Education and Science Partnership

Australia-China bilateral partnership in education and science is well-established and growing. China is the largest source of international students for Australia, accounting for 29% of all international student enrolments in Australia in 2012. China is also increasingly important destination for Australians studying abroad.

In science and research domain, China is currently Australia’s third highest joint publications and one of the Australian Research Council’s top ranked international grants partner countries.

Australian Education International (AEI) is the Department of Education's website for international education. The Department of Education provides leadership to foster international education partnerships to support the development of world-class international education and research collaboration. The International Group manages and coordinates policies and programs for international education. The International Network of Counsellors located in Australian embassies and consulates around the globe are instrumental in helping to build strong education and research partnerships with host governments and in-country institutions and organisations.

Also see an overview of the Australian Government’s international education policies and programs

International Education Strategy for Australia - Australia – Educating Globally, is the report of the International Education Advisory Council, chaired by Mr Michael Chaney AO. The Government will use the report to inform a national strategy for the international education sector.

The New Colombo Plan  - The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Asia Pacific in Australia and strengthen our people-to-people and institutional relationships, through study and internships undertaken by Australian undergraduate students in the region. An internship component is a hallmark of the New Colombo Plan.

Australian Trade Commission (AusTrade) is responsible for the promotion and marketing of Australian education overseas, and provides market intelligence, opportunities, analysis and student data to support Australia’s international education sector.

See also China Education Market Profile

Australia Future Unlimited

Future Unlimited In June 2011, the Australian Government announced a new brand – Future Unlimited – for promoting Australian education internationally. The new brand recognises the decision to invest in an international education is ultimately driven by the desire for a better future. The perceived return on investment in education – future income, life satisfaction, choice – is what matters most.

The Australia China Science and Research Fund provides support for strategic science and research collaboration of mutual benefit to Australia and China. The fund consists of three components: joint research centres, group missions and science and research knowledge exchange.

The Australia China Alumni Association (ACAA) is an inclusive organisation, open to all China-based alumni of Australian universities. The ACAA serves as a high-profile umbrella alumni organisation with the aims of promoting Australian education via the success of alumni, and supporting alumni in China through business and social networking.

Last Updated: 13 November 2013
Kathy Li
Kathy Li, a participant in the CSIRO summer student scholarships (Image courtesy of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)