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Postgraduate retreat

Interdisciplinary collaboration

Postgraduate students researching Southeast Asia are invited to attend our annual postgraduate retreat. Over 3 days, the program builds collaborative research skills, communication skills, and interdisciplinary approaches.

When: November 2017 (dates TBD)

Where: Clerks Room, The Mint, 10 Macquarie St, Sydney

Collaboration is a critical but challenging part of doing effective and relevant research, especially when it involves working with people and institutions in other disciplines and from other countries. In this postgraduate retreat, we will focus on understanding the different forms that collaboration can take and how you can prepare for engaging in meaningful collaborations as a researcher. 

As we all know, the best way to learn about something is to teach it to others. Those who participate in this retreat will develop a unit-of-study designed for research students, teaching them how to prepare for interdisciplinary collaboration with partners in Southeast Asia, or on a topic related to Southeast Asia. Participants will receive guidance from teaching experts across the University to prepare a ‘pitch’ for a new unit of study, and the best pitch will be offered a small prize.

Retreat information

Day 1

09:30   Welcome

09.45   Session 1: The challenge

11.00   Morning tea

11.30   Session 2: Why collaborate

13.00   Lunch

14.00   Session 3: Working collaboratively across disciplines

15.00   Afternoon tea

15.30   Session 3: Working collaboratively across countries

16.30   Close

Day 2

09.30   Session 5: Developing your own collaboration strategy

11.00   Morning tea

11.30   Session 6: Principles of designing a course

13.00   Lunch

14.00   Session 7: Thinking about assessment

15.00   Afternoon tea

15.30   Session 8: Draft presentations

16.30   Close

Day 3

09.30   Session 9: Presentations (1)

11.00   Morning tea

11.30   Session 10: Presentations (2)

13.00   Lunch

14.00   Session 11: Developing a teaching portfolio

15.00   Afternoon tea

15.30   Session 12: Close

2016: Interdisciplinary collaboration

2015: Finding your voice

2014: Working across disciplines

2013: Contextualising the thesis in Southeast Asia