Institutional Snapshot Presentation Guidelines

The purpose of these guidelines is to ensure that the overall experience of the events that we provide for students and their parents is highly professional, and easily consumable. I'm certain we have all experienced events with extraordinarily long and boring presentations that diminished the experience for participants. We feel that by providing some guidance, we can produce an event that will promote the excellence of institutions and Perth as a study destination. 

As a guide for these presentations, we propose to adopt the principles of the three minute thesis competition. Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland which challenges research higher degree students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. We highly recommend that you familiarise yourself with the concept and watch some of the best practice presentations.

Three Minute Thesis Competition website

Of course, your presentation is not a PhD thesis, however, the principles of communication that they offer are very good. Rather than three minutes, you will have five minutes for your presentation. Some points to consider:

  1. The goal of your presentation is to introduce your institution, and its capacity and experience in teaching, research, and industry participation for the minerals and energy sector in Western Australia. 
  2. Introduce yourself and your position briefly, participants will have the chance to know more about you later. 
  3. Use a maximum of five static powerpoint slides (there will be a data projector available) no transitions, animations or audio. Please save your presentation as a PDF document and email it to Saksara at the latest by Friday 3 October.  A PDF format will ensure the audience will see exactly as you intended. 
  4. We recommend that you use high quality, high impact, and full screen visual slides as much as possible. They have the greatest impact for non-native English language speakers. 
  5. Highlight a considered selection of your institutions specific capacities in minerals and energy sector related disciplines.
  6. Highlight any industry links and industry involvement that your institution has developed.
  7. Highlight any facilities that will enhance the teaching and learning experience for students in related disciplines.
  8. If you have an Indonesian alumni success story in a related discipline, that would be received well also. 
  9. Don't talk about general information that is universal to all universities, like student services, enrolments, housing etc... You can discuss this in one-on-one interviews. This presentation is all about your institutions capacity in minerals and energy. 
  10. Remember to speak more slowly than you would for an Australian audience, practice your presentation, and don't try and race a 15 minutes presentation into 5 minutes. Five minutes is quite a good period of time to make a lasting impact for your audience. 

Sample Presentation

Saksara has prepared a sample presentation that you may find useful. Our goal is simply to help us corporately benefit from an interesting and quality series of professional snapshots of each institution, and to ensure we can maintain the audiences attention throughout the presentations. You may be surprised just how much information you can present in under 5 minutes.  Keep in mind that this is not a prescriptive formula, but just some suggestions on a format that we believe will work best in Indonesia. This presentation is 4:50 mins, and keep in mind that it is a sample, and does not contain factual information - certainly not the amazing looking University of Perth.