A World Class Education

Uploaded by unimelb on 17.08.2011

So can you explain how the University's approach to curriculum
is unique and why it has changed it the last few years?
Its evolved because we use to teach very much into the British model of everything at under graduate level,
you come straight from school into your profession and out after three, four or five years into your profession.
In 2005 we spent a whole year thinking about this
and in 2006 we actually had a specialist committee of the whole university
that worked through this question of is there a better way to teach?
And we settled on three year under graduate degree and then a graduate degree
which for most students is two years but in some specialist areas could be three or four
that means you get a broad undergraduate education,
where you can do a major in the things that interest you
but you also have an opportunity to study things outside your core area of interest and then you go to graduate school,
and graduate school is intense and focused and highly specialised
and that model - first breadth and then depth
means that we give you a very rounded education
through your undergraduate and your graduate years.
How does the University create a valuable experience not just academically but also in terms of student life?
One of the great things about this campus is its tradition.
Its everything from the student theatre and the bands
and the sense of place to the beauty of the campus which is really quite an extraordinary place.
It's having students who are passionate about what they are doing,
it's having all those student clubs and societies that people join,
it's having colleges where so many of our students can live
and live the communal life as well as the life on campus.
It's about being at a place that's got a real buzz around it,
and thats why I think it's an exciting place to be.
Why then is the University then a good choice for a student
who already knows what career path interests them?
Many students are sure at 18 that they know what they want to do
and some of them will stay that path.
But many of them will discover during their years of education
that there are things that also interest them.
We find people come to campus with a clear idea of what they want to do
and along the way the world turns out to be a bigger and
more interesting place and there are other choices.
That said, many people will come here and do a commerce degree and then
do the law degree they were always planning to do
and that's fine, that's how it's set up.
But some of them will do the commerce degree
and decide actually this accounting thing I did turned out to be really interesting,
I might do the masters of accounting and become a professional accountant.
And what we're trying to do is to maximise the opportunities
for people to pursue the thing that most grabs their imagination.
How have the degree courses been designed to offer more flexibility
and academic breadth where needed?
By following a model in which our under graduate degrees,
our three year degrees with a fair bit of scope for our students
to choose subjects outside their core area.
Students can use those three years,
both to develop the majors that they want to develop
but also to experience some other skills.
Thats the sort of thing you make possible when you have broader undergraduate degrees
and very intense specialist graduate degrees.
It's a good combination.
How do under graduate or post graduate degrees at the University of Melbourne
prepare graduates for the work force?
It' s a really important challenge.
Most of our students say that they have found themselves well prepared
for the jobs they have taken and they found the information
they had been given, the quality of the learning,
the way they had been taught to write and to think,
all of them served them well.
So pursue your passion,
not the thing that someone else told you you should do,
pursue the thing that you think
is the thing that you really want to put your time to.