Australia boxes above its weight when it comes to academic research. Australia may have less than 0.5% of the world’s population, but this small country (in population, not land mass) accounts for almost 3% of the world’s research output.
For the past 100 years Australia has been an exceptionally innovative nation. The search for and success in innovation and the history of academic excellence have made Australia an ideal destination for anyone with an inquisitive mind. It’s no wonder, therefore, that more than half a million international students are enrolled today in Australian educational institutions.
A few quick facts about Australia which help explain the popularity of studying down under:
- GDP of about US$1.6 trillion (making it the 13th largest economy in the world)
- GPS per capita of US$65,477 (IMF, 2011)
- The fastest growing developed economy (currently more than 5% annually)
- Low unemployment (currently 5.2%, making it one of the best places in the world to find a job)
- Great public education (38 of the 39 universities in Australia are public)
- Top 10 (ahead of UK and USA) – according to the OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment (2009)
- 8 Australian universities are in the top 100 in the world (QS World University Ranking)
- Health system – widely considered as world class (and available to international students under the student health care scheme OSHC)
- Work while you study – no other country offers such attractive work conditions for international students with such high rates of pay
And all of this before we even begin to describe the quality of life and the amazing things to do see and do in Australia…
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