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Challenge the expected in
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Deakin University's course curriculum integrates real-world expertise with practical skills to give our students a competitive edge.

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Marija Pericic Creating Unique Perspectives

Marija claimed the Vogel Award early in 2017 with her first novel, ‘The Lost Pages.’ Marija’s book explored the relationship between novelist Franz Kafka, and his biographer Max Brod from an alternative fictional perspective. She questioned the relationship between art and artist and provided a fresh lens from which to view these historic literary characters. Pericic teaches English as a foreign language at Deakin, taking the same, innovative approach as she displays in The Lost Pages, to teach comprehensive communicative skills to her students.

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Rebecca Scott

“Traditionally we’ve thought of homelessness as an accommodation or shelter problem, but there is a whole constellation of issues that we could have addressed for these people prior to them becoming homeless. So, we wanted to build a new structure in social enterprise that not only looked at each person’s specific needs, but provided young people with the skills they needed to progress in life.”

Deakin University's course curriculum integrates real-world expertise with practical skills to give our students a competitive edge.

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Otha Akoch Forging a Path for a New Generation

In 2002, Otha Akoch arrived in Melbourne and dedicated his life to the resettlement of refugees in rural Victoria, eventually choosing Warrnambool for his own relocation. In his role as a Refugee Support Officer at Warrnambool City Council, Otha was a crucial part of the Warrnambool Settlement Project, and was awarded for his contributions to the establishment of a Sudanese community in the area. In 2013, he became the first Sudanese refugee to graduate from Deakin University’s Warrnambool campus, he is currently studying his Masters.

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Rebecca Scott

“Traditionally we’ve thought of homelessness as an accommodation or shelter problem, but there is a whole constellation of issues that we could have addressed for these people prior to them becoming homeless. So, we wanted to build a new structure in social enterprise that not only looked at each person’s specific needs, but provided young people with the skills they needed to progress in life.”

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Shannan Gove Finding the right career path through work experience

"People in the sports industry wrote us off because we were young, but when we started an events company we saw the need to develop software to scale our business. Without the power of thinking young, things would have been next to impossible. Today we have great contracts in major events like the Superbowl, using this software to manage entire workforces around the world."

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Dr Jaclyn Broadbent

“I can have 1500 students and connect with all of them through technology. All my practices involve taking technology, experimenting with it, and using it to my advantage to make connections with my students.”

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Deakin University's course curriculum integrates real-world expertise with practical skills to give our students a competitive edge.

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Dr Claudio Bozzi Developing Dynamic Lawyers to Lead an Age of Digital Disruption

Dr Claudio Bozzi is pragmatic when it comes to equipping Deakin law students with the skills for a future of technological disruption.The Lecturer co-founded the Deakin Law Clinics in mid-2016, to give real-world, practical experience to Deakin law students. His work includes founding the Venture Law Clinic, which provides free legal advice to start-up companies in the new technology sector, and serves as a valuable resource for newcomers lacking the funds for direct, legal representation. The Venture Clinic addresses the need to employ new thinking around the use of emerging technologies, and the markets they create, which are often being legislated for the very first time. Dr Bozzi is a practising barrister with expertise in commercial law, and the co-editor of the Deakin Law Review.

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Dr Jaclyn Broadbent

“I can have 1500 students and connect with all of them through technology. All my practices involve taking technology, experimenting with it, and using it to my advantage to make connections with my students.”

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Troy Townsend Moving into unknown tech territory

Deakin commerce graduate Troy Townsend founded social media marketing start-up Tiger Pistol five years ago. Despite struggling for early investors, Troy convinced critics that his new digital marketing initiative would be key to the future success of small businesses. After forging ahead into unknown territory, Tiger Pistol is now a preferred Facebook marketing partner, with thousands of customers around the world.

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Tom Keel

“Homelessness is a chronic societal issue, and it’s never going to end if we follow the traditional, high-cost approach of trying to accomodate rough sleepers into residential housing. So, we reframed the problem of homelessness as people without ‘shelter.’ This allowed us to move away from property and construction to find new ideas like Sleep Station.”

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Deakin University's course curriculum integrates real-world expertise with practical skills to give our students a competitive edge.

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Candice McKenzie Campaigning for Indigenous health education

Candice gained qualifications in education while raising a foster child when she was just 18. She is now the Coordinator of Indigenous Medical Education at Deakin University. Using her perspective as an Indigenous Australian and her education experience, Candice aims to not only help people understand aboriginal culture and health, but create a culture of inclusivity and build a better future for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

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Tom Keel

“Homelessness is a chronic societal issue, and it’s never going to end if we follow the traditional, high-cost approach of trying to accomodate rough sleepers into residential housing. So, we reframed the problem of homelessness as people without ‘shelter.’ This allowed us to move away from property and construction to find new ideas like Sleep Station.”

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The university where new thinking never gets old

Our commitment to drive higher education's digital frontier manifests in many ways, from world-class facilities to our experiential learning approach.

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World-class School of Medicine

Study with Deakin's School of Medicine, ranked in the top 150 in the world according to the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities. Access quality medicine teaching and research alongside high-performing students.

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Best online MBA in Australia

Deakin's online MBA program is ranked among the top 20 in the world – and the best in Australia – by prestigious university rankings Quacquarelli Symonds. Study with a business school renowned for its flexibility and real-world connections.

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Study with a global reach

Wherever you are in the world, you can study or collaborate with Deakin. Deakin's global network offers personal relationships that support student learning, an enriching student experience and future-focused research and industry collaborations.

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Virtual Reality Lab

Walk through virtual reality representations of products and scenarios that are yet to be realised, see lifelike 3D projections and experience sensory feedback in the first university lab of its kind in the world.

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Online learning revolution

Join the thousands of students currently studying online via Deakin's Cloud Campus. Online students access the same academics and resources as on-campus students, and enjoy the ultimate flexibility to study anywhere anytime.

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CADET: NEXT-GENERATION DESIGN

Explore design possibilities in our cutting-edge Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET), prototyping your ideas with computer modelling, virtual reality environments, 3D printing, the high-voltage lab and more.

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Motion.Lab

Study motion capture and interactive performance in the first movement development lab of its kind in an Australian university. Our Motion.Lab merges movement, art and technology to produce cutting-edge creative work.

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Telstra Trading Room

Gain first-hand experience in a state-of-the-art trading room that functions like an interbank FX trading floor. Deakin is one of the only universities in Australia to offer trading curriculum in a high-tech experiential learning space.

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Future-ready graduates

We give all graduates the tools to succeed in the real-world. See what it takes to be an entrepreneur in one of our Spark programs, develop your personal brand through DeakinTalent, and gain essential skills for the professional world.

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3D Gait Lab

Work with the latest movement analysis technology in our Gait Lab. Produce a 3D assessment of a person's biomechanics, recording movement patterns while they walk, and see how the pattern compares in the world's largest gait database.

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Don't just study history,
start creating it

Join a boundary-pushing university, with more than 17 research institutes, facilities and centres that advance knowledge, better humanity and preserve our planet.

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Professor Ying (Ian) Chen A new approach to clean up oil spills

Deakin scientists have manufactured a super-absorbent material called boron nitride nanosheet, described as the most exciting advancement in oil spill clean-up technology in decades. Conventional clean-up methods such as skimming and burning oil are inefficient and cause environmental damage, so a research team led by Professor Chen cast aside these methods and approached the problem in a new way, creating a highly porous nanosheet, which floats on top of the spill absorbing oil and repelling clean water.

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Associate Professor Felice Jacka A different perspective on mental health

“Deakin has allowed me a lot of autonomy in my research, and autonomy is important in being able to do good research because, I think, research is as much art as it is science. It requires creative thinking, a big picture view, being able to see patterns in data and making connections between disparate disciplines. It’s at the intersection between different disciplines that new knowledge is found.”

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Dr Sophie Goldingay Rehabilitation through play, not punishment

Rather than seeking to punish criminals, Dr Sophie Goldingay believes play therapy could be key to rehabilitating them. Working in Deakin's School of Health and Social Development, Dr Goldingay helped develop an innovative 'play therapy' program to reshape mindsets, increase empathy and develop new cognitive abilities through play. Dr Goldingay's research is looking beyond the tradition of penalty and imprisonment, taking a creative new approach to criminal rehabilitation.

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Dr Mazher Mohammed A high-tech solution 55 years in the making

Deakin University researcher Dr Mazher Mohammed has helped to make a dream come true for an Australian woman who lost her left ear in a car crash 55 years ago. Through a mixture of art, science and innovation Dr Mohammed and his team 3D printed a near-perfect silicon reproduction of patient Claire Murray's ear, which was then attached to tiny titanium rods implanted in her skull. This is just one of a growing number of medical milestones for 3D printing around the world.

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Dr Ben Horan Tapping into the potential of virtual reality

Director of Deakin's Virtual Reality Lab Dr Ben Horan is using virtual reality to reimagine educational experiences. Working with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Dr Horan helped develop 'Trinity', a virtual pregnant woman. Now midwifery students can learn by doing, supporting Trinity through a virtual delivery complete with sight, touch and sound. Combining traditional medical skills with cutting-edge technology, Dr Horan's unconventional approach is helping prepare top midwives for the future.

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Dr Jordan Vincent Communicating creativity through dance and robotics

As a researcher in Deakin's cutting-edge Motion.Lab, Dr Jordan Vincent takes her background in dance and merges it with technology in creative new ways. Researchers in her field often have trouble presenting their academic work, because it's performance based, rather than text based. Dr Vincent is part of a team addressing this issue, creating a new way to communicate performance-based research through Pinoke, an artificially intelligent robot that communicates with humans through movement.

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Professor Yong Xiang Future-focused wildlife conservation

A Deakin research team led by Professor Yong Xiang from the School of Information Technology is developing a revolutionary artificial intelligence system to track animals across Victoria's national parks. Tracking animal numbers is key to understanding a park's ecosystem, but notoriously patchy and time consuming. Prof. Xiang's new system will utilise machine learning and pattern recognition to detect animals within sensor camera images, gathering highly accurate data that has never before been available in such detail.

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Dr Edward Podolski Sunshine and happiness in the workplace

Deakin Business School's Dr Edward Podolski is interested in how human mood influences the workplace and greater economy. But instead of looking at mood boosters and busters such as workplace culture or office perks, Dr Podolski turned to look at the weather in his research. He has discovered the best ideas often happen when we're feeling optimistic, and the weather has a subtle but real effect on optimism, and therefore productivity and the economy.

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Join a boundary-pushing university, with more than 17 research institutes, facilities and centres that advance knowledge, better humanity and preserve our planet.

Dr Jane Dai A creative take on creating liquid plasma

Deakin scientist Dr Jane Dai has developed a ground-breaking new technique for creating liquid plasma. This world-first could transform fields from agriculture to biomedicine and nanoscience, which rely on the use of plasma. Until now scientists have found generating plasma in liquid difficult and energy inefficient. Dr Dai's creative new approach to create liquid plasma is more efficient and cheaper, plus it's founded on a truly simple idea – blowing bubbles in liquid with a straw.

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