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Australia wooing Indian students

Australia had earned about $500 million from Indian students during 2004-05.

india Updated: Feb 18, 2006 18:05 IST

With demand for foreign degrees picking up in the country, Australia, which earned about $500 million from Indian students during 2004-05, has begun wooing students from this region.

As part of this exercise, the Australian High commission held an education fair on Saturday to showcase at least 40 universities, and strengths in the educational field, science and training systems for international students.

The fair is targeting selected cities to increase awareness on international education, said Australian High commission, New Delhi Counsellor (Education) Prof John Webb.

Australia has emerged as a leading provider of top quality education to international students from all over the world.

In 2005, over 26,000 Indian students had enrolled in Australian universities with 90 per cent of them undertaking higher education in the fields of Information Technology, Engineering, Management, Accounting, Applied Science and Hospitality. Biotechnology, Communication Studies and Art and Design Dressing are also fast emerging as preferred courses.

About 30 per cent of the 26,000 Indian students studying in Australia are from South India, Australian Trade Commission Senior Trade Commissioner for South Asia Michael Moignard said.

The fair, earlier held at Jalandhar and Baroda, will also travel to Vishakapatnam. It is an initiative by AAERI (Association of Australian Education Representatives in India).

First Published: Feb 18, 2006 18:05 IST