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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2011
6 Australia – The Education Destination AustrAliAn educAtion system Australia offers high quality education and training at all levels for international students. Its education system is regulated by the Australian Government, and it provides an enriching learning experience with dedicated student support. Australia is the third most popular English-speaking education destination in the world. Australia has a wide range of education institutions offering thousands of courses. All institutions and courses must meet Australian Government standards and regulations. This means you can rely on the quality of the education system. More than 620,000 international students were enrolled in Australian schools, institutes and universities in 2010. Students know that by studying in Australia and gaining internationally recognised qualifications, they will create a successful career path into the future. In Australia, you can study at a level to suit your academic and career needs from school and English language programs to vocational and technical courses to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. The education system has flexible pathways so you can move easily from one level of study to the next. World-class education system Australia has a world-class education system that produces skilled and confident graduates for both the public and private sectors across the globe. Many countries, eager to develop their own systems, look to Australia for advice and policy. This strong interest stems from widespread recognition that Australian education is high quality, innovative and effective. Students in Australia benefit from high quality courses taught by experienced lecturers and teachers. They also enjoy a lifestyle and culture that encourage personal growth and opportunity in a safe, clean environment. Quality guaranteed The quality of Australia’s education is guaranteed through comprehensive national quality assurance frameworks. These frameworks cover qualifications, courses, governance, teachers, institutions and student protection. The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the foundation that links Australian school, vocational and higher education qualifications into a simple structure of 15 national education awards. It means that wherever you study around Australia, your course will be of the same, consistently high standard. The AQF encourages choice of courses and levels, flexible delivery and life-long learning. It allows you to move through the education system from one qualification to the next level. Students can enter and exit the system at almost any point. Within this flexible system, you can re-enter a vocational or university course to upgrade your skills later in your career. The AQF simplifies international comparison and recognition and contributes to the high level, quality assurance provided to students. Unlike in many other countries, Australia’s education system is regulated and monitored by the government and industry bodies. Both public and private institutions are regularly monitored for quality. high quality education across all levels Australia has a high quality, innovative education system that produces skilled and confident graduates. students come from around the world to enrol in Australian universities, vocational institutes, schools and english language colleges. Above: Australian schools provide modern facilities to enhance learning and the student experience. Image (middle): St Catherine’s School, Waverley. ‘The Australian Government is firmly committed to supporting the quality and integrity of Australia’s international education sector and maintaining our international reputation as a provider of high quality education at every level’. Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans
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