2008 Austrade Education Roadshow by monkey6


2008 Austrade Education Roadshow

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									Dear Students This last edition of our newsletter for this year is sent to you with our very best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! It has been a great year for us promoting Australian education in the region and we are delighted with the impact made by our Australian universities, TAFE institutions and private colleges during the last 12 months. To date, there are nearly 9,000 students from the Sub-Saharan Africa/Indian Ocean studying in Australia. For the first quarter of 2007/08, over 1100 visas have already been issued for new students starting their courses in Australia. We hope 2008 will be an even better year and that we will be able to help you find a place in the institution of your choice as a first step to a satisfying career in the area of your choice. The introduction of the e-Visa system for some of our countries this year (assessment Level 1) will also facilitate formalities in finding a place in the Australian education system. As usual, Yvonne and Romina are at your service for further information on study options in Australia, only an email away! Enjoy the end of year holidays and keep logging to our website for updated information on Australian movements in your region!

2008 Austrade Education Roadshow

Great news for 2008! The dates for our 2008 Education Roadshow have been finalised. More information on venues and timings will be communicated to you during the course of the year, so watch this space starting January … A large number of Australian institutions will be attending events in various destinations looked after by Austrade during the year 2008: Botswana, Kenya, Mauritius and South Africa. Visits in other locations will depend on interest shown by students and priorities of the Australian institutions. Austrade has planned to organise a series of industry seminars focussing on areas of interest in specific fields. Do log on to our website regularly for updates on courses on offer by our Australian Universities and Colleges send us your questions. We will be updating you in the various countries we are working in on any visits by Austrade staff, Australian marketing representatives from the various educational institutions and academics. Please check out our website for further details on our planned events and visits: www.austudy-africa.com

Perth Institute to launch brand new course in Mauritius - Feb 2008
After exploring opportunities in Mauritius Perth Institute of Western Australia have secured an agreement for part delivery of their courses in Mauritius. Their local partner, IHBMI, view this opportunity to work with the tourism & hospitality institute as the biggest break through of 2007. As from mid February 2008, the two partners will be delivering Hospitality Management courses in Mauritius. The programs to be offered will be: 1. Commercial Cookery: A combination of extensive training in practical, theory and paid industry placement. Upon successful completion, students will start a career in food production as an Assistant to later on be an Executive Chef. 2. Food & Beverages: An opportunity to learn extensively through practical, & theory. Upon successful completion, a student would start a career in restaurant services to later become an entertainment manager. A follow up presentation of the courses will be held on the 8th – 18th of January at: IHBMI Training Center, San Building, Royal Road Pamplemousses, MAURITIUS. More information is available from their website: www.ihbmimauritius.com We are pleased to advise that a wide range of courses are also available in Australia in this sector and as from January 2008, our offices in Johannesburg and Port Louis will receive fresh course information from various institutions in this field of study. Feel free to check with us for updates.

Results for the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) released.
Prizes and certificates were awarded to students having taken part in the competition from Mauritius and Seychelles. The Austrade office in Mauritius coordinated a prize giving ceremony that was held at the residence of the Australian High Commissioner, Ms Catherine Johnstone in October 2007. The Executive Director of the AMC, Professor Peter Taylor was delighted at the performance of the students from this region and hopes that it will achieve the aim of promoting a love of Mathematics amongst the student population in our region. Schools from Sub-Saharan Africa and Indian Ocean countries are welcome to register with the Trust for more information on the competition and to participate. More information is available online: www.amt.edu.au

International students give Australian education a nod of approval

A recent survey of international students in Australia shows the vast majority are satisfied with their study experience in Australia. International students are choosing Australian universities for quality, reputation, job prospects. “Australian universities are providing quality educational experiences,” said Dr Glenn Withers, Chief Executive Officer of Universities Australia, commenting on the survey. An International Student Survey found Australia was the country of first preference for 84% of international students studying at Australian universities. International students rated quality of education, reputation and future employment prospects as the primary reasons for choosing to study at an Australian university. The responses of international students highlight both the quality of our university education offerings and the unique culture and lifestyle Australia has to offer as two important factors for their decision. A high proportion of students (85%) indicated broad satisfaction with the Australian educational experience, and the course and university at which they were studying. The report also showed that 88% of international students would recommend study in Australia to family or friends. Australian universities are at the forefront of the internationalisation of the higher education sector, largely due to their strong commitment to providing a quality educational experience as the findings of this report have shown. So, if you choose to study in Australia, chances are that you will find the experience a truly rewarding and enjoyable one! This survey was a collaborative effort by industry and Australian Education International to obtain a comprehensive, up-to-date measure of the experience of international students in Australia and more than 15,000 students participated in it. In the year to August 2007, the number of international students commencing study in Australia increased by 25 per cent, from 196,246 to 246,044. Around 9,000 students from this region (Sub-Saharan Africa and Indian Ocean) are currently studying in Australia, one of their favourite destinations.

Summary table of assessment levels for Africa:
ELICOS Schools Higher Ed Postgrad Botswana Mauritius South Africa Notes Students from: Botswana, interested in postgraduate studies, Mauritius in ELICOS courses or Bachelor’s degree programmes South Africa in Schools and for postgraduate studies can apply for their visas online.

Australian universities have always worked closely with industry and there has always been a strong emphasis on international collaborative research. The following snippets provide an example of the kind of research with practical applications is being conducted in our Universities and that could interest you as well.

MIF: Targeting Inflammatory Diseases

Work conducted in Monash University laboratories which has determined that macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) plays an essential role in the initiation of the immune and inflammatory responses could be of immense value to patients. Blockade of MIF by antibodies has been shown to be effective in experimental models of rheumatoid arthritis, colitis, multiple sclerosis, asthma and other inflammatory conditions.

GREEN FLAMES: Gyro-Therm Burner

Adelaide University is the owner of the Gyro-therm and crinkle burner technologies which have formed the basis of the design of the Olympic torches and cauldrons for the Australian and Greek Olympic Games. The licensee of this technology has successfully tendered for further sporting and other ceremonial events. The technology was also used in the recent South Australian Opera Wagner Ring Circle. As a result interest has been expressed in licensing the use of the technology in future productions of the opera internationally.


An innovative system for removing oil from water that requires no power has been developed by researchers at the University of New South Wales. The “Extended Gravity Oil Water Separator” (EGOWS) can remove oil down to below 10 parts per million, which meets international environment regulatory requirements for the release of oilcontaminated water. The EGOWS technology is suitable for use in a wide range of locations such as electricity substations, oil storages, highways and ports and is licensed to companies such as Energy Australia and Caltex.


Gardasil is a vaccine designed to protect women against four strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV). About 70 per cent of cervical cancer cases are caused by HPV types 16 and 18. Gardasil has been designed to protect women against these two types as well as HPV types 6 and 11 which account for about 90 per cent of genital wart cases. Cervical cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in women worldwide, resulting in an estimated 300,000 deaths annually. The HPV technology was licensed by the University of Queensland to CSL Limited which onlicensed it to global pharmaceutical company, Merck and Co.


Medsaic was formed by the University of Sydney to commercialise a body of patented intellectual property from its faculties of Science and Medicine. A protein nanoarray platform for the rapid diagnosis and discrimination of treatment selections for identified diseases, the technology targets leukaemia, solid tissue tumours and autoimmune disorders. Medsaic’s core Leukaemia product is worth over $60 million in Australia and $1.2 billion in the US market. http://www.medsaic.com/index.html

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