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 +**Michelle Kofud**, Associate director, global education program.
  
 +They maintain binders of testimonials from students who have done exchanges. ​ Future students study them carefully to help choose where to go.
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 +An alternative to exchange opportunity is a Research Internship. ​ Very short is possible (e.g., 2 weeks) or longer, up to one year.  Called "​Practicum Program"​. ​ Students pay very small fees ($300, no tuition). ​ Work with a professor on a research project. ​ Like visiting scholars at Purdue, except undergraduates.
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 +France and Germany now have compulsory research internships for their students.
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 +Language barrier is a problem for UNSW students. ​ Makes US a better location than, e.g., Germany or France.
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 +Suggestion: If a student is coming to Australia for a conference visit, stay for a practicum.
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 +UNSW strategic plan is to "​enhance global mobility"​ for their students.
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 +Money for their students is a problem. ​ Many work part time to support themselves. ​ Summer work possible at Purdue? ​ Would need to line up with one-month between Australian semesters (our summer, not theirs).
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 +27% of the students at UNSW are international.
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 +Like Sydney, UNSW is broadening course work to more general learning, including international issues. ​ The "​global education"​ requirement includes the mobility initiative and other courses that can be considered as applying to international issues.
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 +They have 500 exchange students and 230 practicum students per year (roughly balanced in both directions). ​ Both an academic (faculty member) and the department head must sign off on practicum.
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 +Others post-graduate degrees include an MBA and an MBT (master of business technology).
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 +**Maurice Pagnucco**, incoming department head (also met briefly with outgoing department head).
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 +Maurice has PhD from the University of Sydney--when CS was in Science. ​  ​Research area is AI, machine learning, and symbolic computation.
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 +Other areas of department include databases, networks, web services, and embedded systems.
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 +NICTA project is large systems research area.  OK (Open Kernel) Labs is a spin off from the project. ​ The OS they developed is used in cellphones and is the first fully verified kernel. ​ It rolls in to their most difficult course (the OS course).
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 +Departmental goal is to have impact: examples include Google relationships and OK Labs.
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 +They have collaborations with Finance on a dual degree. ​ Also, Bachelor of Media degree.
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 +Bioinformatics students have been successful in the financial industry--"​they use the same thinking skills"​.
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 +They have about 50 faculty. ​ Pagnucco would help arrange faculty advisors for practicum program.
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 +They have an active student organization. ​ Current controversy is over "​central IT" vs. the CSE managed IT (which they prefer). ​ See student newsletter.
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 +Pagnucco provided an annual research report (current, but dated 2009).
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 +**Adrian Chen**, a recent UNSW graduate; handles US-based exchange students. ​ Led campus tour.
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 +Data point: Student housing is currently about $200/week.
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