Enrolment rate of Indian students to Australia on a high

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Chennai, Sep 20: Students in South India are evincing interest in pursuing Post Graduation courses in Australian Universities and the enrolment growth from India is expected to be 30 per cent this year, according to Mr Lyndon Joseph, Manager, IDP Education Australia Ltd.

Talking to newspersons on the sidelines of Australian Education Interview programme held here yesterday, Mr Joseph said last year, of the 75.9 per cent of international higher education enrolments, India accounted for 23.4 per cent.

The enrolment growth from India was high at about 15 per cent last year, and this year it was expected to be 30 per cent, he said.

''India is ranked second in number of international students enrolling for courses in Australia, after China,'' he added.

He said that while students in North India evinced interest in under graduation courses, students from South India are interested in pursuing Post Graduation courses.

About 43 per cent of higher education enrolments were in Business Administration and Management courses last year and this field ofstudy continued to grow at the rate of more than 11 per cent.

Computer science and Information systems was the second largest field of study, followed by Medicine, Nursing and Health services, preferred by the Indian students, Mr Joseph said.

Mr Joseph said there were 39 universities in Australia and IDP represented all the universities. IDP was organising the interview programme in all the major cities in the country and Chennai was the sixth city. It had so far handled 20,000 applications and interviewed more than 7,000 candidates.

IDP proposed to conduct such interviews in towns like Kochi, Pune and Baroda next year. For the first time, the interview programme was conducted in Kathmandu this year and it was a huge success.

He said students around the globe were showing interest in pursuing higher education in Australia. The students could cut down their living expenses by taking up part-time jobs within a fortnight of reaching Australia, mR jOSEPH said.

With the introduction of electronic visa application system, the process had become easier and more than 15,000 visas had been issued from India for Australia, Mr Joseph adDED.

More than 42,000 Indian students were studying in Australia, he added.

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