AUSTRALIA THE BEST AND THE TOP 9 UNIVERSITIES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN THE COUNTRY
Each year, almost half a million international students are enrolled in Australian universities and colleges, and it is easy to see why. When it comes to the quality of the education and the standard of living that students enjoy, there’s no mystery to why international students flock to Australia.
Studying in Australia offers students from all over the world the opportunity to experience life in a different country, to live in a new culture and to learn in a totally new educational environment. Choosing the right place to study will usually hinge on a number of factors, such as the standard of education, expense and standard of living. One country that ticks all the boxes is Australia.
Australia offers a choice and quality of educational institutions that is hard to match. These range from universities, to vocational institutes and to English language schools. All are highly regarded worldwide, offering qualifications that carry weight and currency in Australia, Asia and beyond.
Whatever a student’s eventual career path, they will find the right education to set them on their way in Australia. Business, economics, engineering, computer science, arts, history, medicine, mathematical sciences and more are all taught at the country’s many fine universities. Vocational institutes offer education in every trade and skill imaginable, while studying and living in Australia is the ideal choice for those who want to improve or perfect their written and spoken English.
Not only is the standard of education in Australia excellent, it is also a great place to live. The quality of life is among the highest in the world, costs are low and the climate is great. In fact, four Australian cities consistently make it into the top 10 of the ‘world’s most livable cities’ index – Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide.
Student life is all about a healthy mix of work and play. Students living in Australia have one of the most beautiful and unspoiled continents on the planet at their feet during their time off. Traveling this vast and distinctive continent is the perfect way to unwind after a long year of study. And for those who want to stay a little longer, Australia offers career opportunities in almost every field imaginable.
To begin our special education feature we present to you our top 10 Australian international universities. Over the coming days we will also be publishing news and opinion from big names like Australian Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Australian Ambassador to China Dr Geoff Raby, as well as our own correspondents and guest writers. We hope you enjoy.
The top Australian international universities
Australia National University (ANU)
Australia National University is located at the heart of Australia’s leafy capital Canberra, on the north side of Lake Burley Griffin. It is consistently placed among the best universities in the world. In 2009 ANU was ranked first in Australia, and 17th internationally, by the Times Higher Education Supplement. A large proportion of its student base is made up from international students. Many are from Australia’s regional neighbors, including China, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Charles Darwin University (CDU)
If you love freedom and have a sense of adventure then CDU is the place for you. Located in the tropical Northern Territory of Australia, this young, vibrant University offers exciting study opportunities in one of the world’s most culturally and biologically diverse regions. Benefits include: Personalised teaching in small classes to maximise your potential; High graduate employment rate; Excellent part-time work prospects while studying due to strong local economy and acute labour shortages; Enhanced migration prospects – 15 additional bonus points for migration. Your education will continue outside the classroom as well. Student outdoor recreational activities including camping, scenic tours and safaris in the beautiful national parks of the Northern Territory, as well as fishing charters and sailing trips.
Griffith University is a large institution with five campuses in the dynamic Brisbane-Gold Coast region, so called because of its fantastic climate. It has internationally recognised strengths in teaching and research and offers degrees in four broad academic groups: arts, education and law; business; science, engineering, environment and technology; and health. Griffith University has over 10,000 international students. It’s not just work that attracts the students. The Gold Coast is one of Australia’s premier tourist destinations, with amazing nightlife, theme parks, wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and some of the world’s best beaches.
La Trobe University
La Trobe’s motto is “whoever seeks shall find” and it’s one that they take very seriously. As one of Australia’s leading universities it has an international reputation for academic excellence and innovation. It’s goal is clear: to deliver relevant and radical learning and research. No wonder then that La Trobe University was ranked in Victoria’s top 3 Universities in 2007 by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Index. La Trobe is currently offering more than 460 undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs to more than 26,500 students, with over 5,000 international students from over 100 countries across the world.
Set in a 126-hectare park-like campus in Sydney’s northwest suburbs, Macquarie University is focused on delivering programmes that are internationally centered, with the flexibility to explore broader interests while obtaining a top class qualification. Ranked in the top 300 universities in the world (Shanghai Jiao Tong University Rankings, 2009), Macquarie focuses on excellence in research. The university has approximately 9,000 international students out of a total of 33,000. It’s reputation for business continues to attract a large quantity of Asian students, who also benefit from a wide range of professional degrees and more flexible programmes in the field of commerce.
Based in Perth, the capital of Western Australia, Murdoch University is another multi-campus University who’s main sites at South Street, Rockingham and Peel are complemented by international facilities in Singapore and Dubai. Their students are enrolled in over 200 undergraduate degrees and postgraduate courses across a range of disciplines, including Veterinary science, Law, Teaching, Psychology, Business, Media and Nursing. Students can complete some or all of their degree in Asia or the Middle East if they wish. The University has International Study Centres in Malaysia, Singapore and Japan, making it more accessible than ever to students from Asia.
Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Based in Brisbane, Queensland University of Technology is a highly successful Australian university with an excellent graduate employment rate, global connections and a world-class record in applied research. With more than 650 undergraduate and postgraduate options, its courses can be tailored to specific educational needs from Built Environment and Engineering, Business, Creative Industries, Education, Health, Human Services, Law and Justice, and Science and Technology.
The University of Queensland (UQ)
The University of Queensland offers one of the most comprehensive ranges of world-class programs in Australia.The University boasts 7 faculties, 33 schools, 350 degree programs, world class English language programmes and a foundation bridging program. The University is a founding member of the prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) — an alliance of Australian universities committed to maintaining the highest international standards. UQ is also one of only three Australian members of Universitas 21, an elite international network of leading research-intensive universities.
The University of Western Australia (UWA)
The University of Western Australia (UWA) is a leading Australian research university and has an international reputation for excellence, innovation and enterprise. A member of the Australian ‘Group of 8’ research universities UWA is described as ‘an excellent, high-quality, well-organised university with a broad vision’ by Australia’s foremost higher education review body (2009). It attracts strong numbers of students from Southeast Asia but has also managed to grow student numbers from South and North Asia, especially China, India and Hong Kong. Overall, UWA is a comprehensive university that offers a wide range of courses and professional programmes, including Medicine, Dentistry, Law, Engineering and Architecture. The Business degrees, with majors in Finance and Accounting, and Engineering degrees are especially popular.
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