With world class facilities, internationally revered educators and globally recognised universities and higher education institutes, Australia is a beacon for higher learning and internationally sought after qualifications. As Australia is continually striving for educational providence, a record high rate of over half-a-million overseas students decided to complete their studies across the nation, last year.
Recognised as a great place to live, Australia also offers a world class education. The education system of Australia has produced several successful scientists, designers, educators, entrepreneurs, artists and humanitarians who are contributing towards making the world a better place. From several noteworthy creations like “black box” found on every airplane, the Earth hour initiative, and the Wi-Fi, Australia is proud for its global achievements.
Despite only possessing 25 million people in the nation, Australian universities welcome the third highest number of international students in the world. Australia holds six of the world’s top 100 universities and rank ninth in the world, ahead of Japan and Germany. Highlighting the importance of tertiary education from early childhood learning, Australian universities and higher education institutes continue to improve to give our students the best start in life.
AUSTRALIA IS GLOBALLY RECOGNISED
When you study at Australia, you will acquire a qualification, which is accepted and in demand all around the world. The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) makes it easy for students move through the education system here. This opens a hassle-free way for countries around the world to accept your qualification, and provide the comparable qualifications for local use. You can have a look at the AQF website for more information.
For the past two decades, Australia has set up a great example for world in terms of measures it took to maintain education system and processes to ensure international students receive the high quality education that they deserve.
Some of these remarkable measures are:
The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 (click here for official website), – This provides the legal framework that oversees the delivery of education to overseas students who are studying in Australia on a student visa.
The Tuition Protection Service (click here for official website) – This is for students who wish to find a different course than what they chose earlier. This service also help students to avail a fee-refund for their unspent tuition fees in the rare case if that particular education provider can’t go on to offer your course.
The Australian Skills Quality Authority, or ASQA (click here for official website) – This is the national regulator for Australia’s vocational education and training sector. ASQA regulates courses and training providers to ensure nationally accepted quality standards are met.
The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency or TEQSA (click here for official website) – This body regulates and assures the quality of Australia’s higher education sector. It carries out both compliance assessments and quality assessments.
Ombudsman organizations – These bodies can probe into complaints about difficulties that international students have with their institutions.
AUSTRALIA IS RATED HIGHLY BY THE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
In the year 2012, in partnership with peak education bodies and state/territory government education departments, the Australian Government conducted a survey of current international student to gain an insight into their living and learning experience in Australia. Here are the key findings of the survey:
– 87% of international student respondents are ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with their overall experience in Australia.
– 86% of international student respondents are ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with their study experience in Australia.
– 88% of international student respondents are ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with living in Australia.
LEARNING ENVIRONMENT IN AUSTRALIA
When you decide to study in Australia, you will be joining the group of students coming from native places of Australian and as well as those coming from all over the world. Many of these students would also be coming from your homeland, which again open up opportunities to find new friends and bonding. Students success rate hugely depends upon the environment they are subjected to. This would be a chance to work closely with classmates, researchers, instructors, and other faculty. You will find that shared learning options would help you acquire an industry focused learning which would aid in further studies and career.
AUSTRALIA – A RESEARCH INTENSIVE COUNTRY
Having a long and proud tradition of world class research and development, Australia has helped millions of students from across the world. It has several feathers in its hat- like the discovery of penicillin in 1945, discovery of acquired immunological tolerance in 1960, and the observations that led to the finding of the accelerating Universe in 2011.
Some of the proud records held by Australia for its contribution to the world:
– Through the Backing Australia’s Ability initiative, around $2.9 billion will be invested over the next five years to fund research that will stimulate economic and scientific innovation.
– The country is investing over $140 million to spend over the next five years to establish Federation Fellowships, which aim at recruiting world-class researchers to Australia, offering fellowships to be awarded to high-profile non-Australian researchers from overseas.
– 35 special Research Centres and Key Centres of Teaching and Research are based at Australian universities. This enables high-level research, offering a variety of undergraduate, postgraduate and specialised professional education courses in varied fields.
– 63 Cooperative Research Centres in Australia promote joint research between universities and private industry.
– 50,000 people in higher education organisations involved in R&D
– Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the world’s famous and biggest government R&D agency is in Australia. It aids more than 740 research activities in collaboration scientific organisations and agencies from across 80 countries in the world. It carries out research in variety of fields like information technology, health, agribusiness, sustainable energy, manufacturing, mining and minerals, space, the environment and natural resources.