October 3, 2020

The ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and hard border closures will significantly influence the size and composition of the Migration Program 2020-21, which will be unveiled through the Budget process on October 6.

As the Morrison Government lays down the groundwork for the Migration Program for the remainder of the year, immigration experts and migration agents envisage sobering news on that front, since Australia’s migration intake will largely be determined by the challenges posed by the pandemic, and a strong focus on economic recovery.


Keypoints:

  • Australian Government to announce Migration Program planning levels on October 6
  • Skilled Migration, especially critical sector occupations to get priority under state nomination programs
  • Onshore visa applicants, including international students, likely to have edge over offshore applicants

The Treasury assumes that Australia’s international borders will gradually reopen in the first six months of next year, with international travellers required to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.

While the overall effect of the border reopening would mean people will eventually return and trigger renewed activity in the country’s economy, but it isn’t expected to be anywhere near the pre-pandemic levels.

This means that those industries that rely on migrants to fill local skills gaps will continue to suffer. 

Net overseas migration:

The government expects net overseas migration to fall to just 35,000 in 2020-21 – whereas it needs to be between 160,000 and 220,000 to maintain GDP per capita growth.

Painting an even grimmer picture in his budget preview address, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg indicated that the October 6 budget will now predict a negative net overseas migration in the current and the next financial year, further crushing the economy bruised by the coronavirus shutdown.

“Australia’s future population will be smaller, and older than we previously assumed because of the sharp drop we are seeing in net overseas migration,” Mr Frydenberg said on Thursday.

Planning levels:

In July, the Department of Home Affairs signalled that it will retain the planning ceiling at 160,000 places – the level set for the 2019-20 Migration Program, including the program’s size and composition as per which around two-thirds of the permanent migration program is set aside for skilled migrants, with the remaining third allocated to family reunion migrants.

This was, however, an interim arrangement that was made until the budget announcement in October.Budget expectations for Migration Program 2020-21.

Will the government opt for a lower ceiling?

With no signs of borders reopening anytime before January 2021, the real question is whether the government will lower the ceiling or retain it at 160,000 visas.

Former senior Immigration Department official Abul Rizvi said he will be surprised if the government decides to maintain the migration cap, but if they do, their actual target will be much lower.

“The ceiling is more about politics and less about reality, so presenting a 160,000 ceiling communicates the idea of optimism that we are going to recover quickly.

“I will be surprised if the government chooses to retain the ceiling but even if it did, I suspect its actual target will probably be significantly less. I estimate somewhere between 100,000 and 110,000 places,” he said.

General Skilled migration:

The General Skilled Migration Program (GSM) is aimed at skilled workers in select occupations willing to migrate to Australia to improve the country’s workforce, and also to meet the changing needs of businesses within the states and territories.

Every year all jurisdictions receive quotas from the government in the month of May through the budget process, based on which the states and territories nominate skilled and business migrants for Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 and the Skilled Regional Sponsored Subclass 491 visa categories.

But this year’s delay in the budget announcement due to the COVID19 crisis meant states have so far only received limited interim nomination places for select occupations that are critical to the state’s recovery, including health, information and communication technology, engineering, etc.

In a statement to SBS Punjabi, a Department of Home Affairs spokesperson said the state and territory nominated visa programs will play an important part in Australia’s economic recovery and continue to be a part of the Migration Program.

The Australian Government is considering how best to shape the Migration Program into the future to drive economic growth and support job creation 

Economists in the country say that the Federal Budget presents a timely opportunity for the government to reboot the economy particularly affected by a dramatic drop in net overseas migration and hard border closures.

AlphaBeta founder Andrew Charlton said one way to build momentum on Australia’s response to the pandemic and work underway for economic recovery would be to focus on attracting skilled migrants when borders reopen.

“With the decline in immigration, it’s going to be an acute strain on growth in important sectors of the economy and the recovery,” AlphaBeta founder Andrew Charlton told the SMH.

‘Push towards regional areas’

Stepping up its commitment to regional Australia, the government had set aside 25,000 places for regional visas in the previous program, of which 23,372 visas were delivered.

The government has indicated that it will announce new measures in the Budget next week to encourage young Australians and overseas backpackers to stay in the country longer and take up farming jobs to fill rural and regional job shortages.

Adelaide-based migration agent Mark Glazbrook said there is no doubt that the government will continue to push new migrants into settling in regional areas to fan their “congestion-busting agenda.”

He says while the thought is right, their target isn’t.

“There is an urgent need to reform the regional skilled migration program as the current one does not allow the regional businesses to attract migrant workers who have the skills, experience and often lack the commitment to live and work in regional areas.

“Demand-driven migration in regional areas works so much better than the current points tested system where we are bringing people into regional areas for jobs that quite often don’t exist,” he said.

‘Onshore applicants likely to benefit’

Migration agent Harjit Singh Chahal said the trend towards granting more onshore visas will continue in the remainder of the program year to avoid putting pressure on the international arrivals cap but also due to concerns about lesser job opportunities for newly arrived migrants.

“It will be safe to assume that more visas will be granted to applicants who remain onshore as compared to those who remain stranded offshore by the border closure. This also works in the government’s favour as it allows them to clear the existing backlog, particularly in family stream visas,” said Mr Chahal.Onshore applicants likely to have an edge over offshore applicants in the COVID environment, say migration agents.Facebook

He added that this approach also aligns with the government’s priority to put ‘Australians first.’

“There are more people who are unemployed in Australia currently than there ever were which means the government would want to put the interests of Australians before opening the doors to migrants.”

Mr Chahal, however, cautioned that this does not mean doors will remain closed to those stranded offshore.

“The last thing that the Australian economy needs now is to wreak havoc on the prospects for an economic reboot by preventing migrants from coming into the country as they will fill critical skill gaps and job roles that locals do not want to take,” he said.

Visa Application Charge (VAC):

Australian visa charges increase each year on 1 July in line with the consumer price index (CPI). This increase is normally around 3 to 4 per cent.

Mr Glazbrook said the industry is not ruling out an increase in VAC despite the dire economic impact of the pandemic worldwide.

“Almost every year the VACs go up based on the increase in the cost of living. This year, however, it will be interesting to see if they increase the cap to offset the significant fall in revenue due to lower lodgements considering it is tougher now economically than it has ever been in a long time,” he said.

Disclaimer: This content is for general information purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for consultation with professional advisors.

source: sbs.com.au

October 3, 2020

Australia has finalised a deal for a limited travel bubble that would allow people from New Zealand to travel to New South Wales and the Northern Territory, with flights across the Tasman expected to resume in a fortnight.

Key points:

  • New South Wales and the Northern Territory will accept New Zealand arrivals from October 16
  • The Federal Government says the move is stage 1 in a more comprehensive travel bubble
  • New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern says it is still too early to let Australians into New Zealand

Prime Minister Scott Morrison spoke to his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern earlier Friday, agreeing that New Zealanders could visit the jurisdictions from October 16.

However, Ms Ardern is yet to agree to allow Australians into New Zealand, and has warned Kiwis eager to visit Australia they may still have to quarantine upon their return.

Announcing the news, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said stage 1 of a travel zone with New Zealand would see one-way quarantine-free travel into NSW and the NT.

“This is the first stage in what we hope to see as a trans-Tasman bubble between the two countries, not just that state and that territory,” he said.

“This will allow New Zealanders and other residents in New Zealand who have not been in an area designated as a COVID-19 hotspot in New Zealand in the preceding 14 days to travel quarantine-free.”

Mr McCormack said the Government was hopeful travel arrangements would be expanded, saying states and territories that agreed to the Commonwealth’s hotspot definition would be able to participate.

“South Australia are very close to agreeing to these terms and agreeing to be the next jurisdiction to come on board,” he said.

“They will certainly probably be the next cab off the rank.”

Under the hotspot definition employed by the Government, an area in New Zealand will be allowed if it has a rolling three-day average of fewer than three cases per day.

By allowing New Zealanders coming into NSW and the NT to skip hotel quarantine, Mr McCormack said an additional 325 spaces in Australia’s quarantine capacity would be freed up.

‘Still too early’ for quarantine-free travel to NZ: Ardern

Mr McCormack said the ball was in New Zealand’s court as to whether Australians,or New Zealanders returning from their Australian visit, would be allowed in without quarantine.

“I know if Jacinda Ardern wants to have Australians going into New Zealand, that will be up to her,” Mr McCormack said.

“I know Prime Ministers Morrison and Ardern have had those discussions, it’s very much in Prime Minister Ardern’s court at the moment.”

Speaking earlier, Ms Ardern said it was still too early to allow entries into New Zealand from Australia.

“We have resisted that because we want to keep New Zealanders safe,” she said.

“We will not open the borders for quarantine-free travel with Australia until it is safe to do so, because doing it too early risks losing all of the freedoms that we already have in our economy.”

She also warned people eager to make the trip across the ditch they may still have to quarantine upon returning home.

“I want New Zealanders to keep in mind that even if Australia may open up borders one-way so Kiwis can go there without quarantine, it does not mean that they won’t have to go into quarantine on return,” she said.

“At this stage they will.”

Mr McCormack said allowing New Zealanders into Australia could assist with farming and agriculture sectors, suggesting fruit pickers and shearers who come to Australia could find love on the homestead.

“Shearers may well avail themselves of this because we’ve got a wool clip that’s needing to be shorn, we’ve got work to be done with agriculture if that opportunity is there too and as I said the other day, they might even come over here and find love,” he said.

source: abc.net.au

September 19, 2020

Research shows that Australia continues to be one of the most affordable overseas study destinations, with costs of living and course fees significantly lower than the USA and UK. Reports that Australia will significantly increase tuition fees and other costs are not correct. In spite of its small population, Australia has the third largest number of international students of English speaking nations.

Research shows that Australia continues to be one of the most affordable overseas study destinations, with costs of living and course fees significantly lower than the USA and UK. Reports that Australia will significantly increase tuition fees and other costs are not correct. In spite of its small population, Australia has the third largest number of international students of English speaking nations.

Reasons to be cheerful: Australia adds up for international students

New data from English language testing company IDP Education is sending an upbeat signal to Australian universities that international students may be ready to come back in big numbers as COVID-19 begins to receding.

When IDP Education published its results in August it said anecdotally 74 per cent of overseas students wanted to resume their studies once the pandemic was over.

“International students know the cost of study in Australia and they know the limits of post-study work rights, but they are still keen to come,” says Andrew Barkla from IDP Education.

In an interview with The Australian Financial Review on Thursday, chief executive Andrew Barkla said the company now had hard numbers showing “a pipeline of 82,000 students who have applications for the next six months and are ready to go”.

Given Australia accounts for 47 per cent of the student volumes that IDP places internationally, Mr Barkla agreed it was reasonable to expect at least 38,000 customers of the company were thinking of coming to Australia.

And given that 120,000 international enrolments could be expected in Australian universities in 2021, the fact that one provider alone could speak for up to a third of that volume was encouraging.

IDP has a dominant position with the International English Language Testing System, which it developed with the British Council and Cambridge University.

“These are students who want an onshore campus experience. But more than that they know their circumstances,” Mr Barkla said.

“They understand the price the universities charge. They know the cost of living and how the dials are set for post-study work rights. So they have the complete picture and they still want to come.”

The next step was for government to send a signal that the door is open to international students. Pilot programs to fly students to Australia were important even if the numbers were only small because they signalled a government commitment to the scheme.

Pilot programs needed

“We need to get these pilot programs moving. We need a level of public confidence so students and families see they can be done in a secure and safe way that benefits the public as well as the students,” Mr Barkla said.

“Pilot programs are a signpost that Australia is prioritising the opening up of the international sector.”

The Northern Territory said it would accept 100 international students and South Australia will take 300, although neither has committed to a date. By contrast, the UK is taking any international student arrivals and Canada is accepting any who can proved face-to-face teaching is their only option.

Australia also had not done as well as Canada and the UK in supporting students stuck in the country during the ban on international travel.

But on post-study work rights, which are important for international students who want work in their host country to pay off education, Australia was “not doing too badly”, Mr Barkla said.

A single reform to post-study work rights would make a difference: allowing overseas students who are studying online to include the online study they do in their home country towards a work-visa entitlement, instead of being able to include only those hours physically studying in Australia.

He doubted there would be a long-term setback from Australia’s political dissonance with China.

“The Chinese family who is looking to send their child overseas – they are pretty savvy. And they’re pretty connected beyond what they read in the Chinese press,” Mr Barkla said.

Interest to study in Australia increasing

“I’ve been in webinars and on roadshows in China and, looking forward, the interest in Australia and the UK as a study destination is increasing. If anything, it’s the geopolitical tension between China and that US gets more attention.

“So the number of parents who would normally be looking to the US are now shifting their interest to the UK or Australia.”

In a recent interview with the Financial Review the vice-chancellor of the University of NSW, Ian Jacobs, said he was optimistic on the outlook for universities because demand for education was moving to a higher level.

“In the 19th century, primary education was extended to most people. In the 20th century, it was secondary education. In the 21st century, tertiary education will be available to all,” he said.

“And Australia is placed to deliver that, face-to-face, online, short or long courses, undergraduate and postgraduate.”

His optimism is shared by Mr Barkla. After in initial pandemic-related fall, IDP’s English language testing volumes have returned to 55 per cent of what they were pre-COVID-19.

As restrictions ease the company has plans to open another 50 labs globally to add capacity.

IDP Education has a business model universities would envy, and could possibly learn from.

When COVID-19 hit Mr Barkla asked staff to accept a 20 per cent cut in salary (a higher percentage for senior executives), and in return he would guarantee no job losses. Within five days 100 per cent of staff had signed up.

At the height of the crisis it raised $250 million in the market to bolster its cash position, and so far it has burned through just $27 million.

 

Source: Australian Financial Review

August 6, 2020

Australia government student visa fee relief for student effected by COVID-19

The Australian Government has been making several changes to visa requirements in recent weeks.

One of the most notable is that applicants will be given

additional time to hand over their English language results and
complete biometric and health checks, allowing future students who’ve been impacted by COVID-19 the chance to finish their visa applications.

In addition to these measures, Immigration Minister Alan Tudge has announced that current international students who will be unable to complete the requirements of their student visa due to COVID-19 will be able to lodge another student visa application free of charge.

This will certainly be warmly welcomed by the thousands of international students who’ve been worrying about what the future will hold for their education in Australia.

What is the fee waiver?

The fee waiver means that any international student who is unable to complete the requirements of their student visa due to the pandemic, will be able to reapply without paying the usual application fees. This fee waiver came into effect at midnight on Wednesday 5 August 2020.

A spokesperson for the Department of Home Affairs has confirmed that the waiver will only be available to students who had a valid visa from 1 February 2020:

“A visa application fee waiver will be available to students

who held a student visa on or after 1 February 2020 and
who were unable to complete their course within their original visa validity due to the impacts of COVID-19.”

This fee waiver will only apply to new applications and no refunds will be offered to those who applied before midnight 5 August 2020.

Even if you are eligible to receive the fee waiver, there are some extra steps that must be taken in order to receive the free application.

First, you’ll need to submit COVID-19 Impacted Students form from your education provider, in addition to your visa application.
This form will have to be signed by your education provider, showing how the pandemic has affected your visa requirements.

As well as fee waivers, the Australian Government has announced that the eligibility requirements for a post-study work visa have been relaxed. If you’ve been impacted by COVID-19 and are enrolled with an Australian education provider, you may be eligible for the following:

New or current student visa holders who have been forced to undertake online study outside Australia due to the pandemic will be able to count this toward the Australian Study Requirement.
Graduates who have been affected by the travel restrictions put in place to control the spread of COVID-19 will be able to receive a temporary graduate visa outside of Australia.

It’s clear from these announcements that the Australian Government wants to make sure that international students will be safe in the knowledge that they will be able to continue their education in Australia.

March 25, 2020

As you will be aware, Australia has introduced health and safety measures and travel restrictions to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus.

Confirmed cases by local health district (LHD) Across NSW – 25 March 2020

We understand this may be confusing if you’re commencing your studies, so read the below information to find out if you are impacted by the changes, and where you can go for support.

Will I be impacted?

Anyone hoping to travel to and from Australia will be impacted by the recent changes as the Australian Government announced that:

  • A travel ban will be placed on all non-residents and non-Australian citizens coming to Australia, effective from 9pm on Friday, 20 March 2020
  • all Australian and residents will be able to return and are required to self-isolate for 14 days
  • all Australians are advised to not travel overseas at this time. This is the highest advice level (level 4 of 4).

Information about Coronavirus is updated regularly, so it’s important to keep up to date with latest news from Australia.

For the latest information about the Coronavirus in Australia, visit these websites:

International students in Australia

All travellers to Australia from midnight, 15 March 2020 are required to self-isolate for 14 days. Self-isolating means you’re required to stay in your local accommodation. 

You’ll need to avoid going out into public spaces such as restaurants, supermarkets, workplaces, universities and any other public places that you will come into contact with people. Additionally, avoid receiving visitors into your home or local accommodation.

If you need more information on self-isolation, get more details by downloading  the Isolation Guidance information sheet from the Department of Health website. If you need to use public transport (e.g. taxis, ride-hail services, train, buses and trams.), kindly follow the precautions listed in the public transport guide.

If you’re starting your studies during the time you’re required to self-isolate, contact your school or university to discuss your study options. Many universities have put in place measures to assist students who are required to self-isolate, such as delayed semester starts or online study options.

If you, or any friends and family start showing flu-like symptoms such as a cough, fever, sore throat or shortness of breath, it is important to contact your local doctor. You can also monitor your symptoms using the Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptom checker. Call before you visit and explain your symptoms and travel history to ensure they are prepared to receive you.

If you require immediate and urgent medical attention, you can call 000. Any ambulance and hospital fees will be covered by your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

These measures are put in place to limit the possibility of spreading the Coronavirus to the general population.

How do I get food and other essentials?

Ask others who are not in isolation to get food and other essentials for you. If you are new to the country and don’t know anyone who can help you, you can order your food and groceries online.

Food delivery and ordering apps

Menulog

Deliveroo

Uber Eats

Happy Cow (vegan and vegetarian)

Open table

Groceries

Coles

Woolworths

Will this impact my university start date?

If you’re enrolled in Semester 1 2020 and unable to begin classes due to the travel bans or the 14-day self-isolation, you’ll need to get in touch with your university or school as soon as possible to discuss your enrolment.

Many Australian universities have delayed their semester start dates or have put in place changes to assist international students who have been impacted by the recent travel bans.

We recommend you contact your university or school as soon as possible to discuss your possible study options or deferring your studies to start at a later date. 

You can also check out the following websites for current advice and information that may assist you:

Curtin University

Federation University

Flinders University

Go8 Universities

Griffith University

La Trobe University

Macquarie University

Monash University

Queensland University of Technology

RMIT

Swinburne University

The Australian National University

The University of Adelaide

The University of Queensland

The University of Western Australia

University of Melbourne 

University of South Australia

University of Sydney

University of Technology Sydney

University of Wollongong

UNSW

Victoria University

Western Sydney University

Changes to student accommodation

If you have arranged for student accomodation and can’t travel into the country, then it’s vital you check in with your student accommodation about your next steps.

Some student accommodation providers may require you to provide additional information or may change or delay your accommodation arrangements.

Where can I go for support?

The outbreak of the novel Coronavirus presents an emotionally challenging situation for many international students. The spread of the virus may be causing you or your friends and family distress or anxiety, especially if you have loved ones in affected areas or have not been able to return home or to Australia because of the recent travel bans. 

The Australian Government have created a dedicated and multi-lingual support service for international students. You can contact them via email or phone 1300 981 621 (8:00 am–8:00 pm AEDST Monday to Friday). 

You can also visit the Australian Government Department of Education website to download the latest information, guides and FAQs for up-to-date general health and enrolment advice, where to access support services, and news on the latest immigration and border protection measures.

You can also access the links below:

Support for International Students affected by the Novel Coronavirus

Novel Coronavirus FAQ for International Students

Changes in international flight arrangements

If you have flight arrangements in place, your plans may be affected by travel bans or cancelled flights.

Many major airlines and countries are cancelling flights or restricting entry. If you have overseas travel plans, it’s important to regularly check your airline’s website or contact the airline directly for next steps and travel options at a later date.

Changes to IELTS testing

There are currently changes being made to IELTS testing. Visit the IELTS website to find out if the changes will affect you.

December 14, 2017


Australia’s international education industry has strengthened across the board, pushing student numbers to new record levels according to the latest data. But doubts have started to emerge over how long the country can maintain its growth streak.
Records continued to fall for Australian international education, but clouds are starting to form, as the country’s reliance on China increases.
The number of international students within Australia currently sits at 9.4% above the 554,200 for the whole of 2016

Year to October data, released by the Department of Education and Training, shows more than 606,700 international students have entered Australia so far in 2017, a 13% increase from the level achieved by the same time in 2016, while enrolments and commencements also experienced double-digit percentage growth.

“The more Australia can do to discover or seek out new markets, the better for the international education sector as a whole”
The surge in numbers has also pushed up total revenue, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics indicating the 12 months to September period grew to a landmark $29.4bn, up from $28.4bn last quarter.
The figure for students, enrolments and commencements as of October has already surpassed that for the whole of 2016.
The number of international students within Australia currently sits 9.4% above the 2016 total of 554,200, while enrolments and commencements – the number of new enrolments in a calendar year – are 7.5% and 2% higher, respectively.
English Australia noted September 2017’s figures were 6.7% down from September 2016
While the figures are welcomed in Australia, not all sectors and source markets experienced consistent improvements, casting doubt over how long the boom will last.
Although 3.3% above the previous year’s October figures, ELICOS stands alone as the only sector to not yet surpass 2016 totals, and after a strong first half of 2017, experienced two consecutive declines in commencements in August and September.
It was the only major sector to do so.
In its latest market analysis report, English Australia noted September 2017’s figures were 6.7% down from September 2016, representing “arguably the first poor month at the national aggregate level for ELICOS in recent years.”
Meanwhile, China further strengthened its position as Australia’s top source market, increasing 18% from the same period in 2016 and pushing its market share across all sectors from 27.5% to approximately 30%; reaching as high as 60% for some sectors.
source:  thepienews.com

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November 22, 2017

According to the Migration Legislation Amendment Regulations 2017 that came into effect on 18th November 2017, an existing condition, 8303 has been amended to expand its scope. Under the new migration rules, many Australian temporary visas will be subject to a condition that will enable the Immigration Department to cancel a person’s visa if they are found to be involved in online vilification based on gender, sexuality, religion, and ethnicity.
Before 18 November 2017, the condition that earlier applied to only a few visas, is now applicable to most temporary visas applied for on.  This condition now also applies to

  • temporary graduate visa (Subclass 485)
  • skilled regional (485),
  • student visa and
  • visitor visa.

The Immigration Minister now has the power to cancel a visa if there is evidence of a visa holder engaging in harassment, stalking, intimidation, bullying or threatening a person even if it doesn’t amount to a criminal sanction. These activities may include public ‘hate speech’ or online vilification targeted at both groups and individuals based on gender, sexuality, religion, and ethnicity.
The Department of Immigration says that the new change: “It sends a clear message, explicitly requiring that the behaviour of temporary visa holders is consistent with Australian government and community expectations.  It advises visa holders what sorts of behaviour can result in visa cancellation.”
The Immigration Department says its officers have the discretion to determine whether the condition has been breached. They also have the discretion to not cancel the visa even when the condition has been breached.
No one should break the law but even behaviour that may not necessarily warrant a criminal sanction can be deemed a breach of this condition. So it is important to remember that your actions online may have consequences just like your real-life actions.

July 3, 2017

Almost nine out of 10 international students studying in Sydney would recommend the city to their friends as a place to live and study, despite persistent complaints about the high cost of public transport and accommodation, according to the first major research done on the experiences of international students in Australia.
Sydney attracts more of Australia’s $20 billion international student market than any other city, with about 50,000 enrolled at university and another 50,000 at vocational and English-language institutions in the city last year, according to federal data.

The size of the international student community in the city, and their ability to promote Sydney around the world, drove the City of Sydney to commission UTS to undertake the research.
“International students make a real contribution to Sydney’s prosperity, they add so much to our cultural life and down the track help to connect our city back to their homes around the globe,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.
“When students go home, we hope they will talk about their time here, encouraging their peers to follow in their footsteps. Some may even return with families to take up key roles as their careers develop. It all adds to Sydney’s standing as a global city that attracts and retains talent.”
While Sydney was generally seen as a desirable and safe location to study in, a minority of students surveyed reported exploitation by employers and landlords, discrimination and isolation.
Two students described how “international students don’t get treated in the same way as local students do”.
Concerns have been raised in the past – including by vice-chancellors – that international students are treated like cash cows by the Australian government and universities.Chinese student Jing Su has enjoyed her time in Sydney despite the cost of living.

But if they agreed, respondents to the survey seemed mostly too polite to say so.
UNSW postgraduate student Jing Su, 28, from Quanzhou in south-east China, first saw Sydney in the opening ceremony of the 2000 Olympic Games.

“I always wanted to go to the US but I have two friends who have done their education here and gone back to China, and when I asked their advice, they said:’You should go to Sydney, it’s actually a great place for us’. And I always liked the beach and sunlight.”
Ms Su said she had found it relatively easy to find accommodation – a homestay arrangement with a family in Clovelly, who she is teaching Mandarin – and casual work during her university holidays, but that costs were high.

“The tuition fees are way expensive for international students,” she said. “We pay several times more than the locals, plus we have to find our accommodation and travel costs. It’s quite expensive.”
Breaking down barriers between different cultural groups was also difficult.
“[For] a lot of my friends it’s a little bit hard for them,” she said. “I don’t know why. When we walk into the classroom they automatically sit in their group. Back in China we’re not used to how if you have a question you just raise up your hand, we think that’s interrupting the teacher. But this is changing a lot as well from my generation.”
Linus Faustin is a 22-year-old UTS communications student from Tanzania, who has been in Australia since 2015.
“Finding work is a challenge,” he said, not least because there is “discrimination against international students”.
He said it was unfair that international students do not get the same public transport concessions as locals. “It’s about time for equal fares. International students already pay so much to be able to study full-time,” he said.
Mr Faustin said experiencing racism on public transport was common, but it is not just international students who are victims.
The UTS research was based on online surveys and interviews conducted in mid-2016.

Eighty per cent of respondents enjoyed studying in Sydney, 88 per cent of students said they would recommend Sydney as a place to study, 66 per cent of students had completed paid work, with 82 per cent of those saying they were treated fairly at work and 55 per cent said they received help finding a place to live when they arrived in Sydney.
Major concerns before arrival were the cost of living, finding a job and being able to speak English, but these concerns diminished during their stay.

Sydney’s universities have benefited enormously from the international student boom during the last decade, reaping fees of up to four times what local students pay to attend the same course.

In October 2016, the most recent figures available, Australia had 683,000 international student enrolments, with the largest share – 256,875 – in NSW. The majority of these – 72,429 – were from China, followed by India, Thailand, Brazil and Indonesia.

June 29, 2017

Image result for migration to australia timelineAustralia is one of the great country to get a first-rate education, but also it is a wonderful place to live and work. Many international students who study in Australia choose to apply for permanent residency after they finish their studies.
As an overseas student on a student visa you can apply for permanent residency under Australia’s General Skilled Migration program (GSM).
There are many different types of permanent residency visas but Skilled – Independent (Residence) visa (subclass 885) focuses on skilled migration for students who have graduated from Australian study.
When you’re considering applying for an Australian visa, whether temporary or permanent,  it’s very important that you obtain a proper eligibility assessment  from accredited professionals, based on your own personal circumstances.
For example: eligibility for Australian permanent residence involves more than passing a points test, so it’s vital your whole situation is considered before you apply and risk a visa refusal and losing your application fee of AUD $2,525.
If you are not eligible now, it’s also important to get proper advice to maximize your chances of eligibility in the future eg you may be eligible for permanent residence after studying in Australia.
Our immigration lawyers, migration agents and education counsellors are very experienced; we can answer all your questions and assess your eligibility for all Australian visas including temporary work visas and permanent residence. This will save you lots of time and money.
Contact us now at sydney@inteducation.com for our personal visa eligibility assessment service which includes advice on all your options to live, work and study in Australia.
Visa Agency – Australia is an experienced talented team of immigration lawyers, migration agents and support staff dedicated to providing outstanding migration services to our many clients locally, nationally and around the world.
We have a reputation for:

  • understanding our client’s individual needs
  • finding solutions to those needs
  • service excellence
  • exceptional legal knowledge
  • achieving results
  • exceeding our client’s expectations, and
  • excelling in the practice of immigration law

Our support staff are specially chosen for their dedication to hard work and their commitment to never being happy with second best.  They are committed to assisting you and satisfying your individual needs.
We take very seriously and honour our high professional and ethical obligations to our clients. As lawyers we are bound by the strict ethical confines of the NSW Legal Profession Act and as migration agents we are bound by the strict rules, regulations and ethics of the Commonwealth Migration Act and the Migration Agents Code of Conduct.
We provide our team with free access to compulsory on-going legal and professional education as well as access to continuous hands-on learning opportunities. The result is a very happy, motivated, well-educated team at your service. It is no secret that we strive for excellence in all areas of our practice.

Mrs. Feriha Guney
Independent Consultant Migration Agent

  • Member: Migration Institute of Australia
  • Migration Agent (MARN: 0960690)
  • Education Conusltant (QEAC: C102)

You can access the CODE of CONDUCT
For further details contact migration@inteducation.com

 

International students who are

  • · between the ages of 18 and 44 and
  • · have completed at least two years of approved full-time study in Australia

can apply for permanent residency under the ‘Skilled – Independent (Residence) visa (Subclass 885)’.
For more information about who can apply for this visa, see below and visit the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship website atwww.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/885/index.htm or contact to qualified migration agent partner that work with International Eductaion Agency – Australia.
IEA-A works with qualified migration Agent Partner is also registered as e-visa qualified migration agent for number of countries such as India. China, etc.
In order to qualify for the General Skilled Migration program, students need to satisfy a number of requirements relating to:
· Your study undertaken in Australia: you must have completed either a single qualification (degree, diploma or trade in an Australian institution, in English, registered with CRICOS) that required two years of full-time study, or more than one qualification resulting in a total of at least two years full-time study in Australia. You must apply for your visa within six months of finishing your study.
· Your location: you must be in Australia to lodge your visa application and receive the application decision.
· Your skills and qualifications: your skills and qualifications must meet the Australian requirements of your nominated occupation.
· Your health: you must undergo a medical examination and meet minimum health requirements.
· Your character: you must be able to prove that you are of ‘good character’. You will be required to provide certified copies of police checks and other relevant documents, such as any relevant military discharge papers.
The points test
In addition to the requirements above, students must get pass mark from a points tests in order to be granted permanent residency in Australia.
A minimum of 120 points must be scored on the points test for the application to be successful. Applicants score points according to how they rate for different criteria relating to:
· age
· nominated skilled occupation ( only 50 or 60 points from Skilled Occupation Lists)
· English language ability
· specific work experience
· occupation in demand / job offer
· Australian qualifications
· having completed an approved qualification in an area classed as ‘Regional Australia’ or ‘low population growth metropolitan area’
· spouse skills.
Bonus points are available for applicants who satisfy the requirements of one of the following additional categories: ‘Australian work experience’, or ‘Fluency in one of Australia’s community languages’.
Consult your qualified Migration Agent partner through International Education Agency – Australia.
If you don’t meet the above requirements you may be able to apply for the new ‘Skilled – Graduate’ visa (subclass 485).
‘Skilled – Graduate’ visa (subclass 485). temporary visa is designed to give students who have completed at least two years study in Australia but who do not meet the requirements for a permanent GSM visa the opportunity to stay in Australia for up to 18 months to gain the additional skills they need for permanent residency.
The Australian Government skilled migration program targets young people who have skills, an education and outstanding abilities that will contribute to the Australian economy.
International students with Australian qualifications account for about half the people assessed under the skilled migrant program. For up-to-date information on the program, contact the qualified Migration Agent Partners that works with My Study in Australia office in Sydney.
Options for extending your stay
The following table outlines your visa options to extend your stay in Australia. Please take this as an guideline and consult qualified Migration Agent Partners that works with My Study in Australia office in Sydney.

Reasons for further stay

Visa Options

Continue your studies

Apply for a new student visa.
My Study in Australia Student counsellors can assist you.

To have your PhD thesis assessed

Attend your graduation ceremony

Apply for a visitor visa.
Consult a qualified migration agent partner from International Education Agency – Sydney.

Have a holiday

For work, travel or for completing a professional year

If you are successfully completed 2 y, an acceptale F/T study in Australia, you may apply for a work visa, e.g. Skilled – Graduate (Temporary) visa (subclass 485)
This visa allows overseas students who do not meet the criteria for a permanent General Skilled Migration visa to remain in Australia for 18 months to gain skilled work experience or improve their English language skills – two things that may enhance their chances of gaining Skilled Migration.
Holders of this visa may apply for permanent residence at any time if they are able to meet the pass mark on the General Skilled Migration points test.
This visa allows the qualified Graduate and any secondary applicants included in their visa application to remain in Australia for up to 18 months with no restrictions on work or study. During 485 visa holders may:
· travel
· work
· study to improve your English skills
· Complete a professional year.
Please take this as an guideline and consult qualified Migration Agent Partners that works with My Study in Australia office in Sydney.

Permanent residence in Australia

If you are successfully completed 2 y, an acceptable F/T study in Australia, and if you are qualified to apply for Permanent Residency,

Please take this as an guideline and consult qualified Migration Agent Partners that works with My Study in Australia office in Sydney.

PERMANENT RESIDENCY

Many international students who have graduated from Australian institutions apply for Independent Skilled Migration programme through International Education Agency – Australia’s qualified Migration Agent partners. There is a special category for International Students who have studied in Australia.
You may be eligible to apply if you have studied a course that scores 50 or 60 Points on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). See http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/1121i.pdf. To achieve recognition in one of these Skilled Occupations, you need to meet the criteria set down by the relevant Assessing Body.
To find out if your course qualifies you to apply for Permanent Residency, you will need to have your skills assessed by the relevant body, shown beside the occupation on the SOL. The SOL changes from time to time, so there can be no guarantee that if an occupation is on the list when you commence a course that it will still be there when you graduate. The list is based on areas where Australia has skills shortages.
Please contact you’re my Study in Australia Student Counsellor to have up-to-date information on qualified courses.

  • Most Trades – e.g. Hairdressing, Commercial Cook, Pastry Cook, Baker, Greenkeeper, Nurseryman, General Gardener, Automotive mechanic, Electronic Equipment Tradesperson, General Clothing Tradesperson, Dressmaker, Graphic Pre-Print Tradesperson, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer- assessed by TRA may require:
    • AQF Certificate III – CRICOS registered
    • 2 years of study
    • 900 Hours relevant work experience
    • Workplace assessment
  • Associate Professionals
    • e.g. Community Welfare Workers – assessed by AIWCW – require study of an accredited course. See www.aiwcw.org.au
  • Professionals
    • Bachelor degree (3-4 years e.g. Information Technology, Accounting, Nursing, Teaching…) or
    • Post Graduate Diploma or Masters
      • There are a number of programs which are open to graduates of any recognised degree, and set graduates up for recognition as
        • Information Technology Specialists ACS
        • Accounttants-CPA
        • Teaching-TA
        • Nurses

Please seek migration information from a qualified migration agent Partners that works with My Study in Australia office in Sydney.
If you have an overseas qualification that has been assessed as not meeting Australian requirements, please contact our counsellors to find out what courses are available to assist you to gain the recognition needed.

June 9, 2017
 Five Australian university are among the world’s top 50 universities and 7 are in the top 100, according to a major global ranking that shows Australian universities have made overall improvements in all measures, including teaching, employability and research.
Australian National University is the highest ranked in the country at 20th place in the 2018 QS World University Rankings.
It is followed by the University of Melbourne, ranked at 41, the University of New South Wales at 45, the University of Queensland at 47 and the University of Sydney at 50.
Monash University, with a rank of 60, and the University of Western Australia at 93 round out the seven Australian universities in the top 100.

An institution’s rank is determined by its academic and employer reputations, student-to-faculty ratio, citations per faculty, and international faculty and student ratios.
A total of 37 Australian Government universities are included in this year’s ranking, which covers 959 universities around the world and measures performance in research, teaching, employability and internationalisation.

Belinda Robinson, chief executive of peak sector body Universities Australia, said the ranking is especially important to international students choosing a university.
“Global rankings are a major factor for many international students in deciding where to study, so they’re also very important to the $22.4 billion a year that international students bring into Australia’s economy,” Ms Robinson said.

“These impressive rises underscore the global competitiveness of Australia’s universities and the excellent quality of our education and research on the world stage.”

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is the top ranked university in the world for the sixth consecutive year, followed by Stanford University, Harvard University, the California Institute of Technology, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, University College London, Imperial College London, the University of Chicago and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

MIT has been described as “the nucleus of an unrivalled innovation ecosystem” by QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the education analysis firm behind the ranking, which notes that companies created by the university’s alumni have a combined revenue of $2 trillion, the equivalent of the world’s 11th largest economy.
Research director at QS Quacquarelli Symonds, Ben Sowter, said the improved ranking of Australian universities can be partially attributed to the changing political climate in countries such as the US and UK increasing Australia’s comparative popularity.

“Higher internationalisation scores certainly reflect coherent international outreach efforts made by university marketing departments,” Mr Sowter said. “However, they also reflect the increased desirability of Australian higher education in the light of current political situations in the United States and United Kingdom – typically Australia’s main Anglosphere competitors.
“Improvements in scores for Academic Reputation can be attributed to both the type of teaching innovations … and the standard of research emanating from Australia’s universities.”

 
 
Source: smh.com.au

May 29, 2017

MARA Code of Conduct

The MARA (The Migration Agent Registration Authority ) Code of Conduct for registered migration agents is set out in legislation to regulate the conduct of registered migration agents. It prescribes registered migration agents’ obligations towards your clients.
Provision for a Code of Conduct for migration agents is set out in Section 314 of the Migration Act 1958 and is prescribed in Schedule 2, Regulation 8 of the Migration Agents Regulations 1998.
Code of Conduct for registered migration agents (419KB PDF)
Feriha Güney has number of years of experıence as Education Consultant Badge thumb QEAC C102 and registered Migration Agent (MARN 0960690)

January 2, 2017

Usually Education agents assist international students to secure a place in an Australian school. While institutions can enrol students directly, they also work with the global student agent network such as IEA-A International Network. You may choose to use a qualified education agent, usually known as a student counsellor, academic adviser, or student recruiter in your home country, or one based in Australia, to guide you through the process of choosing a school and enrolling.
Also based on your home country, your education agent with deep knowledge of Australian visa system, will manage your student visa application that could be critical for getting your student visa successfully. IEA-A has Australian office and in your local country so our services start in your country and continue in Australia.
Why you need a Qualified Education Agent Counsellor ? 
Education agents help reduce the stress of choosing a school in another country. Understanding your options, with someone who speaks your language, can be very reassuring. It is important through that that your agent is knowledgeable, up-to-date on student visa and curriculum changes, and has your best interest at heart. We hear stories of students who arrive for their first day of class to find out that the school has never heard of them. The education agent industry can attract unethical people, so do your research to make sure you are working with a good agent!
In this section, we provide guidance on using agents. Our qualified principal Migration Agent and education councillor Mrs. Feriha Guney (Qualified Education Agent Counsellors QEAC number: C102). (Migration Agent – MARN:0960690) is one of the industry expert with over 15 years of experience and thousands of satisfied international student, can assist you herself or with a number of education counsellors or migration Agents/Lawyer work with her. 
Some of the benefits of using a qualified education agent 
If you agent is not qualified or experienced could cost you not only your visa fee or time but also he/she can damage your education career and even may change your life. On the other hand a qualified and experienced education agent, coudl help you to build your education career and even after a successful life, by doing:

  • conduct an interview to understand your needs and goals
  • make suggestions for the best institutions and programs to help you reach your goals
  • assist you to collect all of the documents you will need for your application
  • guide you through the application process
  • review your statement of purpose and provide information on interview process
  • guide you through the visa process once you have been accepted by an institution
  • help you prepare for the move and your arrival in Australia
  • organisation of airport pick-up and accommodation
  • provide information on how to find job in Australia and regulations
  • provide information on how to get Australian Tax number if you want to work
  • provide information on how to open bank account
  • provide information on how to get Australian Mobile Phone services
  • provide information on how to extend / change your visa while you are studying (may require additional fee)
  • provide information on how on Graduate work visa after your graduation of apply   (may require additional fee)
  • provide information on how to apply a permanent skill visa

Education agents fees
When working with an agent, is very important to understand how the agent makes money. You will find that most experienced and qualified education agents offer their services for understanding your education career, checking your “statement of purpose” as well as preparation for the interview, finding right school for your education purpose, helping you to have school acceptance, counselling and the enrolment process fee which it depends of the country of application (as requirements for each country is different). 
Although some inexperienced agent may offer their services free of charge, you should question their qualification and experiences that may cost your education career or even change your life forever. In addition to that you may or may not be charged for any school application fees that arise such as the school assessment (the schools charge the agent for this service). You will also be charged for the visa application fee which is paid to the government of Australia.
If you are applying in Australia, IEA-A usually will not charge you a fee. However if you are applying from overseas and if your home country considered in a risky country, there yoru application need to be prepared professionally and reviewed by expert before making application, so we may charge you an application fee.
Best Agent location – in your home country or in Australia or in both?
Should you use an agent in your country, or one based in Australia? There are benefits and drawbacks to each options.
IEA-A usually offer both location support, in your home country for visa application and assessing your application according to your home country requirements, in Australia for on-going help and support. This way you have benefit of Using an education agent based in your country,  you are dealing with somebody who is local and understand your education system.
Education Counsellor in your home country should also be very knowledgeable about visas for nationals of your country. The interview process can take place over the phone or face to face in your native language, and all the paperwork and applications can be processed locally.  
When an education agent located in Australia, you have representation when you arrive, and can expect very good relationships with, and knowledge about, Australian education providers. Your agent can assist with airport pickup, accommodation, and in some cases even help you to understand how you can get a job while you are studying.
How do I know if an agent is knowledgeable?
The migration agent system is regulated by the Australian government. Registered migration agents can counsel on migration visas, student visas, or both. If you are working with a migration agent who is also a student agent, we suggest you use one who is registered with the Office of the MARA to ensure they are up-to-date on visa rules. In addition, you can also find out whether a night and overseas agent has been banned from working in migration.
Although it is not mandatory, the Qualified Education Agent Counsellors qualification managed by  the PIER Education Agent Training, ensures an agent understands student visas and regulation, especially if you are working with an education agent in your country. The qualification is not mandatory currently, but it can be a good indication of the quality of the agent. See if your agent has right qualification.  
All IEAA Education counsellors and migration Agents have required qualifications and lead by our principal Director Ms. Feriha Guney who has both qualification as Registered Migration Agent and Education Agent  (Mrs. Feriha Guney (Qualified Education Agent Counsellors QEAC number: C102). (Migration Agent – MARN:0960690 ) and over 15 years of experience on both fields.  
If you want to check your eligibility as a student visa o study ion Australia, send your resume and write to us on sydney@inteducation.com.

December 3, 2016
December 3, 2016

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Australia is home to 43 universities with at least one university main campus based in each state or territory.
The Australian Universities map allows you to see where each university’s main campus is located. Most universities have more than one campus and are located across multiple states and territories, providing you with a choice of where in Australia you would like to study.

List of Australian Universities

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Northern Territory

Queensland

South Australia

Tasmania

Victoria

Western Australia

source: www.studyinaustralia.gov.au

December 2, 2016

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International education experts believe the country may benefit even more from political and economic changes in Britain and the United States.
International education’s value to Australia has surged past 20 billion Australian dollars ($14.8 billion U.S.), confirming the industry’s status as the country’s third-biggest earner and easily the largest export of services.
New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that international education has shrugged off a cocktail of problems — including a high Australian dollar, officious visa administration and attacks against foreign students — to post a new revenue record.
Experts say the resurgence could accelerate, if Brexit and Donald Trump’s successful presidential campaign stem student flows to Australia’s two biggest competitors. Figures released last week showed that the growth in the number of Chinese students enrolling at U.S. institutions last year was the lowest in a decade.

Australia’s international education exports totaled 20.3 billion Australian dollars ($15 billion) last financial year, an 8 percent rise compared with 2014-15.
The figure includes fees and onshore spending on goods and services such as food and accommodation, as well as royalties, consultancies and other related services.
Most of the income came from foreigners studying at universities, with the higher education sector attracting about 14 billion Australian dollars ($10.4 billion).
Vocational training institutions earned about 3 billion Australian, English language colleges 1 billion and schools 800 million ($2.2 billion, $740 million and $592 million, respectively).

Universities Australia, which represents institutions, said international education helped sustain Australian living standards, supporting more than 130,700 jobs.
It said more than 320,000 students from 130 countries were currently studying in Australia’s universities.
“Through the exchange of students on a grand scale, we’re forging relationships that underpin our future diplomacy, trade, business links, cultural insight and personal connections,” said Universities Australia’s chief executive, Belinda Robinson.
Meanwhile, newly released government data reveal that Australia’s most prestigious universities are continuing to increase dramatically the number of international students they enroll, largely to help cover the costs of research.
While the national average was just shy of 20 percent international student enrollments, last year Melbourne University enrolled 18,384 overseas students — or 31.2 percent of its total enrollment, up from 16,140 the previous year.
Melbourne was followed by the Australian National University, with 28 percent international students.
The University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, Monash University, University of Technology Sydney and RMIT University all had more than one in four students from overseas.
Previous research has demonstrated that international students not only subsidize the teaching of domestic students but also keep afloat the multimillion-dollar research efforts of major universities.
However, Melbourne’s overseas student enrollments pale in comparison with Federation University in Ballarat, where 42.5 percent of students come from overseas, and Gold Coast-based Bond University, with 41.3 percent.
Local undergraduate students contribute 10,440 Australian dollars ($7,729) a year to study business. For international students, fees to study for a business degree next year range from 19,920 Australian dollars ($14,746) at the University of New England to 39,264 Australian dollars ($29,065) at research-intensive Melbourne University.
Phil Honeywood, chief executive of the International Education Association of Australia, warned that any increase in students deciding against the U.S. or Britain could be tempered by increased competition from Canada, China and New Zealand.

Source: www.insidehighered.com

November 7, 2016

14702452_1138916749520787_8297787580473740138_nAustralia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has released the new Skilled Occupations List (SOL) for 2016-17. The purpose of the country’s skilled migration programme is to attract “highly employable” people for migration, and it is the most common form of migration to Australia.

Australia is one of the biggest gainers through emigration, which is largely accomplished through its “skilled migration programme” which gives preference to skilled foreigners looking to make the country its new home.
The purpose of the country’s skilled migration programme is to attract “highly employable” people for migration, and it is the most common form of migration to Australia.
According to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) new guidelines, these are some of the skills that will give you preference for emigration to Australia.
There are over 185 jobs listed – below is a general overview of the types of skills.

  • Chefs (excluding fast food or takeaway food services)
  • Plumbers
  • Gasfitters
  • Panel beaters
  • Carpenters
  • Fitters and turners
  • Welders
  • Engineers (Chemical, Electrical, Aeronautical, Agricultural and many others)
  • Telecoms (Network planners, Radio technicians, Engineers)
  • Systems Analysts
  • Programmers/Developers
  • Computer Network and Systems Engineers
  • Psychologists
  • Doctors, Surgeons and medical specialists
  • Registered Nurses and Midwives
  • Veterinarians
  • Actuaries, Auditors, Accountants

The Skilled Occupations List (SKO) is used for Skilled Independent Visa, Skilled Regional Provisional Visa and Graduate Temporary Visa applications.
In the same report, the DIBP has also released the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSO) which is used for Skilled Nominated Visa, Temporary Work Skilled Visa and Employer Nominated Scheme visa applications.
The CSO lists skills that companies in Australia are looking for, and employers or the state will sponsor for emigration into the country.
The full list for both classes can be found here: Australia SKO and CSOLists

July 25, 2016

 

Asli_Bugay2Hayatta bizi uzun süreli ve derinden etkileyen iki önemli seçim var. Bunlardan biri eş, diğeri ise meslek seçimi. 25’inde meslek hayatına başlayan bir genç, 65 yaşında emekli olacağı düşünüldüğünde 40 yıl mesleğini icra edecek. Yani 40 yılx12 ayx20 günx8 saat = 76.800 saat o meslekte zaman geçirecek. Bu rakamların büyüklüğü, bu tercihin ne kadar önemli olduğunu gösteriyor.

Şimdi öğrencilere sormak istiyorum: Sevmediğiniz bir arkadaşınızı her gün sekiz saat görmeye ne kadar süre tahammül edebilirsiniz? Hoşlanmadığınız bir kişi ile romantik ilişkiyi ne kadar zaman sürdürebilirsiniz? Buna benzer olarak sevmeden yaptığınız bir meslekten bol kazanç ve prestij elde etseniz bile doyum almakta zorlanırsınız. Bu doyumsuzluk sizi benlik saygınızdan yaşam doyumunuza, arkadaşlık ilişkilerinizden evliliğinize kadar birçok yönden olumsuz etkileyecektir. İşte bu nedenle meslek tercihi geleceğimizdeki mutluluğumuzun mimarıdır. Peki bu süreçte neler dikkat etmeliyiz?
Tercih anında ben kimim?
Tercih anında kullandığımız karar verme yaklaşımımız doğru tercih yapmamızı etkileyen önemli bir faktör. Karar verme sürecinde sergilenen davranışlardan yola çıkarak sekiz farklı birey tipi ortaya konuyor:
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1- Planlı: Bu birey, karar vermeye sistematik ve adım adım yaklaşan tarza sahip. Bu tür karar verme tarzına sahip bireyler sunulan bilgileri genellikle etkin kullanma yetisine sahiptir. Ancak, bazen de planı aşırı belirlemiş olmaları plana saplanıp kalmalarına ve diğer olası fırsatları kaçırmalarına neden olabilir. Öğrenci sürekli önceki planına bağlı kalması gerektiğini düşündüğü için yaratıcı ve doğal olmaktan uzaklaşabilir. Ayrıca, bu tür bireyler aşırı planlı adımlar nedeniyle zorunlu değişiklikler karşısında da zorlanabilirler.
2- Sıkıntılı: Bu tarza sahip olanlar sistematik bir yaklaşımla adım adım karar vermeye çalışır, ancak kararlarına yönelik seçeneklerin belirlenmesinde, seçeneklere ilişkin bilgi toplamada ve aralarından birini seçmede zorluk çektikleri için kolayca bir karara ulaşamazlar. Bu şekilde karar verenler için eldeki veri ne kadar çok ise karar vermedeki zorluk da o kadar artar. Bu tür öğrenciler tercih döneminde birçok üniversiteyi gezip, bir çok akademisyenle defalarca konuşur ve her türlü sosyal medyadan bilgi toplamaya çalışır. Bilgi topladıkça rahatlayacaklarını düşünmekle birlikte, genellikle doğru karar verme kaygıları yükselir. Çünkü bu tür bireyler sadece genel bilgilere göre karar vermeye çalışırken kendilerinin ne sevdiğini neye ilgilerinin olduğunu gözardı ederler.
3- Tepkisel: Bu karar verme tarzına sahip olan birey sistematik bir süreç takip etmede zorlanır veya adım adım ilerlemenin önemini göz ardı eder. Seçimleri genellikle hızlıdır ve başka seçenekler aramakla veya başka seçenekler için veri toplamakla zaman kaybetmez; farklı seçenekler için bilgi toplama ihtiyacı hissetmez ve seçimi için gerekli olabilecek ek bilgilere değer vermez. Bu tür karar verme tarzına sahip öğrenciler tercih edecekleri üniversiteyi ve bölümü görmeye gerek duymazlar, tercihlerini hızlı alınan kararlarla verirler ve seçtikleri meslekle ilgili olumsuz bilgilere de kulaklarını tıkama eğilimindedirler.
4- Sezgisel: Birey seçenekler içinden en iyisini (daha iyi sonuç vereni) planlayarak ya da adım adım bazı aşamaları takip ederek değil, yalnızca tecrübeden ve görmüş geçirmişlikten faydalanarak sezgisel olarak tespit eder. Bu şekilde karar verenler az bilgi ile yetinirler; bireysel hedeflerini hızlıca belirlerler ve daha fazla bilgi yerine deneyimlerini ve sezgilerini kullanırlar. Bireyin geçmiş deneyimlerini ve iç sesini göz önünde bulundurması sağlıklı, ancak karar almada tek ölçü bunlar olmamalı.
5- Uysal: Bu bireyler müdahaleye izin veren kişilikleri veya sosyal-kültürel nedenlerle kendileri adına başkalarının karar vermesine izin verirler. Başkalarının topladığı verilere güvenirler. Bu öğrencilerin tercih döneminde öğretmenlerinin ya da arkadaşlarının etkisinde kalma olasılıkları çok yüksektir. Kendileri üniversiteler ya da meslekler hakkında bilgi toplamak yerine başkalarının sözüne güvenerek hareket ederler, bu da yanılma olasılıklarını artırır.
6- Erteleyici: Bu bireyler bir karar verilmesi gerektiğini kabul ederler, ancak korku, veri yokluğu veya güdülenme eksikliği nedeniyle karar vermeyi sürekli ertelerler. Bu tarzla karar verenler veri toplamaya veya kullanmaya hazır değildir. Erteleyiciler genellikle tercihi son güne bırakacaklardır. Bunu önlemenin en sağlıklı yolu aile ve öğretmenlerin öğrenciyi bilgi kaynaklarına ulaşmaya özendirmesi, motive etmesi ve eğer gerekirse ona bu süreçte eşlik etmesidir.
7- Kaderci: Bu bireyler yaşamdaki olaylar üzerinde kontrolleri olmadığını ve dış güçlerin etkisi altında olduklarını düşünürler. Bu stile sahip karar vericiler bilgi edinmeye veya bilgileri kullanmaya hazır değildir. Kadercileri, hayatlarının kontrollerinin ellerinde olmadığı fikri kısa süreli rahatlatacaktır ama uzun dönemde kadercilik onları umutsuzluğa ve isteksizliğe de sürükleyebilir. Çünkü kendi tercihlerimizi daha çok benimseriz ve bu bize mutluluk verir.
8- Adeta felç olan: Bu bireyler bir karar verilmesi gerektiğini kabul ederler, ancak sürecin veya sonuçlarının çok korkutucu olduğunu düşündükleri için karar verme yönünde adım atamazlar. Hemen yukarıda özetlenen diğer iki tarza sahip karar vericiler gibi bunlar da veri toplamak veya kullanmaya hazır değildirler. Gerçekten de çok veriye (bilgiye) sahip olmaları onları gerektiğinden daha çok çekingen yapar.
Öğrencilerin kendi karar verme tarzını fark etmesi tercih döneminde çok fayda sağlar. Bu noktada “sıkıntılı”, “tepkisel” ve “adete felç olan” olarak adlandırılan karar verme stiline sahip öğrencilere psikolojik danışma yardımı alarak planlı karar verme stilinin öğretilmesi daha sağlıklı tercihte bulunmalarına yardımcı olur.
Tercih hatalarının nedenleri
Kendini tanımamak: Sağlıklı tercih yapma içgörü ile başlar. İçgörü, bireyin kendisini yorumlaması yoluyla derinden anlaması olarak tanımlanıyor. Öğrencilerin kendi değerlerini, beklentilerini ve kişisel özelliklerini keşfetmeye çalışmaları faydalı olur. Ailelerin çocuklarında gördükleri olumlu ve olumsuz yanları tıpkı bir ayna gibi yargılamadan, büyütüp küçültmeden göstermeleri yani çocuklarının kişisel özellikleri hakkında olabildiğince yansız geri bildirim vermeleri yarardımcı olur. İçgörüsü yüksek öğrenciler kendilerine uygun tercih yapma konusunda daha başarılı olacaktır.
mesleklerMesleği tanımamak: Öğrenciler tercih etmeyi planladıkları meslek hakkında ya çok az ya da yanlış bilgiye sahipler. Özellikle sosyal medyadaki her bilginin doğru olmadığı dikkate alınmalı, doğru kaynaklardan bilgi edinilmeli. Ayrıca meslek sahibi kişilerle yapılan görüşmelerde her meslek sahibinin o mesleğin iyi bir temsilcisi olamayacağı unutulmamalıdır. Her meslekte iyi örnekler de kötü örnekler de mevcuttur.
Üniversiteyi araştırmamak: Fırsat varsa üniversite yerleşkesini bizzat gezmek, orada kısa da olsa doğrudan gözlem yapmak çok faydalı olacaktır. Bazı öğrenciler daha çok sosyal ve spor etkinliğine fırsat veren büyük kampüs hayatını tercih ederken bazıları ise öğrenci-öğrenci ve öğrenci-akademisyen ilişkisinin daha sıcak olduğu “butik” tipi küçük kampüsleri tercih edebilir. Hangi tür kampüs hayatının size uygun olacağını değerlendirmeniz keyifli ve başarılı bir üniversite yaşamı geçirebilmeniz için önemli olacaktır.
Şehir özelliklerini bilmemek: Tıpkı kampüs özellikleri gibi tercih ettiğiniz üniversitenin bulunduğu şehrin özellikleri de sizin akademik başarınızda önemli rol oynuyor. En az 4 yıl geçireceğiniz şehrin sosyo-kültürel özelliklerinin size ne kadar uygun olduğu, uygun olmayan yönlerini seçtiğiniz bölümde okumak için ne kadar tolere edebileceğinizi iyi düşünmeniz gerekir. Çünkü yaşadığınız şehir ile okumak için geldiğiniz şehir arasındaki sosyo-kültürel fark eğitim sürecinin niteliğini etkileyecektir.
Hazır Gelecek Tercihi: Bu özellikle bizim gibi kollektif kültürde çok yaygın olan bir meslek tercih etme hatası olarak karşımıza çıkmaktadır. Genellikle aileler çocuklarını kendi uzantısı olarak görmekte ve çocuktan da ailenin özelliklerini mesleki olarak da sürdürmesi beklenmektedir. Buna örnek olarak aile müteahhit ise kendi çocukları ile ilgili “Çocuğumuzun işi hazır, bu nedenle inşaat mühendisliği istiyoruz” diyebiliyorlar. Ya da anne veya baba eczacı ise, “Çocuğumuz eczanenin başına geçer” diyerek çocuklarından eczacılık bölümünü tercih etmesini isteyebiliyorlar.
Sevgiliye kapılmak: Aşk ve sevgi temel duygularımız arasında yer alır, onları yok sayamayız. Aşk dediğimiz duygu, ergenlikte ve takip eden “beliren yetişkinlik döneminde” daha çok önem kazanmakta. İşte bu nedenle, gençler meslek tercihini yaparken o anda yaşadıkları romantik ilişkiyi sürdürebilmek amacıyla aynı üniversiteyi ya da aynı şehri tercih edebiliyor. Yani öğrenci meslek ve üniversite tercihi yerine romantik ilişki tercihi yapabiliyor. Kısacası öğrenci puanı o üniversitenin ancak hiç istemediği bir bölümünü tutabiliyorsa dahi sırf arkadaşı ile aynı üniversitede okumak için o üniversiteyi tercih edebiliyor. Daha sonra aynı üniversiteye başlayınca eğer romantik ilişkileri umdukları gibi devam etmezse yanlış bir üniversite ve meslek tercihi yaptıklarını düşünüp büyük hayal kırıklığı ve pişmanlık yaşayabiliyorlar. Bu süreçte ailelerin bu tehlikenin farkında olması ve çocuklarını yargılamadan dinleyerek bu olası durum hakkında yol gösterici olmaları önemli.
Popülarite etkisinde kalmak: Bazı meslek ya da üniversiteler belli dönemlerde daha popüler olabiliyor. Böyle bir popülarite rüzgarına kapılmak uzun dönemde işsizlik ya da mesleki doyumsuzluğun en temel nedenlerinden biri. Tıpkı bunun gibi bazen de popüler üniversiteler nedeniyle gençler istemedikleri bölümlere yerleşebiliyor. Örneğin hep inşaat mühendisi olmayı hedefleyen bir öğrenci ODTÜ inşaat mühendisliğini kazanamayacağını anlayınca ODTÜ fizik ya da matematik bölümünü tercih edebiliyor. Daha sonra uzun yıllar “Mühendis olacaktım puan yetmedi matematik okudum, iş bulamayınca da matematik öğretmeni oldum” gibi hayal kırıklığı dolu cümleler kurabiliyorlar.
Geleceğin mesleği yanılgısı: Özellikle mühendisliğin bazı özel alanları geleceğin mesleği olarak tanıtılıyor. Sanayide gelişmiş olan ve teknoloji üretiminin yapıldığı ülkelerde ve sektörlerde geleceğin meslekleri geçerli olmaktadır. Teknolojiyi üretmeyen ama kullanan ülkelerde geleceğin mesleği olarak görülen alanlardan mezun olanlar, ürünlerin bakım ve onarımında görev almakta yani bu bölüm mezunları aslında teknisyen olarak istihdam edilmektedir. Bu nedenle, bu mesleklere yönelecek olanlar ilerde daha çok yurtdışında ya da Türkiye’deki uluslararası firmalarda çalışmayı hedeflediklerinin bilincinde olmalılar. Bu noktada, bu firmalarda çalışma için çok ileri düzey yabancı dil bilmeleri gerektiğini unutmamalılar.
Kolayı seçmek: Öğrencilerin bazıları zor olduğunu düşündükleri bölümlerden başarısızlık endişesi ya da çalışma isteksizliği nedeniyle vazgeçiyorlar. Daha kolay olduğunu varsaydıkları bölümleri ya da üniversiteleri tercih edebiliyorlar. Örneğin yabancı dilde eğitim veren ODTÜ’yü bir çok öğrenci tercih etmek istiyor ancak İngilizce öğrenmedeki daha önceki başarısızlık duygusu nedeniyle bu tercihten hiç denemeden vazgeçebiliyorlar. Ya da tıp eğitimi uzun sürüyor diye tıbbı tercih etmekten vazgeçebiliyor.
Aile baskısı: Aileler doktorluk, mühendislik ve avukatlık gibi idealize edilmiş bazı meslekler için çocuklarına yoğun baskıda bulunabiliyor. Ayrıca bazı aileler çocuklarını başka şehre gönderme konusunda zorluk çekiyorlar. Özellikle bizim ülkemizde kız çocuğunu başka şehirde okutma büyük endişe yaratabiliyor.
Toplumsal beklentiler: Bazı çevrelerde geleneksel cinsiyet rolleri öğrencilerin meslek tercihlerine yanlış yön verebiliyor. Örneğin “Kız öğrencilere mühendislik yerine öğretmenlik daha uygun, hem çalışıp hem anne olabilirler” ya da “Erkek, kadından daha çok para kazanmalı, o yüzden kazanç getirecek doktorluk okuman ilerde senin faydana olur” gibi söylemler gençler üzerinde baskı oluşturuyor. Günümüzde her meslek herkes için uygun olabilir. Ayrıca evlilik ve anne-babalık ortak işbirliği ile daha sürdürebilir ve keyif verici olacaktır. Bu nedenlerle, bu tür geleneksel cinsiyet rollerine uygun öneriler işlevselliğini yitiriyor.
Özetle, karar verme tarzınızın farkında olarak sağlıklı karar verme yaklaşımlarını kullanmanız ve belirttiğim hatalara düşmemeniz sizin isabetli bir tercihte bulunma olasılığınızı arttıracaktır.
Doç. Dr. Aslı BUGAY – ODTU Kuzey Kıbrıs Kampusu Rehberlik ve Psikolojik Danışma Bölüm Başkanı
kaynak: www.hurriyet.com.tr

June 8, 2016

downloadNew rules affecting foreign student visas, which go into effect from 1 July 2016, will be a boon for the property market, especially in Sydney and Melbourne.
The Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF) aims to “support the sustainable growth of Australia’s international education sector” by reducing red tape. Key changes under the SSVF include reducing the number of student visa subclasses from eight to two and introducing a simplified single immigration risk framework for all international students.
The head of Australia for Chinese property portal, Juwai.com, Gavin Norris, said the new framework is positive for the Australian housing market.
“Six out of every 10 Chinese property buying inquiries made in Australia last year were related to education,” Norris said.
“Juwai.com sent about AU$1.6 billion of property buying inquiries to Australian vendors last year, and almost $1 billion of that value came from families who wanted to buy homes for their children to live in while studying here.
“Anything Australia does to increase the number of Chinese students will also increase investment in strategic areas of the real estate market that generates more construction jobs, more new housing being built and more economic growth.”
Last year, Chinese students made up 1 out of every four international students in Australia, and international students support about 130,000 jobs, according to research from Juwai. Norris said these statistics demonstrate the invaluable contribution foreign students have on the Australian economy.

“When Australia wins a foreign student, it gains tens of thousands in education fees, additional tens of thousands in retail and services spending, hundreds of thousands in a potential real estate investment and – most important of all – the possibility that highly educated individual will decide to stay and work here and contribute to our economy over the long term,” he said.

“Every student who might have come here, but doesn’t, could represent substantial lost benefits.
“The reverse is also true. Anything that discourages international property investment also risks causing adverse impacts the education industry.”
Norris has also praised other SSVF changes, which include trialling visa applications in Mandarin and trialling 10-year student visas.
“These visa changes are smart, and help Australia catch up to nations like the US, which offer similar visa terms.
“The most important elements are the Mandarin language applications, the 10 year validity pilot and the simplified paperwork.
“For the most part, these changes are about avoiding the loss of our privileged place as a destination of choice for overseas students, rather than beating the competition,” Norris said.
 
source: www.brokernews.com.au

May 4, 2016

Australian Education 2025The Australian Education Roadmap developed by Austrade clearly articulates an ambition to develop, enhance and grow the onshore sector to welcome up to 720,000 students; compound annual growth of 3.8% on the nearly 500,000 Australia welcomes today.
“In a high market-share scenario, these numbers could almost double to nearly 990,000 by 2025,” states the report. “Beyond this, in the relatively untapped borderless skills market of in-market, online and blended delivery – there are projected to be in excess of one billion students around the world.”

“In a high market-share scenario, these numbers could almost double to nearly 990,000 by 2025,”

The three areas of focus for the strategy are: Strengthening the Fundamentals of Australia’s education system (via delivering the best student experience possible, providing robust quality assurance); Making Transformative Partnerships (via alumni building, strengthening partnerships) and Competing Globally (via promoting excellence).
International Education is 3rd biggest export earner
Richard Colbeck, minister for tourism and international education, signed off on a considered and cohesive strategy which represents clear ambition.
In Richard Colbeck, minister for tourism and international education, Foreword, he commented, “It is critical that we embrace the role as a driver of change. We must be conscious of what our competitors are doing, particularly what they are doing better than us.”
Stakeholders welcomed the announcement. Phil Honeywood, CEO of the International Education Association of Australia, said, “Given that international education is now worth $19.6 bn a year to the Australian economy, it now requires the level of attention that the nation’s third largest export sector should attract.”

“Given that international education is now worth $19.6 bn a year to the Australian economy, it now requires the level of attention that the nation’s third largest export sector should attract.”

Honeywood is a member of the Coordinating Council for International Education which consulted with government on its draft strategy. The council commended the first “whole-of-sector” strategy and said effective implementation was now needed.
“The sector provides far more than just an economic boost,” underlined Honeywood. “Research collaboration, two-way student mobility and student services such as accommodation and employment skills are all vital and require greater national coordinated effort. These ‘soft diplomacy’ benefits are often overlooked.”
Minister Colbeck also announced the formation of an ongoing council that will be responsible for implementation.
It was the country’s foreign minster, Julie Bishop, who announced the strategy while in Tasmania and it is the department for foreign affairs and trade which is championing the alumni agenda. To support this concurrent strategy, a website and Linked In group has been launched.
Twelve “inspirational” alumni ambassadors have been selected to work to build Australia’s profile in their home countries, and a video profile series is available, Australian by Degree.
“Over 50 years, 2.5 million international students have been attracted to Australia and its world class educational institutions,” said Bishop.
source: thepienews.com

May 4, 2016

migration-to-australia
Migration to Australia 2014 – 2015

The Australian government has announced that the migration programs for 2017 will remain for the fifth year in a row at its highest level – 190,000 permanent residency places.
Migration numbers according to categories will be

  • 128,550 for skilled migration (including General Skilled Migration, permanent Employer Sponsorship and Business Skills) and
  • 57,400 places for family migration.

The remaining places will include

  • 565 under the Special Eligibility stream and
  • 3,485 for Child category migrants.

This break down of the available permanent residency places remains exactly the same as the 2015-16 program year that is now nearing conclusion.
The official media release from the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection with these 2016-17 Migration Program figures can be found here
 

November 27, 2015

int-student-sydneyStudents are able to work while studying and can earn a bachelor’s degree in three years.
Australia sits at a cultural crossroads, with historical links to the West and economic ties to the East. This may, in part, explain the country’s appeal to international students.
“You’re getting the best of both worlds,” says Vik Naidoo, head of international student recruitment at the University of Sydney.
There were more than 269,700 international higher education students in Australia in 2014, according to the Institute of International Education’s Project Atlas. That means roughly one out of every five students at the country’s universities was international.
While Australian universities have similarities to those in other English-speaking nations, such as the U.K., there are differences too. Here are three facts prospective students should know about the international undergraduate experience in Australia.

  1. HIGH GOVERNMENTAL REGULATIONS on INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION SECTOR

There are laws on the books to protect international students. Australian legislation requires universities to provide international students with orientation programs, access to support services and contact information for university officials who can assist them, among other things.
“We don’t just recruit them and say, ‘Now off you go, you’re by yourself,'” says Naidoo. “We, by legislative arrangement, we have a duty of care to those students.”
Nina Khairina, a third-year international student at Monash University in Victoria who hails from Indonesia, said by email that she has faced challenges such as loneliness and having to adjust to a new style of teaching.
Khairina, who is national president of the Council of International Students Australia, an advocacy organization for foreign students, said the most helpful source of support has been the Monash University International Students Service, run by student volunteers “who work passionately to improve the experience of other international students.” She added that a student rights officer and counselors are available on campus as well.
Universities are also legally required to post on their websites lists of education agents appointed to represent the institutions abroad. Applicants who do not use agents can submit their materials directly to Australian universities online; there isn’t a common application system for international students.

  1. SOME DEGREE PROGRAMS CAN BE COMPLETED IN THREE YEARS

Students can earn a degree in three years, but might want to study longer. Most bachelor’s programs in Australia are three years long. However, high-achieving students at Aussie universities can go on to earn a bachelor honors degree – a more advanced credential – by studying for an additional year.
Honors programs are selective. At the University of Sydney, for example, less than 5 percent of all undergraduates are enrolled in the honors program, according to Naidoo. The higher-level program “is teaching you a lot of research skills,” says Naidoo, “which you don’t necessarily get in the traditional undergraduate degree.”
Earning an honors degree is the typical pathway to a doctoral degree program, according to the Australian government’s Department of Education and Training.
Keit Loi, a native of Malaysia who recently earned an honors Bachelor of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne, says the “intense” honors year is a good trial run for students who think they might want to conduct research at a higher academic level.
“If you still survive it and you still enjoy research after that,” he says, “you know you’re capable of doing a Ph.D.” Loi has applied to a Ph.D. program at the University of Melbourne.
Some universities also offer four-year – or longer – programs with a built-in research component as another path to a bachelor honors degree.

  1. WORK WHILE STUDYING

International students may work while studying. Undergraduate tuition at Australian institutions can vary from $10,800 to $23,800 or more per year, according to the Australian government. Students can work part time to help pay for school.
Most student visa holders can work up to 40 hours every two weeks while taking classes, according to the government’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection. International students can apply for jobs on and off campus, and during academic breaks there isn’t a limit on the number of hours they can work.
But finding employment can be challenging in some locations according to U.S. national Carolyn Reimann, a third-year undergraduate medical student at James Cook University in Queensland.  She added that it might be easier for students to find jobs in cities like Sydney and Melbourne that are popular tourist destinations.
If international students want to work in Australia after graduation, they can apply for a temporary graduate visa. This credential allows non-citizens to work in the country for a period of 18 months to up to four years, depending on their set of skills and degree level.
But studying in Australia isn’t just about hard work and classes, some students say.
“There is a strong emphasis on having a study-work-life balance here,” Khairina said by email. “I was not used to that at the beginning and focused too much on getting perfect grades; it’s not like that anymore and I enjoy it.”
source: www.usnews.com

November 23, 2015

downloadExports from Australia’s international education services sector – two-thirds of it comprising income from international higher education students – reached a record high of $18.8 billion in 2014-15, the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data has shown.
According to the Minister for Tourism and International Education, Senator Richard Colbeck, the figures eclipsed the previous peaks of $17.6 billion in calendar year 2014 and $16.3 billion in financial year 2013-14.
He said: “Education services exports for 2014-15 increased by 15% on the 2013-14 figure, which shows our booming international education sector continues to go from strength to strength.”
The figures confirmed that international education remains Australia’s largest services export and its third-largest export overall after iron ore and coal, he said.
“International education is also a major generator of jobs, with the sector supporting over 130,000 jobs in cities and regions throughout Australia,” he said. “The government is determined to ensure the international education sector continues to be one of the major strengths of the Australian economy.”

The vast majority of the income, $18.2 billion, was contributed by the nearly half a million students who chose to study in Australia over this period. International students in the higher education sector generated $12.5 billion in export income, while students in the vocational education and training sector produced $2.9 billion.

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May 14, 2015

Endeavour-Executive-FellowshipThe Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training is inviting  applications for the Endeavour Postgraduate Awards. The awards provide full financial support to international students to pursue

  • a postgraduate qualification at a master’s (up to two years) or
  • PhD level (up to four years) either by coursework or research in any field of study in Australia.

The scholarships include travel allowance AUD 3,000, establishment allowance of AUD 4,000 , monthly spending (AUD 3,000) up to maximum programme duration on a pro-rata basis. Health and travel insurance will also be ­provided.
Endeavour Scholarship recipients will also receive tuition fees (includes student service and amenities fees) paid up to the maximum study/research duration on a pro-rata basis. To be eligible, applicants must commence their proposed programme after January 1, 2016, and not later than November 30, 2016.
Applicants need to provide either

  • letter of admission for a PhD course at an Australian university for the 2016 academic year or
  • letter of admission/ for a master’s or graduate diploma leading to a master’s course at an Australian university for the 2016 academic year.

Since 2007, a total of 3,818 Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships have been awarded to internationals and 1,036 have been received by Australians to undertake research, study or professional development across 125 eligible countries.
What Endeavour offers
As a scholarship or fellowship recipient, you will gain invaluable international experience in study, research or professional development.
The department has engaged a contractor to provide post-selection support services to all recipients including: a dedicated case manager, pre-departure briefings, advice on health, travel insurance, accommodation, security; payment of allowances, and reporting to the department on the recipient’s progress.
Learn more about what Endeavour can offer through:

For more details, visit here . Deadline for submitting applications is June 30 2015.

May 3, 2015

Australian International Students
International Students’ numbers are increasing for Australia

Yet another review has landed on desks around Canberra. A newly released 160-page Productivity Commission paper on International Education Services has underlined what many of us who work in this dynamic sector already know.
Not only is international education kicking goals for our beleaguered economy but it continues to enhance Australia’s global credentials. Notwithstanding this, the report also warns this $17 billion a year industry that more regulatory reform might be required if Australia is to remain the study destination of choice.
Up front, the Productivity Commission’s report is very much a good news story. It finds that our nation’s third-largest export creates 130,000 equivalent full-time jobs. These jobs are not just in teaching but cut across the entire economy, including the provision of accommodation, food, entertainment and even tourism.
There are more than 450,000 full-tuition, fee-paying international students in Australia now, accounting for 20 per cent of all students enrolled in our higher education institutions and 5 per cent in vocational education and training (VET). Importantly for our future relations in our region, about three-quarters of all international students come from Asia, with China and India the biggest markets.
Of equal importance, the report noted that we have another 160,000 enrolments in Australian courses delivered offshore, with an increasing number of these in the advanced skills (VET) sector. Overall, our international education industry has recovered from recent years of declining enrolments and the commission concludes that it “is back on a high-growth trajectory”.
So where is the flip side to all this good news? The Productivity Commission points to four key areas of concern. These relate to governance, student visa integrity, comparative quality course ratings and the complex issue of education agent quality assurance.
International education has come a long way, in a short space of time, since each state and territory government had separate regulatory authorities. Until the federal government intervened, each state had jurisdictional oversight of student and education provider policy and procedures. These were replaced in 2011 by the Tertiary Education and Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) for higher education and the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) for vocational education. Despite initial teething problems, these two national regulators have made significant improvements in the good governance of a complex industry.
SURPRISING
It is therefore surprising that the Productivity Commission raises the possibility that these two regulators be merged into one entity. Some education institutions, which deliver both higher education and VET courses, would welcome any ensuing reduction in their regulatory reporting burden. However, because each of these national regulators primarily service very different types of education providers and courses, there is little momentum among international education stakeholders for such a merger to be effected.
Control of who is deemed to be a genuine temporary student and student visas has long been vested in our Immigration Department. In recent years this has been justified because of border control concerns.
Yet the Productivity Commission boldly suggests that other factors and government departments should have a stake in the outcomes here. Whereas the Immigration Department’s almost entire focus is on the immigration risk of an education provider, the commission questions the merits of this. Instead, they would like to see factors such as the quality of the education provider’s course delivery, their financial or consumer risk and even student graduation outcomes factored into the visa-issuing process.
Industry groups, such as the International Education Association of Australia, have long argued for just such a comprehensive student visa issuance model. Currently, it is all too easy for certain education providers to tailor their immigration risk rating just long enough to qualify for special visa status. They might be delivering the worst business course in Australia, but that is not being factored into the equation.
The third related area of concern identified in the report is the lack of transparency on the ratings of course quality. This is supported by a recent global survey of 45,000 international students by Hobsons Education Solutions. It highlighted that course rankings now come ahead of education institutions’ overall quality and the choice of country as the key driver of enrolments.
Happily, something is being done about this in Australia. The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) online platform will be released soon by Education Minister Christopher Pyne. QILT will incorporate student experience, graduate outcomes and employer satisfaction surveys into one easily accessible portal.
There has been a great deal of media interest recently in the complex relationships between education agents and education institutions. Unfortunately, none of this public commentary has mentioned that the federal Education Department is awaiting a report that it has commissioned on this very issue. The report is due by the end of June and more than 1000 key stakeholders have been surveyed already and separate education provider and agent focus groups have been held around the country.
The Productivity Commission report has provided yet one more set of recommendations to a sector that is already suffering from review fatigue. A long-awaited whole-of-government approach is in the mix now.
The government is to finalise soon its National Strategy for International Education. It is not before time that Australia’s third-largest export gets this attention.
 
Phil Honeywood is the executive director of the International Education Association of Australia.
Source: www.afr.com

April 22, 2015

Restaurant & Catering AustraliaRestaurant & Catering Australia has welcomed new training and product development arrangements for the vocational education sector announced by the Australian government this morning.
R&CA CEO, John Hart says that the announcement serves as a welcome step in addressing the needs of the tourism and hospitality sectors.
“The [hospitality] sector is currently experiencing a shortfall of 35,800 jobs, with this number expected to increase to 56,000 by the end of 2015. Additionally, employment in the cafe, restaurant and takeaway food services sector is projected to grow more than 43,700 jobs or 8.5 percent to November 2018,” says Hart.
Hart says that this rate of employment growth is expected to be higher than any other industry in the Australian economy and it is estimated that Australia will require an additional 2.5 million people with Vocational Education Training (VET) qualifications; 1.7 million of which will need to be qualified at Certificate III level or above.
“The new model supporting industry reference committees will more closely align the skill needs of industry with the training that is delivered through the vocational education sector,” says Hart
“Changes to this structure and authorising environment through the Australian Industry Skills Committee will help to provide the necessary skilled staff required to deliver quality customer experiences well into the future.”
Hart says today’s announcement is recognition that skilled staff in the tourism and hospitality industry is necessary for the economic growth of the country.
“Waiters, cooks, chefs and café and restaurant managers are the most in-demand occupations in the sector and will continue to be well beyond 2015.
“’Australia’s system of competency standards and qualifications-based learning is world renowned; this change to the development process will strengthen that reputation even further.
 
Source: Hospitability Magazine

April 21, 2015
download (1)Eighty eight per cent of international students are satisfied or very satisfied with their overall experience, outperforming similar competitor nations.

A new report on international students’ experiences has found widespread satisfaction across all survey areas — learning, support on arrival, living and support services — at a rate higher than similar competitor nations.
The lone exception is living and accommodation costs which registered only a 50 per cent satisfaction rating.

The biannual International Student Survey was released by federal education minister Christopher Pyne on the back of a NSW report which suggested widespread cheating, low academic standards and even corruption. A report on the ABC tonight is widely expected to come to similar conclusions.

“The report confirms that the reputation of Australian institutions and the quality of teaching are by far the most important factors for international students choosing Australia over other countries,” Mr Pyne said in a statement.
Chris Ziguras, a higher education researcher from RMIT, said the survey threw a positive light on a sector currently under siege by media.
“This report is reassuring to the government and to the sector as a whole that students are coming here for all the right reasons and generally satisfied. Australia is on par with and outperforming other destinations,” Dr Ziguras said.
While the broad brushstroke nature of the overview support lacked nuance, the over all picture was undeniably positive, Dr Ziguras said.
“You’re asking people to tick boxes and you are not getting deep insights. If it was a one-off survey then you’d say it was pretty bland but the fact it’s been done three times in succession shows (the aggregate results) are reassuring.”
Dr Ziguras said he was “dismayed” by last week’s Independent Commission Against Corruption report.
“I’m not sure who they spoke to but they apparently didn’t speak to students,” he said.
“It’s dismaying not because of what it says about the sector but because of the way the sector is perceived. That’s very depressing,” he said.
Dr Ziguras also said he was concerned about the potential for corruption based on the fact international students generate revenue.
“All students generate revenue. The same potential exists for such things with the admittance of domestic students in undergraduate programs with universities dipping lower and lower into ATARs because evert new student brings revenue. There’s the same potential there.”
Fiona Docherty, pro vice-chancellor (international) at UNSW said feedback from international students at her institution didn’t line up with the view promulgated in the ICAC report, especially in relation to the use of agents.
“I’m interested in feedback after students get here and can reflect objectively on their choices to come to that university. Our experience shows that 90 per cent of students are satisfied with their agents,” Ms Docherty said.
Scott Sheppard, deputy vice-chancellor (international) at Queensland University of Technology, also said he struggled to correlate the ICAC report’s findings with the experience of international students at his institution.
“Maybe it’s because we have a relatively low percentage of international student enrolments, but the findings didn’t alight with our experience,” Professor Sheppard said.
 
Source: The Australian

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