December 8, 2020
1. Australia has six of the world’s top 100 universities.
Australian education institutions may be relatively young compared with universities such as the UK’s Oxford or the US’s Harvard but they are up there with the best. The University of Melbourne, Australian National University, University of Sydney, University of Queensland, University of New South Wales and Monash University were all ranked in the top 100 universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.
Many of Australian institutions moved their courses online in early 2020 to enable students to continue their studies in a remote and flexible format.
2. Australia has one of the best higher education systems in the world.
Australia has an outstanding higher education system. With over 22,000 courses across 1,100 institutions, Australia’s system is ranked 8th in the Universitas 2019 U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems, higher than France, Germany, Norway and Japan.
3. An emphasis on student experience and graduate outcomes.
International students report almost 90% satisfaction scores for their living and study experience in Australia according to the 2018 Department of Education International Student Survey.
Recent sentiment surveys conducted by Study Australia have found that more than 80% of onshore students intend to finish their studies in Australia, indicating they are very satisfied with the quality of their education they have been receiving.
4. Seven of the best student cities in the world are in Australia.
We already knew cities in Australia were great places to live and study but now it’s official! According to QS Best Student Cities 2019, almost all of Australia’s major cities – Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and the Gold Coast – are in the world’s top 100 student cities.
5. The Australian Government has invested more than AUD$300 million in scholarships for international students.
Australia offered over 3,000 Australia Awards scholarships and short courses to students from over 55 countries in 2019.
The Australian Government has also offered a range of support and flexibility options (for visas, for example) to help onshore students cope with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
6. Australian universities rank in the world’s top 50 in a huge range of study areas.
Australia provides world-leading education in many study areas. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 rated Australian institutions highly in the following fields:
You may not be able to start your studies in Australia now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pursue online course options to kickstart your career journey.
7. More than 2.5 million of Australia’s international alumni are making a global difference.
Over the past 50 years, 2.5 million international students have graduated from Australian educational institutions, according to the International Education Association of Australia. These graduates are now part of a global alumni network that is making an impact around the world.
8. Australian universities have produced 15 Nobel laureates.
From the 1945 prize for the discovery of penicillin to the most recent prize in 2017 for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Australian graduates are high achievers. Will you be Australia’s next Nobel laureate?