March 2018    


Scientia Education Academy Lecture Series: 'Successful postgraduate supervision? Enhancing HDR students' quality of life' with Professor Chihiro Thomson

Postgraduate Research students, otherwise known as HDR (Higher Degree Research) students, are here at UNSW to be trained as future researchers and academics.  

Unlike undergraduate programs, which have been shaped into systematic and articulated processes with ample support for student campus life, HDR programs are largely dependent on each supervisor, only regulated by the yearly progression review process. This leaves some HDR students at a loss, especially in humanities disciplines in which traditional supervision practices have heavily depended on one-on-one consultation between students and their supervisors.

In this talk, I introduce an alternative supervision practice model of the HDR Study Group, based on the concepts of Communities of Practice (CoP,Wenger 1998), and Boundary Crossing (e.g., Engestrom 2012), using my own practice of hosting a Japanese HDR study group and extending the activities of the group beyond the boundary of my discipline and UNSW. The model has worked well in supporting HDR students in the timely completion of their degrees as well as in offering quality HDR life. This practice has been recognised in the form of the Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award in the category of HDR supervision in 2017.

When: 22 March 2018, 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Free public event, UNSW
Venue: Tyree Room, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Sydney

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Hansen Lecturer, Asian Studies: Call for applications, The University of Melbourne 

The University of Melbourne's School of Historical and Philosophical Studies is looking for a fixed term lecturer at their Parkville campus.

The Hansen Lecturer will be a History specialist in some area of Asian history since 1500, with suitable research, language capability, a capacity for teaching excellence and a commitment to and enthusiasm for the university teaching of History. Preference may be given to applicants with expertise in north-east Asian or Vietnamese history and more broadly to areas that will complement existing Asian history capacity.

For more information about the position see 
For more information about the Hansen Trust see 

Close of applications 6 April 2018.

Critical Content-Based Instruction International Symposium: Call for Proposals EXTENDED 
As advised in a previous newsletter the Critical Content-Based Instruction (CCBI) International Symposium will be held June 30 to July 1 2018 at Musashino University, Tokyo.

The call for papers has been extended to 31st March 2018 (5pm Japan time)

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Aoyama Gakuin University International Short Program 

Applications are now open for Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU) International Short Program 2018, a 2-week in-country program on Japanese language and culture in the heart of Tokyo.
The program takes place 9 – 20 July at the university’s main campus, which is located in the dynamic and stylish district of Aoyama in the heart Tokyo, only 10 minute walk from the world-famous Shibuya crossing.

For further information and application, visit, or contact Tomoko Horikawa (Liaison Officer, Aoyama Gakuin University Sydney Office) at +61 2 9510 0360 or .

Application deadline: 1 May 2018   


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