Thursday, May 29, 2008

Australian education gets international seal of approval

International students have expressed high levels of satisfaction in their courses of study and work outcomes in Australia, according to an international student survey released today.

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, has welcomed the results of the 2007 Follow-up International Student Survey, which was commissioned by Australian Education International.

The survey found that 68 per cent of international students who had completed a higher education course held a full time or part time job, 18 per cent were doing further full time or part time study and not working, and 5 per cent were unemployed and actively seeking a job.

Of those who had completed a vocational education and training course, 67 per cent held a full time or part time job, 26 per cent were doing further full time or part time study and not working, and 4 per cent were unemployed and actively seeking a job.

This is a positive outcome for the many thousands of international students who come to study in Australia every year, and a clear international endorsement of the quality of Australian education.

The overall positive experience of international students in Australia was reflected in around 75 per cent of them intending to become permanent residents at some point in the future.

International education is Australia’s third largest export earner and a great force for international cooperation, to which the Australian Government is strongly committed.

The earlier survey, released in 2007, identified education quality, richness of student experience and enhanced employment prospects as key reasons international students choose Australia.

The follow up survey, in which more than 2000 students participated, sought to determine whether Australia had met students’ expectations in these areas and the extent to which they had achieved their career or further education aspirations following course completion.