Becki Bradley är Europe Coordinator på Macquarie University i Sydney som vi på Blueberry jobbar med. Hon hjälper internationella studenter att välja rätt program eller kurser för sina utlandsstudier i Australien. Här ger hon dig allt du behöver veta om att plugga på Sydneys tredje största universitet!
Hi Becki! Name 3 things that makes Macquarie stand out compared to other Australian universities?
1: Our programs: they are very practical and well rounded. We have listened to what employers say that they would like their graduate employees to be like. We have a lot of practical elements, for example our compulsory PACE subjects, in our Undergraduate programs, and our Internships in our Postgraduate programs.
2: Our campus: we are a single campus university, with everything on one campus. All of our classrooms, the library, the sports centre, the train station, accommodation- everything you could possibly need is in one place.
3: Our facilities: more than a billion dollars has been spent on our facilities recently, and we are still working on improving them. Our sports centre is amazing. We have two swimming pools, tennis courts, squash courts, basketball, football, etc. The sporting facilities are so good that we have some professional teams training on campus. Our library also deserves a special mention as it is run by robots, or to be more correct it has a fully automated retrieval system.
What do people find the most surprising about your university?
I think people are very surprised at the size of our campus. It is very close to the city, but we have huge parklands and a lake. It is very green and peaceful, which is also surprising when you realise that we are in the middle of Sydney. It’s almost like a small town, with everything that you need, all in one convenient location. It is also very modern; our library is stunning, and has only recently been built. We have one of the best sports centres that I have seen on a university campus. We have spent more than a billion dollars over the last few years improving our facilities, and we are continuing to improve them. It’s also a vibrant university, there is always something happening on campus, from farmer’s markets, to cultural celebrations or music events.
How many students do you have and how many of them are international students?
We have around 40,000 students, and 25% of them come from over 100 countries. We are a very international university.
Are there any specific programs or courses that are extra popular among international students?
Business tends to be most popular, particularly in the Postgraduate areas. Our graduate business school MGSM is extremely highly ranked. Psychology and Linguistics are also very popular.
Do you have a favorite of your own you would like to recommend?
My favorite is the Media courses. We have amazing facilities, with professional equipment, including a recording studio, radio station, film studios and state of the art editing equipment.
Another program that I think is impressive is our Global Leadership Program. This is an extra-curricular program, which is free, and it really allows students to stand out from the crowd by developing leadership and interpersonal skills.
What are the best things about the university’s location in Sydney?
We are 15 kilometres away from the centre of Sydney so you can escape the madness of the city centre, but you are still close enough to easily go into the city if you want to experience the “vibe”. Because we are not in the city centre, accommodation is much cheaper too and we have a lot more space than most city centre universities. We are in a public transport hub , with our own train station and the bus station at the Macquarie shopping centre next door. International students in Australia are able to work 40 hours a fortnight, so having a large shopping centre next door is also great for work opportunities.
Except exploring the fantastic city of Sydney, what field trips are an absolute must when studying at Macquarie?
There are some lovely places within easy reach of Macquarie. I think one lovely place to go would be the Blue Mountains, but when people think of Australia, they think about beaches, and we have loads of beaches nearby like Balmoral or Mona Vale.
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