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Focus on Australia

Clarisse Faria-Fortecoëf

The number 9 of the Dossiers and the number 12 of the Repères collection especially published by CampusFrance for the "Australia Day" of January 19, 2012, focuse on the Australian higher education and its internationalization.

Some context elements

Although enjoying a favorable economic context (1.46 of world GDP in 2009, 725 billion euros, equivalent to one third of French GDP), Australian universities (37 public and 2 private) have to face a public support decrease since the 80s. In this situation they have to attract international students (25% of students total) and keep domestic students who want to follow a Master (most of these students easily finding a job with a Bachelor).
Some 87 private institutions of education and training, are centers of higher education.

Besides the fact that the Bachelor can last from 3 to 5 years and the Master from 1 to 2 years, the doctorate of a minimal duration of three years, can take three forms: the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) based on the research and a thesis production; the Professional Doctorate which offers a training oriented to professional practice; the Higher Doctorate which mainly concerns the medicine field.

Internationalization and student mobility

Australian universities have a total of over 4500 partnership agreements with foreign universities, including 250 with France. For example, an office of the EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) was established with the Asia Pacific College of the ANU (Australian National University) in Canberra. For more information on the activities of the EHESS-Canberra Branch at the ANU, you can click on the following link: www.pacific-dialogues.fr/.
Also, visits of Competitiveness Clusters were organized (on the topics of "Aerospace-Embedded Systems", "Energy-Environment", "Food") in order to explain the importance of new partnerships (firms/universities/research centers) and to establish new cooperation between these clusters and some Australian universities.

At the same time, the internationalization of Australian higher education system is often unilateral with welcome of international students and low mobility of Australian students. Thus, the mobility of the latter accounts for only 1% of this population.
In 2010-2011, France is the sixth host country (behind the United States, New Zealand, the UK, Europe and Germany) with about 400 Australian students with more than 290 enrolled at the university and a majority (62%) in Bachelor.
Among the conditions to increase academic cooperation, it is necessary to offer English or mixed programs including French tutoring.

In terms of incoming mobility, Australia has a very dynamic policy of recruiting international students. The number of French students in particular, has nearly doubled since 2002, 40% enrolled at the university.

Among available funding, the Endeavour Awards is the Australian Government's internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program  providing opportunities for citizens of the Europe and the world to undertake study, research of professional development in all areas in Australia.

For more information about this program, you can visit the websites of 
Study in Australia and Australia Awards.

CampusFrance

The CampusFrance Agency plans to set up a network in Australia. One of its mission would be to meet the information needs of French higher education institutions interested in the cooperation opportunities with Australia (to obtain a better understanding of its universities and/or to meet mobility request of their own students).
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