JCU major partner for first TEDxTownsville event

19 March 2015

James Cook University has announced it will be a key partner of the first TEDx conference to be held in Townsville in May.
The theme of the independently produced TEDxTownsville event is “Curiosity,” and will feature 11 of the region’s thinkers, innovators, artists and change-makers, representing diverse fields such as technology, design, mental health, research and entertainment.

JCU Medical School
View of Townsville from Castle Hill (Photo: Phil Copp)

JCU is a major partner of the event and will host TEDxTownsville at its Douglas campus.
James Cook University Vice Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding said JCU is proud to be supporting the event.
“Townsville is fast becoming a knowledge hub of innovation and activity. TEDxTownsville is another sign that the city is growing in strength and prosperity,” said Professor Harding.
“This partnership is focused on providing opportunities for our students to be involved in creating a future for Townsville.”
TEDxTownsville Licensee, Tania Clarke said, “The event will lead to exciting new ideas, giving the Townsville community an opportunity to share its passion and ideas with the rest of the world, using TEDx as the platform to do so.”
“We received over forty-five speaker applications, forty volunteer applications and have so far received over one hundred applications to attend. This is an indication that the Townsville community has been waiting for an intellectually stimulating event like TEDx,” said Ms Clarke.
The TEDxTownsville speaker line-up will be announced weekly in the lead up to the event.
TEDx is a community driven event run by individual volunteers who operate under a license from TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) to spark conversations that matter and provoke connections.
TED was founded in 1984 and its annual TED conferences bring together some of the world’s most fascinating thinkers and innovators.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED created a program called TEDx, where x = independently organised.
TEDxTownsville will be held May 30, 2015.

About JCU Medical School in Townsville

Located in Townsville, JCU Medical School offers the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) medical degree and aims to produce graduates of the highest academic standards who can progress to medical practice and to further studies in medical specialties. Graduates will be uniquely qualified in the fields of rural, remote and Indigenous health, and tropical medicine.
The MBBS program in based at the Townsville campus for the first three years. The majority of students in years 4, 5 and 6 relocate to other School of Medicine teaching sites such as Cairns, Mackay and Darwin. In years 5 and 6, students spend most of their learning time in hospitals and health services.
Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 6 years
Application deadline: August 31, 2015
Entry Requirements for the JCU Medical Program

  • Entry is directly from high school. Students may also transfer into the program during their undergraduate degree or at the completion of their undergraduate degree.
  • High school cumulative average necessary to be considered is a minimum of 85% in Grade 12 subjects, including prerequisite subject grades.
  • If you are applying to the program after you have partially or fully completed your post-secondary studies, you should have a Canadian GPA of 80% cumulative average across all university studies, but to have a competitive application, applicants should have achieved at least an 82% cumulative average.
  • Interview: held in-person and via video conference

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