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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2011
42 Australia – The Education Destination AustrAliAn cAPitAl territory Choosing to study in Australia’s capital city could be one of your best decisions. With a relatively small population of 353,000, Canberra offers the benefits of a major city in a relaxed country setting. Many international students have been charmed by Canberra, and its educational institutions cater for visitors from across the globe. An advantage of living in the capital of Australia is the many national cultural establishments. Students have access to Parliament House, the National Library of Australia, the National Museum of Australia and the National Gallery of Australia, to name just a few. The capital’s calendar of cultural events is also impressive, covering everything from a science festival to a world-renowned flower festival to a car rally and the ever-popular Multicultural Festival. Canberra is one of Australia’s safest cities. It is home to around 11,000 international students with the largest numbers from China, India and South Korea followed by Malaysia, the United States, Vietnam and Hong Kong. Students from more than 140 countries study in Canberra. high quality universities Canberra’s tertiary institutions attract the majority of the city’s international students. Canberra boasts four universities – the Australian National University, the University of Canberra, the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Australian Catholic University. The Australian National University has been named best Australian university in three independent rankings, and is world-renowned for its research facilities and capabilities. It offers a wide range of degrees from international law to visual art. The University of Canberra has been recognised for the high percentage of students who achieve employment after graduation. It offers diverse qualifications from nursing to graphic design. The majority of the ACT’s tertiary-level international students are enrolled in management and commerce. Society and culture is the next most popular field, followed by science, information technology and engineering. Vocational institutes for practical training Canberra is also home to vocational institutes that welcome international students. These include the Canberra Institute of Technology, the Australian International Hotel School, the Australian Business Academy and the Academy of Interactive Entertainment. The Canberra Institute of Technology, with its five campuses across Canberra, is for students who wish to gain practical qualifications for on-the-job skills. Students can study hospitality, trades and other vocational skills, while taking advantage of a practical approach, training facilities and flexible class structures. ‘i loVe liVing in cAnberrA’ Mohammed Alzahrani from Saudi Arabia is studying a Master of Laws at the University of Canberra. He has been here for two years and he isn’t ready to leave yet. ‘I love living in Canberra – life is open, especially for a student,’ he says. ‘I’ve travelled to many cities in Australia like Sydney and Melbourne but I found Canberra is the best for me. It’s the capital city; it’s the centre of everything.’ Mohammed likes living on the university campus because he has made friends and it is close to everything. ‘I’ve met many different people from different cultures like China, Japan and, of course, Australia,’ he says. ‘I live close to the library, uni and shops.’ While living in Canberra, Mohammed can keep up his ties with his home country. He can visit the Saudi Arabian embassy and the university has a Saudi club where he can meet with friends and go on trips to restaurants and cinemas. Australian capital territory Australia’s national capital, canberra, is a unique city with its outdoor lifestyle and bushy parks combined with national cultural establishments and a café culture.
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