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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2010
58 | australia the education destination australian state profiles wide choice of degrees through to advanced research doctorates. The Northern Territory has won several awards for its university, and students are assured a quality education that will provide lifelong skills and knowledge to gain employment around the world. Charles Darwin University is renowned for its research expertise in tropical and desert knowledge of the Australian and Asia-Pacific region. It has a particular focus on Indigenous knowledge and addressing problems of importance to the peoples of the region. The university is the United Nations’ University Centre on Traditional Knowledge. Vocational institutes and English language colleges The university also provides courses at the vocational level on its campuses. You can also study a vocational course through a private institute or community college. Vocational study gives you practical training for the workforce or recognised credit toward further education at university. The time required to complete your vocational course will depend on the level of qualification, though this is generally shorter and less expensive than a university degree. Learning English in the Northern Territory gives you the chance to combine studying with visiting world-renowned attractions like Kakadu National Park or discovering Aboriginal culture. Courses offered on the university campus include English for Academic Purposes and General English. Primary and secondary schools The Northern Territory has both government and non- government (private) schools. The school system is broken up into Primary School, Middle School (Years 7 to 9) and Senior High School (Years 10 to 12). Students sit a matriculation exam in Year 12 for further education at either a vocational institute or university. The Northern Territory has nearly 700 international students enrolled across all education sectors. The majority of students come from Indonesia, India, the Philippines and China. There are students from many other countries including Thailand, Nepal, Japan, Germany, the USA and East Timor. Living and working in the Top End Students have accommodation choices of homestay, living on campus or privately renting accommodation for the duration of their stay. Homestay means living with an Australian family in their own home. The NT Department of Education and Training runs a homestay program and selects a reliable and caring host family for each individual student. The university has comfortable on-campus accommodation for both international and local students. It can also provide help for students looking to rent a house or apartment off- campus. Students can rent an apartment on their own or organise a share house with other flatmates. You can work up to 20 hours per week during term and up to 40 hours on holiday breaks. The easiest way to search for a part-time job is through one of the local newspapers or online. The university has an employment service to assist in job-hunting. you can appreciate australia’s indigenous history and culture in a breath-taking landscape. Getting around the Northern Territory is fast and efficient as there is little traffic. Public transport is readily available and students are offered discounts on most services. The majority of planes arrive and depart from the capital city of Darwin, though there are many services to Alice Springs and other regional areas. The rail system is also popular for longer travels. Studying in the Northern Territory certainly offers students a quality range of educational options in an exotic part of the world. Northern Territory university Charles Darwin University – www.cdu.edu.au NT Department of Education – www.det.nt.gov.au northern territory Photos: courtesy of Tourism Northern Territory.
The Education Destination
Australia The Education Destination 2011