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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2010
australia the education destination | 1 3 freedom of knowledge: the eu and australia about australian education the european union and australia embrace freedom of knoWledge through a bilateral program, Writes nikki-lynne hunter from the delegation of the european commission. FREEDOM IS a fundamental right for all people. When it was first set up, the European Union included the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital as the four pillars of the internal market. It has now added a fifth freedom, the freedom of knowledge. Freedom of knowledge encompasses knowledge and the freedom to move around to gain and share that knowledge. It is not enough to know something: you have to be able to build on that knowledge, to expand it so that it becomes a journey of discovery itself. EU and Australia cooperation The EU and Australia have been engaged at a political level since 1962 when Sir Edwin McCarthy became the first Australian Ambassador to the European Communities. Since then, the relationship has expanded to cover a whole range of interests. The latest development is a Partnership Framework that was adopted in October 2008 and sets the scene for greater collaboration at all levels, including education. The European Commission and Australia have signed a Declaration of Intent to increase cooperation in the field of education. Under this, we have set up an annual Policy Dialogue and we held the first one in Melbourne in 2009 focusing on university reform. Next year, we will look at early childhood education, and qualifications frameworks. These dialogues will involve experts and practitioners (including students!) and will have positive results for more collaboration at the institutional level. Europe and Australia have been cooperating on education since the start of European settlement in 1788. Many Europeans have come to Australia to study and undertake research. To encourage more two-way movement, Australia and the EU began a series of bilateral study projects. Scholarships between 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 Photo:©EuropeanCommunities2009
The Education Destination
Australia The Education Destination 2011