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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

University of Newcastle teacher named Australia’s PR Educator of the Year

University of Newcastle teaching excellence is again in the spotlight with Communication Senior Lecturer, Dr Melanie James, named Australia’s “PR Educator of the Year” at the Public Relations Institute of Australia’s (PRIA) National Golden Target Awards held recently in Hobart.

University of Newcastle Information Technology

Senior Lecturer Dr James (Photo credit: UON)

Dr James, Deputy Head of the School of Design, Communication and IT said the result highlighted the calibre of the communication degree offered at the University of Newcastle (UON).

“This award recognises the innovative teaching practices applied to the teaching of PR and Communication subjects at UON, and strong track record of producing talented and successful graduates,” said Dr James.

Dr James said her teaching style encouraged students to gain valuable real-world insights to prepare them for a successful working life.

“My teaching philosophy centres on the view that teaching is not about delivering content but is the act of designing experiences that encourage and enable student learning.

“My teaching has always focused on providing opportunities for students to construct contextual meaning rather than focusing on students being passive receivers of information that I impart to them—a constructivist approach to learning,” said Dr James.

With experience working in senior management roles in strategic communication, government communication and public relations across a number of sectors, Dr James brings extensive professional expertise to the classroom.

The University of Newcastle lecturer has authored four books, numerous journal articles, book chapters and conference papers. Her most recent book, Positioning Theory and Strategic Communication: A new approach to public relations research and practice was published by Routledge in 2014.

The School of Design, Communication and Information Technology at the University of Newcastle brings together a range of disciplines across communication, design, information technology and natural history illustration that are at the forefront of today’s interconnected world.

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Find out more about studying communication and information technology at the University of Newcastle! Contact OzTREKK  Admission Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355 for more information.

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Global interest in JCU’s revolutionary IT course

Global tech experts are looking to Cairns, with strong international interest in JCU’s revolutionary new engineering course, the Internet of Things.

JCU is the first Australian university to establish a new program in “Electronic Systems and the Internet of Things (IoT)”, as part of its Bachelor of Engineering. It’s believed that James Cook University is only the second university in the world to offer such a course.

JCU IT School

Study IT and engineering at JCU  (image credit: JCU)

The Internet of Things is expected to lead to the next revolution in computer technology. It will allow everyday objects to have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data, creating radical shifts in the way we apply technologies in our daily lives.

More than 50 people from 14 countries have applied for two senior academic positions with the course at JCU’s Cairns campus.

Applications have been received from countries as diverse as the United States, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Norway, Malaysia and Portugal.

The Dean of the College of Science, Technology and Engineering, Professor Paul Dirks said he’s delighted by the strong interest in the course.

“It confirms the global significance of the Internet of Things and vindicates JCU’s decision to establish such an innovative course.”

“The Internet of Things will create the conditions for a new industrial revolution over the next decade, and JCU is leading the charge on educating the next generation of computer engineers,” Prof Dirks said.

The four-year degree will be offered at JCU’s Cairns campus from 2016. It will combine the study of electrical engineering, wireless communication, software engineering and industrial design.

There will be an emphasis on sensor devices, internet technologies, data mining and cloud computing.

It’s the first time a full engineering degree has been offered at the Cairns campus.

James Cook University will work with industry partners, linking advancements in the Internet of Things to entrepreneurial opportunities. New commercial opportunities focused on the potential of northern Australia and the tropical world will be a special focus.

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Learn more about JCU Engineering School. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Engineering Schools Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, June 1st, 2015

New Griffith computer science degree a first in Queensland

Future demands for big data analysts and specialists in machine learning are at the heart of a new Bachelor of Computer Science degree being launched in 2016.

Head of Griffith School of Information and Communication Technology Professor Michael Blumenstein said graduates equipped with majors including data sciences and artificial intelligence will be well placed to ride the wave of these future job prospects.

Griffith University Information Technology School

Study computer science at Griffith University

“Shifts towards digital media collection and using information sourced from individual devices have well and truly entered the business sector,” Professor Blumenstein said.

“Known as data mining, companies are collecting personal data and putting it to use in the marketing landscape, opening up a new era in the job market to those skilled in artificial intelligence and data science,” he said.

“Griffith will be the first university in Queensland to offer such qualifications and the new degree will open up career opportunities for data analysts, data scientists and cyber security specialists.”

Professor Blumenstein said on seek.com there were currently almost 4,000 businesses advertising for data analysts alone.

“This is a very exciting space. We are not just future proofing. This degree will actually solve the career needs right now in these areas,” he said.

“The new jobs of the future will be in big data, data analytics, machine learning, and cyber security—and businesses will need to hire the people who can do that.

In the field of artificial intelligence, Griffith University is rated the number one university in Queensland, and fourth best in the country, in the Excellence in Research for Australia rankings.

The Griffith School of Information and Communication Technology is also ranked number one nationally for student satisfaction following a recent Course Experience Questionnaire completed by graduates from all Australian universities.

Griffith School of Information and Communication Technology

  • Information technology and computing
  • Business information systems and IT management
  • Multimedia design and interactive media

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Find out more about studying computer science and information technology at Griffith University. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Information Technology Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com for more information!

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

“Shake It Off” – University of Newcastle style

What do you get when you combine Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” 49 University of Newcastle animation students, and rotoscoping*?

Combine all the above ingredients and you get a loving homage to Taylor Swift’s video, with 2,767 hand-drawn frames. These four minutes of animation took four weeks to make—and is now going viral on YouTube.

Students from Visual Communications and Natural History Illustration were each given 52 frames of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” and using the rotoscoping animation technique—the students took the footage and subverted it.

“The students really got into the process,” said Jane Shadbolt, Lecturer in the School of Design, Communication and IT. “Some of them loved the song, and others hated it, but all of them were able to bring their own unique interpretation to it. It’s a great way to get a feel for how animation is put together from thousands of frames and get a feel for how movement happens on screen.”

Students from Animation 1: Design from Animation learn about the principles and theory of animation practice, but not many have the chance to go viral.

When Jane Shadbolt shared the student video on YouTube it was so they all had the chance to see each others’ work and share it with their friends; however, in no time, the views started skyrocketing with viewers from around the world enthralled by this creative interpretation.

“Everyone is super excited to see their work being seen by so many people all over the world,” said Jane. “They all worked so hard on their individual frames to create each look it seems like a fantastic payoff for all that hard work. We’re all hoping Taylor Swift might see it!”

Animation is a relatively new subject at the University of Newcastle, which has been enthusiastically embraced by the students and staff.

“There is a tremendous amount of enthusiasm from the students to apply their design and illustration skills to both motion graphic and filmed animation and I think this is the beginning of some really exciting work from our animation students,” Jane said.

*Rotoscoping is tracing over live action footage. It’s been around since the beginning of animation and Disney used it extensively on Snow White,” Jane said.  “It can be used to give a real-life motion to animation or it can be a style all of its own. Richard Linklater also used the technique in his 2006 feature A Scanner Darkly.”

Master of Digital Media at the University of Newcastle

The Master of Digital Media has been designed to develop the digital media skills and knowledge of professionals in almost any field, providing a stepping stone to a new career or to enhance your current one.

You will explore this field through a range of progressive subjects including digital video, computer games design, internet communications, software engineering and much more. You will learn the latest techniques and information in digital design and production. It will enhance your knowledge and encourage and embrace your creativity, whist providing you with the practical skills to translate ideas to reality.

Apply to the University of Newcastle!

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Find out more about studying IT and design at the University of Newcastle? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Information Technology Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com for more information about how you can study in Australia.

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

University of Newcastle “Uni Tune In” app

A free University of Newcastle app has been developed to help students improve their assignment and study skills at university.

University of Newcastle IT School

Check out the new Uni Tune In app

Uni Tune In features 17 short videos that focus on different academic areas including note-taking, understanding assessments and academic reading and writing.

Uni Tune In is free and available to download from the Apple App store.

The videos are integrated into the app so once it is downloaded no internet is needed to view the videos.

Uni Tune In was a collaborative effort between Erica Southgate, Suzanne Macqueen, Deb Bradbery and Jill Scevak from the Newcastle School of Education and Shamus Smith from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

The project was supported by the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education through the Commonwealth Higher Education Participation and Partnership Program.

University of Newcastle School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. offers undergraduate and postgraduate study in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Telecommunications and Computer Science. In conjunction with the School of Engineering, the university also offers undergraduate study in Mechatronics.

These University of Newcastle programs are underpinned by some of the most exciting research in Australia. In the Australian Research Council 2012 research excellence ratings, Newcastle received a top rating of 5 (well above world standard) for Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Apply to Newcastle Engineering/IT School!

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Learn more about studying Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Newcastle! Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com for more information about how you can study in Australia.

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Don’t forget the Study in Australia Fair at McMaster!

The OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair will take place at McMaster University tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m., giving Canadian students the opportunity to learn about their program options at Australian universities! Everyone is welcome to attend—just drop by to say hello!

Australian universities

See you at the Study in Australia Fair, McMaster!

McMaster University

Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Time: 4 – 6 p.m.
Location: Room 206/207, McMaster University Student Centre (MUSC), McMaster University

Our Australian representatives fly to Canada to participate in these OzTREKK events in order to give  you the most information possible! Visit with Australian university representatives to find out about what it’s like to study your program of interest at an Australian university.

The following Australian universities will be at the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs:

This is a fantastic opportunity to meet Australian university staff and learn more about their programs, entry requirements, accommodation options, student loans and financing options, and accreditation processes, plus much more!

At the fairs, you will be able to find out more information about the following study opportunities in Australia:

…and many more programs!

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For more information about this OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair, contact OzTREKK toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355 or e-mail info@oztrekk.com. Find out more about Australian universities and how you can study in Australia!

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair at University of British Columbia

The OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair will take place at the University of British Columbia SUB on Thursday, February 6, 2014, giving Canadian students the opportunity to learn about their program options at Australian universities, including Australian Medical Schools in Australia, Australian Vet Schools in AustraliaAustralian MBA Schools in Australia and Australian Pharmacy Schools in Australia—just to name a few!

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Come to an OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair

University of British Columbia
Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Time: 4 – 6 p.m.
Location: Concourse, Student Union Building (SUB), University of British Columbia

Our Australian representatives fly to Canada to participate in these OzTREKK events in order to give  you the most information possible! Visit with Australian university representatives to find out about what it’s like to study your program of interest at an Australian university.

OzTREKK will be hosting this free event and you’ll get the opportunity to meet and speak with Australian university representatives as well as with OzTREKK Director Matt Miernik.

“Each winter we travel across Canada to meet with Canadian student interested in pursuing their career dreams in Australia,” says Matt. “We bring the information to them, making it easy to access the answers needed when considering studies in Australia.”

The following Australian universities will be at the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs:

This is a fantastic opportunity to meet Australian university staff and learn more about their

  • Universities
  • Programs
  • Entry requirements
  • Campus lifestyles
  • Accommodation options
  • Student loans and financing options
  • Accreditation – Coming back to Canada or staying on in Australia

Australian universities only visit a few times a year, so this is a must-not-miss event. Ask as many questions as you wish and get informed by attending the event!

Programs

At the fairs, you will be able to find out more information about the following study opportunities in Australia:

…and many more programs!

For information about all your program options and about studying in Australia, please visit OzTREKK’s Australian University Programs page.

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For more information about this OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair, contact OzTREKK toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355 or e-mail info@oztrekk.com. Find out more about Australian universities and how you can study in Australia!

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

University of Sydney announces Engineering and IT Technologies scholarships

The Faculty of Engineering & Information Technologies at the University of Sydney is pleased to announce that online applications for the Dr Abdul Kalam International Undergraduate Scholarships and Postgraduate Scholarships for Semester 2, 2013, and Semester 1, 2014, are now open.

The scholarships are valued at 50% of the tuition fees for one year of study in any undergraduate or postgraduate coursework program offered by the Faculty of Engineering & Information Technologies.

About Dr Abdul Kalam

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was the 11th president of India. During his five years in office, Dr Abdul Kalam’s focus was on transforming India into a developed nation by 2020. A distinguished  scientist and aeronautical engineer by training, Dr Kalam advocates that is possible to work cooperatively for an economically developed, prosperous and peaceful society.

In recognition of his contribution to his profession, Dr Kalam was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering from the University of Sydney in May 2011. The Dr Abdul Kalam International Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarships celebrate his commitment to education, and his endeavours to support  outstanding students to develop as future leaders.

About the Scholarships

Selection will be based on academic merit as determined by the Faculty Selection Panel. Selection will be made by the Faculty Selection Panel which will include the Associate Dean Education, Associate Dean International, International Marketing Manager and Manager of the Graduate School of Engineering & IT.

Dr Abdul Kalam International Undergraduate Scholarships

Important points to note:

  • The scholarship shall be tenable in the Faculty of Engineering & Information Technologies and shall not be transferable to another faculty.
  • The scholarship may not be deferred to another semester or year.
  • The scholarship shall be tenable for a maximum of one year subject to the recipient meeting all obligations of the program, and subject to satisfactory academic progress deemed to be a minimum credit average (65%)each semester.
  • The recipient will be required to enroll as a full-time international student and must retain their international student status on a full time basis throughout their enrollment at the University of Sydney.
  • The recipient must not be in receipt of any other tuition scholarship from the University of Sydney.

Dr Abdul Kalam International Postgraduate Scholarships

This postgraduate scholarship is open to all international applicants with an offer of admission for a master by coursework program in the Faculty of Engineering and IT at the time of submitting a scholarship application.

As well, the scholarship is open to applicants with a firm/unconditional offer of admission by the relevant scholarship closing date for the appropriate semester. Students who have already commenced their postgraduate studies, or students transferring from other postgraduate programs at the University of Sydney are not eligible.

The scholarship shall be awarded on recommendation of the Faculty Selection Panel based on academic merit with a minimum high distinction average or equivalent as indicated by the applicant’s performance in their undergraduate degree.

For full details of the terms and conditions, eligibility requirements, and the online application form please see the following links:

Undergraduate Scholarship and Postgraduate Scholarship

Please note the following deadlines for applications for these scholarships:

2013 – Semester 2

Undergraduate: June 14, 2013

Postgraduate: May 31, 2013

 

2014 – Semester 1

Undergraduate: January 6, 2014

Postgraduate: November 6,  2013

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Find out more about Engineering and IT at the University of Sydney and at other Australian universities.


Do you have questions about international scholarships offered by the University of Sydney and by other Australian universities? Curious to see if you qualify for a scholarship?

Contact OzTREKK for more information about Australian university scholarships and about how OzTREKK helps you to study in Australia!