EDUCATION IN AUSTRALIA Education in Australia


Engineering Schools in Australia provide professional qualifications over a range of engineering specializations. Civil, Management, Mechanical, Power Generation, Electrical, Mechatronics etc are a selected few out of the many. There are 37 engineering schools in Australia which might seem a large number for a country with a population of approximately 20 million, but it offers the international student an extensive range of choices of place, size of school and educational approach. Though the schools in Australia offer high quality education, many have a strong research focus, allowing students to participate in leading research activities, whilst others interact more closely with industry, as students deal with real-world engineering. Australian engineering schools are all regulated by the Institution of Engineers Australia, This professional body whose members are practicing engineers and which is dedicated to establishing and maintaining the reputation and standing of engineers trained at Australian universities. It is for this reason that the Institute will only accredit an Australian university engineering course if it meets the highest standards of content, facilities, staff and above all quality of the graduates produced.

Australian educated engineers can be found working everywhere in today's globalized community. This is especially true of South and South-East Asia, many now at very senior positions in industry, or in government, with some of them having their own companies. An engineering graduate from Australia can avail several opportunities of working as an Industrial Electrician, Mechanical Engineer, Aerospace Engineer, Marine Engineer, Building Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Software Engineer, Control Engineer etc.

Business/ Commerce:

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) an organization employing one million employers engage over ten million employees and contractors in a dynamic
labour market that is diverse, complex and constantly changing. ACCI's Workplace Policy Unit works with our member business organizations to make sure that
employing enterprises are given a fair go in providing more jobs; reward for effort; good, flexible and diverse working conditions that are sustainable and can meet the needs of business, employees and a safe working environment. Australian Institutes offer courses from the basic categories of accounting, finance and property education to combinations of Commerce and Law; Commerce and Applied Finance, Law and Human Resource Management, International Business, Finance and Trade, International relations, E-commerce technology, Mobile Commerce, E-Business etc.

It is true that Investment Bankers are sought after in Australia and are paid rather handsomely. International Investment Bankers with 1 to 5 years of experience have known to be earning $90,000 as the basic salary and potentially 60% bonus added to it.

Information Technology:

Australia is widely regarded by industry as a leading training provider in IT. In fact, they are an established Cisco Academy, Microsoft Platinum Trainer and an Apple Authorized Training Centre. Some Institutes are the first TAFE in Australia to offer a degree in computer systems networking. They also offer a progressive array of courses in library and information services to prepare students for work in schools, universities, public libraries and information agencies. Information Technology in Australia covers numerous areas of specializations including Software Development, Sound Production; Telecommunications Design, User Support, Video Games Development & more. Graduates pursuing IT in Australia may be eligible for membership of any of the professional bodies via the Australian Computer Society (ACS), Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) & Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). IT courses in Australia also provide an edge of dual degrees like MBA + Master of Information Technology, MBA + Master of Information Systems Management, MBA + Master of Information Systems, IT + Master of Information Systems and many more. Other specialised courses are Bachelors in IT – Computer Science, Software Development, Games Design and Development, IT Security, Professional Practise. Student pursuing IT in Australia can also become a part of universities which share common characteristics and have formed groups and networks that to some extent illustrate differences in focus and objectives between groups of universities and the commonalities of those within the group. One such group is Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN).

There is a constant need to develop, manage and use information strategically. So systems professionals have access to employment in just about every industry including all levels of government. Graduates of this course can move into challenging, well-paid careers such as those of Project Managers, Business Analysts, Security Analysts, Business Intelligence Analyst, Database Developers and Administrators, Web Designers and Developer, Information systems project leaders etc.

Art and Designing:

The Australian Qualifications Framework, a nationally recognised qualification is a great stepping-stone to a degree. The courses take you through basic design and colour theory – the touchstone of all good designers and artists into learning to develop fresh ideas, grow your enthusiasm, strengthen your own abilities, and build your technical skills with both traditional media and current design software packages. A few of the several courses offered are - Graphic Design, Digital Media, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Master of Design, Game Design, Animation, Fashion Marketing, New Media and Digital Film Production, Photography, Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Arts (visual communication) etc.

Of the popular job roles like Graphic Designers, Photographers, Fashion Designers, Interior Designers, etc; Several students are opting for the job of a Game Designer. Since it is more of a process, one can specialize in one or more of the several fields. The average annual income for Programmers is $US85,024, Artists would be $US69,532, Game Designers is $US67,379; Producers is roughly $US82,905; Quality Assurance get $US39,57; while Audio and Business & Marketing earn about $US78,167 and $US102,143 respectively.

Health Sciences:

Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, is leading a review by his Office of Australia’s science education, research and development outputs set for publication in the first quarter of 2012.The review will profile the strengths and vulnerabilities of Australia’s present science capabilities. Australia’s capacity to capture the benefits of emerging science areas and the increasing internationalization of science will be particular focus areas. The project will consider the physical and life (including biomedical, agricultural and veterinary) sciences undertaken by government, university and industry sectors.

Australia attracts students for its lifestyle, health care, public education and economic freedom. It offers wide range of courses with flexible start dates. Students can work to bear their daily expenses. Its degrees are worldwide recognized. If students wish they get Permanent Residence option. Courses like Clinical Exercise Physiology; Health Science; Physiotherapy, Health Science; Australian Registered Nurse Training Program; Midwifery; Nursing; Laboratory Medicine; Nutrition and Food Sciences; Pharmaceutical Science; Pharmacy; Public Health (alcohol, tobacco and other drug); Medical Radiation Science -Medical Imaging/Radiation Therapy; Applied Science (Human Movement and Health Studies) etc. are available at undergraduate and graduate levels in Australia. One can become a Medical practitioner, Nurse, Dietitian, Pharmacist, Midwife, Physiotherapist, having completed these courses.