A brief profile of Australia:
Population (2019 estimate)
Australia is the 3rd most popular destination for international students. Every year students from around the world visit many Australian cities in search of the best university/ college that can provide a career oriented course.
There are over 22,000 courses across 1,100 institutions in Australia that you can choose from. There are 43 universities in Australia. Study in Australia is the official government website designed to help international students. It provides information about many factors that international students should think about when planning to study in Australia.
Among the education providers, there are 40 are Australian universities, 2 are international universities, and 1 is a private specialty university. Universities Australia is the peak body that represents the universities of Australia. All the universities of Australia are member of this body. Established in 22 May 2007, advancement, promotion & development of Australian University Education.
Some of the universities have formed alliances to work together. The Group of Eight (Go8) comprises top leading research-intensive universities of Australia. As the name suggests, there are 8 universities in this association.
Another collaboration of Australian top leading universities that have been working together with different industries and Australian government through its real world research is The Australian Technology Network (ATN). Working together with Australian industries, the ATN have received 2/3 of their research funding from these industries. ATN invest over $1 billion annually on real-world research and experimental development. Member universities of ATN are:
TAFE refers to “Technical and Further Education.” TAFE colleges/institutes:
- mostly teach VET (Vocational Education and Training) courses plus some higher level courses,
- are run by government states or territories,
- provide additional security as compared to private colleges because they are government-owned education providers,
- are under some Australian universities,
- largest education and training sector in Australia,
- thousands of Australian and international students prefer TAFE,
- provide practical skills and vocational training in many career fields,
- courses may be Certificate I to IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Bachelor and Master,
- tuition fees are more affordable.
There are hundreds of private colleges in Australia that provide VET courses. There are education providers run by private businesses.