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education engagement benefits not only education activity but also individuals, organizations, communities, cultures, economies and nations. International education is one of the most important activities in the world today. Australia is also convinced that, outside of education aid, the eventual scale and shape of Australian involvement in delivering international education services will be driven by market opportunities in a competitive dynamic environment. Australia places great value on education policies that promote choice and encourage diversity. Domestically Australia places great value on education policies that promote choice and encourage diversity. We respect academic freedom and independence. While Australian state and territory governments maintain strong public school and vocational education and training systems, there are also many independent schools and private colleges. While our governments legislatively authorize universities (the vast majority of which are publicly owned but independently operated) there are a growing number of private universities and higher education institutions. The end result is a wide range of choices in fields of study, qualifications, study patterns and campus environments. However, there are some areas where diversity is not the norm. Compared to some countries, Australia has considerably higher levels of national coordination in quality assurance, qualifications frameworks, and protections for international students. The Australian balance works well, users have choice with consistent quality. Government Role Given the diverse domestic education environment and widespread support for international engagement it is easy to see a role for national government as facilitator, acting to encourage a sustainable, growing Australian education engagement in line with the national interest. A strategy of diversification recognizes that the benefits of international education engagement are evident across the entire evolving spectrum of education activity and provides an environment where the opportunities for international engagement are open to as many as possible. However, as a country of 20 million people, Australia’s capacity to provide international education services is finite in comparison to the projected global demand for international education. Diversification on a national scale allows Australia to protect the celebration of difference and joining of minds that is at the core of international education activity while ensuring equitable access to the benefits across regions, institutions and education sectors. Pragmatically, diversification offers an element of national risk management by counteracting narrow-based demand surges. How Is Australia Doing This? How is Australia doing this? Acting through the organization I head and in close consultation with major stakeholders across the Australian education community and Government, the Australian Government is pursuing diversification by country, field of study, type of study, and mode of supply. Our position in various fora, bilateral and multilateral, reflects our general commitment to free markets and includes support for open, effective education markets supported by quality assurance, visa integrity and nondiscriminatory accreditation procedures and mechanisms. These are necessary conditions for diversification to thrive and grow on an international scale. Since 2003 we have moved to increase our offshore international education presence with new government education offices opened in Washington, Los Angeles, Santiago (Chile), Dubai, Brussels and Singapore. The Australian representative to the OECD in Paris, previously shared with the employment portfolio is now fully focused on education issues. These offices work to further Australia’s education, science and training relationships between governments, organizations and people. The focus on the Americas, the Middle East and Europe, where our offices lead a whole-of-Australian government approach to education in partnership with other agencies, reflects a desire to balance our success in the Asia-Pacific region with engagement further afield. Together with the previously established 14-city network, the new offices work to develop relationships, to identify areas of mutual benefit, increase awareness and facilitate activity, exchange and collaboration. The areas of mutual benefit will vary by country and over time. For example, Australia has an education relationship with Malaysia going back over 50 years. For many years, Malaysians traveled to Australia for their education. While this activity continues, these days there is a greater emphasis on the delivery of Australian education in Malaysia. Indeed Malaysia is now marketing itself as a regional education hub with the Australian education presence enjoying the occasional reference in the promotion. Australia has the flexibility, domestic diversity and will to develop similar relationships with other countries. It probably comes as no surprise that there is considerable international interest in business and IT studies in Australia. I suspect this is a global phenomenon, although there is some evidence to suggest this particular form of demand is becoming marginally less dominating. To help promote Australia as a more broad-based sophisticated, technologically advanced society the Australian government has funded the establishment of international centers of excellence in Asia-Pacific studies and diplomacy, mathematics education, sports science and management, water resources management, and tourism and hospitality education to demonstrate the breadth and depth of Australia’s capabilities in these areas. While not a formal goal of the program, there is an expectation that increased awareness of the diversity of Australian capability will indirectly flow through to a more even spread across all fields of study. We have recently promoted design studies in China and are working with colleagues in India to promote our science relationship. Skills shortages are an emerging issue for many countries and Australia is interested in working with others to identify these areas and develop solutions. Since July 2004, a new Australian Profes45

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Contents
Message from Allan E. Goodman
Up Front: The International Education Diary
Study Abroad for Students of Color
Programmatic Diversity Versus Unplanned Information Flows
Nurturing Leadership and Social Change: The Mission of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program
Study Abroad
Study Abroad
Africa
Australia
Science and Engineering
Students with Disability
The Browser: Index of Advertisers
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IIE Networker - Fall 2005 - Message from Allan E. Goodman
IIE Networker - Fall 2005 - Up Front: The International Education Diary
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