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May 11, 2022

Australian team discusses ‘Study Australia’ with KU officials

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A delegation of Australian Government’s senior officials led by Australia’s Ambassador to Nepal Ms. Felicity Volk (extreme right) discussing ways to strengthen educational relations between Kathmandu University (KU) and Australian institutions with Vice Chancellor of the Kathmandu University Dr. Bhola Thapa (second from right) and other senior official of KU in Dhulikhel on May 10, 2022.
A delegation of Australian Government’s senior officials led by Australia’s Ambassador to Nepal Ms. Felicity Volk (extreme right) discussing ways to strengthen educational relations between Kathmandu University (KU) and Australian institutions with Vice Chancellor of the Kathmandu University Dr. Bhola Thapa (second from right) and other senior official of KU in Dhulikhel on May 10, 2022.

Australian Ambassador to Nepal Ms. Felicity Volk led a team of eight Australian government officials in meetings to extend the close relationships between Nepal and Australia in education.

Over the years, an increasing number of Nepalese students have chosen to study in Australia for its world-class education, post-study work opportunities and quality of living, said the press release of the Australian Embassy in Kathmandu.

While Australia was closed to international visitors for nearly two years, the demand for study in Australia has grown with students remaining loyal to Australia as a study destination.

Currently, Nepal is Australia’s third-largest source of international students. With a strong Nepalese diaspora in Australia, students are finding comfort in studying close to friends and family while enjoying an excellent education experience and completing programs of study that set them up for life, added the release.

Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner Dr. Monica Kennedy states that the reason for students choosing Australia are many, but that education quality is the main.

Australian Government’s Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner Dr. Monica Kennedy meeting with KU Vice Chancellor Dr. Bhola Thapa in Dhulikhel on Tuesday May 10, 2022.

“Australian education is in the top tier of demand globally, due to its high quality, strict accreditation standards, sophisticated support for international students, relevant curriculum and one of highest graduate employability rates, all delivering a better return on investment for the student, she added.”

 “Australia has one of the most supportive international education systems in the world. The Australian Strategy for International Education 2021 2030 puts the student experience, student protection and students’ rights at the center,” said Counsellor at Australian Department of Education, Skill and Employment Brett Galt Smith.

Counsellor at Australian Department of Education, Skill and Employment Brett Galt Smith meeting with KU Vice Chancellor Dr. Bhola Thapa in Dhulikhel on Tuesday May 10, 2022.

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the lives of millions of students, especially international students who experienced difficulties due to border restrictions and health hazards, across the world.

During this period, the Australian Trade and Investment Commission released a set of online resources to support international students in making decisions about their programs of study and in preparing to arrive in Australia.

Micro-credentials to support academic preparation and employability skills were launched through the Study Australia website along with a career-matching tool to support course selection.

Recently, the Study Australia Industry Immersion Program (SAIEP) has been launched for current Nepalese students at Australian universities to enhance their employability skills and make connections to employers globally.

More information about Study Australia and the support for Nepalese students is available at https://www.studyaustralia.gov.au

(All photos credit Shiva Thapa Magar/KU)