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The Education Destination : The Education Destination
‘Every student who travels to Australia to study deserves the best possible education and to have an enriching and positive experience during their studies.’ Private education providers: creating futures When you study in Australia, you can choose from a range of institutions, including private education providers. The Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) explains the benefits of studying a vocational, higher education or English language course with a private provider. Australia is a truly global study destination. In 2008, more than 543,000 students from 190 countries came to study in Australian education institutions. One of the great strengths of Australia’s thriving international education sector is the combination of quality, diversity and choice that it offers to students. A driving force in this diversity is Australia’s internationally distinguished private post- compulsory education sector, which stands equally alongside universities and government-funded institutions to offer greater choice to students to further their education. Australia’s private education providers meet the same high standards as publicly-funded institutions. They are regularly audited and assessed against stringent rules to ensure that, wherever you choose to study, you will receive the best educational experience. The Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) is the peak professional body for Australia’s thriving private international education sector. ACPET represents more than 1000 training organisations that offer a wide range of courses including higher education, English language and vocational studies. Quality: The foundation of a thriving education system Andrew Smith, the National Executive Offi cer of ACPET, says it is this combination of quality, diversity and choice that continues to attract students to Australia in ever-increasing numbers. ‘Every student who travels to Australia to study deserves to receive the best possible education and to have an enriching and positive experience during their studies,’ says Mr Smith. ‘That’s what ACPET and our members are committed to, and it is what students can expect when they study in Australia.’ To meet those expectations, ACPET recently implemented a comprehensive Quality Strategy, designed to ensure the best educational outcomes for students. ‘Quality education is the cornerstone of creating futures through improved productivity, quality of life and better life prospects,’ Mr Smith says. ‘By developing a strategy to ensure quality education outcomes, ACPET is ensuring that Australia’s private education and training sector continues to be among the best in the world.’ Education in Australia: A changing landscape Australia’s education sector has changed significantly, especially over the last 15 years, and one major area of change has been the increasing popularity of private training colleges as a preferred choice for students. Each year, more than two million students choose to study at private colleges in Australia, including more than 1.7 million Australian students, so the popularity of private education is not just appealing to international students. 16 ABOUT AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION
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