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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2012
>AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION 2012 127 COURSES AND DISCIPLINES >ENGINEERING AND IT COSMOPLITAN GEELONG Geelong is the second largest city in Victoria with more than 175,000 people. Just 50 minutes from Melbourne, it is the gateway to some of Australia’s most beautiful coastline known as the Great Ocean Road. Geelong is a cosmopolitan city, as well as a haven for outdoor enthusiasts with an incredible rainforest, mountainous cliffs as well as aquatic centres and sporting venues. It is a leading centre for business and professional services. The city provides excellence in education with primary schools, secondary colleges, TAFE institutes and one university with many campuses. It is also home to some of Australia’s leading and most famous private schools. There are plenty of courses available in Geelong at all levels. You can easily get around the State from Geelong, with a daily rail service which connects Geelong to Melbourne and the national rail system. ‘There are many cultural museums and galleries to visit and big international acts perform in theatres and stadiums throughout the city.’ VICTORIAN UNIVERSITIES Victoria has nine world-class universities with multiple campuses throughout the State and thousands of courses on offer. The universities each have their own speciality areas in research, teaching and facilities. All have dedicated support for international students with international offices providing a range of services. Some Victorian universities focus on innovative courses and industry partnerships while others are developing research breakthroughs. For example, one university had international breakthroughs in pioneering IVF technology and in developing drugs to combat malaria and influenza. More than 72,000 international students are enrolled in university courses in Victoria. The most common areas of study for international students are management and commerce, information technology, and engineering and related technologies. But you can choose a course in any field from medicine and science to film and creative arts to sport and recreation. The Victorian Government recently launched a scholarship program for Indian doctoral students. Through the Victoria India Doctoral Scholarship, 10 of India’s brightest PhD students will receive $90,000 each to study at one of Victoria’s universities. VOCATIONAL INSTITUTES Victoria has hundreds of government and private institutes with a variety of courses. The government TAFE institutes provide education and skills training across all industries. There are 19 TAFE institutes and four TAFE divisions within universities throughout Victoria. Training in many professional areas is undertaken at TAFE. Nearly 70,000 students from around the world were taking vocational courses in Victoria in 2010 to further their career pathways. Above & Left: Melbourne has something for everyone from galleries to cafés to shopping. Images: Tourism Victoria. Photographer: Mark Chew
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