Issue 7

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UNSW eyes new Canberra campus

The ACT Government and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra will develop a Memorandum of Understanding to guide discussions on a possible major new campus for up to 10,000 students in Canberra.

The proposed new campus would include student accommodation, research and teaching facilities, as part of an exciting new city east education precinct with a UNSW Canberra campus development alongside the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) Reid campus. The CIT campus modernisation program also provides opportunities to redevelop parts of the existing site as CIT consolidates and improves its facilities.

The use of this site as an expanded education precinct fits well with the government’s strategy to revitalise Constitution Avenue and better connect the city to the lake.

Growing the higher education sector is a fundamental part of our plan to diversify the territory economy and create new jobs. Canberra is already recognised as one of the world’s leading education cities.

The higher education sector is an extremely important contributor to our economy: $2.7 billion annually and delivering around 16,000 jobs.

International education is Canberra’s largest export, with 14,000 international students currently studying here. Per capita, we’re Australia’s largest exporters of international education.

The Government intends to finalise the MoU with UNSW Canberra by the end of 2017, with more detailed planning and community engagement on project specifics to occur throughout 2018.

Above Image (Left to right): Meegan Fitzharris MLA, Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research; Andrew Barr MLA, Chief Minister; Professor Michael Frater, Rector UNSW Canberra.

ICT Scholarship attracts outstanding students to UC

In partnership with University of Canberra, Study Canberra has awarded ten scholarships to high achieving Information Technology students during 2017. Each of the scholarships is worth $10,000 which the students can use towards their living and study expenses, enabling them to focus on their studies.

19 year old Thomas from Wamboin NSW, a scholarship recipient in semester 2, has always been interested in ICT.

“From a young age I was particularly interested in computers and how they work, and spent a lot of time building basic circuits and writing code. Towards the end of College I attended an event for young entrepreneurs run by Lighthouse, a Canberra based innovation company. There I met Ken Kroeger from Seeing Machines, a company also based in Canberra. The following year I was offered a position there as a Junior Software Engineer.

“In my first year with Seeing Machines I learned a lot working in the industry with great people around me. By the end of the year I was looking for somewhere to build my formal education to enable me to progress. I chose to study a Bachelor of Software Engineering at University of Canberra.”

The 2017 scholarships were open to all Australian and international students looking at entering undergraduate or post-graduate coursework in Information Technology at UC. Find out more about Study Canberra’s scholarships

Image: ICT Scholarship recipient, 19 year old Thomas from Wamboin NSW

ANU and UNSW space agreement

The ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) will reinforce Canberra’s position at the centre of the national space industry with a new agreement with UNSW Canberra on building and testing satellites and space instruments.

The new agreement will boost the role of the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC) at ANU as a key national resource for Australia's space industry.

The AITC at the ANU Mount Stromlo Observatory hosts Australia's most sophisticated space testing facility, including complex equipment that can reproduce the vibration shock of rocket launches and the temperature extremes experienced in the vacuum of space.

The AITC is a global leader in the design and fabrication of state-of-the-art optical and laser instrumentation and scientific payloads, with a history of more than 30 years participating in major international space missions.

The UNSW Canberra team will contribute an impressive set of engineering and technical skills, including their experience with CubeSats - a miniaturised satellite system for space research.

Together, the collaborating institutions will provide an end-to-end capability for mission and payload design, assembly and testing.

AITC Director, Professor Anna Moore, said aligning the skills of the ANU-AITC and UNSW Canberra Space teams will help enable the future of Australia's space industry.

"This endeavour will provide a significant new pathway to answering important questions in environmental science, defence, space physics and astronomy.”

The MOU between AITC and UNSW Canberra was signed in September at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide.

Image: Cubesat testing in the space simulator at ANU AITC. Photography by Stuart Hay, ANU

This article was reproduced with permission from The Australian National University.

Supporting innovation and renewable energy research

The ACT Government is proudly sponsoring students from the Australian National University's World Solar Challenge team, Sol Invictus, to compete in this year’s gruelling event.

The team will race their solar powered car named ‘Super Charge’ over 3,000km through the Simpson Desert from Darwin to Adelaide between 8 to 15 October. Over 30 students have been working on the project for over two years, with the ANU having not participated in the event previously.

The race is the perfect ‘vehicle’ to help promote the ACT as the home of innovation in renewable energy. Canberra is fast becoming a global leader in the move to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change, with the ACT Government’s commitment to 100% renewable energy by 2020 and carbon neutrality by 2050.

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Learn more about the ACT’s emission reduction targets

Student Ambassador Lucy

Student Ambassador profile

“After one year I now understand why my mother chose this unique city for me—my mum is a genius!” Lucy from China is completing her ACT Secondary School Certificate at Lake Ginninderra College.

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

“Living in Canberra is kind of like a treasure hunt for me because there are always some amazing and wonderful things to surprise you. Tasting the different foods at the Multicultural Festival, learning about new kind flowers at Floriade, meeting new friends and the daily chats, and having an awesome balloon ride at the Balloon Spectacular, are just a small part of my adventure.”

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

“Canberra has its own attractive advantages you need to discover. It provides peaceful and comforting surrounding and natural environment without too many distractions, which allows me to focus on my study and healthy lifestyle. This friendly and multicultural country means there are many people would like to help you and support you to fit into new circumstances with study, life and work. This is a city you can come to with no regrets at all.”

Hear more about real student experiences in Canberra

Canberra opens the door to new students

Our team of enthusiastic Student Ambassadors were out in numbers on Saturday 26 August to lend our support for Tertiary Open Day 2017.

Study Canberra’s Ambassadors were stationed in prominent locations on campus at the University of Canberra, The Australian National University and (for the first time) Australian Catholic University.

The Ambassadors engaged with thousands of potential students and parents from local, regional and international locations, imparting their knowledge and first-hand experiences along with a collection of useful Canberra information in Study Canberra’s renowned ‘purple bags’.

We look forward to welcoming some of these bright new students to Canberra in 2018!

  • UC Open Day

Student Ambassador recruitment for 2018

Study Canberra is recruiting for 2018! Our highly successful Student Ambassador Program is accepting new applicants now through until Thursday 12 October 2017. Local, interstate and international students are welcome to apply from ACT schools and tertiary institutions.

Find out more about the program, the requirements and how to apply