Aussie institutions mull city campus

DUBAI - Lynne Kosky, Australian Minister for Education and Training for the State of Victoria, said, a number of Australian institutions offering undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, as well as Technical and Further Education courses, are discussing possibilities of establishing their campuses in Dubai.

By Meraj Rizvi

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Published: Wed 18 Feb 2004, 12:22 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:44 PM

At least, two well-known institutions have indicated strong interest and have initiated the procedure to establish their campuses at the Knowledge Village.

The minister, who is on her first visit to the UAE, was speaking to reporters on Monday. She said, she was impressed with the progress and developments made by this country in the field of education.

"My visit aims at developing understanding of education need and strengthen relationships between the UAE and Australia."

"Australia is the fastest growing destination for international students and has over 200,000 foreign students study in various Australian universities, colleges and schools. The number of students from the Middle East, particularly to institutions in the State of Victoria, is growing," said the minister, adding that 470 UAE nationals currently study in Australian institutions, of which one-third study in Victoria.

Ms Kosky admitted that the student numbers to Australia, particularly to Victoria which has a strong multi-cultural and tolerant community, has increased after 9/11. She attributed the increase to the positive feedback from students pursuing education in Australia.

"The Australian education system is on par with the US and UK system, and students on completing undergraduate programmes from Australian universities find acceptance in postgraduate programmes at any US institution."

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