Some of the State's brightest students are having an early glimpse of life and study at The University of Western Australia this week.
Forty-two students, including four international students as well as rural and regional students, have enrolled in the University's prestigious Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) course which is on offer as part of the new course structure beginning this year.
They are taking part in a five-day ‘summer residence', hearing from some of the University's top academics, including Nobel Laureate UWA Professor Barry Marshall. They were officially welcomed by new Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Johnson, who began his term this year.
The BPhil(Hons) course has attracted strong demand, with close to 400 students applying for entry places. Offers were made to students with ATAR scores above 99.85.
Professor Johnson said the students were potential future leaders who will make great contributions to the State and internationally.
"Among this small group of very able students may be our future Nobel prize winners, industrialists, authors and political leaders," Professor Johnson said. "We want to support and nurture the potential of our students so that they can help to create a better society."
The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) is a challenging, four-year, research-oriented degree, which enables students to focus on their chosen area/s of specialisation (major) in any discipline or in any field of study.
UWA's new courses, which are in place from this year, offer five undergraduate degrees followed by professional and other postgraduate opportunities. New Courses 2012 aligns the University with other leading international universities to ensure a UWA education provides the best possible opportunity for graduates to pursue careers anywhere in the world.
PLEASE NOTE: The BPhil(Hons) should not be confused with the major in Philosophy, which can be taken as a major under any of UWA's undergraduate degrees.
In addition to innovative research project work, the course includes a study-abroad experience, academic mentoring and intensive high-level communication training.
Michael Sinclair-Jones (UWA Public Affairs) (+61 8) 6488 3229 / (+61 4) 00 700 783