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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2010
8 | australia the education destination australia has been welcoming international students for decades. international students will feel welcome on their campuses. about australian education Australian universities are established by law and have the authority to accredit their own courses. They are monitored by the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA), an independent national body set up to monitor, audit and report on quality assurance in the sector. Vocational education and training The Australian vocational education and training (VET ) sector provides opportunities for a broad range of learning designed to meet current industry needs. Vocational courses create job-ready graduates with the skills and knowledge to excel in their careers. All Australian vocational providers must be registered training organisations (RTOs). There are nearly 4200 RTOs in Australia. Government-funded or public RTOs include colleges and institutes of technical and further education (TAFE). Non-government or private RTOs include independent colleges, commercial training businesses, and industry and business associations. The VET sector operates under a national training system that is industry led, competency based, nationally consistent and quality assured. The standard of vocational courses is guaranteed by the Australian Quality Training Framework, which provides national standards for registering and auditing training providers and accrediting courses, and for delivering services. In 2009, there were over 230,000 international students enrolled in vocational courses across Australia. Foundation programs (bridging courses) If you do not meet the requirements for your tertiary institution, you may be able to complete a foundation program to be accepted into the university or vocational institute. Foundation programs or bridging courses are designed specifically to prepare international students for the Australian academic environment. They may also include English language training. Foundation programs are offered at universities and vocational institutes. Primary and secondary schools Australia has developed a set of national goals for education in the 21st century. They aim to ensure students leave
The Education Destination
Australia The Education Destination 2011