News for International School Counsellors

July 2014

Sustainability on campus

A group of young, upcoming leaders, who were here on a two week Trinity College Young Leaders Program, were taken on a “walk and talk” tour to show them some of the practical ways that sustainability is practised at the University. Recycling waste material, composting food scraps, refilling water bottles using water fountains across campus, bicycle parking and the use of Keep Cups are some of the sustainable practices encouraged on campus.

“After seeing many examples of sustainability practices in Melbourne University, this idea caught my attention. The bicycle parking space which included bicycle pump and bike mending tools for free is a great idea. Also the free breakfast on Ride to Work Day encourages students and staff to participate and cause zero pollution for the environment.” says David, from Wego Private Bilingual Senior High School in Taipei.

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing an exceptional learning and research environment that fosters a passion in sustainability. Recycling, waste, energy, water, building design, transport and procurement are embedded through our education curriculum and research.

In addition to our existing 5 star sustainable buildings, the University of Melbourne’s new architecture building to be opened in 2015, has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star Education Design rating, and has become the only building to ever be awarded all 10 innovation points under Green Star.

Staff and student networks are active advocates in helping the university reach its sustainability targets.

The students on South Lawn. Solar panels on the Alan Gilbert Building can be seen in the background.

A bicycle repair and pump station at our Parkville campus.

Another impressive ranking!

The University was ranked 18th out of 301 participating institutions under the UI Greenmetric Ranking of World Universities (2013), an international sustainability benchmarking survey.

Open Day 2014

A warm welcome to all visitors to see our campus and learn about our suite of world class undergraduate and graduate university degrees. Find out how your students can apply to the University, and the many services we offer them.

DATE: 17 August 2014, 10.00am to 4.00pm
VENUE: Parkville and Southbank campuses

There is a lot to see and do. Plan your Open Day to ensure you get the most out of your visit.

Tips for newly commencing students in July and six must-dos during O-Week

1. Attend sessions run by your faculty
This is your opportunity to meet staff, find out about services and resources in your faculty and meet other students you will be studying with. Start planning your itinerary to see what sessions your faculty is holding.

2. Visit the Student Services Fair
Get amongst University life at the Student Services Fair on Thursday 24 July from 1pm-3pm in North Court at Union House. Pick up loads of freebies and discover more about what your Student Services and the Student Union can do for you!

3. Attend a Study and Life Support Session
These workshops have been designed to give you the top tips in settling into university life and set you up for study success. Check out the full listing of sessions when creating your itinerary.

4. Attend Sporting Clubs Day
Interested in sport? Or just meeting new people? Come along to the Sporting Clubs Day from 11am - 3pm in North Court, Union House on Wednesday 23 July to speak to a representative from one of the 40 Melbourne University recreational, competitive and instructional clubs or to find out more about what Melbourne University Sport has to offer you.

5. Get involved in the Host program
Join a host group on a guided tour around campus to get oriented, make new friends, and learn some handy tips to navigate the maze that is university life. Visit the University of Melbourne Student Union O-Week website to find a host and get more information on O-Week events.

6. Join a Student Club
Joining a club is the easiest way to make new friends with people who share your interests. Be sure to attend the Clubs & Societies Day from 12-3pm on Friday 25 July and check out the other student events on campus to see our diverse offering of student groups.

From School to University

Kevin Lee Shen Yee, from Singapore is pursing the Bachelor of Biomedicine. “During the semester I study a lot. The lectures provide a wealth of information and details which require understanding and analysis. This work is then used to guide practical laboratory classes and assist with tutorials.” But Kevin also found out that it’s not all work at uni. Social life on campus provides a welcome balance, and there are more than 190 student clubs and 40 sporting clubs that provide a variety of activities. Kevin himself easily found a place and friends to hang out with between classes. “Outside of class, I enjoy spending time with friends from the Melbourne University Breakdancing Club.”

What’s on in Melbourne?

Melbourne is always buzzing with activity. This month, the Melbourne International Film Festival begins. The annual Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is one of the oldest film festivals in the world and the most significant screen event in Australia. MIFF showcases the very best of Australian cinema, as well as international premieres and other global cinema.