Visit to the University by a Major United States Study Abroad Consortium

The University hosted a major delegation of 23 representatives from twelve top United States institutions on Monday 2 November. Delegation members included University of Melbourne partners such as Duke University and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; as well as key revenue feeders for study abroad places. The delegation was bought together by the Arcadia College of Global Studies and the visit was principally focussed on how STEM education at undergraduate level is conducted in Australian universities, and how an international educational experience enhances education.

The visit began at the Melbourne School of Design with a networking luncheon hosted by Professor Richard James PVC (Academic), who welcomed the delegation and spoke briefly about the challenges and advantages of Australian higher education including a broad overview of the Melbourne Model. In recognition of the special opportunity to meet with study abroad and research contacts in the United States, the event was very well attended with some special guests including Professor Peter McPhee, former Provost for the University of Melbourne and architect of the Melbourne Model; as well as Dr Jane Elith, Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the School of Biosciences, and winner of the 2015 Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year.

Following the networking luncheon, the delegation attended a series of other activities planned to promote and define the Melbourne Model including course curriculum; internationalisation and the student experience such as: Mobility workshop;  Science and Engineering Roundtable; a tour of Engineering labs and an Art and Science workshop at the Ian Potter Museum. The rich and diverse visit program was made possible by the generous contributions of approximately 40 University of Melbourne staff that attended, hosted and supported the events. Their contributions are sincerely appreciated, particularly as they were made during a week when staff numbers are low due to the lure of Melbourne Cup festivities and the non-teaching week.

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United States Study Abroad Consortium with Professor Richard James, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic) (front right)

 

Director of International Relations engages in bilateral relations in Europe

During a recent visit to Europe, Director of the International Relations Office, Professor Gabriele Suder visited the United Kingdom, Ireland and France engaged in enhancing bilateral relations and collaborative initiatives with the European partners of the University of Melbourne.

Whilst in Ireland, Professor Suder toured the Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and explored the link that TCD makes between the Gallery and International Relations. She also met with the University College Dublin (UCD), another of our U21 partners whose international relations staff has seen changes in the past months, with a new team and connections to be fostered.

Whilst in France, Professor Suder received the latest news regarding the developments to the Higher Education landscape in France with ongoing merger activity that streamlines the French university context; their objective being the creation of ‘university communities’ enhancing output and making government funding more efficient. CentraleSupélec, a French graduate institute of research and higher education in engineering science, is just one of the new merged entities, bringing two top schools in Engineering and Science together. The new University Paris Sarclay is another example. Inaugurated at the beginning of 2015, it brings together the top Paris schools including Paris 6 and 11, HEC, CentraleSupélec, on what soon will be one site only, and merging their postgraduate activity only. For more information regarding the Higher Education developments in France visit timeshighereducation.com.

Professor Suder also met with representatives from the ESCP Europe Business School, who are excited to receive our students soon through the recently signed MoU and SEA. The discussions advanced ESCP’s understanding of how their students engaged in the study abroad program will be received and hosted through the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne.

Visit by Mrs Carrie Lam, Hong Kong Chief Secretary for Administration, Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Vice Chancellor for University of Melbourne and Chief Secretary for Administration in Hong Kong

Vice Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis and Chief Secretary for Administration in Hong Kong, Mrs Carrie Lam. Image courtesy of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

The Chief Secretary for Administration in Hong Kong, Mrs Carrie Lam, visited the University of Melbourne on 15 September, meeting with Vice Chancellor, Professor Glyn Davis; Pro Vice Chancellor for Campus & Global Development, Professor Tom Kvan; Director of External Relations, Mr Andrew Hockley and Hong Kong Chinese students. Mrs Lam’s visit was a great honour for the University, particularly because the University of Melbourne was the only higher education institution she visited during her official visit to Australia.

The day began with a meeting between Mrs Lam and the Vice Chancellor to discuss the issues of education and youth exchange between Hong Kong and Australia; followed by a tour of the Melbourne School of Design led by Professor Kvan, and a Hong Kong Student Reception, hosted by Professor Kvan. Mrs Lam was particularly delighted to meet with Professor Kvan, whose father Professor Erik Kvan had once taught Mrs Lam at the University of Hong Kong.

The student reception was a highlight of the visit, being attended by 50 Hong Kong Chinese students presently studying at the University from all faculties, many of whom are enthusiastic members of the University’s Hong Kong Student Association. The reception provided them with a rare opportunity to meet with and chat informally with Mrs Lam, who visited the University with the aim of promoting opportunities in Hong Kong for high achieving students.

The success of the visit was due in part to the enthusiastic and integral support received by the International Relations Office from the Hong Kong Student Association, and the staff from the Melbourne School of Design.

For more information about Mrs Lam’s visit to the University, visit MUSSE for a full story.

Group shot at the Melbourne School of Design

Mrs Carrie Lam, Chief Secretary for Administration, Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region with Professor Tom Kvan, Pro Vice Chancellor for Campus & Global Development, University of Melbourne and Mr Arthur Au, Director of the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office. Image courtesy of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Invitation to EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges launch

The University of Melbourne EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges will be officially launched on 9 December 2014 at Lab 14, Carlton Connect, with special guest Ms Helga Schmid, Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs, European External Action Service. For more information see http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/australia/more_info/europe_centres/university_melbourne_eu_centre/index_en.htm . For enquiries contact:  eu-centre@unimelb.edu.au

Staff invited to apply for the Australia-China Young Scientist Exchange Program

University of Melbourne staff are invited to submit applications for the Australia-China Young Scientist Exchange Program (YSEP).

The YSEP offers a two-week exchange to China in mid-November for early or mid- career Australian scientists to develop or enhance scientific and industry links with colleagues in China.

Applications must be submitted to Melbourne Research by 5:00pm Wednesday 8 October. Contact: Jessica Piesse:jessica.piesse@unimelb.edu.au

For guidelines and eligibility, see: http://www.industry.gov.au/science/internationalcollaboration/acsrf/Pages/YoungResearchers.aspx.

Renewal of MOU with Humboldt University of Berlin

The University of Melbourne and Humboldt University have renewed a Memorandum of Understanding and a Student Exchange agreement. The agreement has been extended to include graduate student exchange.

For the Humboldt University of Berlin website, see: https://www.hu-berlin.de/?set_language=en&cl=en

 

 

University of Melbourne to host World Academic Summit

The University of Melbourne has been selected to host the prestigious Times Higher Education World Academic Summit in October 2015, a two-day event which will include the release of the 2015 Times Higher Education World Rankings.

For the full story from the University’s newsroom, see: https://newsroom.melbourne.edu/news/melbourne-host-world-academic-summit

Department of Psychiatry signs MOU with Shantou University

L-R Prof Qing jun Huang, Director Shantou University Centre for Mental Health; Prof Junhui  Bian, Executive Dean Shantou University Medical College; Prof Danming Lin, Vice Chancellor; Prof Simon Evans, Pro-Vice Chancellor (International), Prof Glenn Bowes, Senior Associate Dean, Faculty  of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences by Professor Ian Everall, Head, Department of Psychiatry

L-R Prof Qing Jun Huang, Prof Junhui Bian, Prof Danming Lin, Prof Simon Evans, Prof Glenn Bowes, Prof Ian Everall

The University of Melbourne’s Department of Psychiatry has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Shantou University in Guandong Province to help facilitate joint research to improve the quality of life for people in the Shantou region living with autism spectrum disorder.

Shantou University invited senior staff from the University of Melbourne to visit  in September 2014 for the signing and to discuss ways to move research forward. Representing the University of Melbourne were Professor Simon Evans, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Prof Glenn Bowes, Senior Associate Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and Professor Ian Everall, Head, Department of Psychiatry. Representing Shantou University were Prof Qing jun Huang, Director Shantou University Centre for Mental Health; Prof Junhui Bian, Executive Dean Shantou University Medical College; and Prof Danming Lin, Vice Chancellor.

Shantou University was established in 1981 by businessman and philanthropist Li Ka-Shing. It is the only privately funded public university in China and is also a recipient of Chinese Ministry of Education funding through the 211 Project. For more information on Shantou University, see Shantou University at a Glance

Event: Germany and the European Union 25 Years after the Peaceful Revolution

The University of Melbourne’s recently established EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges is one of the co-hosts for a speech by Dr Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag to be held on Friday 31 October 2014 at RMIT University.

Germany and the European Union 25 Years after the Peaceful Revolution

The fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago was the beginning of the end of decades of a divided Europe. In its wake, European countries took the chance to unite in peace. This historic example shows what change is possible in Europe, especially if it is brought about by a common purpose – a fact more important than ever in light of current developments. Europe can only move forward together – both politically and economically, and especially when facing the challenges of globalisation and the digital revolution.

Time and date: 12:00-2:00pm, Friday 31 October 2014
Venue: RMIT University, Kaleide Theatre, Storey Hall, Building 8, Level 3, 342 Swanston St, Melbourne

A light lunch will be served. For catering purposes please RSVP to eucentre@rmit.edu.au by Wednesday 29 October 2014.

Download a copy of the Flyer for this event.

American Australian Association Education Fund Fellowships awarded to Melbourne students

Five University of Melbourne students will be heading to prestigious American institutions to undertake research in their chosen fields after being successfully awarded American Australian Association Education Fund Fellowships valued at up to US$40,000.

For the full story, see: http://newsroom.melbourne.edu/news/university-melbourne-students-lead-american-australian-fellowships