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Knowledge Network Australia Engaging the World A Look at Australia’s International Education Policies By John TW Hayton Australia is a leading provider of education and training to international students and holds position as the third most popular English-speaking education destination. In 2006, more than 400,000 international students, across all education sectors, both in Australia and offshore, received a challenging and rewarding education from an Australian institution. This number continues to grow as more students seek the unique educational experience that Australia provides. In 2006, Australian government expenditure on higher education was estimated at US$5 billion, with more than 950,000 students studying at universities, including more than 172,000 international students. The number of students enrolled grows every year as more and more people see the life-long advantages of an Australian education. The underlying reason for this strong interest is that Australian qualifications are high calibre and have widespread international recognition, gaining the attention of many employers and launching successful careers. It is Australia’s world-leading education system that creates its skilled and confident graduates. Our system is innovative, effective and renowned for its policy developments. Many countries, eager to further develop their own education systems, look to Australia for advice and policy suggestions. The Australian government’s international education policies are reflected in the number of leading research, discovery and innovation teams spanning business, society and government around the world that benefit from the expertise of Australian graduates. Australia has important education, economic and political relationships with countries throughout the world. In recent years the Australian government’s lead agency on international education policy and strategy, is the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), which links Australian school, vocational and higher education qualifications into a simple structure of 15 education awards. The AQF encourages choice, flexible delivery, and lifelong learning. It simplifies international comparison and recognition and makes a major contribution to the high level of quality assurance Australia provides students. The AQF receives strong international attention with some 20 Asian and European countries having requested briefings on the framework in the last few years. Australia provides some of the world’s most rigorous consumer protection mechanisms for international students through the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) framework. Australian Education International (AEI), has expanded its network to include the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. AEI supports the Australian government’s skilled migration program through overseas skill assessment, services providing service that underpin the recognition of overseas qualifications, and working with other Australian government agencies to Austra advance international recognition of Austrainternat lian qualifications and professions. Protecting International Students Australia provides some of the world’s most rigorous consumer protection mechanisms for international students through the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) framework. Under the ESOS legislation, institutions who wish to offer courses to international students studying on a student visa must first meet requirements for registration on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). Registered providers must meet legislated standards for marketing activities, education delivery, facilities and student support services. The ESOS Act has a strong focus on tuition and financial assurance and contains provisions for the compliance monitoring of education institutions. Quality Assura Assurance The quality of Au Australia’s education offering is assured through the development of robust and compreh comprehensive national quality assurance framew frameworks covering qualifications, courses, governance, protection, teachg ers and institutions. The foundation i 32

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Fall 2007

IIE Networker - Fall 2007
Message from Allan E. Goodman
Up Front: The International Education Diary
Investing in Our Future: Reaching Underserved Audiences through International Academic Exchanges
IIENetworker University Presidents Interview Series A Conversation with Brown University President
National Policies for International Education
New Zealand
United Kingdom
Sponsored Students
Project Atlas: A Coordinated Approach to Measuring Global Student Mobility
The Browser: Index of Advertisers

IIE Networker - Fall 2007