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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2011
Australia – The Education Destination 105 eDucaTional linkS: euRoPe anD auSTRalia The first project started in 2002 with a group of Australian and European universities creating a joint module within a masters program. The universities then provided funding for 36 students from each side to travel to the respective institutions for a semester. The project was such a success that the European Commission and Australia’s Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations have co-funded seven more rounds. The projects have changed over the years and are now targeted at undergraduates and include vocational education and training institutions. Details of these projects can be found at www.deewr.gov.au or www.delaus. ec.europa.eu More Australians are now studying in Europe through the Erasmus Mundus Program which encourages students to attend the smaller EU Member States instead of just the big ones. There are more than 4000 higher education institutions in Europe from top-level research establishments to small, teaching- focused colleges. Erasmus Mundus funds joint EU masters and PhD programs that are run by consortia of European institutions, three of which must be in different Member States. The program also provides scholarships to both students and academics from outside Europe. Australia has been very successful with students and with academics and institutions becoming partners with the European consortia. Erasmus Mundus also engages Australian institutions as partners in these programs and has also funded a regional consortium (Australia and New Zealand) together with five European institutions to exchange doctoral and post doctoral students and staff. To find out more, see http://ec.europa.eu/education/ programmes/mundus/programme/back_en.html eu centres of excellence in australia The EU–Australia relationship in education is enhanced in other ways. There are three EU Centres of Excellence in Australia: • ANU Centre for European Studies at the Australian National University in Canberra • Monash Europe and EU Centre at Monash University in Melbourne • European Union Centre at RMIT in Melbourne. These centres are co-funded by the universities and the European Commission. Their role is to develop EU-focused study and research, and to promote EU activities such as cultural events, conferences and lectures. Find out more about these centres at www.delaus.ec.europa.eu ■ Above: The bilateral projects encourage student mobility bet ween Australia and Europe, and suppor t academic cooperation between higher education institutions. Image: European Communities. finD ouT MoRe The Delegation of the European Union to Australia provides information on bilateral study opportunities, scholarships and EU Centres of Excellence on its website, www.delaus.ec.europa.eu ‘The annual EU–Australia Policy Dialogue is covering such issues as university reform, qualifications frameworks and early childhood education.’
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