Australia continues to be a preferred study destination for Philippine students and is the third most popular international student destination in the world. According to the Australian Department of Education and Training, nearly 750,000 international students are currently studying in Australia, 20,000 of which are from the Philippines. Australia is home to over 300,000 Filipinos, and trade and people to people links constitute a highly favourable platform to deepen our bilateral cooperation.
Australia is a global education powerhouse boasting top-notch facilities and educators and providing students with over 22,000 courses across 1,100 institutions. Australian education has a distinct focus on meeting global industry needs, providing quality training, connecting skills with job outcomes and teaching practical skills and theoretical knowledge to help students succeed in a fast-changing employment climate.
Australian universities have a proven track record globally, ranking consistently high for their quality of education, research and student experience satisfaction. Six Australian institutions are in the top 100 world rankings across a range of study fields, including Arts and Humanities; Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health; Engineering and Technology; Life Sciences; Physical Sciences and Social Sciences. (Times Higher Education 2019)
In addition to strong academic credentials, Australia has seven of the best cities in the world based on student mix, affordability, quality of life, and employer activity.
Many of the international students who have studied in Australia have returned to their own countries, and elsewhere in the world, to become government ministers, business leaders, researchers, scientists, medical practitioners and community leaders. The Australian education system has produced scientists, designers, educators, entrepreneurs, artists and humanitarians who have changed the world and won awards from Nobel Prize to the Oscars.
As the Philippines continues to be one of the fastest growing economies, it is critical to equip the population with skills that befit contemporary times and support the nation through its digital transformation. Australia is seeking to expand on its present partnership with the Philippines and foster knowledge and technology transfer and support access to quality and industry-led training and education, including right here in the Philippines. There is no better way to explain the positive impact that studying with Australia can have on your life and career than through the wonderful stories Filipino alumni are sharing on @Study in Australia and @Australia in the Philippines Facebook pages.