Newsletter
December 2018

Issue 10 – View email version

Student Ambassadors Gear up for 2019

Since its inception in 2015, Study Canberra’s Student Ambassador Program has gone from strength to strength with fantastic support from local institutions, the wider community and of course the students themselves.

Each year our Ambassadors tell their own Canberra story, both face-to-face and online, helping us promote Canberra’s best attributes to current and prospective students. Their smiling faces are often featured on Study Canberra’s marketing collateral, signage and website and they play an important role in the success of Study Canberra.

Recruitment for the 2019 program recently concluded with over 80 applications received from local, interstate and international students from all of Canberra’s major institutions. The quality of applications was outstanding, reflecting the high calibre of students studying in Canberra across a diverse range of programs. Through this highly competitive process, 18 students have been selected to join the Study Canberra Student Ambassador Program.

The 2019 cohort hail from eight countries including Australia, Italy, Bangladesh, Taiwan, Ethiopia, China, Korea and Iran. Our 2019 Ambassadors are studying across six institutions representing high school, VET and university sectors including the Canberra Institute of Technology, University of Canberra, Australian National University, University of New South Wales (Canberra), Gungahlin and Canberra Colleges.

Following their induction in late January 2019 the Ambassadors will move straight into delivering a range of welcome activities. They will be tasked with greeting hundreds of new students at the Student Welcome Desk at Canberra Airport from 28 January 2019, followed by orientation week market days at the Canberra Institute of Technology, University of Canberra and Australian National University throughout February 2019.

New students who engage with the Student Ambassadors particularly appreciated their assistance and knowledge - information from real students who have experienced Canberra’s lifestyle and events first hand. Over 3,000 Study Canberra welcome packs will be distributed as part of the program’s welcome initiatives in semester 1 2019.


8 Reasons to Study in Canberra

8 Reasons to Study in Canberra - Translated

Our A4 flyer promoting Canberra’s education credentials – ‘8 Reasons to Study in Canberra’ –  is now available for download in 13 additional languages including simplified and traditional Chinese.

The ‘8 Reasons’ were distilled from domestic and international recruitment and marketing staff survey feedback across all major Canberra institutions. Their insights were then considered against responses from over 2,500 of Canberra’s tertiary students about why they chose to study in Canberra and what they love most about Canberra.

The flyer is available for download from the resource page on this website.

Stakeholders and institutions are encouraged to embed, reproduce and share the new flyer at will. We can currently supply limited numbers of hard copies in English however we may consider producing hard copies in other languages if there is demand. Please email studycbr@act.gov.au to discuss your requirements.


Streamlined Nomination for ACT PhD Graduates

The ACT Government introduced streamlined nomination for PhD graduates in November 2016 as one of the first actions of the ACT International Education Strategy – Canberra: Australia’s Education Capital.

The Territory Migration Agreement with the Commonwealth provides the ACT Government with the flexibility to address skills shortages and labour market needs through the state/territory nominated (subclass 190) stream of the Australian Migration Program.

The streamlined nomination encourages PhD graduates from local universities to remain in Canberra after completing their studies, with the possibility of a faster pathway to permanent residence. The process for nomination includes a simplified application, priority processing and the removal of the $300 service fee.

Since November 2016, the ACT Government has nominated 86 PhD holders for a Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 visa including students from Charles Sturt University, UNSW Canberra, University of Canberra and the Australian National University.

Canberra is renowned as a place of research excellence with many universities well placed in world university rankings. This pathway has helped make Canberra even more attractive for international students looking to undertake their PhD.

For more information about streamlined nomination for PhD graduates please visit Canberra. Create your future.


High School Students See UC 4 Themselves

Study Canberra recently had the opportunity to engage with over 700 high school students from across regional New South Wales.

As part of University of Canberra’s (UC) Widening Participation program, year 9 and 10 high school students from 16 regional high schools were invited to experience aspects of university life as part of the annual “UC 4 Yourself Experience Days” from 27 to 29 November 2018.

The initiative aims to highlight the benefits of higher education for students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in higher education, including students from rural and regional communities, financially disadvantaged schools, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, and from families with limited prior experience of higher education.

“The days are designed to inspire students to consider higher education as an attainable and valuable option and broaden their understanding of the degrees and career prospects,” said Rebecca Mason, Senior Coordinator of Widening Participation at UC.

Study Canberra student ambassadors were able to interact with the students as part of the UC 4 Yourself Expo, offering attendees an insight into life as a student not only at UC, but also in the wider Canberra community.

A year 10 student of Jindabyne Central School said that the day changed her perception of university. “I came into today knowing next to nothing, but the day was helpful in giving me an understanding of university life,” she said.

“Today has made me reconsider my electives for next year. After learning about the different degrees and flexibility in formulating how we can balance studies, a social life and job has been enlightening.”

Staff from participating schools confirmed the UC 4 Yourself Experience Days have had an impact on prospective student’s perceptions and post-college aspirations.

Rayna Green, Careers Advisor at Jindabyne Central School, saw the impact first-hand as her year 10 group realised that higher education is within their reach.

“We come from a rural area, so it has been fantastic for the students to see that they can set their goals on attending UC in the future. They have been able to see where they could fit it and realised that they can study, work, live and socialise in this setting,” she said.

“Many of these students couldn’t see themselves attending university but today it became personal and they are now able to see themselves being part of this environment in the future,” concluded Ms Green.

Elements of this article have been reproduced with permission from University of Canberra.


Upcoming Events & Important Dates

- Merry & Bright – Celebrating Christmas Canberra Style: 13 to 24 December
- New Year’s Eve in the City: 31 December
- Test match cricket - Australia Vs Sri Lanka: 1 to 5 February
- Chief Minister’s Student Welcome – further information to come: 7 March
- Enlighten: 1 to 17 March
- Canberra Balloon Spectacular: 9 to 17 March
- Canberra Day (holiday): 11 March
- Skyfire: 16 March
- Good Friday (holiday): 19 April
- Easter Monday (holiday): 22 April
- ANZAC Day (holiday): 25 April

ACT Skilled Nominated 190 Migration Program

Recently the Chief Minister announced the reopening of the Skilled Nominated 190 Migration Program, with a new system for determining successful applicants and with up to 1400 places now available, an increase of 600 places.

Demand for the 190 pathway has exceeded the Territory’s allocation in recent years. Replacing the first-in, first-served system with a merit-based assessment will more fairly and effectively manage demand, while meeting the ACT’s skills needs.

The 190 program will continue to focus on occupations that are listed as ‘in-demand’, and assess a range of factors that support successful settlement and contribution to the ACT economy, such as previous residence and other ties to the ACT, English proficiency, and employment in the ACT.

Widespread stakeholder consultation was held as part of the program review including education providers. The merit based application process was the preferred stakeholder outcome in the review of the ACT 190 nomination program.

For more information about streamlined nomination for PhD graduates please visit Canberra. Create your future.


      Road Trip: CIT Cyber Security Study Tour

      Canberra Institute of Technology’s (CIT) Centre for Cyber Security and Games recently provided 11 students an invaluable opportunity to visit the cyber security facilities of leading Singapore institutions and also interact with visionaries in the industry.

      With Singapore noted as having the highest global commitment to cyber security (based on the Global Cybersecurity Index) it was a fitting destination for the recent 10-day study abroad tour for 11 students studying Certificate IV in Cyber Security and Graduate Certificate in Networking and Cyber Security.

      In the Cyber Rangers and Makers Space at the Republic Polytechnic and Institute of Technical Education the students were exposed to the use of movie characters, such as those in Star Wars, as tools for their innovative problem based teaching approach. The students learned about the educational methods and mentoring resources available through CyLon, the world's leading cyber security accelerator programme, which offers free training to cyber security start-ups.

      In addition to learning about approaches in cyber education, the students also toured the cyber range and training facilities at KPMG Business School and Ixia where they were exposed to security solutions across physical and virtual networks.

      The study tour complemented the students’ knowledge on IT network testing and security. The students participated in workshops led by Accenture’s Internet of Things Center of Excellence on cutting edge technologies to secure virtual work environments including video analytics and robotics. Singtel Cyber Security Institute also provided insights into the creation of networks and malware for training purposes thus providing students with the ability to identify threats and vulnerabilities.

      The Head of CIT’s Centre for Cyber Security and Games, Dr Abu Barkat, said, “The study tour exposed these CIT students to very advanced technology and enabled them to learn and expand their capabilities.”

      The experience undoubtedly had a positive impact on participants with one student stating their “knowledge and experience with security information and event management (SIEM) tools is a big tick for someone applying for a role in Cyber Security. This study tour has identified an area for me that had been touched on at CIT and has motivated me for further development.”

      This article was reproduced with permission from Canberra Institute of Technology.