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The Education Destination : The Education Destination
University – tradition of excellence The University of Tasmania, founded in 1890, caters for nearly 20,000 students across two campuses in Hobart and Launceston. Two thousand of these students come from more than 70 countries, with the highest numbers from Malaysia, Singapore, the USA, Korea, Thailand, China and India. The university has a proud tradition of excellence with well- designed courses aimed at practical professional preparation, computer labs with high-speed internet accessible 24 hours, an excellent library network and well-equipped laboratories. The University of Tasmania ranks in Australia’s top 10 for teaching and research. It has 20 centres of research excellence, and more than 1000 PhD students were enrolled in 2008. The university’s niche specialties include environmental management and ecotourism, aquaculture and biomedical science. It also incorporates the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music and the specialised Australian Maritime College – an international provider of maritime training, education and research. Vocational institutes – real-world skills Many international students have discovered Australia’s excellent vocational education system. Tasmania has public (government) and private vocational institutes offering hundreds of courses. While the public institutes tend to provide a wide range of subjects, some of the private institutes focus on a particular business fi eld such as intercultural studies and beauty therapy. Tasmania has streamlined its public vocational sector. One of its three fl agship multi-campus institutions is the Tasmanian Polytechnic, formerly TAFE, which concentrates on practical, vocational learning. The Polytechnic is designed to provide internationally-recognised vocational education focusing on real skills for the real world. The Polytechnic offers advanced diploma, diploma and certifi cate levels, and has an English Language division. It also has diploma to degree pathways, qualifying students for university entrance. English language colleges Tasmania has a small population. International students say they find it easy to make friends. Above: Choose from cultural activities in the cities to bushwalking in the national parks. Images courtesy of Tourism Tasmania. English language courses are offered at a range of private colleges, the University of Tasmania and the Polytechnic. The University’s English Language Centre has an English language intensive program that also prepares students for tertiary study in the Australian context. Most English language colleges provide student support, social activities and sight-seeing trips. Primary and secondary schools School students can feel at home in the small Tasmanian cities and enjoy the friendliness and support of their schools. The state has 218 public (government) schools, as well as some of the most prestigious independent (private) schools in Australia. Tasmania has the highest proportion of teachers with postgraduate qualifi cations in Australia and one of the highest in the world. 78 AUSTRALIAN STATE PROFILES
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