“We are enormously proud to have been recognised in this way by our peers in academia and employers of our graduates,” said Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences Professor Kathryn Refshauge.
The QS subject rankings score universities around the world on their reputation with employers and academics, as well as measuring the productivity and citation impact of the publications of academics (also called the ‘H-Index’) as an institution and citations per research paper.
“The QS rankings are a particularly rich ranking system because it takes into account all aspects of our work: education, research and employability of our graduates.
“These rankings reflect performance across the whole faculty, from professional staff to academics to students,” said Professor Refshauge.
The 2017 QS Subject Rankings, released March 8, rated three University of Sydney subjects in the top 10 globally (sports-related, nursing, and anatomy and physiology) and 31 more subjects in the top 50 globally, including education (11th in the world) and law (13th in the world).
Sydney Law is ranked #13 in the world!
Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Garton said the results were an outstanding achievement and cemented the University of Sydney’s place in the top one percent of universities in the world.
“The breadth and depth of disciplines at Sydney is unparalleled in Australia and we are proud that so many of them have been recognised for their quality internationally.
“We are thrilled to be number one in the world in the new category of sports-related subjects, (which encompasses physiotherapy, sports therapy and rehabilitation) and among the best for many other medicine, health and humanities related subjects.
“These results cement our place as one of the best places to study and conduct research in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.”
Professor Garton said the university would continue to strive for excellence, with a bold plan to transform the undergraduate experience and an unprecedented investment in research, including new funding programs to support researchers to test new ideas and world-class facilities in which to conduct research.
“We aspire to be the best education and research institution in Australia and among the best in the world,” Professor Garton said, adding that Sydney is already home to some of the world’s best and brightest students and researchers.
He pointed to Sydney architecture students who are designing Sydney’s next skyscape and Sydney dentistry students who are improving oral health and reducing obesity in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as well as university researchers who are working across traditional discipline boundaries to look at diabetes from new and more holistic angles.
The QS Subject Rankings score universities around the world on their reputation with employers and academics as well as their H-index as an institution (the H-index is a metric that attempts to measure both the productivity and citation impact of a publication) and citations per research paper.
The University of Sydney is pleased to announce it has officially launched the Sydney Undergraduate Experience.
Learn more about studying at the University of Sydney
The Sydney Undergraduate Experience is a new approach to undergraduate education, combining academic rigour with real world application. It reinforces the university’s commitment of creating an unparalleled learning community where students are given the best academic environment and opportunities that allow them to excel. Through multi-disciplinary learning and real-world experience, every student will gain an understanding of how to think critically, collaborate effectively and apply influence anywhere in the world.
The Sydney Undergraduate Experience has been designed to create resilient graduates with the foundations for leadership and a global perspective.
Specifically, the curriculum changes will reinforce the university’s positioning as a leading university in the Asia Pacific region and will see the university deliver
a wider range of subject choice;
interdisciplinary study options encouraging students to integrate their developing knowledge, skills and personal values; and
more professional learning experiences, such as internships and other work integrated learning experiences.
University of Sydney Health Sciences Information Sessions
Venue: University of Toronto, Bahen Centre, Room 2175 Date: Tuesday, March 28 Time: 6 p.m.
Venue: Simon Fraser University, Halpern Centre, Room 114 Date: Wednesday, March 28 Time: 5 p.m.
Venue: University of British Columbia, Woodward Building, Room 3 Date: Thursday, March 30 Time: 5 p.m.
Study Health Sciences at the University of Sydney
Program:Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales Semester intake: March Duration: 2 years Application deadline: TBA. For the 2017 intake, the application deadline was September 30, 2016.
Program:Master of Physiotherapy Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales Duration: 2 years Semester intake: March Application deadline: Applications are usually assessed on a rolling basis (as they are received). The sooner you apply the better.
Be sure to RSVP for a Sydney Health Sciences Information Session!
Would you like more information about the upcoming Sydney Health Sciences seminars? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at email@example.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.
Are you interested in health sciences? You’ve got a wonderful selection of study areas to choose from: physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology…. But have you considered exercise and sports science?
Sydney Health Sciences is known for world-leading health sciences education and research. The discipline of exercise and sport science focuses on the integration of exercise and physical activity into health care, sports performance, disease prevention and rehabilitation.
Graduates have the opportunity to utilise principles such as biomechanics, musculoskeletal rehabilitation and gait analysis to evaluate and improve the performance of a diverse range of athletes.
The career paths followed by graduates are many and varied and depend mostly on the specific interests and aspirations of the individual. Broadly defined, the areas of employment entered by recent graduates include the sport industry, fitness industry, health industry, occupational health and safety, public health, rehabilitation, research and technology, education and medical insurance.
University of Sydney Master of Exercise Physiology
Dr Ollie Jay is the Director of the Thermal Ergonomics Laboratory and a Senior Lecturer in Thermoregulatory Physiology at the Faculty of Health Sciences. (Photo: University of Sydney)
The Master of Exercise Physiology is designed to produce graduates who possess the knowledge, competencies and clinical experience required for safe and effective clinical exercise practice.
Students will explore metabolism and physiology, human motor learning and control, the principles of exercise programming, nutrition, and musculoskeletal principles of exercise. Integrated clinical practice instruction, practicums, and case studies will provide the advanced skills and experience essential for professional practice.
Clinical placements are undertaken in both the public and private sectors. Students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the career path they have chosen, and its place in the contemporary health system.
International students will have even more reason to choose the University of Sydney for their postgraduate research degrees, with the announcement of 40 new fully funded PhD scholarships available from 2017.
“We want to attract the best students from anywhere in the world and these new scholarships—growing to an investment of $10 million per year—will help us do that,” said Associate Professor Ross Coleman, the university’s Director of Graduate Research.
Find out how you can apply for a Sydney scholarship (Photo: University of Sydney)
“The university was founded on a principle of meritocratic admission and we are pleased to build on this foundation with these new PhD scholarships,” said Associate Professor Coleman.
“Graduate students are future researchers and high-level thinkers who will help solve the problems facing the world, as well as making new knowledge available to everyone. These new scholarships will help more of the cleverest people do their PhD studies with us.”
The new scholarships will be available to all international postgraduate research students in any discipline, and students will be considered for the scholarships when they tick the scholarship option on their application to study. Scholarship winners will be selected on the basis of academic performance in qualifying degrees and any prior research experience.
Like all University of Sydney centrally awarded postgraduate research scholarships, these new scholarships will be available all year with no application closing dates. The best students will get a scholarship offer in less than two months from submitting their application to study.
The new scholarships follow the same allocation as the federal government’s Research Training Program scholarships, which are for both domestic and international postgraduate research students. The university’s new international student scholarships include
tuition fees for the postgraduate research degree;
a stipend to assist students with their living costs while undertaking their postgraduate research degree; and
an allowance to assist students with ancillary costs of their degree, including relocation costs to Sydney, thesis printing and academic publication costs, and overseas student health cover costs.
“The value of a PhD is in the capacity of the doctoral graduate to identify and think through difficult problems. By increasing the number of funded PhD scholarships for students to work with our world-leading researchers, the University of Sydney is investing significantly in a better future,” said Associate Professor Coleman.
If you missed it, we announced our winners December 16, 2016 via our Facebook page!
The OzTREKK Community Leaders Scholarships were created to assist students who have demonstrated leadership, compassion, and innovation in their communities. What we didn’t realise is that so many of you are so incredible! The task of choosing the top three was extremely difficult, but this is how we did it:
Future Bond JD student Jannelle Chisholm
Students were evaluated on their written letters and videos. It took approximately two months for our scholarship committee to review all applications. Many submissions had to be read/watched multiple times in order to absorb just how much some of the applicants had accomplished! In an office email, OzTREKK Director Jaime Notman commented that “there were a few jaw-dropping moments for me (where I read, re-read and re-read—again—to see if I was mistaken).”
The committee was truly blown away by the calibre of the applications! Such a of variety of community involvement, both on a local and a global scale, and there were certainly some applications that broke office silence—either with a laugh or a cheerful “wow!”
We also have to give a shout-out to the singers, the attempts at Aussie accents, and the didgeridoo players!
So what kind of community involvement did we see? A lot. Here are just a few examples:
CLOUD project, part of The NWC – Sustainable Travel for Impact and Community Development Projects in Dominican Republic, Haiti, Uganda, Kenya, Guyana
FITFAM – a health and fitness program to help encourage, educate and empower participants to live healthier lives, including weekly boot-camp class, nutrition challenges, health and wellness seminars, and sponsored 5K events.
Leader of a mobility fundraiser for wheelchairs delivered to Peru
Make Way For Me! Occupational Therapy for Children and Youth – Assisted in the creation, planning, and management as a Skill Development Summer Program, where program facilitators provided intensive services to address areas such as anxiety reduction, emotional regulation, social skills, printing development, and gross motor skills such as riding a bike.
President of the Caribbean Students Association – Raised awareness for the struggle of cultural integration, orchestrated events to raise money to donate to Haiti relief groups and donated backpacks to an elementary school in Saint Lucia.
Barinder Khehra will be studying medicine at Sydney Uni
The group evaluation was tough—the applications showed so much passion and purpose, we wanted to share the scholarship love with everyone! We watched many of the videos repeatedly, combed through written applications, and spent hours discussing and finally selecting the three winners.
It is difficult for the committee to express the appreciation we have for all of our applicants’ efforts. We understand many had likely taken weeks to plan and create their applications, and we want everyone to know we absorbed every detail.
Congratulations again, Barinder, Sharon, and Jannelle! OzTREKK is so proud of what you have accomplished thus far and we are excited to see the positive waves you’ll continue to make within your communities, even Down Under!
Best wishes to all our OzTREKK students—we know you’ll make a difference!
Sydney Grammar School students, under the supervision of the University of Sydney and global members of the Open Source Malaria consortium, have reproduced an essential medicine in their high school laboratories. The drug, Daraprim, had been the subject of controversy when the price was hiked from US$13.50 to US$750 a dose last year.
(L-R) University of Sydney researchers Associate Professor Matthew Todd and Dr Alice Williamson with Sydney Grammar School students and teachers Erin Sheridan and Dr Malcolm Binns (Photo via University of Sydney)
Daraprim—originally used as an antimalarial after its synthesis by Nobel Prize winner Gertrude Elion—is now more widely used as an anti-parasitic treatment for toxoplasmosis, which can be a dangerous disease for pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems, such as those living with HIV or AIDS.
Daraprim is listed by the World Health Organization as an essential medicine.
In September 2015, Turing Pharmaceuticals acquired the market rights to Daraprim andraised the price of a dose more than 5000 percent overnight. CEO at the time, Martin Shkreli, stuck by the price, despite criticism.
To highlight the inequity of the monopoly, high school students in Sydney have been working with the Open Source Malaria consortium to make Daraprim in the laboratory using inexpensive starting materials, as part of the Breaking good – Open Source Malaria Schools and Undergraduate Program.
Scientists anywhere in the world were able to view all the data generated and mentor the students to accelerate the science under the coordination from the University of Sydney’s Dr Alice Williamson and Associate Professor Matthew Todd.
Dr Williamson from the Sydney School of Chemistry said the scientific community could provide advice and guidance to the students online in real time.
“The enthusiasm of the students and their teachers Malcolm Binns and Erin Sheridan was translated into a complete route in the public domain by the use of the Open Source Malaria platform,” Dr Williamson said.
“Anyone could take part and all data and ideas are shared in real time.”
Associate Professor Matthew Todd said the innovative open-source approach lowered the barrier to participation by researchers outside traditional institutions, such as universities and pharmaceutical companies, allowing students to work on real research problems of importance to human health.
“Daraprim may be quickly and simply made, bringing into question the need for such a high price for this important medicine,” Associate Professor Todd said.
Open Source Malaria is supported by the Medicines for Malaria Venture and the Australian Government.
Research at the Sydney Faculty of Pharmacy
Postgraduate study allows interested students to gain experience and skills in research. The Sydney Faculty of Pharmacy has a rich research track record and students have the opportunity to work with world leaders in several research fields. Pharmacy qualifications offer unique career options and flexibility, combining a professional degree with research experience. Graduates may seek employment in full-time research work or choose to pursue a research-based higher degree.
Sydney Pharmacy School graduates with research experience are sought after candidates for senior roles in the pharmaceutical industry.
The University of Sydney has been ranked number one in New South Wales and 49 in the world in the most recent Times Higher Education Global Employability University Rankings.
The 2016 employability rankings, released Nov. 17, 2016, are based on surveys of recruiters and managing directors at international companies across 21 countries. The results reveal which universities the respondents think are best at preparing students for the workplace.
Learn more about the degrees available at the University of Sydney
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence said the results reflected the university’s teaching excellence and quality of its global graduates.
“The results once again place us as one of the best higher learning institutions in the world and reflect the quality of our graduates, who are making a difference in communities locally, nationally and internationally.”
Dr Spence pointed to alumni such as Dr Anna Lau, who was at front line in the fight against Ebola when the highly infectious virus made its way to the United States in 2014; as well as Jack Manning Bancroft, who founded the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) while still studying in 2005; and Gideon Silverman, who after graduating in 2009, founded two startups and is now a product manager at Google, based in San Francisco.
“With world-leading teachers, comprehensive support offerings such as mentoring programs and study workshops, and more than 300 global partnerships for exchange and workplace opportunities, our students graduate as global citizens, ready to succeed and innovate in the workplace,” Dr Spence said.
The Times Higher Education Global Employability University Rankings are published by the UK’s leading global provider of rankings and statistics on the world’s higher education sector.
The University of Sydney currently ranks 60 in the highly regarded Times Higher Education World University Rankings.