Tech training in Australia

The Australian Govt allows overseas students to take up permanent jobs in the country immediately on completion of their studies.

india Updated: Nov 13, 2006 16:19 IST

The country’s USP
Australia’s USP is its IT industry, a combination of computing expertise in IT-research, the success of software firms, and the development of centres of Computer Science and Technology.

A heavy shortfall of Information Technology (IT) professionals in Australia has prompted their government to attract specialists from abroad. What’s more, Australia’s largest institutions are now educating almost 54 per cent of overseas IT students.

The Australian government allows overseas students to take up permanent jobs in the country immediately on completion of their studies.

John McCarthy, Australian High Commissioner

 "A strong link in education and training has been a fundamental building block of the relationship between Australia and India.

From less than 500 Indian students at the start of the 1990s, there are now around 27,000 Indian students enrolled in Australian institutions.

They join a community of 3,42,000 international students from more than 100 countries around the world.

These students are drawn to Australia because it has a long tradition of excellence in education and training, a multi-cultural society, a safe and secure environment, and one of the best living standards in the world.

Australian excellence in education is not a mere slogan.

We have an education system that reflects quality, excellence and innovation.

Australia can boast of a high level of technological advancement, and some of the best infrastructure and facilities.

International students gain skills that help them launch their careers and set them apart in the eyes of employers."

Hot for what?

IT, it is, as also Biotechnology and Management. Many programmes do not require students to have completed previous studies in computing. In addition to undergraduate degrees, most Australian universities offer a range of programmes that allow students who have completed their studies in other areas to undertake Information Technology studies at the graduate level.

Top institutes
· Queensland University of Technology:
· University of Canberra:
· Macquarie University:
· University of Western, Sydney:
· University of Technology, Sydney:

Box: Take a dip into this admission information to plan your way Down Under Commencement of session: In Australia, the university year usually comprises two semesters that start either in late February or early March and end early December.

For certain programmes, institutions also take a mid-year student batch in July. Some universities follow a trimester system, under which courses commence in January, May and September.

When to apply: Send your request six to eight months prior to the commencement of your desired course.
How to apply: Download the International Student Application form from your selected university’s website or contact your nearest IDP Education Australia office. Fill up the form, attach certified copies of your school/university transcripts, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores and send them to the IDP Education Australia office.

Deadlines: Though universities have their own deadlines, they usually end three months before the sessions begin. Some universities accept late applications subject to the availability of seats.

First Published: Nov 13, 2006 16:19 IST