Asian Correspondent » CQUniversity Australia Asian Correspondent Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:36:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 CQUniversity to the fore to help flood-affected Queenslanders Wed, 27 Feb 2013 04:46:25 +0000

CQUniversity Australia is proud to be a university that gives back, whether it be through student placements, consulting and research services in industry, international partnerships, or contributing to the community in one way or another.

In January severe floods caused havoc across Central Queensland. To help support flood-affected Queenslanders, CQUniversity campuses joined forces to make donations and spearhead a series of fundraisers.

Volunteers lending a hand at 'The Big Breakfast'.

CQUniversity Rockhampton hosted ‘The Big Breakfast’ and raised more than $2000. The metropolitan campuses in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne and Sydney collaboratively raised $1315 through morning teas, and also donated a range of useful supplies and children’s gifts. All proceeds went to the Red Cross Queensland Floods Appeal 2013.

CQUniversity Noosa donated several cartons full of educational books to the flooded Bundaberg East State School, to help the school get back on its feet. The donated books were used to replace teacher resource materials that were destroyed in the flood. The campus also donated clothes and other useful items for the flooded residents of Bundaberg. Donated items included art and craft supplies, games and DVDs.

Car-load of books leaving Noosa Campus.

CQUniversity Bundaberg helped relieve some of the burden during this summer’s record floods by providing its computer labs for the Bundaberg News-Mail, whose own premises were flooded, to sustain its newspaper operations. The Bundaberg Regional Council also used campus science labs for water quality testing and the campus kitchens were made available to the Salvation Army as an option for food preparation for local evacuation centres.

Temporary newsroom set up in a computer lab at Bundaberg Campus.

Two years ago Rockhampton and Emerald campuses also served as evacuation and relief centres for summer floods.

To read more on these stories, visit our CQUniNews website.

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CQUniversity Australia is coming to a city near you Thu, 24 Jan 2013 06:01:39 +0000

CQUniversity Australia is proud to kick start 2013 with participations in education fairs and exhibitions in Bangladesh, China, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

If you happen to be in any of these countries, come along and talk to our advisers first-hand about how we can help you achieve your academic goals.

Below is a summary of events in which we will be participating. For event details please visit our website.


IDP Australian Education Fair

24-25 January    Dhaka


China International Education Exhibition Tour

9-10 March         Beijing


Edwise – World Education Fair

31 January        Bengaluru

4 February        Chennai

8 February        Mumbai

9 February        Hyderabad

14 February       Cochin

IDP Australian Education Fair

29 January        Kolkata

31 January        Chandigarh

2 February        New Delhi

3 February        Mumbai

4 February        Ahmedabad

6 February        Pune

8 February        Bangalore

9 February        Hyderabad

10 February       Chennai

12 February       Cochin

13 February       Coimbatore

SIEC Roadshow

10 February       Delhi

11 February       Ludhiana

12 February       Chandigarh

Storm Fair – Aussie Edumall

5 February        Ahmedabad

11 February       Chennai

13 February       Coimbatore

14 February       Cochin

16 February       Hyderabad

17 February       Vijaywada


Global Reach – Australian Education Exhibition

27-28 January    Kathmandu

Oli & Associates – Australian Education Seminar

25 January        Kathmandu


Austrade Colombo Education Fair

23-24 February  Colombo

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Innovative academic wins prestigious national award Sun, 02 Dec 2012 23:38:44 +0000

CQUniversity’s Professor Kerry Reid-Searl was recently awarded the prestigious Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching Award, as part of the 2012 Australian Awards for University Teaching.

As well as receiving the award for Teaching Excellence in the area of Biological Science and Health-related studies, Professor Reid-Searl also receives $25,000 to reinvest in her teaching methods and professional development.

This is a first for a staff member to receive an award for Teaching Excellence in the University’s 20-year history.

Professor Reid-Searl has been receiving widespread recognition for her development of MASK-ED™ and Pup-Ed™ simulation packages. To learn more about this innovative teaching method, visit our website.

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CQUniversity in Top 10 for influence in regional development Sun, 25 Nov 2012 23:34:11 +0000

In a recent Regional Australia Institute (RAI) report, CQUniversity has been named as one of the Top 10 organisations that have been influential in the regional development space.

CQUniversity is ranked alongside esteemed organisations including the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisations (CSIRO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). In this Top 10 CQUniversity is one of only three universities; the other two being the University of Adelaide and the University of Technology, Sydney.

Whilst the University secured a spot in the Top 10 organisations for influence in regional development, CQUniversity Professor John Rolfe is listed in the Top 5 influential authors in this area.

CQUniversity is also cited in the RAI’s ‘top-50′ stocktake of influential regional research. The stocktake has been arranged to provide those involved in regional development with easier access to the latest knowledge.

To read the full article and access the RAI report, please visit our website.


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The changing face of education Thu, 11 Oct 2012 00:02:43 +0000

Here’s an extract from an article titled ‘The changing face of education’, featured in CQUniversity B Magazine Issue 15 2012

At a recent conference attended by nurses and health care professionals from more than 40 different countries, award-winning CQUniversity nursing lecturer, Associate Professor Kerry Reid-Searl introduced her MASK-ED™ range of costumed characters – a series of teaching props she saw as a ‘life-changing approach to education’ for nursing students all over the world.

She partnered up with a Hollywood mask-maker to create silicone props (masks) which she uses in class to better engage the students and give them ‘a true patient-nurse experience within the safety of the classroom, before they [enter] the intimidating hospital environment’. Through her ‘masked’ character, she becomes a believable patient with an identity and complete medical history.

Assoc Prof Reid-Searl’s MASK-ED™ has now been taken up by Monash University, The University of Newcastle and Colorado State University in the US.

Her unique teaching method is ‘the sort of thing that textbooks just can’t replicate’ and has also become a hot topic, having been recently covered on ABC News.

To read the full article, grab a copy of our B Magazine or read online.





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CQUniversity Australia is coming to a city near you Fri, 21 Sep 2012 02:01:35 +0000

For over 20 years, CQUniversity Australia has helped enrich the learning experience of international students from around the world. With pride, we will continue this tradition.

We will be participating in education fairs and seminars in various cities around the world. And we invite you to come along to explore what CQUniversity has to offer.

BRAZIL – Student Seminars

Thursday, 27 September – Sao Paulo

Monday-Tuesday, 1-2 October – Rio de Janeiro

CHINA – China Education Expo 2012

Saturday-Sunday, 20-21 October – Beijing

MALAYSIA – StudyExcel Australia Education Fair 2012

Saturday, 29 September – Kuala Lumpur

Sunday, 30 September – Penang

Monday, 1 October – Ipoh

Tuesday, 2 October – Subang Jaya

Wednesday, 3 October – Johor Bahru

TURKEY – 22nd IEFT International Education Fairs of Turkey

Monday, 1 October – Bursa

Tuesday, 2 October – Ankara

Thursday, 4 October – Izmir

Saturday-Sunday, 6-7 October – Istanbul

Tuesday, 9 October – Adana

Thursday, 11 October – Antalya

Saturday, 13 October – Gaziantep

UNITED KINGDOM – QS Advance Mini Tour

Wednesday, 24 October – Edinburgh

Thursday, 25 October – Manchester

Saturday, 27 October – London (QS World Grad School Tour)

Sunday, 28 October – London (QS World Undergraduate Tour)

For information on contact details, locations and times, please visit our website.


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Chancellor’s Cup reunites campuses Mon, 20 Aug 2012 00:55:37 +0000

There is no doubt that sporting events such as the Olympic Games and the World Cup are symbolic in reuniting the world. These events showcase the spirits of great sportsmanship and the drive for success. But what is more significant is that it creates every opportunity for social and cultural engagement, fostering a strong sense of global community.

At CQUniversityAustralia, we like to believe that we too share this perspective, and whilst we can’t compete in scale, we can certainly do it our way.

Every year for the past five years, CQUniversity hosts a Chancellor’s Cup to bring together students and staff from different campuses to compete in a variety of sports competitions. We are proud to say that every year the success accumulates.

The fifth annual Chancellor’s Cup was held at our main campus in Rockhampton, spanning three days from August 7 to August 9.

Approximately 140 students, the majority of which were international, represented their campuses in Rockhampton, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, competing in cricket, futsal soccer, volleyball and table tennis.

Rockhampton took first place in table tennis; Gold Coast grabbed the victory in cricket; whilst Brisbane stole the show in both soccer and volleyball.

The event was truly a celebration of diversity and friendship. And as organiser Robyn Bailey, Coordinator International Student Support at CQUniversity, puts it, “It’s a worthwhile event seeing the camaraderie that it develops with the students and staff who participate.”

The 'Smiles of Diversity' - students in the spirits of the moment

Congratulations to all participants and to Robyn for spearheading a successful and memorable Cup. We look forward to an even bigger, more festive Cup in years to come.

Visit our website for more stories and pictures from the Chancellor’s Cup.

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CQUniversity and China shaping the future with world-class research Tue, 14 Aug 2012 03:11:22 +0000

CQUniversity Australia has a strong reputation for engaging with industry, business, government and the community in the development of our programs and research endeavours.

We have the recognition from the Federal Government in its Excellence in Research initiative, as being world-class in areas such as Engineering, Medical and Health Sciences and Nursing. And we are proud to expand our presence and research impact beyond the Australian shores.

CQUniversity believes that a university can never be truly great unless it is a research intensive university. Whilst we currently boast strong research partnerships with national researchers, our linkages with international researchers are expanding and equally thriving to new heights.

Our collaborations with researchers in China and their respective networks stand as some of our best, and are a reflection of our commitment to research and innovation that have an impact on the communities we serve and those around the globe.

A remarkable initiative is the collaboration between CQUniversity’s International Education Research Centre (IERC) and the Sino-Canadian International College (SCIC) of China’s Guangxi University. Led by Associate Professor Alison Owens, Director of IERC and Professor Qin Chengqiang, Dean of SCIC, the initiative will explore research into intercultural communication, international education and entrepreneurial pedagogies.

Professor Qin and Associate Professor Owens at a recent cross-cultural training workshop

Another is the ongoing collaboration between CQUniversity’s Centre for Railway Engineering (CRE) and China’s Dalian Jiatong University (DJU) on research on the dynamics of long heavy haul trains. Both universities are keen to work on designing shared education delivery models for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in railway engineering.

Rail transport is powering into the future as a sustainable, efficient means of moving freight and people. Led by Professor Colin Cole, Director of CRE, and strengthened by our strong partnerships with national railway owners and peak bodies across Australia, CQUniversity’s CRE will soar ahead with research and development of ‘trains with brains’.

Professor Cole (right) during his visit to Dalian Jiatong University

In September 2011 CQUniversity’ Centre for Plant and Water Science (CPWS) had the pleasure of hosting three delegates from China’s Beijing University of Agriculture (BUA), one of the most dynamic universities in China, with its departments of Horticulture and Agri-engineering and Agriculture Economics being renowned for both teaching and research.

Professor Younian Wang, President of BUA, accompanied by his senior colleagues, Professor Kefeng Liu, Dean of the Urban and Rural Development College and Professor Fang Liu, Deputy Dean of the College of Economics Management, visited CQUniversity Rockhampton to learn about the Australian higher education and research systems and to explore opportunities for future collaborations.

The two universities discussing opportunities for agricultural research collaborations

The research areas of mutual interest particularly relate to urban agriculture development, with the emphasis on issues in water, energy, pollution control and peri-urban development of agriculture and horticulture in China and Australia.

CQUniversity is making an impact and contributing to shaping the future with our commitment in excellence in research and innovation. We invite international students and research enthusiasts from all over the world to explore our research programs and current projects, and what CQUniversity Australia has to offer.

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Gone but not forgotten Mon, 16 Jul 2012 05:49:31 +0000

“Upon enrolment at CQUniversity, you are choosing a partner for life.” This is our claim.

The moment CQUniversity becomes your university of choice, you can rest assured that you will be looked after from Day 1 throughout your learning journey with us and long after you graduate.

We are proud that many of our graduates have gone on to be successful in their respective fields of expertise. Their career achievements epitomise our goal to encourage individuals to pursue their passion on the foundation of a quality education.

And speaking of success, I particularly want to highlight our alumni event held in Bangkok in April this year where we reconnected with many of our Thai alumni, one of which was Dr Theerarat Samrejvanich (centre photo) who was invited as a special guest speaker. Dr Samrejvanich completed her Professional Doctorate in 2010 and has been elected to Thai parliament as the Pheu Thai member for Lat Krabang district, Bangkok, under the leadership of Thailand’s first female Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra.

Another distinguished alumnus was Sudhir Appat (third photo first from right) who now holds the position of Area Director of Finance at Four Seasons Hotel in Bangkok. Joining the success of Dr Samrejvanich and Sudhir was Wittawat Busaracumwong (first photo second from right), an entrepreneur who ran a successful Working Holiday website for Thais and has recently established his own education agency, Beyond Study, which has just become a Contracted Agent of CQUniversity.

Our alumni network consists of 70 000 graduates located all around the world (an impressive number for a relatively young university, I must say) and we endeavour to keep in touch with as many as possible.

Whether you’re currently developing software applications for computer systems as a software engineer in New Delhi; strategising on how to grow your business as an entrepreneur in Beijing; making a difference as a volunteer in third-world Ethiopia; or leisurely sipping on a pina colada as a holiday enthusiast on the coast of Rio de Janeiro; if you haven’t been in touch, we want to hear from you. You may be gone but certainly not forgotten.

If you happen to be in the country, drop by and say hi at our upcoming alumni functions:

Melbourne campus 20 August

Sydney campus 19 September

Bundaberg campus 25 October

We will be participating in a joint Queensland Universities alumni event in London on 14 September. Expression of interest to

There may also be possible alumni activities in New York in mid-August and Indonesia in early September. Make sure to check our website for updates.

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Another ‘give back’ on a global scale Thu, 21 Jun 2012 07:31:11 +0000

In one of my previous blogs, I shared my views on CQUniversity’s commitment to philanthropy and giving back, which was exemplified in its nursing students being given a taste of humanitarian adventures as they travelled to a third world country to lend a hand at community hospital and health clinics.

Recently I saw yet again another example of the University’s commitment to giving back on a global scale.

Last month our staff members, Melbourne-based Deepa Mathews, Regional Manager (South Asia) and India-based Gurpreet Singh visited one of India’s most progressive NGO’s, Salaam Baalak Trust – an organisation based in New Delhi dedicated to helping street children and providing them with shelter and education.

Deepa Mathews with the Salaam Baalak children during her recent visit.

The organisation believes providing shelter to these children is the greatest milestone in rehabilitating and mainstreaming them.

Our staff gained an enriching experience as they went on the Salaam Baalak Walk, spent time with kids in two of the shelter homes and presented gifts from the University and staff.

The visit was to commemorate the partnership between the University and the Salaam Baalak Trust, officiated last year by CQUniversity’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Scott Bowman and Chancellor, Rennie Fritschy to improve educational opportunities for Indian students and to provide assistance to street children.

The partnership was part of the University’s aim of being Australia’s most engaged university through facilitating access to higher education for those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience it.

Giving back on a global scale.

Pictured above are CQUniversity’s Vice-Chancellor (second left) and Chancellor (second right) presenting a 1.5 million rupee sponsorship to Salaam Baalak Trust Chairperson and Founder Trustee, Praveen Nair (left) and Founder Trustee, Sanjoy Roy (right) in October 2011.

To read more on CQUniversity and its partnership with Salaam Baalak Trust, visit our website and VC’s Blog.

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The world finds success at CQUniversity Australia Tue, 12 Jun 2012 00:24:01 +0000

CQUniversity has proven itself as an avenue for success for many of its students from around the world. Here are a few recent success stories from students from India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Bangladesh.


A CQUniversity alumnus, Dr Poonam Bhatia, who now works for the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), is currently undertaking a research project on phytoremediation.

Once funding is secured for this project, CQUniversity could be collaborating with a leading Indian university to get rid of heavy metals from Indian and Australian soil using hyper accumulator plants.

The project would provide an opportunity for postgraduate students from Australia to spend time in India (and vice versa) working on a common research topic of benefit to both countries, as well as an opportunity to offer joint degrees.

Dr Poonam Bhatia

CQUniversity Bachelor of Music (Jazz & Popular Music) student and Vice-Chancellor’s Award winner, Niken Tajudin, graduated in a Diploma in Music (Classical Singing) from Malaysia’s MARA Institute of Technology where she had the chance to perform in front of the King, important political figures, at festivals and alongside Malaysia’s legendary rock group, Wings.

When asked why she had chosen CQUniversity to further her studies, Niken said she needed to be different to gain international recognition; experience different cultures and music genres; and gain numerous performing experiences. And with these in mind, the University was ‘automatically her first choice’.

The University is industry-oriented and has allowed Niken to experience first-hand the different needs of the market and gain enriching performing experiences. She is enthusiastically pursuing her dreams here at CQUniveristy and was extremely delighted to share the beauty of music with the world when she participated in the University’s Jazzmania concert last month.

Featured vocalist Hayley Cox (left) with Elissa Finn (centre) and Niken Tajudin (right)

CQUniversity alumnus, Sari Fulton, graduated in a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) in 2011, and is now a proud owner of a five-star freelance holiday service agency in Indonesia.

The service includes the provision of accommodation advice, airport and hotel transfers, guided tours and a personal service to help tourists have a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.

Sari was nominated for her entrepreneurial skills by CQUniversity in the Business Leadership and Business Management category of the OzMate Indonesian Alumni Awards 2012.


Bangladeshi student, Mojibul Sajjad, chose CQUniversity Australia to pursue his postgraduate studies and is now proud to call CQUuniversity Rockhampton his second home.

Mojibul is currently doing his Masters by research on Top Of Rail Lubrication under the supervision of Professor Gopinath Chattopadhyay and Dr Dhamodharan Raman.

As a member of the student committee, he played an active role in staging the recent third annual Conference on Asset and Maintenance Management, held at the Gladstone campus.


Read more of these stories and other CQUniversity success stories here.

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A philanthropic approach to learning Tue, 29 May 2012 00:33:29 +0000

As a new staff member, I endeavoured to learn as much as possible about CQUniversity by first going through its various publications. The first publication which I laid eyes on was the university’s official magazine, Be.

Pictured below is this edition’s centrespread which features a beautiful picture that to me encapsulates warmth, friendship and unity. It captures the mountainous landscape and village life, but most importantly, the ‘hands of friendship’ extended by CQUniversity Nursing and Midwifery students and the villagers. As I began to read, I discovered a story nothing short of inspirational.

Circle of friendship

The story was of a learning journey on which the university’s nursing students embarked as they were given a life-changing experience, travelling to a remote community in Nepal to lend a hand at a local hospital, rural health camps and outreach clinics.

Student in action

This was the third annual Student Midwifery and Nursing Placement to Nepal organised by the university in conjunction with Antipodeans Abroad.

The travel group contributed their skills to delivering healthcare in a resource-challenged environment and donated medical equipment and supplies. They engaged with Nepalese nursing students and medical staff and compared the different health systems. They discovered medical equipment and supplies that have been outdated compared to western standards and ailments that have been eradicated in the western world.

Although the nursing skills were very similar, it was the application of holistic care for the patient that was different, and taking this and cultural norms into consideration, they concluded that “it’s not right, it’s not wrong, it’s just different.”

The trip was more than a traditional field trip – it gave our students a taste of humanitarian adventures but more importantly, it gave them the opportunity to reflect on their profession and the world they live in.

Despite having done both undergraduate and postgraduate studies, I never had the chance to experience such adventure, so to me this was a remarkable learning experience unmatched by many institutions. This is the kind of real world connections I’m sure many students would be thrilled to explore.

CQUniversity prides itself on being an active player in the development of the economic, social and culture of surrounding communities. But what this story represents is beyond that – it represents an integration of personal and organisational values and our commitment to ‘giving back’ on a global scale.

It marks one of the first steps the university is willing to take to incorporate philanthropic values into our learning approaches. And I’m sure the university will continue to build on this to ensure that its students are provided with the opportunity to experience the kind of real-world learning that incorporates and spans the fields of humanitarianism and philanthropy.

To read the story in more detail, please visit the CQUniversity website.

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Pre-departure video for international students studying in Australia Thu, 17 Feb 2011 05:07:48 +0000

The decision to study in an overseas country is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. That’s why it’s essential you make the right choice. CQUniversity is a public university and one of the most engaged, supportive and responsive universities in Australia.

At CQUniversity, we’re committed to ensuring that if you choose to study with us, your learning journey is both rewarding and totally relevant to your future career aspirations. We’ve helped literally thousands of overseas students, just like you, to achieve their study and professional goals.

Please take the time to view our CQUniversity Australia Pre-Departure videos. This will provide you with lots of useful information which will help you prepare to settle down comfortably in Australia and to get the best out of your time at CQUniversity


CQUniversity Australia YouTube channel

The videos are broken into four sections.

Part 1: Before Departure – Coming to Australia

Part 2: Early Weeks in Australia

Part 3: Study in Australia

Part 4: Living in Australia

If you have any further questions about CQUniversity Australia, please email us at or post a comment below!

Kind Regards,

Denbeigh Inman

CQUniversity Australia

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Health education and research central to one Australian university Sun, 13 Feb 2011 22:20:45 +0000

CQUniversity Australia, identified in February 2011 as world-class by Australia’s Excellence in Research report for its Engineering, Medical & Health Sciences and Nursing research, is also one of Australia’s most engaged universities, writes Marc Barnbaum

Operating from a tropical region perhaps better known for healthy mining profits and healthy cattle, CQUniversity – which services some 20,000 students — is forging a research focus on human health in Central Queensland.

Some of its leading scientists are contributing to the worldwide fight against respiratory infections, particularly middle ear infection which has had terrible consequences for Aboriginal communities as well as the wider population.

Up to 80% of Australian children have at least one episode of middle ear infection in their first 3 years and about one third of these will suffer recurrent or chronic middle ear infections.

The Capricornia Centre for Mucosal Immunology at CQUniversity, run by Professor Jennelle Kyd, whose is recognized internationally for its research on immunity and vaccines.

Professor Kyd, collaborating with researchers in Australia, Europe and the USA, is working with major pharmaceutical companies on the research and development of patents to the clinical trials stage for a range of new therapies.

“We currently treat respiratory infections with antibiotics but we need to find better preventative therapies otherwise we’ll continue increase the emergence of bacteria that are drug resistant. Vaccines offer the best strategy for long term prevention of infections,” explains Professor Kyd, the Queensland Tall Poppy Ambassador.

She was recently invited to be a Director on the Board of the Australian Institute of Policy and Science.

Coleague Dr Andrew Fenning is investigating the potential benefits of several natural products including resveratrol, and antioxidant/anti-inflammatory found in red wine, as well as THC (the active compound in medicinal marijuana), Gogi Berry extract and the plant-based sweetener Stevia, on the cardiovascular system and the reduction of secondary complications associated with diabetes. The compounds, says Dr Fenning, appear to improve oxidative stress and inflammation translating to reduced cardiovascular complications in models of these diseases.

With funding from a National Heart Foundation scholarship program, Dr Fenning hopes to understand how the products can lower blood pressure and improve heart and blood vessel function, particularly for patients suffering from cardiovascular disease.

We are particularly interested to see if the treatments can prevent potentially fatal arrhythmias in heart disease patients and improve blood vessel function compared to standard pharmacological therapy.”

In collaboration with Dr Mitch Duncan the team is also examining the effects of air pollution and obesity-inducing diets on parameters of cardiovascular disease and if exercise interventions can mitigate typical pathological cardiovascular responses.

Some of these findings have been translated into human trials examining the outcomes of cardiac rehabilitation programs and workplace activity levels on improving markers of chronic cardiovascular disease.

For the past few years, Dr Duncan has been researching the physical activity levels of various cohorts of people. In 2009, he developed an innovative way of surveying these groups.

Rather than relying on people completing written surveys, Dr Duncan is using GPS monitors that show exactly where people have travelled over a given period. Matched with GIS (Geographic Information Systems) maps, he can now gauge whether people have encountered obstacles or disincentives to activity.

“With surveys people are not always as accurate as they should be and that limits our ability to see how environments influence their activity.”

Dr Duncan — a 2010 Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Award winner — now hopes to develop the concept further with a smaller, integrated monitor that could not only measure the paths people take, but the intensity of the activity as well.

His research is centred on the effects of too little physical activity and too much sitting; the influence that community designs and workplace environments have on these behaviours; and how best to measure our behaviour in these environments.

Dr Duncan and his colleagues have secured a $896,000 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grant for Project WALK 2.0, which investigates the internal and external validity of the latest web applications in promoting physical activity.

CQUniversity’s leadership in these research areas also extends to its world-class education of medical health sciences. Senior Lecturer Dr Kerry Reid-Searl has become known internationally as the ‘masked educator’.

The nurse educator uses role play to enhance the learning experience of her students and it was not long ago that she introduced a wig, glasses and a fat suit so students could have a character to interact with.

That’s how the eccentric character patient named Iva Sore was born. Iva soon made her way out of the lecture room and made several surprise appearances at medical conferences.

“It worked well but there was still a power imbalance because students could still detect the lecturer under the costume,” Kerry said.

“We tried with solid masks but it was not until we found an American company who could make us realistic flexible silicone masks that the idea really took off.”

Kerry says students have really engaged well with her new characters, epitomised by retired butcher Cyril Smith and former nurse matron Murial Mona Moore.

Kerry says the American company has now been approached to make a whole range of authentic looking wounds, body parts including breasts, abdomens and genitalia and even colostomies.

These resources will be a part of what Kerry is creating as MASK-ED (KRS simulation) which has been recently trade-marked.

MASK-ED simply means masking of the educator and masking of the educational process, whilst KRS stands for knowledgeable, realistic and spontaneous simulation.

CQUniversity is also in the final stages of establishing an agreement with the company and the silicone props made for MASK-ED will be exclusive.

The University will market MASK-EDTM (KRS simulation) props and educational resources.

Kerry believes that whilst the props hide the face of the educator, the skill is in knowing how to use this technique.  Hence it is fundamental that the educator is prepared with the educational resources that Kerry has created.

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CQUniversity Brisbane moves closer to heart of city Thu, 03 Feb 2011 23:17:39 +0000

CQUniversity Brisbane is moving  closer to the heart of the CBD, with a move from 108 Margaret Street to 160 Ann Street.

The new campus comprises eight floors of new modern-standard amenities and facilities for the students and staff of CQUniversity.

The location is central to Brisbane and close to rail transport, providing easy access to the campus.

This new campus contains numerous lecture rooms, computer labs, breakout areas, reading areas, meeting rooms and office space. One of the floors has more of a focus on student relaxation and gathering between classes.

This campus includes a 24-seat ISL (Interactive System-wide Learning) Theatrette, the first to be installed in any of CQUniversity’s metropolitan campuses.

The boardroom has full video-conferencing facilities, and there are 11 computer laboratories, equipped with the latest audio-visual and computer equipment.

There are 15 classrooms and lecture rooms, all equipped with data projector or LCD screens, depending on size.

The campus is equipped with the latest-standard Cisco Voice-over-IP (VoIP) telephone system, which is being progressively rolled out across all Central Queensland regional campuses during 2011.

The campus also is equipped with the latest high-speed Cisco wireless network, providing comprehensive network coverage throughout the campus for staff and students.  The network connection to the campus is of ‘dark fibre’ standard, enabling high bandwidth now, and allowing considerable capacity for expansion as the need increases.

Staff should be moving in to the building from February 17, ready for the campus to open for business on February 21. An official opening is being planned for later in the year.

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Adapt and change Mon, 17 Jan 2011 23:26:10 +0000

Supporting university students outside the classroom is equally important according to experts.

Most Australian universities are now employing specialist professionals – focused on cultural adaptation – to work exclusively with international students in extra-curricular matters associated with overseas study including accommodation, personal welfare, part-time employment and careers placements according to industry observers.

With more than 183,000 international students studying at Australian universities and heightened concern about student welfare and safety, CQUniversity – a leading provider in international education in Australia – has invested in a range of student activities and services to enhance social integration and community activity for international students at its Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Brisbane campuses.

“Increasingly universities in Australia, including ours, will need to embed in all of their academic programs and activities content that is interculturally inclusive for both international and domestic students, it’s a must in the global economy,” says Professor Paul Rodan, Director of the International Education Research Centre (IERC) at CQUniversity. “And the approach to teaching and learning needs to be culturally inclusive too”, he adds. “It’s not just about content”.

CQUniversity established the IERC, an applied research centre, in 2009 out of its commitment to its programs and policies being informed by contemporary research. As well as researching teaching and learning issues, the Centre’s brief extends to research into the welfare and support of international students, an issue of growing importance in the Australian education sector.

With CQUniversity’s substantial international student enrolment (insert number) and 15 years’ experience in international education, it is well placed among Australian universities to undertake studies which will enhance the capability to maintain and improve high quality support outside the classroom. This includes the important challenge of ensuring that work-ready graduates are produced. This challenge involves both teachers and professional support staff.

Creating a cooperative teaching and learning relationships between staff and students are imperative according to Professor Rodan.

“CQUniversity understands the importance of support outside of the pressurised and often linguistically confronting context of a classroom. Our staff receive a lot of research based professional development in terms of cultural issues and working with students who are new to Australia,” said Professor Rodan.

Social Integration Initiatives

CQUniversity has implemented a range of student activities and services to promote improved social integration for international students on and off campus. These social integration activities commence as soon as the students arrive on campus. A fully facilitated enrolment process allows students to integrate with staff members from all areas of the campus from marketing and recruitment to academic staff. Students are timetabled into a thorough orientation program which includes social activities such as luncheon with students and staff. External guest speakers are invited to participate in orientation such as community police officers and health fund representatives.

Other social integration activities are scheduled throughout each term. These include sporting activities, functions to celebrate a wide range of cultural festivals, community activities, and communication activities such as English conversation corner, interviewing skills workshops, oral communication workshops, and academic writing workshops. Work-related activities such as practitioner presentations, volunteer conference support, job seeking skills workshops, Tax-help project and welfare activities are also held.

In addition students are invited to participate in the campus Environmental Committee, the Academic-student Liaison Group and the Occupational Health and Safety Committee. These provide excellent forums for meeting staff and other students, contributing to the campus environment and enhancing a sense of belonging, inclusion and empowerment for participant students.

Academic and Career Support

From the time a student arrives in Australia until graduation, CQUniversity is committed to providing students with the support required to ensure that they excel in their studies and to make their time with us stimulating, enjoyable and beneficial.

The CQUniversity Learning Skills Unit (LSU) is a free service available to all students. Students are encouraged to make appointments to meet with an LSU tutor one-to-one or simply drop in with short enquiries. LSU staff are dedicated to providing academic and English language support for diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate students in a relaxed and friendly environment where students can ask questions and seek support in understanding and completing their assessment tasks. This includes discussing ideas and strategies, referencing and utilising course reading materials.

“The Learning Skills Unit (LSU) provided me with advice in assignment writing, reports, proofreading and referencing which improved the quality of my work. LSU is a good advantage for students and provide excellent direction and advice.”

Saeed Matar Alneyadi

An additional free service is The Training, Employment and Career Coaching (TECC) unit. TECC assists students and graduates with their career development through a broad range of employment and career oriented services. Each student is assisted with tailored guidance, based on their individual goals and needs. Students are guided towards a career path that they aspire to.

CQUniversity students are graduating with an employment rate that is well above the national average. Employers look out for CQUniversity graduates. Many of CQUniversity’s most popular courses are career and industry focused. They are professionally recognised, include a vast range of cutting-edge specialisations, and provide students with options to design a program to suit their own interests.

CQUniversity’s accounting degrees are accredited by professional associations, and cover a wide range of studies, including economics, computing and marketing. A similar breadth of options applies in business courses, which are also professionally accredited. Specialisations are available in management, marketing, procurement and supply, entrepreneurship, property, financial planning, and many other traditional and emerging disciplines.

Computing and IT is one of the most comprehensive fields of study at the University. With a wide range of courses and specialisations to choose from, students can find their own niche within this large and evolving field. CQUniversity’s experience as an international university has led to the development of a student support and services network that is on hand to provide students with a wide range of academic, personal and language services. It’s all part of an integrated support network that has helped establish CQUniversity as one of Australia’s most popular destinations for international students.

Denbeigh Inman

CQUniversity Australia

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Advice on working while studying in Australia Fri, 26 Mar 2010 05:42:40 +0000

Working while studying! Could not be more compatible. But my visa says I can work up to 20 hours per week. True but take care. Your application for a student visa also says you have the resources to pay your course fees and living expenses while studying in Australia. So make sure that the work is for professional, cultural development reasons and experience related to your future ‘work readiness’ and where possible complimentary to your studies. Students who have to rely on working to support their studies often experience difficulties with their studies. Often the jobs are menial in nature, late at night or into the early morning therefore possibly putting you at risk and certainly distracting from your study, social and recreational experiences because you are tired and stressed.

So what do I do – Australian universities, TAFEs and reputable colleges all have careers advisors as well as student services who will prepare you for job applications, interview techniques and even genuine part-time job vacancies. CQUniversity Australia’s Training, Employment and Career Coaching program is one example of this. So like I advised in my last blog, when you arrive, seek out all the wonderful services Australian institutions offer their domestic and international students, and you will be sure to have the best study-work-social life balance possible. Enjoy!

Professor Ken Hawkins (PhD, FAIM, FAICD)
Deputy Vice Chancellor (International) – designate


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Cost of living affordable for Australian students Fri, 19 Mar 2010 05:08:09 +0000

Australia as an international student destination is quite affordable compared with other large western countries. To study and live in Australia is more economical than UK, USA, Japan and Europe especially in terms of housing, travel, healthcare, entertainment and food, even in the major capital cities. And if you choose a university in one of the many regional universities on offer, it is even more affordable and very friendly.

You can, of course, also save by being able to cook most of your own meals, use concession travel for students and share accommodation. Even so you should plan to allow $17,000 per year to cover all your rent, food and drinks, transport, power utilities, local and international calls, study materials, clothes and entertainment. You can also supplement this with appropriate paid employment up to 20 hours per week – but I will talk more about this in next week’s blog topic – Study and Work.

So practice up on those favourite recipes for when you wish to cook your own meals between classes!

Professor Ken Hawkins (PhD, FAIM, FAICD)
Deputy Vice Chancellor (International) – designate



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Hey – I Need Some Help Where Do I Go? Fri, 12 Mar 2010 03:27:08 +0000

Well the answer is, in our topic for this week, “support services” for international students studying in Australia. 

When I was an international student I thought I was being courageous by leaving Australia and going to the USA, but I had the security of already speaking the language and living in a western country almost identical to America. So the challenges for me in hindsight were nowhere near as great as for those of you from totally different language and cultural backgrounds.  I really applaud your bravery.  But it is also timely, through the Australian Government’s recent review of interantional education needs in Australia, that the “Baird Report” recommends more support for international students, improved information and stronger cosumer protection and improved support for those who live and study in Australia including having somewhere to go when problems arise.

There are many agencies in the community where you will live; the college or university you choose will have special support services; specific cultural groups in each city where you might be have special services, churces, youth organisations, YMCA, YWCA local city councils and student associations; your teachers and lecturers and even other students are all potential services and support networks that will be close to you. But remember, if you need help you need to take some responsibility to seek it out. Be confident because remember you will have already demonstrated significant character and qualities as I hinted earlier in this message.  By the time you leave home and arrive in Australia, you will have demonstrated independence, resilience, adaptability, courage, creativity and problem solving skills just to name a few, just by coming to another country to live and study. Congratulations! 

Hey – guess what? You will have also displayed “job ready skills” that employers look for in seeking new employees. You can already demonstrate you can meet an employer’s needs and if you have already graduated and/or when you do complete your studies and graduate, be positive and proud to tell the world what you have achieved. You are already on your way and most probably will use some of the many support services available for international students in Australia.

If you are still considering whether you will take the step of leaving your home country to study in Australia, or are already here, let me assure you support will be readily available to all of you – just ask!  Take care and well done.

Professor Ken Hawkins (PhD, FAIM, FAICD)
Deputy Vice Chancellor (International) – designate

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Academic support only an appointment away Wed, 10 Mar 2010 01:11:58 +0000

CQUniversity Australia is highly experienced in delivering Australian curriculum to students from highly diverse cultural and educational backgrounds. At CQUniversity, we understand international students and know that as an international student, you may require some help in adjusting to a new system of education. Progressing from high school to university also comes with a lot of change and different expectations from lecturers.

That is why we have a dedicated and friendly Learning Skills Unit (LSU) team to service our students at each of our international campuses in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne and Sydney.  LSU provides a relaxed environment where you can ask questions and seek academic support when completing assessment tasks and preparing for exams. Individual appointments may be made as well

LSU also provides workshops on a multitude of subjects including academic writing, working with case studies, oral presentations, exam preparation and many more topics that are relevant and beneficial towards your studies. All services are free and confidential.

Read what our students have to say.

“Preparing assignments was like a rocky trail for me. LSU made it a smooth road. Thanks, LSU.”

“LSU gave me advice and confidence which helped me pass all of my subjects successfully. I thank all LSU staff.”

“I found a lot of the exam preparation techniques very useful. New students should come to LSU.”

“The friendly environment cheers us. Tutors of LSU welcome us with a smile.”

The LSU is one of the university’s best investments. So, the moment you arrive, please visit us. You’ll find plenty of support from our professional team.

Dr Ross Lehman


Manager, Learning Skills Unit

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Leaving home to study: Your Journey Fri, 05 Mar 2010 04:16:43 +0000

Many people leave home to study overseas. While it is a time that is filled with excitement, it is always in your best interest to prepare yourself well to study abroad.

For the first step in your journey, you need lots of information on what to expect living in a new country. Utlise the information that is available to you – Talk to your educational agent and visit the university’s website and pose as many questions as you want answers to.  CQUniversity understands this need for information and we provide information regarding pre-departure and enrolment information.

Our tip for you is to be organised. Make sure you have temporary accommodation confirmed while you source for permanent lodging. Get your air tickets booked, ensuring that you leave early enough for orientation. Know the public transport available around campus and work out how you’ll get to uni. Make sure you have enough funds to tide you over till you open a bank account. Funds can be transferred from your bank in your home country once your local bank account is established.

Support is always available. Whether it’s assistance with accommodation, questions with visa issues, advice on working part-time or recreational activities, there is a dedicated team on campus to help you. From the time your studies begin until Graduation, we are committed to providing you the support required to ensure you excel in your studies and make your time with us stimulating, enjoyable and beneficial.

You also need to feel safe at all times. Working during study breaks can be a good way to support yourself and gain work experience. However, avoid taking the late shifts, especially if you need to take public transport home.  Our orientation covers topics on being ‘street smart’ and we organise sessions with the local police and transport authorities to talk to our new students.

Living on your own can be very enjoyable. Although you’ll have to cook, clean and do the laundry yourself, you will be able to make new friends who are on a similar journey as you, experiencing a new culture in another country together.  

You will experience an incredible journey, rich in academic and personal discoveries.


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CQUniversity campuses Thu, 04 Mar 2010 22:35:02 +0000

Hi again! When you are reading this blog I will either be in Surabaya in Indonesia or Bangkok in Thailand. I’m very lucky to be able to travel internationally and visit such fantastic countries and meet new people!


Today I thought I might write a short blog about the university and some of the choices offered to our students.


CQUniversity was originally founded by the government in 1967 in Rockhampton, which is a friendly rural city in Central Queensland (this is also how we got the name Central Queensland University). In the 1990’s, CQUniversity was the first university to specialise in teaching international students and over the years opened campuses in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast. One comment I often hear from students and parents is “Why so many campuses?” Well, with 5 main campuses to choose from students have the luxury of being able to choose their lifestyle while studying in Australia as well as choosing a city appropriate for their budget. At CQUniversity, we value that we are flexible and try and adapt to our students.


In order to try and explain some of the lifestyles available I would normally describe each city in the following way:


Sydney is the largest city in Australia and is the business and finance capital of Australia, and is generally the most popular choice for international students. Sydney is a large international city (but not as large as Jakarta, Bangkok, HCMC etc) and is very fast paced with a lot of things to do and see, such as the Harbour through to the beaches. I am biased but I think Sydney is definitely my favourite city in Australia!


Melbourne is the second largest city and I would describe it as being the sporting and cultural capital of Australia. One of the words most often used to describe Melbourne is ‘European’, as it has many cobbled streets, small laneways and a lot of al fresco cafes! It is also very multicultural and there are so many different choices in cuisine and for students from SE Asia it also has a real winter, and is approximately 3 hours from the snow fields!


Brisbane is the third largest city, and is a good balance between being a big city but not too big. The people in Brisbane are generally quite friendly and relaxed and I would normally say “still Aussie”. Brisbane is very nice and a lot of activities can be found on the fringe of the CBD.


Gold Coast is a popular tourist destination famous for its white sand beaches, and for those interested in the beach lifestyle, our campus is about a 15 minute walk to the beach! Because of this location we often get study abroad students from USA, Canada and Europe!


Rockhampton is a small country city, but because of this the environment is very nice, friendly and natural – we even have some kangaroos on the campus! The university is very embedded within the local community so students can have a real Aussie experience!


With 5 choices of lifestyle and budget students can choose what is best for them – and if you have any questions please post some replies, I am happy to answer your questions. Have a great day!



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CQUniversity Sydney Open Day spreads buzz on campus life Thu, 04 Mar 2010 04:00:05 +0000

A mix of entertainment, relaxation and professional advice made the recent ‘Open Day’ at CQUniversity Sydney worthwhile for students.

 Prospective students were invited to participate in organised events and learn about the operations and support services of an international and information-networked university campus.

There were opportunities for students to relax and mingle with marketing staff, inquire about programs of study, listen to short presentations from lecturing staff, chat to currently enrolled students and participate in guessing competitions.

The day kicked off with a warm welcome by CQUniversity’s marketing team led by State Recruitment Manager, Tony Edbrooke. After light refreshments, the students listened to some words of wisdom from lecturing staff Dr Rohan de Silva and Paul Krust.

Dr de Silva spoke of the differences between “hard information technology” and “soft information systems” and emphasised the practical skills students would gain from studying the interactive character of information systems. He highlighted a number of jobs suitable to graduates such as analyst programmer, database developer, IT support, business systems analyst and project coordinator. IT students were encouraged to join the professional Australian Computer Society.

Paul Krust introduced students to ‘Marketing as a Career’. Marketing was at the “centre of a business strategy” and marketers needed to use “tools of analysis” to make good marketing decisions. The growth of business services meant the top “4 jobs” for marketing were in the IT industry, retail sales, healthcare and accounting professions. The Australian Marketing Institute provided professional recognition and opportunities for networking, he said.

During the lunch break Tony Edbrooke had a number of prizes, including an IPod Shuffle, to give away to some lucky students. He was assisted by Learning Skills Unit Manager, Professor Ross Lehman, who informed the students of the excellent learning and employment support services offered by Sydney campus.

The afternoon was rounded off with a guided tour of the campus.

All agreed that the event had been a great success and by the end of the day more than 100 prospective students had filed through the campus.

Special thanks should go to the campus marketing staff, the special support services staff, the academic presenters and all those people who helped to make Open Day a great success.

Dr Chris Keane

Economics Lecturer

Course Coordinator



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What do students want from an Australian education? Wed, 03 Mar 2010 22:15:53 +0000

Hi! My name is James Bell and I am the Regional Manager of CQUniversity Australia. While I am based at the Sydney campus, I spend a lot of time travelling throughout Asia, and I’m currently writing this blog from Medan in Indonesia as part of the Study in Australia Exhibition. While I am travelling throughout Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam over the coming weeks, I will be making some posts to chat with you about studying in Australia, studying at CQUniversity and any other topics that arise.


During my travels I counsel a lot of students and parents on studying in Australia, and I am always struck by the similarities between the questions I am asked. I’ve come to realise that when students and their families are asking me questions about what program to study or where to study in Australia they are actually asking a far more significant and important question – “What sort of job and career will I be able to acheive by studying in Australia?”. Education has changed from even a decade ago, and nowadays the reason why we go to university to study is to either get a good job and a good salary, or get a better job and better salary.


One of the positives about CQUniversity is that we are somewhat different in our approach – we specialise in teaching international students, and given the high degree of intercultural integration on our 5 campuses, CQUniversity has what I often describe as a “real global village environment”. Many companies highly value graduates with strong intercultural communication skills, especially given the multicultural nature of Australian society and the degree of globalisation most companies operate in.


CQUniversity has good graduate outcomes – our students typically get a job within 4 months of graduating and typically earn a higher than average starting salary. Depending on the degree you study in Australia, you can earn quite a good salary particularly if you work in Australia when you graduate!


If you have any questions please feel free to chat with me on this blog and I look forward to speaking with you soon! Have a great day!



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International student welfare in Australia Fri, 26 Feb 2010 03:54:16 +0000


Despite the emotion surrounding this topic currently within Australian international education sector you can be assured that Australia is still one of the safest countries to visit and study in around the World.  For students and families who come to any State of Australia, community groups, security and police services, welfare services in institutions are supportive and protective of visitors and residents alike. 

Yes, you will read of incidents in the media, but most often these are over reported.  Yesterday I was in a taxi cab driven by Mr. Sumit Patel from India, a recent graduate from two different universities in Australia, and holds both undergraduate and masters degrees in Information Systems. 


His experience shared with me was of a welcoming and caring one from within the community he lives as well as the universities he studied in.  He asked me to pass on that he chose Australia from among the other choices he had, because the many friends he had here indicated that they had had positive experiences.  Even in his part-time work driving a taxi, as he prepares to find employment in his now qualified and chosen profession, has been safe and non-threatening. 

Sumit has lived and/or visited a number of States in Australia and states that his experience has been uniformly positive.  He asked that I share his thoughts through the various interactions I have and therefore share these with you via this blog.


Professor Ken Hawkins (PhD, FAIM, FAICD)
DVC (International) – Chief Executive Officer


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