New Delhi: Promising
quality education and bright job prospects, 18 educational
institutes from Australia are touring six cities of India as part
of an "education fair".
According to Tom Calder, trade commissioner of the Australian
Trade Commission, eight Australian universities were ranked among
the top 100 in the world in 2011.
"We also have lower unemployment rates compared to the United
States or the United Kingdom. An Indian student with an Australian
qualification will easily get employed there," Calder told IANS
"The universities also offer job assistance," he said.
He said tuition fees in the universities were between Australian
$14,000 (over Rs.eight lakh) to $35,000 (over Rs.20 lakh) per year
for under-graduate courses and between Australian $15,000 and
$36,000 per year for post-graduate courses.
Apart from the generic courses in science, management and
commerce, Australian universities also offered mining, oil and
gas, water and sports management courses, he said.
"However, at present, engineering and science courses at the
post-graduate level remain the favourite among Indian students,"
On the racial attacks on Indian students in Australia, Calder said
the country was much safer now, adding that such incidents could
take place anywhere in the world.
"Local authorities have stepped up efforts and Australian people
are much more aware of people of different ethnic backgrounds
around them," he said.