• Australia gets closer to Amdavadi students
     August 6th, 2012     Kunal     Posted in Education In Gujarat, Gujarat in News

    The land Down Under is upping its presence in India. After becoming one of India’s strongest business partners, Australia now has the education sector in its sights. The Association of Australian Education Representatives in India (AAERI) took its first initiative in this regard, with world-class education fairs being held in six Indian cities.

    After New Delhi, Ahmedabad welcomed the one-day fair and saw 18 universities participate, with approximately a hundred students coming in. Parents too, were well represented and interacted with representatives of some of the best Australian universities, including University of Technology, Sydney, Central Queensland University, Southern Queensland University and University of Western Sydney among others.

    “We are promoting Australian education as a world brand, and India is known to have the largest population of genuine students in the world. After business, education is the sector we are strongly focusing on,” says Gulshan Kumar, former president of AAERI.

    The fair, which was supported by the Australian Trade Commission and Australian Education National, showcased the opportunities Australian education presents to Indian youth. “When a student completes a two-year bachelors or masters course in one of our universities, he gets a two-year work permit, thereby getting exposure to the corporate world right after the course,” Kumar says.

    Australia has 39 universities, of which four are ranked in the top hundred of the world. Gujarat, which recently opened up to English-medium education in a big way, holds a lot of promise for the organizers. With presentations on easy visa procedures and tests like the Cambridge Advanced Education (CAE) under which the IELTS fall, the fair was a complete package on the whats and whys of Australian education.

    Mita Shah, mother of a 17-year-old science student says, “We found many courses to our liking. We also got a lot of clarity at fair.” While the first semester for business courses begins in November, courses like mass communication, IT, nanotechnology, etc start from February next year.

    The fair will now move on to Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Mumbai. According to AAERI, the fair might be held twice a year, depending on the response in all the cities.