Australia in top 5 of world’s best study destinations

150421 mba international studyA new survey has revealed that Australia still remains a high-quality and desirable destination for international study.

The Minister for Education and Training the Hon Christopher Pyne MP has welcomed the results which presented a positive snapshot of the experiences of international students studying in Australia.

“The report confirms that the reputation of Australian institutions and the quality of teaching are by far the most important factors for international students choosing Australia over other countries,” Mr Pyne said.

Currently, Australia is the fifth most popular study destination for international students behind the USA, UK, Germany and France. The following top five reasons were revealed as important or very important by over 90% of higher education student respondents:

  1. reputation of chosen qualification (95%)
  2. reputation of chosen institution (94%)
  3. reputation of Australia’s education system (93%)
  4. personal safety (92%)
  5. quality of research and teaching at chosen institution (91%)

“The results also found that 88 per cent of international students were satisfied or very satisfied with their overall studying and living experience in Australia,” Mr Pyne said.

“This result is a remarkable further improvement on the already-favourable findings of the 2012 and 2010 surveys, which found 87 per cent and 86 per cent satisfaction levels respectively.”

“These results reflect extremely well on the Australian education industry, showing that Australia is an excellent destination for international students at all levels of education,” Mr Pyne said.

The survey was distributed in 2014 with more than 50,000 respondents. Those who participated were in higher education, vocational education and training (VET), English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) and secondary schools sectors.

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