Victoria’s capital city Melbourne took out top spot as the worls’s most liveable city for the forth year in a row, beating Vienna (Austria), Vancouver (Canada) and Toronto (Canada) in the Economist Intelligent Unit’s 2014. Liveability survey. Other Australian cities to feature in the top 10 include Adelaide (fifth place), Sydney (seventh place) and Perth (ninth place). With overall score of 97.5 out of 100, Melbourne received perfect marks for education, health care and infrastucture.
Australia also received favorable results as a desirable country for students and visitors. Melbourne came in at second place in the QS Best Student Cities Report 2015, behind Paris, with Sydney not far behind at fourth place. Also in the top 50 were Canberra (21st), Brisbane (23rd), Adelaide (29th) and Perth (38th). Melbourne was awarded first place globally for student mix, with Sydney, Brisbane and Perth joining it in top 10. In a rank of friendly cities, Condé Nast’s Travel magazine placed Melbourne at equal first with Auckland (New Zealand), Sydney came in fifth place.
Australian Government to implement new student visa framework
International students are set to benefit from a new simplified student visa framework (SSVF), which is to be introduced in mid-2016. The new framework will replace current Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) arrangements and Assessment Level (AL) Framework. It will see the number of student visa subclasses reduce from eight to two and the introduction of a single immigration risk framework for all international students. Under the new framework, students’ financial and English language evidentiary requirements will be based on their country of citizenship and education provider, rather than the education sector in which they choose to study.
Survey results show high international student satisfaction
A national survey of international students has provided a positive snapshot of study experiences among those studying in Australia. The latest instalment of the International Students Survey, published in April 2015, found that 88 per cent of international students were satisfied or very satisfied with their overall experience studying and living in Australia. It also indentified the top reasons for choosing Australian as an international study destination, including the reputation of the chosen qualification (with 95 per cent of student citing this as important or very important), reputation of the chosen institution (94 per cent), reputation of Australian’s education system (93 per cent), personal safety (92 per cent), and quality of research and teaching at the chosen institution (91 per cent).
The survey attracted responses from more than 55,000 international student across the higher education, Vocational Education and Training (VET), English Language Insentive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) and secondary school sectors.
International students numbers continue to grow
The numbers of international students enrolling in Australian institutions has continued to grow, with 589,680 enrolment in 2014. This represent an increase of nearly 12% on 2013. Enrolments increase across all sectors, with the biggest jump at non-award level (21%), ELICOS (20%) and VET (11%). Research has also revealed the top country of origin for students in Australia, with the top five including China, India, Viet/nam, the Republic of Korea and Thailand.
Australian Universitie continued to improve campus facility
Australian universities have opened for commenced construction on a number of new facilities in the past years.
The University of Southern Queensland has open a new campus in Ipswich. Taking over the former site of University of Queensland, while the University of Newcastle has commences a construction of a new CBD campus for Business and Law students. In Victoria, Deakin University is currently in the process of upgrading its Melbourne Burwood campus .
Health Science students at the University of Adelaide a set to benefit from a new medical and nursing school building, located next to the Royale Adelaide Hospital in the South Australia Health and Biomedical Precint. The building, set to open in 2017, will house teaching and learing facilities for more than 1500 students.