| Todd Mercer, Australian High Commissioner |
AN Australian education equips students with the knowledge, skills and networks that will last a lifetime – and give every student that studies in Australia the foundation they need for a “Future Unlimited”.
Australian education focuses on meeting the needs of industry, providing quality training and connecting skills with job outcomes. Australian universities have a proven track record of global recognition. Across the different university ranking systems, criteria and fields of study, Australian universities rank consistently highly for the quality of their education, research, student satisfaction ratings, and overall global reputation.
Many international students who have studied in Australia have become government ministers, leading business people, researchers, scientists, medical practitioners and community leaders all around the world.
The Australian education system has produced scientists, designers, educators, entrepreneurs, artists and humanitarians who have changed the world, winning awards from Nobel Prizes to The Oscars.
In Australia, education focuses on the real world and encourages students to develop ideas that solve today’s challenges – and those of tomorrow. The Australian learning style and environment promotes learning by doing, interactivity between teachers and students and the development of critical thinking skills.
Australia aims to create independently-minded graduates who are able to learn essential life skills such as leadership, problem-solving and effectively articulating ideas. The teaching environment is supportive and freedom of expression is encouraged. There is a diversity of students from all over the world, giving students the opportunity to work effectively across a number of cultures.
The Australian education system is subject to rigorous quality assurance controls by government, industry and professional bodies. The quality of Australian education is carefully measured at all levels to make sure it meets the high expectations of students. The wellbeing of all international students, the quality of their education experience and the provision of up-to-date and accurate information is also protected by law.
Australia has been teaching international students for more than 60 years. In 2013, more than 410,000 international students from 193 countries chose to study in Australia. Whatever their level of study – from primary school to PhD – these students enjoy world-class teaching, a vibrant and engaging classroom experience and support systems that are regarded as the world’s best.
Australia offers a diverse range of study options for international students, with more than 1100 institutions and over 24 000 courses to choose from. Australia boasts 43 universities, a number of specialist tertiary institutions, and more than a hundred education centres accredited by the government to deliver specific courses.
Our institutions have strong links to counterparts all over the world. These include active research collaborations, and exchanges involving staff and students. These connections give Australian institutions a truly global perspective, enhancing the character of Australian education and affording students access to opportunities to further enrich their studies through study and research opportunities in other countries.
International students can study at all levels of education from primary and secondary school, to vocational education and training (VET), from English language courses to higher education (including universities). Regardless of what they are studying or for how long they are studying, Australia’s laws promote quality education and protection for international students.
The official Australian Government website for international students provides more information about studying in Australia: www.studyinaustralia.gov.au.
The Australian High Commission in Brunei Darussalam will be holding the Australia Future Unlimited Education Exhibition and Seminar on November 15 and November 16. The event will take place at the Badi’ah Hotel and will provide an opportunity for students and their parents to meet with representatives of eight Australian universities and learn more about study options, courses and living in Australia.