Australia – Explore Education, Explore Yourself
Australia, a name that reflects vibrant culture, warm people, open society and recent statistics suggests that it`s the best place in the world to live. Australia is one of the most favored tourist destinations of the world and Gold Coast is one of the most visited places in the world. Australia is well known for various industries and the Government of Australia has stressed education as one of the most important aspects of the system.
Education abroad can be expensive but Australia provides the amenities and standard of life which is far from expensive in terms of global standards. Australian education is widely recognized worldwide and it offers one of the highest standards of education coupled with best of its kind living conditions. Australian Universities are ranked among the best in the world and 4 Australian Universities feature in the top 100 Global Universities.
Australian education is highly practical, offers programs in specified concentrations and an incorporative education environment absorbs latest technologies without any delay into their education system. Australia is well known for its programs in Science and Technology, Marketing and Management practices, Tourism & Hospitality, and almost any advanced course sought after by the student.
Australian education is high on demand mainly for some of its characteristics:
- Indian education is treated at par with Australia and Indian 12+3 is acceptable for Masters.
- Flexible course durations of 1, 1.5 to 2 years for post graduate programs.
- Cost of education and living amenities are very competitive with other developed countries.
- Australian education is widely recognized worldwide and has one of the highest degrees of acceptance.
- Research amenities and state of the art facilities are one of the best in the world.
- Admission process is very simple and straightforward.
- Australia has over 350000 international students and more than 40000 of them are Indians.
- Faculties in the Universities are members of International Academic Community and recruits are one of the best in the world.
- Alumni and graduates of Australian Universities are sought after globally, which indicates the high level of global trust over Australian education.
- Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) scheme safeguards the interests of overseas students.
- Australia is a safe country with a relatively warm climate suited to Indians and is one of the most powerful countries in the world.
Assurance of Standards and quality
Government of Australia has full control over the education system. Each course of an Australia University is offered a CRICOS Code by the government. Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) is a government body which provides all the information required to an overseas student regarding the courses offered and admission process.
There is no formal ranking system as the government does not have any specified Institute of interest and all the Universities are governed by the same law and strive to maintain the same quality
Australia comprises of the mainland Australian Continent, islands like Tasmania & numerous small islands. Northern neighbors are Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and East Timor whereas north eastern neighbors are Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. New Zealand is 1500 km to the south east of Australia. Australian mainland is located between Indian and Pacific oceans. Surface geography is typically flat and Australia is the house of various indigenous flora and fauna which is very unique to the whole world.
Australian climate is largely temperate over two-thirds of the main land and a third of the landmass is of tropical nature. Southern hemisphere has a reversed climate cycle with December to February months constituting the summer, March to May is autumn, June to August being winter and Spring lasts from September to November. Tasmanian highlands and table lands along with the south eastern region form the coldest areas of Australia.
Australian Commonwealth is largely of British (36.1%) & Irish (10.1%) origins and Australia being a British colony has large British footmarks engraved in its culture. A large part is native Australian (34%) and around 12% are Asian Australians. There are various other ethnic communities (more than 100 in numbers) represented in Australia from around the globe. 2 out of every 7 Australian are born abroad and population had quadrupled after the 2nd World War largely due to immigration. With such a multi cultural environment Australia still has one of the least population densities in the world at around 2.8 person per square kilometer.
Official language of the country is English whereas a host of foreign languages are widely spoken all over Australia due to the fact that immigrants constitute the bulk of the population.
There is no state religion in Australia but majority of the people practice Christianity and various other religions like Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Judaism are practiced. Section 116 of Australian constitution prohibits the government, federal in nature from making any laws to establish any religion, imposition of any religious observance or prohibition of free excise of any religion.
Australian art forms are one of the most respected in the world and a national opera company and eight professional orchestras depict the same. More than a thousand museums display and preserve the cultural heritage full of diversity. Australian films are highly acclaimed and many noted Australian personalities are people of high stature in the Hollywood.
Australian authors are recognized for two Booker Prizes, a Noble Laureate in literature in Patrick White and many artists, dramatists, poets of International repute. Australia`s tradition of theatres, Amateur troupes, and professional companies is widely recognized.
Australia`s environment has great encouragement for musicians and has folk, chart buster pop and music unique to its aboriginal people.
Tradition of painting dates back to more than 40000 years and can still be found in Major Museums and Galleries. Contemporary art has a wide representation in the society.
Australia is traditionally a very sportive nation and has International representation in Cricket, Netball, Hockey, Rugby etc. Each of these teams have won the highest accolades in this sports at least twice with its men’s and women`s teams. More than 120 national sports organizations, thousands of State, Regional and local clubs create a strong eco-culture for sports in Australia. Australia has hosted many International sporting events like the Commonwealth Games and most recently Olympics in Sydney in 2004.
Public transport comprises of rail, road, sea and Ariel connectivity. Buses, trains and trams form the bulk of roadways. Ferries and airlines operate over long distances with in the country. Metropolitan zones and length of travel determines the cost of journey. Counters for tickets operate at train stations, bus stops, tram ways and news agencies.
A valid international license with permit is necessary to drive a vehicle in Australia. Metered taxi`s operate in all major cities.