Higher Education University Courses in Australia
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Educational opportunities in Australia,
Australia offers quality education. It is backed up by legislation and regulations that govern the international education sector. Its sector has its own quality assurance Mechanism. The Australian Government has setup institutional mechanism to strengthen the quality assurance processes in education and training. The institutional mechanism comprises Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) and the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF). Australia also has another level of quality assurance protection for international students through the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000. This act ensures that international students get the same standard of education as the Australian students. Institutions must be registered with the Australian Government before they are permitted to enrol international students in Australia. To become registered both public and private institutions must demonstrate
that their qualifications meet Australian standards. The universities and institutions of Australia give practical, career-oriented and innovative training in many academic disciplines. The Education and training institutions lead the world in the development of technology based learning.
That Australia is popular destinations for overseas students is evident from the fact that, in the year 2006 there were around 3,83,000 international students drawn from more than 214 different countries undertaking an Australian qualification. The most popular courses among Indian students are Business Administration, IT, Engineering, Science and Hospitality. Through enrolment in higher education sector remain high, vocational education sector is becoming popular with Indian students. Besides, Indian studens find it easy to transfer to the Australian education system due to the similarity
in India's 10+2+3 education structures. The Australian Prime Minister, during his visit to India in 2006 announced AUD$ 5 million for the Endeavour scholarships programme over the next five years.
The country is a provider of high quality education which is recognized throughout the world. National agencies, including the Australian University Quality Agency and the Australian National Training Authority monitor Australian education institutions including their teaching, learning, administration and research. It offers competitive tuition fees and relatively attractive cost of living as these costs compare well with other
countries and overseas students are permitted to work part-time on a casual basis in Australia, subject to certain conditions. Post-secondary education in Australia offers an attractive and stimulating academic environment. The institutions are diverse in size and location.
Other attractions to foreign students include a wide range of courses in various disciplines including Hospitality, MBA, Engineering, Computer, Hotel Management, Fashion Designing, Business and Secretarial Studies,Pilot Training, Tourism, Hotel Management, English language courses, undergraduate degrees and diplomas, post-graduate and doctorate level studies and a wide range of special studies.
Over 700 institutions have been approved by the Australian Department of Employment, Education and Training to offer courses to foreign students on a full-fee basis. There are 39 universities ranging in size from around 3000 students to 50,000 students. 37 of these are Government affiliated universities and there are 200 Technical and Further Education (TAFE) colleges.
Australian universities currently have 600 international exchange agreements around the world. In addition, through the University Mobility in Asia and Pacific (UMAP) programme, Australia works with countries in the Asia-Pacific region to encourage academic staff and student mobility.
Popular Study Courses in Australia:
The largest number of international students in Australia are studying in the higher education (University) sector followed by the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector, and the English language intensive courses for overseas students (ELICOS) sector.
Recently, the Vocational Education and Training VET sector has experienced by far the biggest growth in international enrollments. It is because courses in this sector are becoming increasingly regarded, on a world-wide basis for their quality and for the valuable work skills they provide. The vocational education and training colleges and institutions across Australia offer qualifications which have a great degree of recognition at the work place. The Australian government ensures the quality of such institutions and courses in a number of ways. Institutions must be accredited and courses offered must be approved and listed on the common wealth Register of Institutions and courses for overseas students (CRICOS). In addition Vocational Education and Training VET sector is monitored to help young students make a smooth transition into workplace. Presently there are over 500 Australian institutions delivering Vocational Education and Training VET courses, with over 7,000 Vocational Education and Training VET courses registered on CRICOS.
In India, IDP Education Australia organizes exhibitions showcasing Vocational Education and Training VET programmes being offered in Australian institutions. The number of Indian students seeking vocational diploma courses is going up. Because students who join these courses often gain extra points if they apply for permanent residency since the vocational skills they gain are often high on the manpower shortage list in Australia. In order to be eligible for these vocational courses students must have completed 12 years of Schooling in India.
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