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the researchers and the users of the research is a key feature of the program. Through the CRC program, university researchers become industry-ready graduates. There are currently 49 Cooperative Research Centres operating in six sectors: the environment; agriculture and rural-based manufacturing; information and communication technology; mining and energy; medical science and technology; and manufacturing technology. The CRCs are researching in such diverse areas as sustainable tourism, molecular plant breeding, cancer therapeutics, greenhouse gas technologies, spatial information, Aboriginal health, bushfi res, advanced manufacturing, biomedical imaging development and Antarctic climate and ecosystems. Left: Universities have specialist faculty and research centres and staff. Image courtesy of RMIT University. Photographer Margund Sallowsky. Above: At an Australian university, you learn skills for your future – independence, critical thinking and creative problem-solving. Postgraduate programs and support Australian postgraduate programs are popular with international students. One in four of all international students in Australia is studying at the postgraduate level. In addition to the high standards of teaching and learning, postgraduate programs also provide dedicated support. As a postgraduate student, you can access academic and study skills support, and English language assistance. Some universities have specifi c areas for postgraduate students including a private offi ce or study area, computers and photocopying facilities. Universities also have postgraduate associations that provide academic and social networks and support. multicultural composition, the international links and the aim for world’s best practice in teaching and learning, Australian universities retain a solid international outlook. Qualifications from Australian universities receive international recognition and are transferable around the world. Cutting-edge research Australian universities have a strong research focus. Australia’s scientists have contributed to world-fi rst breakthroughs and technological advances. They are recognised internationally for these contributions. Australians have won eight Nobel Prizes in the natural and medical sciences and literature. When you undertake research in an Australian university, you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities, local and international links and innovative approaches. Universities have specialist faculty and research centres and staff. There are 35 special Research Centres and Key Centres of Teaching and Research across Australian universities. Cooperative Research Centres The Australian Government invests in university research in many ways, including the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) program. This program links researchers with industry to create partnerships for the practical use of the research and its commercialisation. It is a unique program, recognised worldwide for its cutting-edge approach and commercial success. The CRC partnerships involve a number of organisations including universities, industry scientists, business and government organisations. The close interaction between Australia: The Education Destination The campus lifestyle Universities offer a wide range of support services including the international offi ce, health services, accommodation offi ce, employment and careers service, sporting facilities, clubs and societies and social events. Students at Australian universities are focused on studying and meeting the academic requirements of their courses. However, students are encouraged to participate in sporting, social and cultural activities to create a well-balanced lifestyle and a broader outlook. You can pursue your sporting or cultural interests and make friends by joining one of the many clubs and societies on campus. Some students have made their careers from the extracurricular activities they became involved in at university. You can write for the university newspaper, perform in a band competition, go on stage as a stand-up comedian, act in a play, sing in a musical, volunteer to help the disadvantaged, make a fi lm, create a website … the possibilities are endless. Your international offi ce arranges social gatherings where you can get to know other students. Many faculties hold events such as seminars, balls and barbeques for their students. Your student union will also organise entertainment and events for the entire campus. At university, you’ll have many opportunities to get involved. Study at an Australian university and you will be furthering your goals in an environment of academic and research excellence. ¦ 81 INSTITUTIONS AND COURSES
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