Monash Scholars Year 11 Knowledge Summit
Keynote Presentation and Q&A: 9.45am - 10.25am View
Keynote Presentation by Associate Professor Katrina Lee-Koo, International Relations, School of Social Sciences
Katrina teaches and researches in the field of security studies. She looks particularly at critical security studies, and the protection and participation of civilians in conflict affected areas and peace processes (focused upon women and children).
Faculty Workshop 1: 10.35am - 11.25am View
Design and power: how might design confront the challenges of global inequity
Design‚ especially the poster, is a powerful public communication tool, as seen in the rich history of political activism. This workshop will encourage students to explore the potential for visual design practices to address and challenge issues such as global inequity, political power imbalances and models of oppression, along with the systems that enable them. Utilising co-design processes, participants will create a response to a given global challenge that they will realize within the workshop time frame.
The rise of the internet: Liberation technology or tool of oppression?
Sometime during 2018 a remarkable moment in human history occurred: more than 50% of humanity became connected to the internet. The internet is a unique technology of humankind, and is arguably the transformational technology of our times. Early expectations and hopes were that the internet would be a powerful new 'liberation technology': coordinating civil organisation against authoritarianism; supporting accountability and transparency through citizen journalism; and spreading democratic ideas through its free and open informational channel.
Yet in the last decade, authoritarianism has been on the rise, freedoms are shrinking, and the internet is increasingly seen as a new frontier of oppression. Drawing on our unique observational capability at the Monash IP Observatory, this seminar will explore how economists are measuring, studying and communicating the dynamics of the internet during times of geo-political consequence and crisis. Times will be given also for open discussion around the future of the internet and our role in supporting its original ideals.
Faculty Workshop 2: 1.35pm - 2.25pm View
The impact of policies on young people seeking asylum
This session will present information to students about the policies and their impacts on young people seeking asylum. Using a Know/Want to know/Learnt (KWL) structure to the session, it will also include short readings from the recently published Shape of Hope book, small group brainstorms about language and discourse, and the facts and understandings students bring with them to the session. It will also include a Q and A session. Potential discussion topics include: What impacts do these policies have on individuals? What ethical problems are inherent in current Australian asylum seeker policies? What can individuals and organisations - including schools and universities - do differently to address these ethical problems?
National cybersecurity in the context of digital transformation and shifting international relations
This seminar explores some current issues in national and international security and potential consequences for individuals and societies. The journey through risks, threats and potential solutions starts from Australia's national cybersecurity policy and uses insights from Monash University's work with Pacific region states via the Oceania Cyber Security Centre OCSC.
One specific topic to be discussed is so-called offensive cybersecurity. After explaining what this actually means, consequences for Australians are discussed and the effects for power shifts in the Pacific region are highlighted. Then, the dependencies between digital development and cybersecurity risks are shown using specific examples from the Pacific region. Finally, consequences of national and international for individuals in Australia are pointed out and suggestions for changes to national policy and recommendations for people to decrease their risks of being affected or at least reduce potential harm are presented.
Faculty Workshop 3: 2.35pm - 3.25pm View
New power generation and achieving energy security
The world's energy challenge is multi-faceted. Without reliable sources of power, our economies and societies cannot function properly. Yet we face a major existential challenge living in a shared climate that is impacted by the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Layered over this is the threat of war that has the potential to cause disruptions to the global supply and local delivery of energy.
But while we are heading down a path of greater complexity, new forms of energy are emerging that can improve the quality of our environment and be produced locally and sustainably. In this session, Professor Matthew Hill from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Monash will look at the latest, cutting-edge developments in harnessing new energy sources for a cleaner, more secure world, and provide students an opportunity for Q&A.
The Conflict in Afghanistan - Australia's legal and moral responsibility to assist those fleeing harm
The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in 2021 occurred after the withdrawal of foreign forces from the country following a protracted conflict that spanned over two decades. This has given rise to a serious and immediate humanitarian crisis. The crisis has given rise to a significant wave of refugees from the conflict, with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reporting that over half a million people have been displaced by the conflict since the start of 2021.
In light of the crisis, United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres has called for States around the world to cooperate to achieve stability in Afghanistan. There is an argument that Australia, as one of the countries which intervened in Afghanistan, bears a special responsibility to help those fleeing. Some argue that that help should focus on those Afghans who assisted Australia (as interpreters for instance). Others argue that it should also encompass members of the Hazara ethnic group (who have traditionally been persecuted by the Taliban) and women. In this seminar, we will discuss these complex and interesting debates.
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How does it work?
The Monash Scholars Program provides selected high achieving students from Years 10 - 12 with an exclusive opportunity to engage with Monash University.
Students apply for and are admitted into the program mid-way through their Year 10. Applications open in late April/early May each year.
Scholars are expected to commit around 20 hours a year to the program; this will mostly involve attending on-campus events after school hours and during the holidays.
Scholars who successfully gain a place at Monash University after completing Year 12 will continue to receive benefits including leadership and ambassador opportunities.
What are the benefits?
Across Years 10-12, Scholars are invited to a series of events that collectively achieve:
Scholars will have access to a range of activities and events that will support their success at high school and enable them to discover what it’s really like to be a university student.
Exploring career ambitions
The program showcases Monash’s many course options across our 10 faculties and the broad range of career paths these courses can lead to. There is also opportunity to explore the changing nature of work, and develop key workplace skills such as networking and team building.
Defining personal aspirations
A Monash education aims to equip students for life, and not just the classroom. The Scholars Program reflects this ethos by giving students extra-curricular skills.
The Monash Scholars program brings high achieving students together. Like-minded participants gain the opportunity to build their social networks, to sustain them through their final years of school and into university.
Hear from our scholars
Nossal High School
2013-2015 Monash Scholars cohort
Currently in 5th year Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Arts
“I was a part of the inaugural Monash Scholars’ cohort and graduated in 2015. The best part of the program was the people. It was incredible to have an opportunity to meet with like minded and inspiring students from across the state whilst I was still in high school – it also meant that on the first day, there were plenty of familiar faces on campus! Highlights of the program for me were the many interactive seminars run by the Monash Scholars’ team covering areas such as leadership and networking. Being part of the Monash Scholars’ program whilst in high school gave me confidence when starting at Monash – I already knew the campus, had made friends and knew what to expect from my classes, making the transition seamless. Facilitated by the amazing Monash Scholars’ team, I also had the opportunity to connect with lecturers in my interest areas and professional staff at the university, broadening my horizons and inspiring my future study before I even finished school”.
John Paul College
2015-2017 Monash Scholars cohort
Currently in 3rd year Bachelor of Education (Honours)/Bachelor of Science
"I was part of the Scholars’ cohort that started in 2015. I think the most valuable thing about the program was preparing me for university and being able to know my way around campus before uni started. It can be very daunting starting first year uni and not knowing anyone. I still hang out with some of my friends from the program now. I chose Monash as it was one of the only unis that offered astronomy as part of a science degree and allowed me to do a double degree in education. At the time I thought I wanted to study at Monash so I applied for the Scholars’ program because I thought it would help me decide if Monash was a good fit for me”.
2013-2015 Monash Scholars cohort
Currently in 5th year Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Commerce
“I was part of the inaugural Monash Scholars’ cohort in 2013. The best thing I got out of the program was being able to meet people from different schools and attending the workshops. My favourite workshop was the Monash Scholars’ Knowledge Summit where I got to participate in team building activities and develop problem-solving skills. There was a mixture of games and presentations, it was such a memorable event! Some of the friends I made in Monash Scholars ended up studying a similar course to me at Monash, so it was less daunting to attend my first week at university. I also found that attending the Monash Scholars’ events helped me to become familiar with Monash’s campuses so I already knew my way around when uni started”.