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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2010
for 36 students from each side to travel to the respective institutions for a semester. The project was such a success that the European Commission and Australia’s Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations have co-funded six more rounds and are now looking at the seventh round. The projects have changed over the years and are now targeted at undergraduates and include vocational education and training institutions. Details of these projects can be found at www.deewr.gov.au or www.delaus.ec.europa.eu More Australians are now studying in Europe through the Erasmus Mundus Program which encourages students to attend the smaller EU Member States instead of just the big ones. There are more than 4000 higher education institutions in Europe from top-level research establishments to small, teaching-focused colleges. Erasmus Mundus funds joint EU masters and PhD programs that are run by consortia of European institutions, three of which must be in different Member States. The program also provides scholarships to both students and academics from outside Europe. It is open to almost every country in the world and Australia has been very successful with students and with academics and institutions becoming partners with the European consortia. about australian education To find out more, see http://ec.europa.eu/education/ programmes/mundus/programme/back_en.html EU Centres of Excellence in Australia The EU–Australia relationship in education is enhanced in other ways. There are three EU Centres of Excellence in Australia: National Europe Centre at the Australian National • University in Canberra Monash Europe and EU Centre at Monash University in • Melbourne Europe Centre at RMIT. • These centres are co-funded by the universities and the European Commission. Their role is to develop EU-focused study and research, and to promote EU activities such as cultural events, conferences and lectures. Find out more about these centres at www.delaus.ec.europa.eu 14 | australia the education destination The Delegation of the European Commission to Australia provides information on bilateral study opportunities, scholarships and EU Centres of Excellence on its website, www.delaus.ec.europa.eu europe and australia have been cooperating on education since the start of european settlement in 1788. many europeans have come to australia to study and undertake research. Photo:©EuropeanCommunities2009
The Education Destination
Australia The Education Destination 2011