Studying at the University of Melbourne: How To Be Prepared

Why choose UniMelb?

One of the top reasons why prospective students apply to the University of Melbourne is because of its ranking. Just this year, it ranked 32 in the World University Rankings.

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When I was looking to apply for a master’s degree, I did the same, unaware of the many factors that go behind deciding these uni ranks. I recently read an article by Maggy Liu in Farrago Magazine where she mentions the university’s less than perfect results in surveys that take into account – student support and teaching quality. Just like any other university, the University of Melbourne has areas where it can improve and continues to work towards its development.

Scholarships and employment opportunities at the University of Melbourne

One of the many common questions I get asked by international students is about scholarships. There’s a tiny window of opportunity here and checking out this and this will help you find out more information.

Prospective students (and sometimes even professionals) often ask about the job opportunities after graduation. It’s a hard question to answer since a lot of factors come into play in this scenario. Contrary to how I thought the world move forward, hesitant governments and companies are raising visa concerns for foreigners, including international students. With the constantly changing visa rules, immigration scene, Australian Skilled Occupation List (SOL), its hard to confidently state getting a job is easy. A lot of networking, hard work and dare I say luck – goes into helping you get a job down under. Continue reading “Studying at the University of Melbourne: How To Be Prepared”

Her Art: Exploring Feminism at the University of Melbourne

This 4-minute audiovisual piece explores feminism and its representation through different art forms by Fine Arts students at the University of Melbourne.

Feminism in Fine Arts, that emerged in the late 1960s, allies with the idea of postmodernism to demonstrate the civil and queer rights. Today, Fine Arts allows artists to showcase their perspectives about the world through and highlight the influences, including transformation of stereotypes about gender identity and equality. Feminism has been a controversial issue not only in the society but also inside the University of Melbourne. According to Fairbanks, the University of Melbourne formed a Women’s Working Group in 1975, aiming to implement equal opportunity policies. Besides, Women’s Liberation Group from the Student Union has continuously organized significant demonstrations on campus. Hence, we believe that our project has the high potential to strike a chord among university students and staffs.

In our production, the featured students have contrasting cultural backgrounds but share a common goal to embrace and empower women in contemporary society throughout their art-making process. This mini-doco is about how two female Bachelor of Fine Arts students (Chi Nguyen and Samantha Hargreaves) present their concerns and interest in feminism at the university.

The piece represents passion for arts and aims to trigger the audience’s inner feminist as well as motivate female students to make a breakthrough in their careers as well as daily lives.

Shiyao Yu: Camera operator
Hoang Ha Vien: Editor
Prachi Tyagi: Producer, interviewer

A huge thanks to Dr. Steven McIntyre and Megan Beckwith along with Daniel Hayward.

(Apologies for the typo in Samantha’s name in the video)

I didn’t ask Alexa who Scott Galloway is…

I didn’t ask Alexa who Scott Galloway was, but I did happen to Google him because our persistent professors at the University of Melbourne kept mentioning how he’s the ultimate marketing guru. With my last semester almost out of the way, I took the opportunity to use time spent on my commute to read Scott Galloway’s The Four.

Best. Decision. Ever.

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Breaking The Menstruation Taboo – Why India needed a ‘marketing gimmick’

Flashback to seventh grade.
We were told Whisper was coming to school and there was going to be a talk about menstrual health. I personally thought this was a great opportunity to learn more and ask questions from health experts about the monthly cycle. Boys were obviously assigned to “two sports” periods while the girls went to this secret seminar.

This is about fifteen years ago, at a well-known school in Noida.

From a hush-hush topic to the PadMan movement where celebrities, regardless of their gender, are publicly posting a picture of them with a pad in their hand – this is an imperative movement giving a chance to Indians to be more mature about women’s health.

When I first saw the trailer for PadMan, I felt a mix of emotions. Growing up in a country where when I used to go to the chemist to buy sanitary pads, I’m handed over to – either wrapped in a brown paper bag or an otherwise-never-seen black plastic bag. I wondered why. Over years of confusion and guessing, I realized girls were meant to hide these sanitary pads from everyone. This included friends, family and let’s not forget – anyone else standing around the chemist at the time of purchase.

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Picture courtesy: Instagram.com/akshaykumar

PadMan, is not only a movie openly discussing pads – it is being done so by a huge artist. Unfortunately, in a country with 74% literacy, where we claim to be forward thinking in many ways – Bollywood influences the masses more than it should.

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