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Friday, October 20th, 2017

Unlimited options: What would you like to study in Australia?

OzTREKK Blog: by Admissions Officer Heather Brown

As the admissions officer for undergraduate and postgraduate programs here at OzTREKK, I have learned about some awesome program options available to students!

Did you know that there are genetic counselling degrees available? Are you passionate about underwater archaeology? Have you always wanted to learn more about marine biology and study it in an awesome climate? These are all great choices for students to consider and our Australian university partners are always looking for Canadians to apply. Also, studying these programs in Oz may give you a competitive edge with unique placement opportunities that are not available here in Canada.

Whether you want to apply to unique or typical programs, studying an undergrad or postgrad program would be exciting if you have the opportunity to live in and travel Australia! Here are some of my favourites!

Unlimited options: What would you like to study in Australia?

Study environmental sciences at an Australian university!

Master of Integrated Water Management

The Master of Integrated Water Management at the University of Queensland is one of the few courses in the world that takes a truly transdisciplinary, integrated approach to water management in both developed and developing country contexts. What makes this degree so interesting is that it is co-badged and co-delivered by leading industry practitioners and lecturers from International WaterCentre’s founding member universitiesUniversity of Queensland, Monash University, Griffith University, and the University of Western Australia—all OzTREKK Australian university partners, btw.

The Master of Integrated Water Management creates water leaders by drawing on international teaching and research from many fields to provide a whole-of-water-cycle approach. Students get the skills to consider the impacts of decisions systemically across environment, politics, law, science, culture, engineering, economics, health and society.

Oh yeah, and they have scholarships for this.

Program: Master of Integrated Water Management
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Duration: 2 years
Next available intake: February 2019

Apply to the UQ Master of Integrated Water Management!

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Master of Genetic Counselling

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 program teaches counselling skills, research skills and clinical genetics knowledge in small interactive student groups.

Program: Master of Genetic Counselling
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Duration: 1.5 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: November 29, 2017

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

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Master of Science in Marine Biology and Ecology

James Cook University is the leading education and research institution for marine biology in the Tropics. JCU’s location allows students and research staff ready access to a wide variety of tropical marine systems including coral reefs, tropical estuaries, mangrove habitats and seagrass beds. Links between research and teaching programs ensure that students are at the cutting edge of marine research.

Program: Master of Science (Marine Biology and Ecology)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Duration: 1.5 years
Semester intakes: February and July
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Apply to the Master of Science at James Cook University!

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If you are interested in applying to an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that’s beyond the “ordinary,” email me at heather@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355—I’m here to help!

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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Find out more about studying genetic counselling and other health sciences degree at the University of Melbourne. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Health Sciences Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com for more information.

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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Do you have questions regarding the University of Melbourne Virtual Fair for International Students? Please contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355. Find out more about the University of Melbourne and about how you can study in Australia!

Friday, September 1st, 2017

University of Melbourne joins FutureLearn

The University of Melbourne has joined FutureLearn, a platform offering free online courses from top universities and specialist organisations.

The University of Melbourne joins FutureLearn

Study at the University of Melbourne—online!

Announcing the new partnership, Professor Gregor Kennedy, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) at the University of Melbourne, said “We are excited to be joining FutureLearn. We believe our partnership with MOOC platform FutureLearn will provide opportunities for a new group of learners to experience our high-quality educational offerings.”

The establishment of the new partnership will expand the reach of the university’s open online learning programs, which have enjoyed considerable success since the Melbourne began its partnership with Coursera five years ago.

Mark Lester, Director of Partnership Development at FutureLearn, warmly welcomed the University of Melbourne.

“We are delighted to bring to our global community of learners the opportunity to study together on courses from a world-leading university such as the University of Melbourne,’’ he said.

The University of Melbourne will continue its relationship with Coursera, and its partnership with FutureLearn will diversify the university’s open learning platforms, allowing it to continue to offer exemplary online education worldwide.

Thinking of studying at the University of Melbourne? Melbourne offers some of the most popular degrees for Canadian students!

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Would you like more information about studying at the University of Melbourne? Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. We’re here to help!

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

University of Melbourne ranked third in the Asia-Pacific

Once again, the University of Melbourne has proved its mettle in the world’s university ranking forum. Just recently, the university was ranked third in the Asia-Pacific, according to the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia-Pacific Ranking 2017.

University of Melbourne ranked third in the Asia-Pacific

The University of Melbourne is ranked third in the Asia-Pacific, according to the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia-Pacific Ranking 2017. (Photo: University of Melbourne)

Australian universities performed exceptionally well in the new ranking, which was launched to reflect the region’s growing strength in the higher education sector.

The University of Melbourne was the only university outside Asia to appear in the top five, coming in third behind the National University of Singapore and Peking University.

Acting Vice-Chancellor Margaret Sheil said that the university was pleased by this validation, within a demanding global market.

“This is a strong endorsement of the university’s dedicated and talented staff and their research and teaching output, as well as the quality of our graduates.”

The THE Asia-Pacific Ranking 2017 analysed universities across 38 nations in East Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania. The ranking uses the same performance indicators as the THE World University Rankings, with some weightings adjusted to reflect the younger profile of some of the universities in the region.

Key areas included teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income.

About the University of Melbourne

Melbourne is a leading international university with a tradition of excellence in teaching and research. Established in 1853, it is Australia’s second oldest university, and has been ranked as the country’s top university in both worldwide and national standings.

The University of Melbourne is arguably Australia’s most reputable higher education institution with a tradition of excellence in research and teaching. Students from Canada choose Melbourne due its high ranking among the best universities in the world.

Think you might be interested in studying at the University of Melbourne? Here are the most popular schools at Melbourne for Canadians:

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Do you have any questions about the University of Melbourne? Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. We’re here to help!

Monday, June 26th, 2017

New hub for biomedical engineering research named after inventor of cochlear implant

A new institute that brings together biomedical engineers, clinical researchers and industry partners to develop real-world solutions for public health has been launched.

New hub for biomedical engineering research named after inventor of cochlear implant

Study at the University of Melbourne

Located in the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct, the Graeme Clark Institute for Biomedical Engineering (GCI) will be a hub for University of Melbourne researchers and industry partners to collaborate on developing new bionic devices, implants, drug treatments and assistive technologies like prosthetics, as well as diagnostics.

The institute is named after Professor Graeme Clark AC who invented the bionic ear along with his University of Melbourne colleagues, the first prototype multiple electrode implant device that successfully improved the ability of deaf people to understand speech.

The inaugural Director of the Graeme Clark Institute, Professor Mark Cook, says the Institute will link clinical and engineering fields in the pursuit of new solutions to public health.

“It’s fair to say that no biomedical engineering institutes, either in Australia or the wider world, have the scope and scale of the Graeme Clark Institute,” says Professor Cook.

“The Institute is in a unique position to capitalise on multi-partner collaborations that are critical to innovation and commercialisation. The novelty of the solutions we will develop comes through the direct interaction of the Melbourne School of Engineering, the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and the Faculty of Science.”

GCI’s success will be measured in the impact of clinically driven research that solves clinical needs and engagement with industry to translate that research into clinical practice.

GCI researcher and Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Melbourne School of Engineering, Professor David Grayden, says the university’s position as one of the top centres for biomedical engineering research in the world means it is well-placed to make significant contributions to the field.

“Projects will include modelling the human body in 3D to virtually assess and insert implants for joint replacements, testing the university’s world-first stentrode device in human trials, and building on its position as the top university for mechano-pharmacology, where tissues cells are mechanically measured to develop effective drug therapies,” adds Professor Grayden.

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Discover more about studying engineering at the University of Melbourne! Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com, or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

University of Melbourne students run Teddy Bear hospital

Recently, more than 1,200 medicine, nursing, dentistry, physiotherapy, audiology, biomedical, science, speech pathology and social work students from the University of Melbourne ran a Teddy Bear Hospital (TBH) to raise funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday appeal.

University of Melbourne students run Teddy Bear hospital

University of Melbourne students run Teddy Bear hospital

Students aimed to reduce children’s fears associated with medical environments, procedures and professionals by familiarising them with health care in a fun, relaxed and interactive manner.

These interactions give future young doctors and health care professionals an excellent opportunity to further develop the specific communication and engagement skills required to successfully interact with children.

The students offered Teddy medical consultations to more than 5,000 children, making TBH the largest student volunteer event run by the University of Melbourne.

Professor Cheryl Jones, Stevenson Chair of Paediatrics and Head of the Department of Paediatrics in the Melbourne Medical School said students learn so much more when working as a team.

“The Teddy Professors from the university’s Department of Paediatrics who oversee this student-led program, are amazed at the passion and creativity of the students as they work together to create the toy machines and instruments for the day, and plan and execute this major event,” she said. “Apart from the fun and fundraising, our students learn more about each other’s multidisciplinary roles and provide practical advice to children and families about how to keep healthy and reduce children’s anxiety about medical environments, procedures and professionals.

“We are very proud to watch this group of students as they are our future health leaders of tomorrow,” Professor Jones said.

Children are asked to bring in a “sick” teddy bear or other toy for treatment at the “hospital.” There are many stations, including teddy triage, teddy doctor consultation, radiology, surgery, and anatomy. There are dedicated student volunteers to design and build the activities and equipment that are used inside the hospital.

Medical student coordinator Elliott Cope believes taking part in the TBH has improved his communication skills, leadership and confidence in interacting with children.

“One of the most memorable interactions was with a four-year-old boy who bought in his dragon teddy bear. The complaint: his dragon had stopped breathing fire,” he said.

Not having much experience with dragon medicine, Elliott was a little stumped, but after a look in the dragon’s throat and a feel of the neck, he diagnosed a dragon cold. After a good night’s sleep and lots of rest, the dragon was back to breathing fire and feeling much better.

University of Melbourne Doctor of Medicine

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: June 22, 2017

The Melbourne MD is a four-year, graduate-entry medical program that builds on the university’s reputation for excellence in teaching and research. It enables students to become outstanding medical practitioners who will excel as world-class leaders in their chosen field.

Apply to the University of Melbourne Medical School!

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Questions about Melbourne Medical School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

University of Melbourne paces Australia in latest rankings

The University of Melbourne has 40 subject areas ranked in the top 50 in the world, more than any other Australian university, according to the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject.

University of Melbourne paces Australia in latest QS Subject Rankings

Melbourne is # in Australia for teacher education

Melbourne also received a top five global ranking for education, moving up two spots on its 2016 ranking.

The seventh edition of QS Quacquarelli Symonds’s analysis of subject-specific university performance lists the world’s best universities for the study of 46 different subjects.

“As a university community, we are delighted with this recognition for our academics, a recognition that does much to highlight not just their hard work across multiple specialist fields but the quality of their research and teaching output as well,” commented Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glyn Davis.

“This is not just about the institution but the work of a fine academy, and we congratulate them today for their contribution to this result.”

Dean of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education Professor Field Rickards welcomed the high ranking for Education.

“Our consistent placement among the top ten in the world confirms the impact and excellence of our dedicated and talented staff, as well as the quality of our graduates,” Professor Rickards said.

University of Melbourne Master of Teaching

Since 2008, Melbourne’s Master of Teaching has played a significant role in reshaping education through the clinical teaching approach. This is a major departure from traditional teacher education programs and connects university theory, professional knowledge and classroom experience.

Programs: Master of Teaching (Primary or Secondary)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: March
Duration: 1.5 to 2 years
Application deadline: Although there is no strict application deadline for either of these programs, it is recommended that students apply at least three months prior to the program start date.

Apply to the Melbourne Graduate School of Education!

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Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Teachers Colleges Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com for more information about studying education at Melbourne!

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

The University of Melbourne would like to meet you at their virtual fair!

Are you wondering what it’s like to study at the prestigious University of Melbourne?

The University of Melbourne would like to meet you at their virtual fair!

Don’t miss the Melbourne virtual fair for international students March 22

Prospective international students and their parents are invited to join the university for an exciting online event to learn more about the University of Melbourne and their programs. If you haven’t applied to the university yet, and are just starting to consider your study options, this “virtual fair” is for you!

Event Details

University of Melbourne Virtual Fair for International Students

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 6 – 9 p.m. (EDT)
Register: http://tiny.cc/melb_virtual_fair_2017

Chat with staff from Melbourne’s faculties and graduate schools to explore your study options and find out what makes the university consistently ranked one of the top 35 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016), located in the world’s most livable city (The Economist 2016). You’ll have the chance to chat online with Melbourne’s friendly staff and students and find out all you need to know about degrees available, entry requirements, scholarships available, and much more!

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

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Do you have questions regarding the upcoming University of Melbourne Virtual Fair for International Students? Please contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Melbourne says emissions reduction, curriculum changes central to new Sustainability Plan

The University of Melbourne will be carbon neutral before 2030, achieve zero net emissions from electricity by 2021 and will now report annually on the institution’s sustainability impact and performance.

Melbourne says emissions reduction, curriculum changes central to new Sustainability Plan

Melbourne launches Sustainability Plan 2017–2020

That’s according to the university’s first institution-wide Sustainability Plan 2017–2020, an ambitious four-year strategy that will position Melbourne as a sector-leader in sustainability according to Vice-Principal Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Allan Tait.

The Plan also pushes for sustainability to become a more prominent part of all undergraduate curriculum, as well as outlining the university’s response to calls to divest from fossil fuel-intensive companies.

“The university has a responsibility to lead strongly and act decisively in addressing global societal challenges, such as building a more sustainable world.”

“This Sustainability Plan clearly outlines the university’s commitment to this important task and highlights how Melbourne is acting on this front across all areas of the institution, with holistic actions and targets that will assist in tackling the impacts of climate change.”

On divestment, the university recognises that climate change impacts result in increased risk and potential opportunities for its investments, and that it must act to mitigate this risk. It therefore plans to establish within a year a sustainable investment framework for evaluating and managing material climate change risk, and which will set out the criteria for divestment from and investment in listed equities.

This framework will as far as possible cover factors such as a company’s emissions intensity, emissions reduction plans, alignment to the outcomes of global climate change agreements and investment in and transition to renewable energy.

“Within four years, the university will be divested from, or in the process of divesting from, any material holdings that don’t satisfy the requirements of this framework,” said Mr Tait. “This approach, and that of all of the commitments in this plan, reflects the consolidated efforts and collective will of the university community.”

The Sustainability Plan is the result of a more than 12 months of public consultation process that commenced in late 2015 with the development of the university’s Sustainability Charter. This process saw nearly 500 attendees across two events as well as hundreds of email submissions into the development of both the plan and the charter.

While the charter establishes the high-level principles and values the university wishes to adopt when it came to sustainability, the plan sets out a range of clear targets and priority actions for how the institutions will meet these principles.

Other key aims for the plan:

  • Reduce emissions by 20,000 tonnes of carbon per year by 2020 through on-campus energy projects such as solar, wind and geothermal.
  • Increase the number of University of Melbourne graduates who can demonstrate a specialization in environment and sustainability.
  • Replace 10% of university car parking spaces with bicycle parking by 2018.
  • Publish a university-wide Biodiversity Management Plan.
  • Develop industry partnerships that emphasize the university’s resources for sustainability research.

The university is home to approximately 1,300 researchers who apply their expertise in fields relevant to sustainability and resilience said Mr Tait, and in partnership with industry, government and communities, this will support the transition to a more sustainable future.

“The plan is more than just a public statement of our commitment to sustainability. It sets out an ambitious path towards new modes of governance and operations in a warming world, and reiterates our desire to work with industry to support and assist the transition to a lower emissions future.”

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Are you interested in environmental sciences at the University of Melbourne? Please contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.