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APRIL 2012
Dear alumni and friends

We've relaunched our popular breakfast series Sydney Connections Breakfasts. They are a great opportunity to get together with alumni, friends and colleagues to hear from inspirational Sydney alumni. Our first breakfast will feature environmental campaigner Anna Rose on Thursday 10 May at the Four Seasons Sydney. Find out more

The University will hold a series of postgraduate roundtable events in April and May to connect you with the latest thinking and explore postgraduate study options. Find out more.

With kind regards
Tracey Beck | Director, Alumni Relations and Events
SYDNEY NEWS
Attracting the world's best students
Twenty-one academically outstanding international students will study at the University of Sydney this year after being announced as the inaugural recipients of the Sydney Achievers International Scholarships and the Dr Abdul Kalam International Scholarships.
Twenty-one academically outstanding international students will study at the University of Sydney this year after being announced as the inaugural recipients of the Sydney Achievers International Scholarships and the Dr Abdul Kalam International Scholarships.

Hailing from 15 different countries including Iran, Germany, China, the United States and India, the students will study in 12 of the University's 16 faculties.

The recipients were selected for scholarships based on the conversion of their academic record in their home countries into a University of Sydney GPA.

The Sydney Achievers International Scholarships and the Dr Abdul Kalam International Scholarships were announced last year with the aim of attracting more academically high achieving international students to study at Sydney.

"By awarding these scholarships, we aim to enable more promising students to come to Sydney, particularly at a time when the strength of the Australian dollar can make it more difficult to travel to Australia. We hope these scholarships can make a real difference to our students' time at university," said Professor Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Registrar.

The University of Sydney currently has almost 50,000 students. Around one-fifth of them are international students, who come from more than 130 countries.
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Business School appoints Professor Geoffrey Garrett as new Dean
Professor Geoffrey Garrett commenced his tenure as Dean of the University of Sydney Business School this week.
Professor Geoffrey Garrett commenced his tenure as Dean of the University of Sydney Business School this week.

A former President of the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles and Dean of the UCLA International Institute, Professor Garrett has also held academic appointments at Oxford, Stanford and Yale Universities and the Wharton School.

Named as one of The Australian newspaper's "Top 50 Most Influential People in Education 2012", he is also a frequent media commentator on global business, economics and politics.

Professor Garrett will also continue in his role as CEO of the United States Studies Centre until October.

Please visit the Dean's Welcome page for more information.
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Fulbright scholar will help computers understand us better
Research into how computers can better understand human language has won University of Sydney PhD candidate and alumnus Dominick Ng a Fulbright Scholarship to spend eight months studying at the University of California, Berkeley in the US.
Research into how computers can better understand human language has won University of Sydney PhD candidate and alumnus Dominick Ng a Fulbright Scholarship to spend eight months studying at the University of California, Berkeley in the US.

"We need smarter tools to manage, search, and manipulate information - tools that can comprehend language as humans speak it."

Fulbright scholarships are awarded for a combination of academic merit and leadership potential. The Fulbright Program is part of one of the largest and most prestigious educational exchange programs in the world.

Dominick's research is investigating ways to improve parsers, software tools that automatically identify syntactic structure.

"Accurately identifying the syntactic structure of language is vital: syntax tells us that 'Alice loves Bob' is different to 'Bob loves Alice'. Parsers can identify structure, but make several unrealistic assumptions about language. The aim of my project is to make parsers read more like humans do, and dramatically improve their accuracy."

State-of-the-art parsers are fully correct on less than half of the sentences they process, which severely restricts their usefulness, Dominick says.

The algorithms that Dominick is developing in his research will have broad applications across existing parsers, and could lead to faster and more accurate information searching.
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Sydney jumps in the rankings
The University of Sydney has jumped to be ranked among the top 50 universities in the world in the latest annual Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings.
The University of Sydney has jumped to be ranked among the top 50 universities in the world in the latest annual Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings.

The prestigious Reputational Rankings complement the annual World University rankings and are based on a survey of academic opinion of more than 17,500 respondents from 137 countries around the world.

"This is an extremely encouraging result which underlines Sydney's growing international reputation. I congratulate the whole University community for their efforts in bringing about this recognition," said Professor Stephen Garton, the University's Provost and acting Vice-Chancellor.

Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education Rankings, said: "Only 100 universities are listed in our prestigious World Reputation Rankings - that is around 0.5 per cent of the world's higher education institutions. So those that feature in the list are part of an exclusive global elite of exceptionally powerful university brands."

The University of Sydney, Melbourne University and the Australian National University are the only Australian universities in the top 50.

In the most recent World University rankings published by the THE, the University of Sydney was ranked 58, and its previous Reputational Ranking was in a band of 51-60.

The world's leading university by reputation in 2012 is Harvard, followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Cambridge, Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley.
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