As undergraduate vet students, marching dutifully from wildlife lectures to clinical pathology tutorials to overnight shifts caring for racehorses, rabbits and rottweilers, we were told that our degree could take us anywhere. We would be open-minded, multi-skilled problem-solvers. Little did I know, however, that within four years of graduating with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science I would be taking a job on a research project aiming to improve children’s nutrition in rural African communities.

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As undergraduate vet students, marching dutifully from wildlife lectures to clinical pathology tutorials to overnight shifts caring for racehorses, rabbits and Rottweilers, we were told that our degree could take us anywhere. We would be open-minded, multi-skilled problem-solvers. Little did I know, however, that within four years of graduating with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science I would be taking a job on a research project aiming to improve children’s nutrition in rural African communities.

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Through Global Voices and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences I attended the UN climate change conference in Morocco. Joining two other Australian students, I completed a research paper on the Paris Agreement and met with policy experts and members of parliament in Canberra before flying over to Morocco for the two-week summit.

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Xin chao! My name is Rachel Haines and I have just finished my first year of the Master of Physiotherapy at USYD. I am currently in Hanoi, Vietnam, with three other students after we received a scholarship from the Hoc Mai Foundation to practice our newly acquired physiotherapy skills abroad. I am here for four weeks over November and December and am practicing at the Bach Mai Hospital.

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By Maddie Cox

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On Friday 7th October 2016, I had the honour of interviewing Dr Zahi Hawass in anticipation of his Sydney Ideas lecture at the Seymour Centre on Pyramids, Mummies, and Cleopatra held the following day. Having previously studied Egyptology, I was eager to meet the person who inspired me to study Egypt.

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A thought provoking reflection written by Sydney Uni student Bin Wang.

Bin attended a Sydney Ideas event and found that mediated platforms can strengthen mutual understanding of other cultures and countries.

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By Brian O'Callaghan

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Two weeks ago, Colleen, Zac, Cassie, Britt, Samanvay, Jaime, Dr Sakhaee and I departed on a journey which would take us to the literal opposite side of the world. Our journey would see us meet inspired young people from every corner of the globe on the United Nations General Assembly floor, engage in collaborative leadership conversations with our colleagues at Penn State University and learn from experts on how to bring real positive action for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Of course, our trip was also rounded out by exploring the city that never sleeps and engaging in the ‘cultural experiences’ made famous by American TV.

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