Students are looking for the best degrees in Australia for their future, with the number of Australians choosing to study science and engineering from overseas rising.
In a bid to help fill this gap, the Australian Institute of Technology (AIT) is looking to recruit the brightest students from around the world.
AIT’s international students program is open to students who have a Bachelor of Science or higher degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).
They will study a range of disciplines, including engineering, physics, maths, computer science, or engineering design, and will also be required to complete a STEM education certificate.
The program is currently in its third year, with more than 15,000 students taking part.
While the AIT aims to bring in a diverse group of students, a study published in the Journal of Higher Education Research in June found that just over a quarter of Australian students chose to study abroad as their first major.
This is compared to just over half of international students, and over 50 per cent of Australian undergraduates.
Dr Stephen Waggle, a professor of STEM education at the University of Adelaide, said that this was a strong trend.
“Our study was really aimed at attracting international students who wanted to go to Australia because they thought that the country had a lot of potential to be a good place to study, and to do that you need a strong, well-rounded education system,” Dr Waggles said.
“They want to learn in a global environment.”
AIT has also launched a new program for students from overseas to pursue STEM degrees.
The AIT Students to Learn program is set to open next year, and the organisation has partnered with local universities and employers to help students complete their education in their home country.
“We are not just looking for students to go and work here, we are looking at students to make a career,” Dr Peter Krieger, president of AIT, said.
A student from France, who has a Bachelor’s degree in economics and a Master of Science in engineering, is part of the AITS new program.
“The reason why I want to go is that I love learning and I love the environment, and I think that if I have a career here I can also have a good impact on the environment,” the student said.
Dr Wager said the AIFT was one of the best and most respected universities in the world and it was looking for international students to study in Australia.
“Australia is the largest and most diverse country in the Western Hemisphere,” he said.
The University of Sydney, Melbourne and Griffith University also have international students programs in place, which they also encourage students to apply to.
But Dr Waggers believes the number and diversity of international applicants to Australian universities has fallen dramatically over the last decade.
“Over the last 20 years, we’ve seen a significant decrease in the number [of international students] from Australia, particularly at universities,” he told The Daily Telegraph.
In recent years, the number to study overseas has dropped significantly, as more students from the world’s developing nations and other regions of the world choose to study at home. “
And there has been no increase in international student numbers, which is probably because there has not been enough money coming into the economy, there’s not been a demand for international study, so people haven’t gone to the countries where they are required to study.”
In recent years, the number to study overseas has dropped significantly, as more students from the world’s developing nations and other regions of the world choose to study at home.
“That is something that we’re very conscious of, and that’s something that has actually led to an increase in the international student population,” Dr Kriegers said.
This trend is also reflected in the popularity of international study in the country.
According to a 2015 survey from The Australian Institute for Public Policy Research, around 55 per cent people aged 18-34 said they wanted to study outside Australia for more than one year.
“This is the time when people are looking to pursue their interests in science and technology, as well as other subjects,” Dr Thomas Legg said.
But with Australia’s economy struggling to recover from the global financial crisis, students from other countries are finding it hard to make ends meet in the nation.
A study by the Australian Council of Social Service found that nearly 40 per cent fewer overseas students are studying this year than in 2016.
Dr Legg, a former university lecturer who has also worked in the health sector, said he believed the decline in international applications to Australian institutions was linked to the economic downturn.
“I think the Australian economy has been in a very bad state for a number of years, and when we have that kind of downturn in an economy, you really can’t attract a lot more international students,” Dr Leog said.
As part of its efforts to attract international students for the next generation, the Ait recently announced that it will spend $20 million over the next two years to create new STEM and engineering training opportunities in Australian schools.
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