News archive 2011

October–December 2011

Scholarships at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) is offering scholarships to study at APU.
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Recognition of Medical Degrees in Malaysia

Australian medical schools seeking recognition by the Malaysian Medical Council for purposes of Public Service Department (JPA) approval, have previously been advised that the Medical Act 1971 would be amended and recognition for individual medical education programs would no longer be needed. Instead foreign medical graduates would be required to sit an examination for recognition. More information

EU-Australia mobility project recipients’ research work recommended for patent

University of Melbourne engineering students, Timothy Broomhead and Lachlan Harpley, are to be congratulated for their work as part of a research team at the Technical University of Munich by having their invention recommended for patent.

Australian-India Higher Education Collaboration Opportunites

20 October 2011
AEI New Delhi has received expressions of interest from two leading Indian institutions wanting to partner with Australian universities.

Hong Kong delegation visits DEEWR to discuss VET and workforce policy

19 October 2011
DEEWR hosted a delegation of industry experts from the Hong Kong Building and Civil Engineering Training Board (BCTB) for a meeting on Friday 7 October 2011.

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Minister Evan's speech: Australian International Education Conference

14 October 2011
Minister Evans addressed the Australian International Education Conference, Adelaide, 14 October 2010. The speech can be found on the Minister’s website.

July–September 2011

Government’s 2nd phase response to the Baird Review

23 September 2011 
On 22 September 2011, legislation was introduced into the House of Representative to amend the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 as part of the Government’s second phase response to the Baird Review recommendations
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Excellence in Transnational Education Symposium

12 September 2011
AEI joins with British Council in Malaysia to showcase excellence in transnational education.
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An Australian education in Malaysia

6 September 2011
Transnational education in its various forms – from franchise programs, twinning programs and branch campuses - is now an integral element in the landscape of many countries.
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European Commission President visits Australia

5 September 2011
Prime Minister Julia Gillard and President José Manuel Barroso emphasised the new phase of closer cooperation between Australia and the European Union (EU), during bilateral talks in Canberra on 5 September 2011.
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Update for Libyan Nationals studying in Australia

5 September 2011

On 1 September the Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs, Craig Emerson, and the Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, announced a $1.5m loan to the Libyan Embassy to support Libyan Government scholarship holders and their families. 
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Opening of applications for the Prime Minister's Education Assistance Program for Japan

24 August 2011Applications are now invited for the Prime Minister’s Education Assistance Program for Japan.
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2011 International Student Roundtable Communiqué released

The Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, welcomed the opportunity to speak with international students at the second International Student Roundtable held in Canberra on 21-23 August 2011.
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The Internationalisation of U.S. Higher Education in a Time of Declining Resources

30 August 2011
This report explores the impact of recent resource declines on internationalisation policies and strategies at US universities and colleges.
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Call for papers for transnational education symposium

22 August 2011
AEI joins with British Council in Malaysia to showcase Excellence in Transnational Education – calling for papers
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Student visa applications from China 2009-2010

24 August 2011
Each year, AEI Beijing produces an analysis of student visa applications lodged by Chinese citizens offshore, based on data supplied by DIAC. 
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DEEWR showcases Australia’s education framework to IEPEP officer from China

24 August 2011
The successful completion of an International Education Policy Exchange Program (IEPEP) has led to a strengthened mutual understanding between the Chinese Ministry of Education, Australian government organisations and education institutions.
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Australia India Education Links Website

17 August 2011
The Australia India Education Links portal is a joint website developed by Australian Education International (AEI) and the Government of India to facilitate greater collaboration in education and training between the two countries.
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Australian Education Counsellors speak at Hong Kong International Education Forum and Expo

17 August 2011
The Hong Kong Education Bureau successfully hosted the International Education Forum and Expo – Learning Journey for the Globalised World in Hong Kong on 14-16 July 2011. A number of events were held in Hong Kong, including a Ministerial Roundtable, International Conference and Education Expo.
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Senator Evans attends East Asia Summit Education Minister’s Meeting

4 August 2011
Senator the Hon Christopher Evans, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, attended the East Asia Summit (EAS) Education Ministers Meeting (EMM) in Bali, Indonesia on 18 July 2011.
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Senator Evans and the Hon Kapil Sabil, Indian Minister for Human Resource Development, joint media conference

1 August 2011
Senator Chris Evans, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, and the Hon Kapil Sabil, Minister for Human Resource Development, India, held a joint media conference to discuss the education relationship between the two countries on 1 August 2011.
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Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency commences

1 August 2011
The commencement of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) today, 1 August 2011 marks the beginning of a new era of quality for Australian higher education.
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Senator Evans visits India

31 July 2011
The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Jobs, Senator Chris Evans, will attend a series of meetings with Indian stakeholders to strengthen bilateral ties during his visit on 1—4 August 2011.
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AEI monthly student data - July

27 July 2011
June 2011 international student data is now available.
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Chinese VET officials visit DEEWR

25 July 2011
The Australian and Chinese governments strengthened their understanding of vocational education and training (VET) systems in each country during a visit by five VET officials from China to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) on Friday 15 July.
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Student Exchange program strengthens linkages

22 July 2011
Students from Indonesia’s Universitas Gadjah Mada are undertaking one semester of study at University of Adelaide under the Australian Government International Student Exchange Program.
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Prime Minister’s Education Assistance Program for Japan

20 July 2011
The Prime Minister’s Education Assistance Program for Japan, announced by the Australian Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard MP during her visit to Japan in April, has been established to provide assistance for education exchange in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake on 11 March 2011.
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GEJI recipient wins journalism award

18 July 2011Congratulations to Lauren Day who was awarded the Walkley Foundation’s Media Super Student Journalist of the Year award on 21 June 2011. Lauren won the award for her television feature story about the effects of climate change in Kiribati.
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ESOS Act amendments

18 July 2011
On 6 July 2011 legislation was introduced into the House of Representatives to amend the Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Act 1997.
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Malaysian policy exchange program

12 July 2011
DEEWR hosted three senior officials from the Malaysian Department of Higher Education between 29 June and 6 July to undertake a policy exchange program on international student management.
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Report of Chinese media coverage June 2011

8 July 2011
A total of 127 news articles were collected in June, of which 48 articles were related to Australia education. 
Compared to last month, in June we saw a decrease in the volume of coverage on the negative implications of the UK visa policy changes. There was news about the pre-departure seminars organized by the British Council.
Regarding the recent announcement of New Zealand immigration policy changes, the coverage was found to be mostly positive.
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April–June 2011

AEI monthly student data - June

29 June 2011AEI international student data for May 2011 has been released today.
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Mexico and Australia: Strengthening bilateral relations

27 June 2011
On 21–24 June 2011 the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) hosted a visit by Ambassador Mario Chacón and Mr Alejandro Miranda from the Mexican Secretaría de Educación Pública (Ministry of Public Education).
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Korean delegation visits AEI national office

22 June 2011
On Wednesday 22 June 2011 DEEWR hosted a visit by a delegation of Vice Presidents International (Deputy Vice Chancellors/Pro Vice Chancellor equivalents) from Korea’s leading universities.
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Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Bill 2011

24 June 2011
The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Bill 2011 was passed on 22 June 2011. The bill establishes the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) as the new national regulatory and quality assurance agency for higher education.

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Fortnightly report of Chinese media coverage, 15-30 May 2011

15 June 2011
A total of 71 news articles were collected from 15 May to 31 May 2011, of which 39 articles were related to Australia education.
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Australia and China sign historic Joint Work Plan on Education and Training

14 June 2011
The Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and the Chinese Ministry of Education (MoE) have agreed to an historic Joint Work Plan during the fourth meeting of the Australia–China Joint Working Group on Education and Training Cooperation that was held on Monday 23 May 2011.
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Fortnightly report of Chinese media coverage, 1–15 May 2011

6 June 2011
A total of 120 news articles were collected from 1 to 15 May 2011, of which 61 articles were related to Australia education. The remaining articles were about our competitors and other relevant education news in China.
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AEI Japan Education Media Report – May 2011

1 June 2011
Education articles relating to Japan.
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The Fulbright Commission: New scientific links between Australia and USA

27 May 2011
The Australian Government in partnership with the Australian-American Fulbright Commission has announced funding for a new scholarship for an outstanding American professor to work with world-leading scientists from Australia.

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Analysis of media coverage on the new UK student visa policies

18 May 2011
On 22 March 2011 the UK Border Agency (UKBA) announced a series of changes to the immigration policies for their Tier 4 student visa.
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Study tour in India: Opportunity for law students and faculty

13 May 2011
Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), one of India’s premier law universities, is seeking expressions of interest from Australian undergraduate law students and faculty for a study tour to India. The tour will be up to 21 days and is available in September 2011 – March 2012. The exact timing of the trip will be resolved in consultation with GNLU and successful participants (up to 15 people).
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New Ombudsman for overseas students in private education and training

9 May 2011
Overseas students in Australia who have problems with private education and training can now take their complaints to the Overseas Students Ombudsman (OSO) if they cannot resolve problems with their education providers directly.
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Legislative changes following Baird Review

8 April 2011
Greater protection for international students will be available following the enactment of the first tranche of the legislative changes recommended by the Baird Review. The ESOS Amendment Act, which commenced on 8 April 2011, aims to protect international students by further strengthening education providers’ registration requirements and expanding the role of the Commonwealth Ombudsman for external complaints by international students relating to private providers. More information about the Overseas Student Ombudsman is available on the Ombudsman website.
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Japan education system – assessment for students 


8 April 2011
Students in Australia should be aware that flexible enrolment and tuition collection arrangements are in place at many Japanese institutions. New enrolments are being accepted, however classes scheduled to commence in April have in many cases been deferred until May. 
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Applications for the 2012 Endeavour Awards are now open 

1 April 2011


Please read the Endeavour Applicant Guidelines for further information on the Endeavour Awards.
The 2012 Endeavour Awards offer the following awards:
Endeavour Postgraduate Award, Prime Minister’s Australian Asia Incoming Postgraduate Award, Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Outgoing Postgraduate and Undergraduate Award, Endeavour Vocational Education and Training (VET) Award, Endeavour Executive Award and Endeavour Research Fellowships (including Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowships and Research Fellowships for Indigenous Australians).


January–March 2011

Good Practice Guidelines: Safety for students and staff

25 March 2011
Universities Australia has released its Good Practice Guidelines for Enhancing Student Safety. The document supports and recognises good practice, both on and off Australian university campuses, that creates and maintains a safe and rewarding learning environment for all.
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Earthquake and tsunami in Japan

18 March 2011
Australians are advised to monitor the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) travel advice for Japan for further information and updates regarding the situation in Japan.
Australians in affected areas should follow the instructions of local authorities and check the media for safety information. If further assistance is required, Australians should contact the DFAT directly on +61 2 6261 3305.
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British Council: Going Global 2011

15 March 2011
Going Global 2011 took place in Hong Kong on 10–12 March 2011. The international education conference was hosted by the British Council.
The conference discussed student mobility as the largest and most visible component of global education.
Mr Colin Walters, CEO, Australian Education International, participated in the panel discussion on International students – returning the investment.  
For the discussion Mr Walters tabled a paper on Australia’s reform program for international education (1 mb; 102 kb).


Student visa program review – submissions invited

8 March 2011
The Government has commissioned a strategic review of the student visa program, headed by the Hon Michael Knight AO, which is to report to the Government in mid-2011.
On 7 March 2011 Mr Knight released a discussion paper, which provides a brief overview of some of the key issues that have emerged from his first round of consultations.
Mr Knight encourages all interested parties to consider making a written submission to the review so their views can be taken into account. Submissions close on Friday 15 April 2011.
For more information, please visit the Department of Immigrations and Citizenship (DIAC)


Queensland and Victoria floods

14 February 2011
Significant flooding occurred in many areas of Queensland and Victoria during late December 2010 and early January 2011.
Recovery work is underway, with support available for those affected.
For the latest flood information including support and assistance, please visit the Queensland Government
website and victoriaonline.


Tropical cyclone Yasi

9 February 2011
Tropical cyclone Yasi was declared on 30 January 2011 and made landfall at 1am AEDT on Thursday 3 February 2011.
No current cyclones are listed on the Bureau of Meteorology website for Australia.
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Submissions invited for Student visa review

3 February 2011
The Hon Michael Knight AO today issued a call for submissions to the review of the Student visa
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Addressing international education concerns following the Queensland floods

20 January 2011
The Queensland Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and Minister for Trade, the Honourable Stephen Robertson MP, has released a statement highlighting Queensland international education and training providers are open for business and ready to welcome students in 2011. 
Minister's statement
Study Brisbane advises Brisbane’s international education student sector remains open.
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