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    Western Australia
    Murdoch University has announced scholarships for international students in 2015. The Murdoch University Academic Excellence Awards (MUAEA’s) are available to new international students starting their studies in 2015.There are two main scholarships available:Undergraduate tuition fee scholarships to onshore students in a pathway programmeMasters by coursework tuition fee scholarship across a range of disciplines.The scholarships are awarded by merit and off up to AU$5000 off your first year’s...
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    Victoria
    Professor Neil Cameron who has just joined the Monash Warwick Alliance. Photo credit: Monash University
    The Monash Warwick Alliance have announced that they have appointed Professor Neil Cameron, to work on new research that brings together materials science and engineering with biomedical science to further investigate tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and nanomedicine.Professor Cameron held postdoctoral positions in Eindhoven and Herriot Watt University in Edinburgh, before working for the last 17 years at Durham University.  Joining the Monash Warwick Alliance as Professor of...
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    New South Wales
    The University of Sydney has announced scholarships for international PhD students.  The Postgraduate Research Excellence Awards will be given to 28 outstanding students starting PhD’s in science at the University.The generous scholarship covers full tuition fees for 3 years, subject to satisfactory progress, plus a living stipend, which is equivalent to an Australian Postgraduate award indexed annually.This is an amazing opportunity for students planning a science PhD at the University of...
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    New South Wales
    UNSW Australia has announced three new Masters programmes in translation and interpreting that will begin in 2015.  The new programmes are the Master of Translation & Interpreting (2 years), Master of Interpreting (1.5 years) and Master of Translation (1 - 1.5 years).All the degrees are accredited by NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters) which means that graduates will have the skills they need to work professionally as translators in Australia and...
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    New South Wales
    The 40% efficiency milestone is the latest in a long line of achievements by UNSW solar researchers spanning four decades - Dr Mark Keevers. Photo credit: UNSW Australia
    Researchers at UNSW Australia have converted over 40% of the sunlight hitting a solar system into electricity, setting a new world record for the highest efficiency ever recorded. Dr Mark Keevers, the solar scientist who managed the project, said that the team "used commercial solar cells, but in a new way, so these efficiency improvements are readily accessible to the solar industry." A key part of the design of the prototype cells used in the project is the use of a custom optical...
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    Australian Capital Territory
    José Joordens from Leiden University holds the fossil shell Pseudodon with a small hole that Homo erectus pierced with a sharp object to open. Photo credit: The Independent
    Dr Stephen Munro, from the Australian National University, has made a discovery that could demonstrate that art began 300,000 years earlier than we previously thought. He discovered a zig-zag drawn on a shell that was part of a collection of fossils that were collected over 100 years ago. The pattern was drawn by a Homo erectus as long as 540,000 years ago, which means that the engraving is at least 300,000 years older than other markings thought to be the oldest made by humans.Dr Munro says: “...
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    Western Australia
    Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall with students. Photo credit: UWA
    The Confucius Institute at the University of Western Australia (UWACI) has received an award for its success in teaching Chinese language and cross-cultural understanding in Western Australia.Twenty five institutes received the 2014 Confucius Institute of the Year Award and were selected out of the total of over a thousand such institutes worldwide.The Confucius Institute is a non-profit public institution that aims to promote Chinese language and culture abroad. It currently has 475 institutes...
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    New Zealand
    View across Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. Photo credit: Laura Styles
    New Zealand has once more come out top in the Telegraph Travel Awards 2014. Almost 90,000 Telegraph readers cast their votes making this the widest-ranging travel survey of its kind.John Key, the New Zealand Prime Minister, described the result as "a great accolade".  He went on to say: "The winning of a prestigious award like this, voted by the public, is a great accolade for our country and bodes well for our tourism industry.""Too often a lot of people go to a destination where...
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    Australia, New Zealand
    A recent survey based on interviews with 4,500 recruiters in 20 countries, has concluded that graduates from Australian Universities are amongst the most employable in the world.The survey was conducted by Paris-based human resources consultants Emerging and German polling institute Trendence. It is now in its fourth year, which enables them to draw some interesting conclusions from the results.  The survey concluded that successful university brands were becoming more global with greater...
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    New South Wales
    Amputee athletes competing. Photo credit: Sciencealert.com
    A PhD Engineering student at UNSW is working on new ways to make prosthetics for world-class athletes.  Stacey Rigney is working with the Australian Institute of Sport and the Australian Paralympian team to find out exactly how to use existing prosthetics to make amputees even faster than they already are.Prosthetic limbs have been used in competition since the late ‘80s, most of the research on them has focused on how to make them stronger and lighter, but there’s still very little...

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