|     James Kon     |

THE one-day Australian Education Open Day held in Radisson Hotel yesterday pulled in a large number of Bruneians who are looking to further their studies in Australia.

The event gathered representatives of Australian institutions and established education agents to provide first-hand advice on studying and living in Australia to prospective students and their parents.

The annual activity organised by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) aimed to raise awareness on Australia’s world class education and the programmes as well as partnerships offered at its universities.

Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Nicola Rosenblum in an interview said, “Australia has been the second largest destination for Bruneians who are heading overseas to study.”

This year’s event saw participation by representatives from Curtin University, James Cook University, Swinburne University of Technology, University of Western Australia, Mahakarya Institute of Arts Asia and more than 10 other Australian universities represented by local agents B Lau Education Services, Findlay (B) Sdn Bhd and HRDS in Brunei.

Travel abroad guidance and advice for students was also made available by CfBT for English IELTS testing, BIBD for education loans and finance services, Royal Brunei Airlines on direct flights to Australia and student luggage allowance and Central Equity (Australia) on student accommodation.”

Austrade’s Senior Manager Josei Abdullah said, “Australia offers a diverse range of study options for international students, with more than 1,200 institutions and over 22,000 courses to choose from. There are 43 universities in Australia. You can study at all level of education.”

There are grants, scholarships and bursaries which can help support international students financially with their studies in Australia. They are offered by the Australian government, education institutions and a number of public and private organisations.

Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Nicola Rosenblum speaks to representatives from Curtin University. – JAMES KON


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