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Monday, March 26th, 2018

The University of Queensland aces world subject rankings

The University of Queensland ranks in the top 50 in the world in 22 subjects, with the latest international rankings placing UQ first in Australia for Chemical Engineering and Environmental Sciences.

The University of Queensland aces world subject rankings

Find out more about studying pharmacy at the University of Queensland

UQ was the only Australian university to make 44 of the 48 lists in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Joanne Wright said Chemical Engineering and Civil Engineering were also big improvers on the world stage, on the back of robust industry partnerships and strong investment in research and teaching.

UQ’s Law program leapt 12 places to be 36th in the world, with the overall ranking for Life Sciences and Medicine up two places to 30th.

Pharmacy and Pharmacology was ranked equal 25th in the world, up six places on last year’s result, driven by a substantial increase in research and international collaborations.

Biological Sciences also improved six places internationally and ranked second in Australia, along with Agriculture and Forestry, Materials Science, Sports-related subjects, and Hospitality and Leisure Management.

The rankings place UQ in the top three in Australia for Pharmacy, Communication and Media Studies and Veterinary Science.

Professor Wright said the strong results were a compelling endorsement of UQ’s focus on producing game-changing graduates to deliver globally significant solutions to the world’s challenges.

“UQ recognises that to achieve greater impact we must amplify our capacity to collaborate locally and abroad by developing knowledge seekers, innovators and leaders,” Professor Wright said.

“We are committed to attracting and retaining high-achieving staff and students, and responding agilely to the changing needs of employers.”

Professor Wright said the TC Beirne School of Law was an example of UQ offering the most relevant legal education via a highly-collaborative learning environment.

“The school is creating new research-led international learning opportunities, allowing students to gain unique insight into global legal practice in US, China and India, supplementing established programs in Europe.”

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Would you like more information about studying at the University of Queensland? Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Find out how you can study medicine at UQ Medical School

What does it take to get into medical school? Besides great grades and a passion to help others?

Find how you can get into a medical school that is turning high-achieving students into world-class health professionals—the UQ Faculty of Medicine!

Find out how you can get into UQ Medical School

Find out how you can get into UQ Medical School

UQ Faculty of Medicine Seminars

Meet the Dean of the UQ Faculty of Medicine Professor Stuart Carney at the upcoming information sessions. Learn about the UQ medical school, the UQ MD admissions requirements, clinical placements, medical licensing, and practicing in Canada.

Get your questions answered!

University of Toronto
Have lunch with the UQ Dean of Medicine!
Friday, March 9, 2018
11:30 a.m.
Hart House, Music Room

McGill University
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
4 p.m.
Stewart Biology Building, S1/3

University of Calgary
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
5:30 p.m.
Science Theatre – ST 129

Simon Fraser University
Thursday, March 15, 2018
5:45 p.m.
West Mall Centre 2503

Don’t forget to RSVP to save your spot!

UQ Doctor of Medicine FAQs

Can I come back to Canada to practice?
Yes. Licensure to practice medicine requires the completion of an accredited postgraduate training program, known as a residency, as well as the completion of national qualifying exams.

Are my grades competitive?
Eligible candidates must have an undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of a B (~70%).

When is the application deadline?
Applications are assessed on a rolling-admissions basis and are assessed and ranked as they are received. Candidates are encouraged to apply early.

Do I need to sit an admissions test?
Yes. Applicants must have achieved a minimum score of 504 in the MCAT; or 50 in each section of the GAMSAT.

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next available Intake: January 2019
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. It is recommended that applicants apply as early as possible to increase their chances of timely assessment. Applications generally open in early spring each year.

How does OzTREKK help?

As an official representative of 11 Australian universities, OzTREKK has helped send thousands of Canadian students to Australia for professional degrees like medicine. We are funded by our Australian universities, and our services are free. We assist you at every stage—from application to arrival, to understanding medical licensing—so that nothing is forgotten. OzTREKK is your Canadian connection to study in Australia!

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Would you like more information about the upcoming UQ Faculty of Medicine info sessions? You got it! Email OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com or call us at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

University of Queensland encourages sign-up to campus safety

Studying abroad can cause some anxiety, especially for parents of international students!

Have no fear if you’re at UQ, or planning to attend UQ. The University of Queensland works hard to ensure the safety of all students, staff and visitors who attend its campuses.

UQ is encouraging new and returning students and staff to sign up to the SafeZone smart phone app designed to improve safety and security across all campuses. The app connects students and staff directly to the UQ Security team or emergency services for on-campus first-aid or emergencies, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

University of Queensland encourages sign-up to campus safety encourages sign-up to campus safety

UQ SafeZone App (Image: UQ)

“The GPS-based app has been incredibly popular since its launch, with almost 8000 registered users,” he said.

“It now has new features, including an after-hours timer for those wanting to work late with confidence they will be monitored to reach their transport safely; and real-time campus safety bus tracking to allow people to time their exit to coincide with the arrival of the safety bus.

“The app is available at UQ’s St Lucia, Gatton and Herston (excluding RBWH) campuses and the Long Pocket, PACE, Pinjarra Hills, Indooroopilly Mine and Moreton Bay Research Station sites, providing the user has mobile phone or WiFi coverage,” Mr Dickson said.

“It’s designed to enhance emergency response and communication during critical incidents such as lockdowns and natural disasters by sending notifications to users’ mobile devices.”

SafeZone uses location-based tracking, but does not track a user’s location until an emergency alarm is activated or a call is made for help or first-aid.

“If the app is activated on one of our campuses then the campus security team will respond to the alarm or call,” Mr Dickson said.

If it’s activated at sites without 24-hour security—Long Pocket, PACE, Pinjarra Hills, the Indooroopilly Mine and the Moreton Bay Research Station—it will dial 000 (same as 911 in North America) to connect the user directly with emergency services.

SafeZone complements a range of security measures, including 788 security cameras, 72 emergency call points, a night safety bus service at St Lucia, night escorts, 24-hour security patrols and published preferred paths for after-dark travel.

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Are you interested in studying at the University of Queensland? Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

UQ celebrates 55 years of speech pathology studies

If you’ve ever wondered what it is like to study speech pathology, and where those studies could take you, pull up a chair.

Professor Liz Ward from the University of Queensland’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences currently holds a joint position as a Professor of Speech Pathology at UQ, as well as Professor of the Centre for Functioning Disability and Health Research within the Metro South Hospital and Health Service at Queensland Health.

UQ celebrates 55 years of speech pathology studies

Speech Pathology Prof Liz Ward (Photo: UQ)

The university caught up with her for a Q&A—in celebration of 55 years of speech pathology at UQ!

UQ: What inspired you to get into speech pathology?

LW: Unlike some, I was one of those students who was not really certain it was the career for me until I did my first adult placement, then I was hooked! I knew then that I wanted to work with adults in hospital services, and 25 years later that’s the clinical group upon which I have focused my entire career.

UQ: What is your area of expertise/favourite topic within the field?

LW: My main area of expertise is speech and swallowing management of patients with head and neck cancer. I am also very passionate about improving critical and intensive care services and tracheostomy management. It’s the complex medical conditions and the challenge of making a difference to recovery patterns in the hospital and health environment that are a real interest area for me.

In addition to those clinical areas I love health services research in general, and developing new services and models of care, such as telehealth, which are changing practice and improving the patient experience.

UQ: What has been the best moment of your career so far?

LW: I am incredibly fortunate as I have had many. From a research perspective, seeing the many research initiatives I have led become part of routine clinical care is the greatest reward.

From a personal perspective it was the recent honour of presenting the Chris O’Brien Oration at the Australia and New Zealand Head and Neck Cancer Society conference. It was a lovely acknowledgement of the research profile that speech pathology has in this field, and recognition of the important role speech pathology has in head and neck cancer care.

UQ: What would you say to a person considering a career in speech pathology?

LW: Do it! But bring your A-game and always be the best you can, and understand that being a consumer of, and engaging in, clinical research will be an integral part of being a speech pathologist.

UQ: What are some of the lesser known career paths that a qualification in speech pathology could lead to?

LW: I once met a woman who had been a speech pathologist and had then gone on to use her skills in linguistics and phonetics to work as a speech analyst for an international law enforcement agency.

Find out what OzTREKK students think of the UQ speech pathology studies program!

Think you might be interested in studying speech pathology at UQ?

Did you know that students have ranked speech pathology at UQ is ranked #1 in Australia for its teaching quality and educational experience ?

The UQ speech pathology program is an accelerated program for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree. The program 2.5 years in length and will prepare graduates for a career in speech path across any of the diverse areas in which speech pathologists practice, such as education, health or private practice.

Program: Master of Speech Pathology Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next semester intake: July 2018
Duration: 2.5 years
Application deadline: March 30 each year

Apply to UQ Speech Pathology School!

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Do you need help with your UQ speech pathology studies application? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Speech Pathology Schools Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

UQ offering new dual degree in international relations and conflict studies

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

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

UQ offering new dual degree in international relations and conflict studies

Study international relations and conflict studies at UQ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are you looking for more information about this dual degree? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Arts Programs Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. We’re here to help!

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Distinguished academic appointed Head of UQ Veterinary Science

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

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

UQ veterinary science

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2017

Why study veterinary science at UQ?

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

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

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

Apply to UQ Veterinary School!

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Do you have any questions about the UQ veterinary science program? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Veterinary Schools Officer Meghan Strank at meghan@oztrekk.com. We’re here to help!

Monday, December 18th, 2017

UQ School of Dentistry alumnus to lead dental science research group

An opportunity to reinstate and lead a specialist training program in periodontics has attracted Professor Saso Ivanovski to return to the UQ School of Dentistry where he was a student and academic staff member between 1989 and 2006.

UQ School of Dentistry alumnus returns to lead dental science research group

Professor Ivanovski

Periodontology or periodontics is a field of dentistry that specialises in the supporting structures of teeth and the treatment of gum disease.

A registered periodontist, Professor Ivanovski said it was during his undergraduate studies that he was inspired by several mentors to pursue his career in periodontics.

“Having such strong and respected mentors in this area gave me the motivation to complete a PhD in the field of periodontal regeneration and specialist clinical training in the field of periodontics,” Professor Ivanovski said.

“I was fortunate to work with great teachers and obtain training across multiple facets of clinical research and the biological sciences, leading to a successful and rewarding academic career.

“In my new role at UQ I am looking forward to progressing my research in regenerative dentistry to ultimately impact the health and life quality of patients.”

Professor Ivanovski’s most recent position was Chair and Professor of Periodontology at the Griffith University School of Dentistry and Oral Health, where he led the specialist training program in periodontology and was discipline lead of dental implantology.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Science in 1993, PhD in 2000 and Master of Dental Science in Periodontology in 2002, all from The University of Queensland.

Professor Ivanovski is the former federal president of the Australian Society of Periodontology (ASP) and the Australasian Osseointegration Society (AOS), and is a fellow of the International Team of Implantology, the Academy of Dentistry International and the International College of Dentists.

Some of his career highlights include a NHMRC training postdoctoral fellowship at UQ’s Institute of Molecular Biosciences, a fellowship at the University College of London’s Eastman Dental Institute and numerous NHMRC project grants.

“I am very lucky to work in an area I love and have enjoyed mentoring postdoctoral fellows, PhD students and professional clinical doctorate students who have gone on to have successful careers,” Professor Ivanovski said

“Having the ability to draw on the positive experiences I have had and inspire students to excel in their desired profession is very fulfilling.”

Professor Ivanovski will lead a research group within the UQ School of Dentistry, with a focus on the clinical and biological aspects oro-facial reconstruction and regeneration.

Head of School of Dentistry, Professor Pauline Ford said the appointment will strengthen the School’s capacity to produce outstanding research and skilled leaders in dental science.

“We are very fortunate to have a periodontal specialist of Professor Ivanovski’s calibre to join our school.”

Professor Ivanoski began his appointment in early October.

UQ School of Dentistry’s Bachelor of Dental Science

The UQ dentistry program has been in operation for more 75 years, and is one of Australia’s longest-running dental programs and also its highest-ranked dental program. The Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc) (Honours) program which provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitude they require in order to become competent practitioners of dentistry. These include the application of scientific principles to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases and abnormalities.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Science
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next available intake: February 2019
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: Rolling admissions—the sooner you apply the better. Apps close officially on October 30 each year.

Apply now to UQ Dental School!

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Would you like more information about how you can study at the UQ School of Dentistry? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Melanie Ireton at melanie@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

University of Queensland ranked among world’s top 50 universities

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

University of Queensland ranked among world’s top 50 universities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Discover more about studying at the University of Queensland!

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Working in the UQ Speech Pathology Simulation Clinic

Speech pathology focuses on the management of communication and/or swallowing difficulties. Communication problems can occur in the areas of speech, language, voice, fluency (stuttering), hearing or literacy.

Within a “typical workplace environment,” UQ speech pathology students get hands-on practice during their time in the speech pathology simulation clinic. Like real life, students can assess patients with communication and swallowing difficulties in a hospital setting. Simulation clinics offer a number of benefits to the students, including learning to practice new skills, the opportunity for repetition of skill development, and the opportunity to gain a broad range of feedback to practice those skills before they need to use them in a real workplace environment.

About the UQ Speech Pathology program

The UQ speech pathology program is an accelerated program for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree. The program 2.5 years in length and will prepare graduates for a career in speech path across any of the diverse areas in which speech pathologists practice, such as education, health or private practice.

Working in the UQ Speech Pathology Simulation Clinic

Study speech pathology at UQ

Program: Master of Speech Pathology Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next Semester intake: July 2018
Duration: 2.5 years
Application deadline: February 27, 2018

Apply to UQ Speech Pathology School!

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Do you need help with your UQ speech pathology application? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Speech Pathology Schools Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com.

Friday, November 17th, 2017

UQ Business School MBA tops Australia yet again

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

UQ Business School MBA tops Australia yet again

Study at UQ Business School!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the UQ MBA

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

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

Apply to the UQ Business School!

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Find out more about UQ Business School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.