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Aussies hold ‘road show’ - Education in Australia

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 2: “Australia has a very a warm and welcoming environment with a very high standard of education. We have had a lot of experience with over half a million foreign students all over the world. Australian universities are very comfortable with an accustomed to looking after foreign students,” disclosed Australian Ambassador to Kuwait Robert J Tyson during the inauguration on Monday evening of the IDP Education Roadshow dubbed “Be Better Placed in Australia” at the Sheraton Hotel.

Tyson opened the roadshow along with IDP Education and IELTS Regional Marketing Manager- Middle East Ahmed Elsayed and IDP Education Client Relationship Manager Ingi Maher. The Ambassador told the Arab Times that a lot of students from the GCC countries including Kuwait are currently studying in Australia. “We have some 1,100 students from Kuwait in various Australian universities and we are keen on expanding that number,” he stressed. In line with this, Tyson cited that visa application has been made easier for students and the embassy will facilitate in expediting student visa processing.

The roadshow organised by the IDP was participated in by 16 Australian universities namely Queensland University of Technology, Bond University, Griffith University, University of Western Sydney, University of Wollongong, University of Technology, Sydney/INSEARCH, Macquarie University, University of Canberra, CSU UWA US Foundation, Curtin University of Technology, Murdoch University, Deakin University, La Trobe University, University of Ballarat, Monash University and University of South Australia. IELTS and IDP representatives were also there to provide counseling to prospective students.

“The roadshow is actually an opportunity where we bring by representatives from our client Australian universities who like to meet with Kuwaiti students or other expat students living in Kuwait in order to discuss the study programmes that are available to them,” explained Elsayed. IDP which is a global company established in 1969 offers student placement and testing services around the world. It organises bi-annual Open Days where many renowned Australian universities and education institutions visit the GCC region for the purpose of student counseling and recruitment.

The roadshow offered students and parents the opportunity to interact directly with representatives of University faculties as students are advised on the courses of their interest, university details, campus locales, accommodation options and other matters pertaining to higher education in Australia. Students were encouraged and assisted to apply for admissions at the Open Day.

“Most of the students from Kuwait are interested in taking up Business, Engineering and Management courses. These are all related to the job market here in Kuwait. Petroleum Engineering is very popular and we have a lot of good universities in Australia that offer this course,” cited Elsayed. He added that a lot of students also require English courses.

He pointed out that all courses offered to international students meet stringent requirements to be registered on the publicly available Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). Moreover, Australia is a signatory of major international conventions such as The Lisbon Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education, a multilateral legal framework to facilitate the international recognition of higher education qualifications and periods of study.

“Australia offers reasonable prices in terms of the cost of study and cost of living. It’s a safe, affordable and an ideal study destination with high ranking universities. It is also a nice place to live being an immigrant society, it’s very friendly,” stated Elsayed.

By: Michelle Fe Santiago Special to the Arab Times

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