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Study Canberra Newsletter Issue 5

ACT Senior Secondary curriculum to be delivered in Shanghai

The ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies recently announced its latest partnership with the Australian Curriculum Centre and Shanghai Jiao Tong University Education Group (one of the top ranked universities in China), allowing the ACT senior secondary curriculum to be studied there.

This partnership brings the number of international schools delivering the ACT Board’s curriculum to seven. The new collaboration marks the Board’s first partnership in China.

The Minster for Education and Early Childhood Development, Yvette Berry MLA, welcomed the delegation from Shanghai to the Canberra College Performing Arts Centre on 4 May 2017 to celebrate the agreement.

Students in China now have an opportunity to qualify for the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate and gain an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). This underlines the quality of our senior secondary system and the ACT’s growing relationship with China. Through this partnership, students who complete the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate will also have access to Canberra’s tertiary institutions.

Providing students with these opportunities is important to bring diverse perspectives into our education institutions, build cultural awareness and raise the profile of Canberra around the world.

Minister Berry said she was excited to see the continual collaboration between the ACT and international schools and the opportunity this provides to students worldwide.

The Chair of the Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS), Rosemary Follett, also praised the new partnership and opportunities it brings.

“I am acutely aware of the transformative power of an international education experience. The ACT BSSS has long been involved in promoting international education. Our thinking behind this is to provide young people from other countries with an opportunity to gain an Australian qualification but also to create new friendships that are about acceptance and understanding,” Ms Follett said.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University Partnership

Image (Left to right): John Stenhouse (Director BSSS), Ann Lotus (Executive Headmaster of Australia Curriculum Centre in Shanghai, International College, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Education Group), Victoria Cuda (Director AEA Australian Education Alliance), Carl Williams (Director AEA Australian Education Alliance), Yvette Berry MLA (ACT Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development), Rosemary Follett AO (Chairperson BSSS), and David Dong (Vice President, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Education Group)

UC and ACU excel in latest Young University World Rankings

The University of Canberra and Australian Catholic University have both improved their standing among the world’s top young universities in the prestigious 2017 Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings published in April 2017.

The University of Canberra (UC) has risen to number 91 in THE’s list of the best universities under 50 years of age, worldwide.

According to a new THE analysis, UC is also ranked as 30th in the world for Generation Y universities, or those founded between 1986 and 2000.

UC Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Deep Saini said he was delighted with the announcement which shows the University is moving in the right direction.

Professor Saini said he was pleased to see that despite the institution’s youth, the University’s reputation in research and education is growing and that its international outlook is being recognised worldwide.

This ranking looks at universities’ performance indicators in five areas of higher education excellence: teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook.

The 2017 results also featured the Australian Catholic University (ACU) in the 101-150 band, the first time ACU has entered the Young University Rankings.

ACU is one of the fastest growing universities in the country with campuses in several capital cities and regional hubs. ACU’s Canberra Campus (Signadou) currently has more than 1,000 students enrolled. ACU is also one of the few Australian universities with a presence in Europe, having recently opened the Rome Centre in Italy.

The full list of results can be viewed at the Times Higher Education website.

Times Higher Education

International students awarded Study Canberra scholarships

Study Canberra recently presented certificates to the 2017 ANU-Study Canberra Scholarship recipients and took the opportunity to ask about their experiences settling into Canberra.

Since 2015 Study Canberra has been working in partnership with local institutions to deliver a range of scholarships for high-calibre students.

Widely acknowledged as Australia’s number one university, the ANU has a strong reputation in international markets around the globe. The ANU-Study Canberra Scholarship provides up to 20 recipients $5,000 towards their living expenses, adding further incentive for high-calibre students to select Canberra as their preferred study destination.

This year’s cohort of Scholarship recipients have been busy getting up to speed with the demands of their coursework while also familiarising themselves with their surroundings since arriving just a few months ago.

“Canberra has helped me relax and become a more patient person and definitely helped me embrace and acknowledge the beauty of my surroundings” says Tanya from India who is studying a Juris Doctor.

“In Canberra you meet different people from all walks of life studying different courses. This place definitely made me think about how I as a person can make a difference in someone else’s life.”

When asked about opportunities outside of studies Thalita from Indonesia who is studying a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) recommended a part time job.

“It is easy to get one in Canberra, because the population is not that many unlike other large cities in Australia. A job will surely help you to engage with the local community and will help you gain much more experience before the real workforce in the future.”

While often facing common challenges that come with moving to a new country, all students agreed they made the right decision moving to Canberra to study at the ANU and were impressed with the fantastic facilities offered both on and off campus.

“The people here are so nice. The food is amazing and the coffee shops are wonderful! Canberra is the best place where you can balance your study and entertainment” said Thalita.

Study Canberra scholarships are currently offered in partnership with University of New South Wales (Canberra campus), University of Canberra and the Australian National University.

ANU-Study Canberra Scholarship

Student Ambassador Praveen

Student Ambassador profile

“I always wanted to study in the capital of Australia” says Praveen who has traveled from India to study a Doctorate of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering at the University of New South Wales, Canberra.

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

“People of Canberra are very friendly. On my first day in Canberra, I took a bus from my university and had no student ID. When I boarded the bus I told the driver that I am a student who just joined today but do not have any student ID for which he laughed and said “its OK mate, here is your student ticket”. I have been having a good experience in Canberra since my first day. Canberra is the ideal place for students as it is easy to focus on the studies without much distraction. It is a peaceful, clean and beautiful city to be studying."

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

“I chose Canberra as the research facilities for my research topic and the research faculties were all in Canberra. I always wanted to study in the capital of Australia and I am happy that I chose Canberra."

Hear more about real student experiences in Canberra

New students welcomed into the Canberra community

On 10 March 2017 the ACT Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research Meegan Fitzharris MLA officially welcomed Canberra’s newest international and interstate students.

Over 300 students, senior education and diplomatic officials gathered at the National Convention Centre for a welcome address, student musician performance and a Ngunnawal Welcome to Country and dance performance.

“Visiting students are not only vital to our economy but to the social and cultural life of this city. Having students here from across the globe adds to our diverse and exciting city life. They help to build cultural awareness and understanding, visitation and people to people links that will be important for our future. After graduation many alumni become advocates, innovators, and exemplars, raising the profile of Canberra and their institution around the world,” said Minister Fitzharris.

“Our goal is to build on Canberra’s reputation as a centre for high quality education, world class research collaboration, innovation, employment outcomes, livability and a great student experience.”

During the event the Minister presented the inaugural University of Canberra-Study Canberra IT Scholarship, which awards $10,000 each to five recipients per semester. This scholarship aligns the University of Canberra’s capabilities with an identified growth sector and area of skills need in the ACT, in addition to joint scholarships programs with ANU and UNSW Canberra.

Minister Fitzharris also introduced the new cohort of 19 Study Canberra Student Ambassadors from 12 countries studying at all institutions including ACT Government schools, who help to welcome new students at events, access services and information, and promote the many benefits of studying in Canberra.

Before the 2017 term began the ambassadors group took part in an induction program and they have been active greeting newcomers at the airport, orientation activities and welcome functions.

  • Student Welcome