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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2012
144 >AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION 2012 ACROSS AUSTRALIA >TASMANIA ‘The small size of Tasmania means that students receive personalised, friendly support on campus and they become part of the community.’ UNIVERSITY The University of Tasmania, founded in 1890, caters for over 20,000 students across two campuses in Hobart and Launceston. Around 3000 of these students come from more than 70 countries, with the highest numbers from Malaysia, Singapore, the USA, Korea, Thailand, China and India. The University of Tasmania has around 20 centres of research excellence. Its niche specialties include environmental management and ecotourism, aquaculture and biomedical science. The university also incorporates the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music and the specialised Australian Maritime College. Through institutions such as the University of Tasmania and the CSIRO Marine Laboratories, the state is a hub for specialist and cooperative research centres such as the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, the Centre for Ore Deposit Research, the Tasmanian Institute for Agricultural Research, the Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute, and The Human Interface Technology (HIT) Lab. VOCATIONAL INSTITUTES Tasmania has government and private vocational institutes offering hundreds of courses. While the public institutes tend to provide a wide range of subjects, some of the private institutes may focus on a particular business field such as intercultural studies and beauty therapy. Tasmania has streamlined its public vocational sector. One of its three flagship multi-campus institutions is the Tasmanian Polytechnic, formerly TAFE, which concentrates on practical, vocational learning. The Polytechnic offers advanced diploma, diploma and certificate levels, and has an English language division. It also has diploma to degree pathways, qualifying students for university entrance. ENGLISH LANGUAGE COLLEGES English language courses are offered at a range of private colleges, the University of Tasmania and the Polytechnic. The university’s English Language Centre has an English language intensive program that also prepares students for tertiary study in the Australian context. Most English language colleges provide student support, social activities and sightseeing trips. PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS The State has more than 200 government (public) schools, as well as some of the most prestigious independent (private) schools in Australia. Tasmania has the highest proportion of teachers with postgraduate qualifications in Australia and one of the highest in the world. All schools offer the State matriculation curriculum and two also offer the International Baccalaureate (iB) curriculum. Students attend senior secondary colleges for Years 11 and 12, where they can choose from over 100 subjects and use the technology centres, learning resource centres and sports development centres. Three public senior secondary colleges have recently been merged into a new government institution called the Tasmanian Academy for Year 11 and 12 students. LIVING AND WORKING IN TASSIE Tasmania is a safe and welcoming place to live. One of the reasons it is so safe is the small population – half a million across the whole State. International students say they find it easy to make friends. Tasmania’s cost of living is lower than the mainland cities. But Hobart and Launceston are as up-to-date and wired- in as any other city in Australia. This means international students can enjoy a high standard of living in a sophisticated urban place with an affordable cost of living. TOP FIVE >1 Hang out in Salamanca Place in Hobart with live music on Friday nights and hip markets on Saturdays. >2 Delve into Australia’s convict past at Port Arthur, stay the night and go on a ghost tour. >3 Go bushwalking around Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest fresh water lake and part of a Tasmanian World-Heritage Wilderness area. >4 Take a daring mountain bike descent down Mount Wellington above Hobart. >5 Enjoy a joint celebration of art and wine in the Tamar Valley.
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