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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2010
60 | australia the education destination International links Australian universities take an international approach to their teaching and research. They have links and agreements with universities and organisations in other countries. University staff and students come from around the globe. With this multicultural composition, the international links and the aim for world’s best practice in teaching and learning, Australian universities retain a solid international outlook. Cutting-edge research Australian universities have a strong research focus. Australia’s scientists have contributed to world-first 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 industr y 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 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. 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 specific areas for postgraduate students including a private office or study area, computers and photocopying facilities. Universities also have postgraduate associations that provide academic and social networks and support. The campus lifestyle Universities offer a wide range of support services including the international office, health services, accommodation office, 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. Your international office 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. University programs Undergraduate Bachelor degree (3–5 years) Honours (1 year) Postgraduate Postgraduate certificate (6 months) Postgraduate diploma (1 year) Masters degree (1–3 years) Master of Philosophy (1.5–3 years) Doctorate (2–4 years) PhD (2–4 years) researchers from australian universities have made world-first breakthroughs. institutions and courses
The Education Destination
Australia The Education Destination 2011