You wake up one morning thinking to study in the US, ponder over lunch deciding to study in the UK and by the time you finish your dinner you change your mind saying: ‘I’m going to the land of Kangaroos’. Well it is not just only about Kangaroos or the wild beauty of Australia, but also vast opportunities it has on offer that attract students world-wide.
Why Study in Australia?
There are plenty of reasons why you should consider pursuing an MSc in Australia:
- Australia has some of the best colleges and universities in the world – a total of 35 Australian universities are featured in the international rankings.
- Over 22,000 courses from over 1,100 institutions are on offer.
- If you apply for a 2-year masters programme, you get a 2-year post study work visa.
- Considered as one of the best places to live, with low crime rate, and study in – a multicultural hub which gives you vast educational experiences.
- Over 200 million annual government investments go towards international scholarships for students, and this speaks of the government’s effort in the education system.
- Comprises notable alumni – 16 Noble laureates – in several fields like Medicine, Science, Economics, Physics, Literature, etc.
- Land of innovations and inventors, for example, first full-length feature film, rotary clothes line, dual flush toilet and smart modem and Brian Schmidt, Elizabeth Blackburn, Henry Bragg, respectively.
- One of the ten happiest countries – in terms of life expectancy, support of family & friends and charitable giving.
- Fantastic climate! You can enjoy the scenic beauty of the popular Eighty Mile Beach and Ninety Mile Beach or go for a weekend holiday or perhaps wrap yourself up in the surrounding wilderness.
Popular Msc Courses in Australia:
Australia has many courses on offer – be it undergraduate courses, certificate courses like TAFE or postgraduate courses. We talk about popular PG courses here.
Several universities and colleges in Australia offer courses in Mining, Petroleum, Electrical, Mechanical and Metallurgical engineering, and a vast number of job opportunities are available in these fields.
A large number of students pursue Accounting and Finance in Australia. Most of the masters degrees are accredited to the professional accounting bodies like the CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand as well as the Institute of Public Accountants.
3. IT & CA
Courses like masters in IT and CA in Australia are popular choices among international students. As per the QS rankings of university by subject 2014-15, the University of Melbourne ranks World # 15 for Computer Science and Information Systems.
Other Universities offering IT in Australia are Carnegie Mellon University, Charles Darwin University, University of Southern Queensland, etc.
An MBA from Australia is considered to be advantageous in many ways. A business background will help you develop your entrepreneurial skills, and Australia is a good choice when it comes to pursue commerce or an MBA offered by top class universities.
5. Hospitality & Tourism
The leading provider of quality tourism across both international and domestic markets is the Tourism Research Australia. As per the financial year 2014-15, tourism represented 3.0 of Australia's GDP contributing A$47.5 billion to the national economy.
Popular universities offering Travel & Tourism in Australia are University of Western Australia, University of South Australia, University of Technology Sydney, etc.
Another popular course is Education which continues to drive many students to the country. Popular universities offering Education are University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, Monash University and University of Queensland which offer a wide range of courses like Master of Education and Master of Educational Management.
7. Sustainable Development
Established in 2008 by Perth's Curtain University of Technology, the Australian Sustainable Development Institute (ASI) educates students on water conservation, climate change adaptation, sustainable urban development, geological analysis and green energy initiatives. University of Queensland, Deakin University and Murdoch University offer PG courses in Sustainable Development.
Agricultural industry represents 12% of the country’s GDP. University of Tasmania, Charles Sturt University and the University of Queensland have PG courses in agronomy on offer.
9. Environmental Science
A booming field where graduates get an opportunity to work in sectors like mining and petroleum exploration. Australian National University, Charles Darwin and University of Southern Queensland provide PG courses in environmental Sciences.
Stats from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that international education exports reached a record high of AUS$18.1 billion for the 2014–15 fiscal year. This represents a 14.2% increase on the AUS$15.9 billion recorded for the previous year and secures the sector’s position as Australia’s fourth-largest export industry, after iron ore, coal and natural gas.
Some of the popular cities to study in are Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide. English-speaking population dominates every city, making Australia the 3rd most sought-after study destination after the US and UK.
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