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What’s new in Australian education?
Australian cities shine in global ratings
Victoria’s capital city Melbourne took
out top spot as the world’s most liveable
city for the fourth year in a row, beating
Vienna (Austria), Vancouver (Canada)
and Toronto (Canada) in the Economist
Intelligence Unit’s 2014 liveability survey.
Other Australian cities to feature in the top
10 include Adelaide (fifth place), Sydney
(seventh place) and Perth (ninth place).
With an overall score of 97.5 out of 100,
Melbourne received perfect marks for
education, health care and infrastructure.
Australia also received favourable results as
a desirable country for students and visitors.
Melbourne came in at second place in the
QS Best Student Cities Report 2015, behind
Paris, with Sydney not far behind, at fourth
place. Also in the top 50 were Canberra
(21st), Brisbane (23rd), Adelaide (29th) and
Perth (38th). Melbourne was awarded first
place globally for student mix, with Sydney,
Brisbane and Perth joining it in the top 10.
In a rank of friendly cities, Condé Nast’s
Traveler magazine placed Melbourne at
equal first with Auckland (New Zealand).
Sydney came in at fifth place.
Australian Government to implement new
student visa framework
International students are set to benefit
from a new simplified student visa
framework (SSVF), which is to be introduced
in mid-2016. The new framework will
replace the current Streamlined Visa
Processing (SVP) arrangements and
Assessment Level (AL) Framework. It will
see the number of student visa subclasses
reduced from eight to two and the
introduction of a single immigration risk
framework for all international students.
Under the new framework, students’
financial and English language evidentiary
requirements will be based on their country
of citizenship and education provider, rather
than the education sector in which they
choose to study.
Survey results show high international
A national survey of international students
has provided a positive snapshot of study
experiences among those studying in
Australia. The latest instalment of the
International Student Survey, published
in April 2015, found that 88 per cent of
international students were satisfied or
very satisfied with their overall experience
studying and living in Australia. It also
identified the top reasons for choosing
Australia as an international study
destination, including the reputation of
the chosen qualification (with 95 per cent
of students citing this as important or
very important), reputation of the chosen
institution (94 per cent), reputation of
Australia’s education system (93 per cent),
personal safety (92 per cent), and quality
of research and teaching at the chosen
institution (91 per cent).
The survey attracted responses from more
than 55,000 international students across
the higher education, Vocational Education
and Training (VET), English Language
Intensive Courses for Overseas Students
(ELICOS) and secondary school sectors.
International student numbers continue
The number of international students
enrolling at Australian institutions
has continued to grow, with 589,860
enrolments in 2014. This represents an
increase of nearly 12 per cent on 2013.
Enrolments increased across all sectors, with
the biggest jumps at non-award level (21
per cent), ELICOS (20 per cent) and VET
Australia is a popular choice for students considering an overseas education,
with a range of global rankings confirming its status as a top study destination.
We also announce a new student visa framework, discuss the results of the
recent International Student Survey, highlight growth in Australia’s international
student enrolments and summarise some of the major campus developments
around the country.
(11 per cent). To read more about these
types of education, see page 9. Research
has also revealed the top countries of
origin for international students studying in
Australia, with the top five including China,
India, Vietnam, the Republic of Korea and
Thailand (read more on page 27).
Australian universities continue to
improve campus facilities
Australian universities have opened or
commenced construction on a number of
new facilities in the past year.
The University of Southern Queensland
has opened a new campus in Ipswich,
taking over a former site of the University
of Queensland, while the University of
Newcastle has commenced construction of
a new CBD campus for business and law
students. In Victoria, Deakin University is
currently in the process of upgrading its
Melbourne Burwood campus. The university
has opened a new eight-storey building and
will continue to refurbish 11 existing spaces
across the campus.
Health science students at the University
of Adelaide are set to benefit from a new
medical and nursing schools building, located
next to the Royal Adelaide Hospital in the
South Australian Health and Biomedical
Precinct. The building, set to open in 2017,
will house teaching and learning facilities for
more than 1500 students.
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