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European Australian Business : 2008
Australian Education: Every Opportunity Australia is becoming an educa- tion destination of choice for European students Australia is a leading English- speaking education destination in the world, and in 2007, more than 450,000 international students received a chal- lenging and rewarding education from an Australian education institution. This number continues to grow as more students become aware of the unique educational experience that Australia provides. Australia is a popular study destination for European students, offering highly- regarded education programmes from institutions with international reputations. In 2007, more than 33,000 enrolments were recorded from Euro- pean students at Australian education institutions. These students benefited from quality courses taught by experi- enced teachers, and enjoyed a lifestyle and culture that encourages personal growth, freedom and opportunity in a safe and clean environment. Australia’s education system creates competent, confident graduates with the necessary skills for success in a global marketplace. Our system is innovative, effective, and renowned for its research capacity. Australian qualifications attract the attention and respect of employers and launch suc- cessful careers world-wide. Quality assurance The quality of Australia’s education offering is assured through the devel- opment of robust and comprehensive national quality assurance frame- works covering qualifications, courses, governance, protection, teachers and institutions. The foundation is the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), which links Australian school, vocational and higher education quali- fications into a simple structure of 15 education awards. The AQF encourages choice, flex- ible delivery and lifelong learning. It simplifies international comparison and recognition and makes a major contribution to the high level of quality assurance Australia provides students. It is the world’s first of its type and is the subject of strong international at- tention. Over 20 Asian and European countries have requested briefings on the framework in the last few years. Protecting international students Australia provides some of the world’s most rigorous consumer protection mechanisms for international students through the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) framework. Under the ESOS legislation, institutions who wish to offer courses to interna- tional students studying on a student visa must first meet requirements for registration on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). Reg- istered providers must meet legislated 16