15 March 2010

100 years on, and the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources is delighted to welcome new undergraduate into its range of degrees, including the brand new three-year Bachelor of Environmental Systems.

Theo Wicks, Benjamin Romeo, Thomas Graham Jephrett, Brendan O'Keeffe, Jordan, Perkins, Edward Aczel, James Petesic, Peter Scott, Bryan Houng-Lee, Erin Lockhart, Rachel Wallee, Jane Raymand, William Macaulay, Anastasia Moore, Maree Kilroy, Adam Briggs, Angus Lees, Matthew Ronald Hyde, Clifford Ho, Henri Portet, William Lin, Justin Chow, Tessa Gastrell, Millicent Smith, Amy Forbes, Tom Morgan, Chan Shi Hwee, Ruiyi Gao, Hayley Gritching, Joseph O'Halloran, Ben Harris, Victoria Dawson, Kieran Allen, Jack Luxford, Alex Gu, Taishi Tanaka, Ken Peng, Yajun Huang, Liqing Zhang, Daria Sosna, George Robinson, Sean Hyslop, Mathew Hamilton, Jou Hsuan Wu, Dominic Campbell, Marie Johnston, Michaela Yee, Karen Loucos, Eliot Hoving.

Pictured are some of the first-year students joining the Faculty in its Agriculture Centenary year. It is a Faculty tradition, beginning in the 1900s, to photograph "freshers" on the steps of the historic R.D. Watt Building, named after Australia's first Professor of Agriculture, Robert Dickie Watt. Professor Watt was appointed in 1910.

The Faculty is celebrating in style throughout 2010 with events and activities for alumni and friends, and prospective students.

Agriculture Dean, Professor Mark Adams believes that the Faculty's 2010 new students had made excellent degree choices, "Today's students have been shaped by the technologies of our age-the internet, mobile phones, YouTube, social networking; and by global issues like climate change, food security and the implications of a post-September 11 world. There are now many more ways of engaging in the world at large than in all preceding generations. Our high-achieving first-years, enrolling in our 100th year in 2010, are evidence of this. They are our future. They will change the world as our alumni before them have done. "

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, the Faculty's signature multidisciplinary science degree, continues to attract high-achieving students. It addresses issues which play an important part in the future of Australia given predictions of global food shortages, rural socio-economics and climate change.

What First-Years Said

Victoria (Claire) Dawson is studying the new Bachelor of Environmental Systems degree ( from Abbotsleigh College), and has always had a passion for anything to do with biology and the environment. She wanted to go to Sydney University as it is a great university offering exactly the subjects she is interested in.

"It reminds me of a legendary university like Oxford with traditions, history, spacious grounds, and a great reputation," she said, "My parents were an influence as they raise agricultural issues all the time, it's in my blood .... and Dad studied in the same faculty I'm in."

Claire feels excited being one of the first students in the new degree, "I'll be setting the standard, I feel like a prototype!"

Her father, senior communication professional at Cox Inall Communications, David Dawson says that it's an urban myth that agriculture is in a 'sunset' situation.

"The reality is that it is fast becoming more technical and scientific, more productive and profitable, and there are ever-increasing opportunities for people who have the skills and interest.Given the strong links that agriculture has with natural resources and the environment, an Environmental Systems degree that brings all three together in Sydney University's Faculty of Agriculture is an obvious choice for any person who wishes to get involved in a sunrise industry. With concerns over future food security there is very considerable investment occurring in agriculture, and the resulting opportunities are being rewarded."

Dominic Campbell is studying a Bachelor of Resource Economics ( from Newington College) and has a brother studying horticulture in third year.

"My brother has had great experiences in the Faculty, so I checked out the campus on Open Day and was impressed by the Faculty's Student Ambassadors who told me about the courses, and made me feel comfortable," he commented, "It seemed much friendlier than other places, and really looks after its students."

He chose a degree in Resource Economics because it's the best way to tackle the big issues, "It all leads to environmental policy later, and that's what I want to do."

He expects that first-year will be tough as you master a range of areas but appreciates that as a smaller Faculty it has more time for students, and he won't get forgetten.

Scholarship-winner Adam Briggs is studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics ( from St Edward's School in Gosford) because he's interested in the application of knowledge to issues that will most likely affect future generations,"This degree gives me more direction, and addresses issues that link to the environment. As a surfer I appreciate nature, and feel seriously about the future."

He expects that first-year will be an exploration, "We're all in the same boat ... then we'll go out in all directions to follow our interests."

Contact: Ms Skaidy Gulbis

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