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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2011
Australia – The Education Destination 7 high QuAlity educAtion Across All leVels Welcoming students from around the world International students are welcomed and supported in Australian institutions. Australia takes its responsibility to international students seriously and this is reflected in its legislation, quality frameworks and institutional support programs. Australian institutions aim to ensure that international students settle into their new home and feel comfortable in their new study environment. The most recent National Survey of International Students Studying in Australia showed that the vast majority of international students were either ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with their living and study experiences in Australia. The Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans said that student satisfaction is a key indicator of quality. ‘It was also encouraging to find that more than 85% of students were satisfied or very satisfied with the level of support they received on arrival, confirming Australia’s reputation as a country that welcomes international students,’ Senator Evans said. He added that 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’. Australia provides some of the world’s most rigorous consumer protection arrangements for international students through a legislative framework known as the Education Services for Overseas Students Act (ESOS). Under the ESOS Act, institutions that wish to offer courses to international students have to fulfil the criteria for registration on the Commonwealth (Australian) Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). Registered providers must meet standards for marketing activities, education delivery, facilities and student support services. The ESOS Act has a strong focus on tuition and financial assurance, and provides for compliance monitoring of education institutions. Australian institutions are required to support international students in adjusting to study and life in Australia. Institutions have an international office or dedicated counsellor to provide students with study support services and welfare-related services. university Australia boasts 39 world-class universities, as well as a small number of specialist higher education institutions. Some 100 other institutions are accredited by State and Territory Governments to deliver specific higher education qualification courses, usually in association with a university. Australian universities have a strong international reputation. They are renowned for leading-edge research in many fields and have nearly 4500 agreements with universities in about 100 countries. Australia’s major universities rank highly on the international stage and are listed on many of the world university rankings. » ‘The quality of Australia’s education is guaranteed through comprehensive national quality assurance frameworks.’ Left: International students will find a welcoming environment and support services to settle into their new institution. Image: RMIT University. Right: Inside and outside of the classroom you will make friends from around the world. Image: University of Southern Queensland. ‘All institutions and courses must meet Australian Government standards and regulations.’
Australia The Education Destination 2010
Australia The Education Destination 2012