News Archive 2012

October–December 2012

EcEAS International Standard Schools in Indonesia annulled by the Constitutional Court

On the 8 January 2013, the Indonesian Constitutional Court announced its decision (Verdict No. 5/ PUU-X/2012) on the status of the law supporting International Standard Schools in Indonesia.


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TVET Provider Network Workshop

In November 2012, representatives from 15 of the 18 East Asian Summit countries and regional TVET providers met over three days in Melbourne to participate in the EAS TVET Provider Network Workshop.
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Encounter: Australia-Europe 9th round now open

The ninth round of joint cooperation projects was announced by the European Commission on 12 December 2012.

New MoU with Malaysia

A new Memorandum of Understanding on Higher Education with Malaysia was signed in Perth on Wednesday 14 November 2012.
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Korean Government scholarships available

The Korean Government is inviting applications from Australian university students and graduates for the following scholarship programs that support native English speakers to teach English in South Korea.

Important information for Iranian students facing financial pressures

November 2012
Frequently Asked Questions for international students and education providers are now available.


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Education a priority in Asian Century

Education has been named as a priority in today’s release by Prime Minister Julia Gillard of the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper. Find more information at
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Australia India Institute annual conference

The Australia India Institute will hold its annual conference on 31 October, 1 November and 2 November 2012 in Melbourne, Australia, on the topic: The Argumentative Indian: Critical Debates in the World's Largest Democracy.
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October Policy Updates - Japan

A selection of policy updates from AEI Japan.
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July–September 2012

2012 International Student Survey to be presented at AIEC in Melbourne

AEI, in collaboration with Universities Australia, English Australia, ACPET and TAFE Directors Australia, will announce key findings of the 2012 International Student Survey at the Australian International Education Conference in Melbourne this week. 

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EAS Education Minister Meeting 2012

The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Senator the Hon Christopher Evans attended the East Asia Summit (EAS) Education Minister’s Meeting (EMM) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on 5 July 2012.


Outbound mobility best practice guide for Australian Universities

The Outbound Mobility Best Practice Guide for Australian Universities is a new resource showcasing best practice in student mobility in Australian universities and is now available on the Study Overseas Web Portal.

Endeavour Awards on YouTube

A short clip introducing the Endeavour Awards program is now available for viewing on InnoVision, the official YouTube channel of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

Indonesian Higher Education Bill

On 13 July 2012 the Indonesian Parliament passed the Bill on Higher Education. Key provisions include National Qualifications Framework, institutional autonomy, development of community academies and delivery of Higher Education by Foreign Institutions.

Changes to Malaysian scholarship arrangements

Changes to scholarship arrangements, recognition of universities offering medical degrees and recognition of Australian legal qualifications.

Moratorium on New University and New University Program Establishment in Indonesia

On the 9 August 2012 the Indonesian Directorate General of Higher Education announced the decision to impose a moratorium on the establishment of new Higher Education Institutions and new Higher Education program from 1 September 2012 to 31 August 2014.

Information for international student visa holders affected by 2010 general skilled migration changes

International students affected by these changes will need to soon consider their visa options with transitional arrangements closing at the end of 2012.

University of New England partners with institutions in France and Spain

17 August 2012
The University of New England, the University of Western Sydney and the European partners ESC Rennes School of Business and the Open University of Catalunya, will shortly commence their joint degree project - MBA International Social Entrepreneurship.

Australian education, science and research showcased in Bangkok

13 August 2012
To mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and Thailand, the Australian Embassy in Bangkok staged the “Experience Australia Unlimited” exhibition at the CentralWorld shopping centre in central Bangkok from 17-22 July 2012.

Australian students encouraged to study in Thailand

08 August 2012
To mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and Thailand, Australian Education International (AEI) at the Australian Embassy in Bangkok has produced an excellent new resource.

April–June 2012

TPS Director announced

29th June 2012
The Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator the Hon Chris Evans has announced the appointment of Mr Vipan Mahajan as the new Tuition Protection Service (TPS) Director.
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Scholarship opportunities for study and research in Taiwan

28th June 2012
The Taiwan Fellowships & Scholarships (TAFS) program is a Taiwanese Government initiative to promote research and educational links between Taiwan and the global community.

Statement of Principles for the Ethical Recruitment of International Students

26 April 2012
Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK agreed to the Statement of Principles for the Ethical Recruitment of International Students by Education Agents.
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United States Education Guidebook

07 May 2012
The United States Education Guidebook is a new resource for Australian educators, researchers, policy developers and institutions seeking to engage with the US education sector.
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New Council to advise Government on international education

14 October 2011
The Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, today announced a new International Education Advisory Council to advise the Australian Government in developing a new long-term strategy for the international education sector.

Release of Discussion Paper

24 April 2012
The International Education Advisory Council today released a discussion paper to support the development of an international education strategy for Australia.
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Europe Policy Dialogue 2012

13 April 2012
The 2012 policy dialogue on the topic of international education was held on March 12 in Brussels. The dialogue was co-chaired by Mr Colin Walters, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Education International and Mr Jordi Currell, Director, Higher Education and International Affairs, Directorate-General for Education and Culture.



January–March 2012

Streamlined visa processing arrangements

26 March 2012
The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, the Hon Chris Bowen MP, has announced a number of key changes to the student visa program recommended by the Knight Review. 

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AEI hosts East Asia education framework workshop

Further to the East Asia Summit Technical and Vocational Education and Training Quality Assurance Framework (EAS TVET QAF) project which Australia is leading, Australian Education International hosted a 3 day workshop in Canberra from 26_28 March 2012. 

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Better consumer protection for international students

08 March 2012
Amendments to the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 were passed by Parliament on 1 March 2012 and will commence from 1 July 2012, following Royal Assent. The amendments are part of the Government’s second phase response to the Baird Review of ESOS which reported in February 2010.

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EU Project Funding now open

Guidelines and applications are now open for the 2012 round of EU/Australia joint mobility and joint degree projects. These projects comprise consortiums of Australian and EU universities or vocational education and training institutions offering students the chance to study overseas in either the EU or Australia.


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New arrangements for the STPM in Malaysia

The Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) is to undergo a major revamp commencing with the lower sixth cohort in first term 2012 (starting in June 2012).  STPM results will no longer be based 100% on examination results, but instead will include, over the 18 month period of study, a cumulative assessment of assignments, field research, laboratory work and term examinations. Students will be permitted to resit the first and second term examinations.
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Chinese Ministry of Education – 2012 work priorities

13 March 2012
The Chinese Ministry of Education have published their work priorities for 2012, which have been translated by AEI China.
Priorities include supporting greater international collaboration, support for private education, developing regional China, and continuing to focus on quality assurance for institutions and academics, teachers and professionals.

Time running out to attract HK students from double-cohort year

13 March 2012
2012 is the double-cohort year when the last cohort of roughly 35,000 A-level graduates (other than those who will retake certain subjects as private candidates next year) and the first cohort of at least 71,000 HKDSE graduates are exiting the schooling system.  Parents and students in Hong Kong are eager to know if Australian institutions would accept HKDSE qualification.

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Hong Kong Media Update February 2012

13 March 2012
AEI Hong Kong has compiled relevant media articles from February, to provide a useful tool to ensure stakeholders remain informed and up-to-date.
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Chinese students abroad - 2011 figures released

09 March 2012 
The Chinese Ministry of Education has released the figures for the number of Chinese students studying abroad during 2011.
Of the total 339,700 Chinese students studying abroad (a 19% increase from 2010), 12,800 were government funded students, 12,100 had been funded by other organisations, and 314,800 were self-funded.

International students summer program in Indonesia

7 March 2012
Universitas Gadjah Mada will hold an International Students Summer Program in Jogjakarta on 1-14 July 2012 with the theme of “Alternative Education: Because Education Knows No Boundaries”. It is expected that around 100 students from various countries will join this program. Application is opened until 15 April 2012.

Minister affirms education lilnks with China

Senator Evans, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research led a delegation to visit Beijing from 19-21 February 2012. In addition to his meetings in support of Australia’s efforts to host the Square Kilometre Array, Minister Evans also met with the Chinese Minister for Education and the president of Tsinghua University.

Chinese media response to the Knight Review

The education supplements in Chinese newspapers are read as eagerly as sports pages in Australia at the start of the AFL season.  It was therefore inevitable that the changes to Australia's student visa program would attract significant media attention.

2012 Australian Alumni Award Nominations Now Open

On 18 February 2012, The Australian Embassy in Jakarta opened the nominations for the 2012 Australian Alumni Awards in Indonesia. Australian education institutions are strongly encouraged to nominate high achievers for these Awards.

Gap semester likely for Japanese university students

3 February 2012
The focus of media reporting on Japan’s education sector is recently announced plans by the influential University of Tokyo to move the regular April commencement of university studies, to align with the US academic calendar which starts in September.

Australian Teachers Enhancing their Japanese Language Skills

25 January 2012
The Australian Embassy in Japan congratulates the 50 high performing Australian teachers on the completion of their intensive language training in Japan. The teachers have been in Osaka to improve their Japanese language and cultural skills through a three-week intensive study program.