Australia attracts Indian students for both academic as well as employability pursuits
Both in terms of pursuing quality education, in addition to the employment opportunities, many Indian students are eliciting interest in relocating to Australia, according to an India Today report. Australia is not only a new and attractive destination beckoning Indian students to study abroad, not merely for the academic opportunities, but also the employability factor, which is a major plus point, writes Snigdha Moitra, Assistant Director, Marketing and Partnerships at UNSW Australia.
While earlier, most Indian students would seek opportunities abroad mainly for a postgraduate course, now students are increasingly seeking out foreign pastures for undergraduate courses, she writes.
Less US Domination
Gone is the US domination of the higher education space, Snigdha writes. Washington’s tougher immigration laws and work rights have taken away much of the sheen of studying in the US, and instead brought in a sense of insecurity among not just those planning to study there but even among Indian professionals based there. Now, countries like Canada and Australia are dominating the landscape because of their welcoming attitude for overseas students and their quality education, she adds.
A major advantage with Australia is that it not only allows students to gain work experience but also legally earn money to finance their stay there. This factor has helped change the outlook among Indian students about studying in Australia.
There is now an increasing awareness of the high-quality teaching and research opportunities being offered by Australian universities, including top-notch ones like the Monash University, Griffith University, and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney — which is ranked 45 in the QS rankings and offers cutting-edge research facilities for those keen in pursuing science.
Many Indian families are now able to afford a foreign education for their children, and it has also become easier to avail of bank loans for studying abroad. In this respect, studying in Australia holds a lot of promise for Indian students as the high employability factor makes it easier for students to pay back the bank loans. The post-study work rights in Australia helps students to recover the expenses incurred on living costs and tuition fees within two years. Besides, the study and work experience also adds significant value to their CVs. Many Australian varsities, including UNSW Sydney, have included career counselling as a key part of their USP, which makes Australia a highly attractive destination of choice, Snigdha writes.
Last but certainly not the least, Sydney is ranked among the top ten cities to live in the world (and the best in Australia) by HR consultancy Mercer 2018 quality of living standards study, she concludes her article.