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Further study in focus at Postgraduate Welcome



4 March 2013

Ashlee Carton and Lucy Mtonga
Ashlee Carton (L) with commencing Master of International Student Lucy Mtonga (R) at the faculty's Postgraduate Welcome.

As the new study year begins in earnest, more than 300 commencing postgraduate students filled the Great Hall for a special welcome special ceremony at the University of Sydney.

The driving rain couldn't dampen the enthusiastic spirit that charged the room as both coursework and research students from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Education and Social Work mingled over canapes and drinks.

As Professor Duncan Ivison, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, noted before the crowd, both the welcome event and the courses embarked upon are entirely centred on the new postgraduate students.

"For us, learning is always a two-way street," he said. "We learn as much from you as you will learn from us, and we really see you as partners in the learning experience; as part of the academic community that you are now joining."

While acknowledging that many students were commencing postgraduate study to extend themselves in their chosen career paths, Professor Ivison also highlighted the unique opportunities further study offers to pursue academic rigour.

"Take advantage of being in a research-intensive atmosphere. It's a wonderful time to really think big thoughts, and to truly delve into the areas you are passionate about."

International student Lucy Mtonga is ready to commence a Master of International Studies after arriving in Sydney on an Australia Awards scholarship from Zambia. She said she plans to enhance her existing policy analysis skills by applying the lessons learned to her current post in the Zambian foreign office.

"The course will strengthen my critical thinking abilities, my advisory abilities as well as leadership abilities," she said. "I think it's really going to build up my career and give me the sort of direction and specialisation that I needed, and I'll study among the best."

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