
  • Alumni outcomes (25%)
  • Partnerships with employers (25%)
  • Employer/student connections (10%)
  • Graduate employment rate (10%)

Quacquerelli Symonds (QS) was founded in 1990 and provide a number of higher education rankings including World University Rankings and subject area rankings.

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Monday, October 2nd, 2017

What is it like to study at the University of Melbourne? Find out Oct. 3

Navigating university study options online can be a complicated task with so many options available. To help, the University of Melbourne has just announced it will be holding an online virtual fair tomorrow, Oct. 3, for international students.

Wondering what it's like to study at the University of Melbourne?

Don’t miss the Melbourne Virtual Fair Oct. 3

During the virtual fair, you can chat with staff from the university’s faculties and graduate schools to explore your study options and find out what makes Melbourne consistently ranked one of the top 35 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016–2017).

University of Melbourne Virtual Fair

October 3, 2017 @ 6 p.m. EDT (3 p.m. PDT) – Register now.

Register your interest and log on to the Virtual Fair on Oct. 3 to find out more about the University of Melbourne experience!

The Virtual Fair is just like attending an expo on your computer! Registered participants will be able to

  • get information about the university, their courses and admission requirements;
  • get information about Melbourne—the world’s most liveable city—as well as accommodation options, and student support;
  • chat online with University of Melbourne staff and current international students to really get an understanding of what it’s like to study in Melbourne; and
  • see and hear video presentations from leading academics and current international students.

This is a great opportunity to find out more about Melbourne’s popular schools:

Find out about the university’s admissions process, scholarships and accommodation options. Chat with current students to find out what being a Melbourne student is like or just the lifestyle in Melbourne—ranked the world’s most livable city (The Economist 2017)!

Regardless of where you are in the world, you can always connect with the University of Melbourne from your desktop, laptop, tablet or even your phone.

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Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

James Cook University’s seven in a row for graduate jobs

James Cook University has been awarded top marks for graduate employment for the seventh year in a row—and JCU is the only Queensland university to achieve the distinction for the past seven years.

James Cook University's seven in a row for graduate jobs

The Good Universities Guide confirms JCU graduates continue to be in high demand (Image via: JCU)

The authoritative tertiary education guide, the Good Universities Guide, confirms JCU graduates continue to be in high demand, with the university receiving 5 out of 5 stars for its graduates’ job prospects.

Only three Australian universities achieved the rating over the past seven years.

The rating means JCU is in the top 20% of universities whose graduates were employed full-time within four months of graduation.

74.9% of undergraduates from James Cook University find full-time employment within four months of graduating, higher than the national average (69.5%).

JCU Vice Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding said the ratings underline the university’s strong performance in teaching and research.

“Our graduates continue to be in demand and are finding employment quickly.

“We know that our graduates are highly sought after, and to receive a five-star rating for graduate employment seven years in a row confirms JCU is providing its students with a high-quality education and very strong career prospects,” said Professor Harding.

“It’s a great achievement for James Cook University to be awarded five stars for graduate employment for seven consecutive years,” said Chris Lester, the CEO of the Good Education Group, which publishes the guide.

“It’s promising to see regional universities providing students with a great student experience, backed by strong graduate outcomes,” Mr Lester said.

The university again scored top marks (five stars) for “Learner Engagement”—the proportion of students who positively rated their engagement with learning at their university.

And for the first time, the guide also includes an in-depth breakdown of university ratings at a field of study level.

JCU has achieved 5 stars in a range of categories across 14 fields of study.

The Good Universities Guide has highlighted JCU’s key strengths in fields of study including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and veterinary science:

  • Pharmacy students are more satisfied with key measures of student experience than at any other university.
  • Dentistry graduates from James Cook University are better employed than from any other university.
  • Medicine graduates have a 100% employment rate.
  • Veterinary science students are more satisfied with Skills Development than at any other university and graduates and have the highest employment rates in the country.

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Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

University of Newcastle stands strong among the world’s best

The University of Newcastle continues to stand strong among the world’s best, ranking in the top 300 universities in the world, in the 2018 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.

University of Newcastle stands strong among the world’s best

THE World University Rankings (Image via: UON)

Now in their 14th year, the THE World University Rankings, evaluate universities worldwide across five key areas: teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook.

The 2018 THE ranking includes 1,102 of the world’s leading research universities, up from 980 from the previous ranking, and includes 67 universities not previously assessed.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen said the independent ranking was an excellent achievement that reflected UON’s vision to stand as a global leader, distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence, creating a better future for its regions through innovation and impact.

“Our performance in the 2018 THE World University Rankings is recognition of the hard work of our researchers, academics and professional staff in delivering superior education and world-class research and innovation that creates new thinking, new ideas and new breakthroughs, not just in Australia, but around the world.

“We are also delighted the University of Newcastle’s reputation for delivering specialised degrees, shaped around global learning, work placements and entrepreneurial approaches to study has been acknowledged.”

UON also performed strongly in the categories “industry income,” which measures the level of engagement between academics and their industry partners; and “international outlook,” the proportion of international students and staff, as well as international research collaborations.

“We’re proud that today’s THE World University Rankings recognise our many strengths and place UON among the world’s best.”

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Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Bond cements its position as Australia’s #1 for Student Experience

Would you like to study at a university where the professors know you by name, where class sizes are small, and where you are encouraged to focus on life after graduation?

Then let us introduce you to Bond University!

Bond cements its position as Australia's #1 for Student Experience

Bond is ranked number one in Australia for student experience—for the 12th year in a row! (Photo: Bond University)

For the twelfth year in a row, Bond has received more 5-star ratings for Student Experience than any other university in Australia in the latest edition of The Good Universities Guide.

Bond received the highest award of 5-stars for all six Student Experience measures—Overall, Teaching Quality, Learner Engagement, Learning Resources, Student Support and Skills Development—as well as 5-stars for Student:Staff Ratio and Student Retention.

In addition to the institutional rankings, this year The Good Universities Guide has introduced rankings by field of study. Bond received several 5-star ratings across various metrics for every field of study that is taught at the university, demonstrating that Bond University provides an exceptional experience for all of its students.

Bond University’s Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Tim Brailsford said he was very proud to see Bond continue to deliver the nation’s best student experience for the 12th consecutive year.

“Our students are at the heart of everything we do, and every decision we make, so its pleasing to see this absolute focus on providing a world-class, transformational student experience is reflected in The Good Universities Guide 2018 ratings,” Professor Brailsford said.

“I am also very proud that we deliver continually and consistently, year-on-year and across each and every field of study that Bond offers.”

Professor Brailsford cited Bond’s small class sizes, personalised approach, practical learning opportunities, links to industry, and focus on outcomes as key factors influencing its five-star student experience ratings.

The study facilities at Bond are world-class and incorporate high-tech lecture theatres, the latest broadband and Wi-Fi computer connections, and libraries that rank among Australia’s best.

Complementing these academic features, you’ll find a comprehensive selection of recreational and social outlets that encourage interaction between students outside the classroom.

Bond University defines internationalisation throughout policy and practice as ensuring that

  • international students have a quality university experience;
  • all graduates are prepared to work and function in contexts throughout the world; and
  • the university provides leadership for global relations.

Find out more about these popular schools at Bond University:

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Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

James Cook University ranked among top 2% of the world’s universities

James Cook University’s standing as a world-class research university has been reaffirmed, with new data confirming JCU is among the top 2% of the world’s universities.

The authoritative Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), published recently by the Centre for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, has ranked JCU in the top 301–400 group of universities.

JCU ranked among top 2% of the world’s universities

JCU is Australia’s Tropical University!

JCU has been ranked in the world’s top 400 universities since 2010.

Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Chris Cocklin said that despite JCU’s size, the university performs very strongly when compared to its peers around the world.

“UNESCO identifies around 18,000 higher-education institutions around the globe, and to be listed among the top 400 is a very significant achievement.”

Professor Cocklin said for a regional university to achieve such a result is a tribute to the efforts of its academics.

“We are a highly competitive, research-intensive university, and this ranking is a great credit to the work of our talented researchers.”

James Cook University is one of only 21 Australian universities to make the Top 400.

The Academic Ranking of World Universities is considered one of the most prestigious and trustworthy global university rankings. More than 1200 universities are ranked by ARWU every year, but only the best 500 universities are published.

ARWU uses several indicators to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, the number of Highly Cited Researchers, the number of articles published in the journals Nature and Science, and the number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index – Expanded and Social Science Citation Index.

JCU is Australia’s Tropical University

Are you looking for something different? Would you like a truly Australian experience? Consider studying at James Cook University!

JCU is defined by the tropics and is unique among Australian universities, woven into the intellectual, economic and social fabric of the tropical location and set amid irreplaceable ecosystems and cultures that fire intellects and imaginations. The university seeks knowledge-based ways to help the world’s tropical regions prosper.

Many OzTREKK students studying at JCU enjoy the gorgeous, hot weather and the friendliness of Northern Queenslanders. The cities of Cairns of Townsville provide you with the feeling of a small-town atmosphere, yet there is plenty to see and do in and around each city. As a smaller university, JCU staff members are approachable and friendly, and students enjoy the attention they receive upon arrival and throughout their program.

In JCU Townsville, you’ll find JCU Medical School. In Cairns, JCU Dental School!

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