News Archive 2015

August–December 2015

​ESOS amendments receive Royal Assent  

15 December 2015
Amendments to the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 were passed by Parliament on 1 December and Royal Assent was received on 11 December 2015.

​Ranking China’s universities  

14 December 2015
China has around 2,000 universities, ranging from small private highly specialised institutions through to large, comprehensive universities falling under the direct control of the Ministry of Education (MOE).
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​Report on Enhancing Mobility – Referencing of the Australian and New Zealand Qualifications Frameworks  

04 December 2015
On 4 December, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, Minister for Tourism and International Education, issued a media release on the Enhancing Mobility – Referencing of the Australian and New Zealand Qualifications Frameworks.

China sets direction for world class universities

04 December 2015
On 5 November 2015, the Chinese State Council released a statement designed to lift the status and standing and international competitiveness of China’s higher education system.

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2016 Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships

5 November 2015
Applicants were advised on Wednesday 4 November of the outcome of the 2016 round of the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships. 

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CHINA - Approval processes for Sino-Foreign Joint institutions and Joint programs 

22 October 2015
Under the Chinese educational system, there are three broad types of educational cooperation in running joint Sino-Foreign programs.

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Workshop on Climate Adaptation of Infrastructure: Improving Regional Economic Resilience to Climate Change in Brazil 

06 October 2015
On 25 September 2015, The Australian Department of Education in partnership with DFAT and CAPES held a workshop in Brasilia to present the latest research on climate change.

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Safeguarding Australia’s reputation for high quality international education

09 October 2015
Australia’s international education peak bodies have signed a statement of support to promote best practice amongst international education agents, the Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham announced today.
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QILT website launched

16 September 2015
​An innovative new website that compares quality indicators for learning and teaching at Australian higher education institutions was launched today.

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CHINA – Transnational Higher Education Update

August 2015
​In August 2015, the Chinese Ministry of Education updated their list of approved Sino-foreign joint venture programs.

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Australian medals at the WorldSkills Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil

18 August 2015
The 2015 edition of the WorldSkills Competition was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 12-15 August 2015.

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May–July 2015

MOUs signed with Brazil and Chile

10 July 2015
Two new MOUs were signed with Chile and Brazil in the fields of Education, Research and Vocational Education and Training during Foreign Minister Bishop’s visit to Latin America in July 2015.

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Release of Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment Bills for public consultation 

7 July 2015

The Government has released exposure drafts of the Education Services for Overseas Students Amendments.

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New education services exports data released  

22 June 2015 

The latest International Trade in Services data, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today, shows export income from international education services contributed $17.6 billion to the Australian economy in 2014.

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International student data released

17 June 2015
The latest Department of Education and Training international student data for the year-to-date April 2015 has now been released, along with new information resources about international students in Australia. 

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Feedback on the Draft National Strategy for International Education is now available  

16 June 2015

Feedback on the draft strategy is now available for viewing.

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Sharing Qualifications Recognition Practices with Oman

12 June 2015
The Qualifications Recognition Policy team in the International Group recently welcomed an Omani Ministry of Higher Education delegation for a five day workshop.

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Japan’s ongoing Higher education reform and changes research funding 

12 June 2015
Significant education reform is ongoing in Japan, as part of the government’s “Abenomics” agenda to revitalise the economy and respond to demographic challenges.

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Brazil-Australia Higher Education Forum forges new opportunities

10 June 2015

​The first Brazil-Australia Higher Education Forum was held in Brasilia on 9-10 June 2015 and brought together 50 participants from Australia and Brazil. 

Membership of the Coordinating Council for International Education announced

Wednesday 3 June 2015
Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced the membership of the Coordinating Council for International Education.

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Latin America – Reaching out to the world

21 May 2015
The Department of Education and Training has reinvigorated its cooperation efforts with Mexico, Colombia and Brazil.

Sino-Australian Forum on Transnational Education and Student Mobility

19 May 2015
Education institutions and government officials gathered in Beijing on 27 & 28 March 2015 for the Sino-Australia Forum on Transnational Education and Student Mobility.   

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Endeavour Mobility Grants 2016 round is now open 

15 May 2015
Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, has announced the opening of applications for the 2016 round of Endeavour Mobility Grants.

January–April 2015

International student data released

30 April 2015
 The latest Department of Education and Training international student data for year-to-date March 2015 has now been released.
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Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships 2016 round is now open

24 April 2015
Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, has announced the opening of applications for the 2016 round of the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships.
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International Student Survey 2014

20 April 2015
Findings from the latest survey of international students studying in Australia are now available.

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Draft National Strategy for International Education 

01 April 2015

The Government has released for consultation the Draft National Strategy for International Education.

Strengthening university partnerships Australia-Japan

26 February 2015
In Japan, the government announced its new Top Global University program, which provides ten years of funding to 37 leading universities to support further internationalisation. 

Educating Online in South East Asia

23 February 2015

The Australian Government Department of Education and Training is hosting a regional workshop to explore the opportunities for and challenges to online and blended learning in South East Asia. 

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Brazil – President Rousseff makes education the top priority 

03 Feburary 2015
​On 1 January 2015, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff outlined the priorities for her government’s second term..