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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2011
100 Australia – The Education Destination InsTITuTIons and dIscIplInes 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. Australia remains at the forefront in research in such areas as biotechnology, solar power, drug design and astrophysics, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence. unique research–industry program The Australian Government invests in university research in many ways, including the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) program. This program links researchers with industry 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. Currently, there are 42 CRCs, and an additional $100 million in funding was recently provided to four centres. This included funding two new centres which will help improve the health outcomes of young Australians through new online technologies, and tackle neurological diseases to address the health burden of an ageing population. The CRC program has led to successful research- industry collaboration in a wide range of fields, including recent developments in the areas of: cochlear implants for the hearing-impaired; aerospace composite technologies; surveillance technologies in the global securities markets; biodegradable ‘bioplastic’ sheets; aluminum production; staff fatigue in mining sites; dental repair products; liquid petroleum gas (LPG) conversion technology for heavy trucks; vaccine delivery systems for pigs; urban stormwater modeling; and ocean currents in the Antarctic and climate change. postgraduate programs 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. Above: You’ll receive support in adjusting to your new study program. Image (right): Melbourne School of Engineering, University of Melbourne. 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) academic excellence in universities ‘Australian university campuses are vibrant and exciting, full of intellectual inquiry, social events, music, sports and fun.’
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