While all of the institutes of higher education in Australia are miles above the rest of the world, none are more so than in the Australian state of New South Wales.
I have been a student at the University of Newcastle for almost one year and during that time, I have learned quite a bit about NSW, So much so, that my friends have been calling me Rosa the resident expert. The reason I know so much about New South Wales and the beautiful city of Newcastle is simple. When I had been here for a few months, I began to realize how unique NSW is to other parts of Australia that I visited during a fact-finding mission. It was one of those higher education in Australia tours where you spend a day or two at several colleges and Universities. The tour covered many major cities in New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland.
A cool fact that, as law student I found rather unique and extremely smart, is that each of Australia’s states and a few of its territories has their own parliaments, and administers themselves. You can never really appreciate just how big Australia is until you actually live here for a while. Thank goodness for Countrylink, the most wonderful and amazing trip you will ever take. Countrylink Rail connects NSW, The ACT, Victoria, and Queensland. This will be a good thing to know if you are seeking higher education in Australia because it is a great way for groups travel from school to school.
Just so you know, the myth about the safety of air travel is just that, a myth. The statistics are true if you consider it in miles traveled in the air. The problem is that most Airplane accidents, a full 70% of them occur during take-off or landing. This means that the odds of dying in a plane crash are a much greater than that of a car, or a train. If you consider miles traveled and factor in air plane accidents that occur before the plane takes off or after it has landed, you are a full 12 times more likely to die in a plane than you are in an automobile, and 20 times more likely than in a train. The actual percentages of perishing in these three modes of transportation are as follows.
Fatality rate per every 100 million-passenger miles traveled
- By plane, 55.0%
- By automobile, 4.5%
- By train, its only 2.7%
The Quest for Higher Education in Australia
Anyway, if you are thinking about becoming an international student and you want to complete a higher education in Australia, here is an interesting fact that you should know. The level of excellence overall in Australia is better than the rest of the educationally minded world. The level of excellence for Australia’s individual states has grown and developed in stride with each state.(Or territory) New South Wales has the largest population in Australia and their parliament is slightly superior to that of the rest of Australia, and as such, so is the level of excellence in their educational system. This statement is derived from an in depth study of the system of parliament in Australia, undertaken during a course in law.
This means that, statistically speaking, NSW has the best educational system period, the very best in the world. This is reflected in their schools and universities. If you are trying to decide on a college or university in which to pursue your higher education in, Australia is the place, and I highly suggest the University of Newcastle in New South Wales. Here are the other institutions in New South Wales that you could consider.
Higher Education in Australia
- Australian Graduate School of Management or AGSM
Located at University of New South Wales, this institution is creating leaders in management. Higher education in Australia just does not get too much better than this. AGSM merged with the University or Sydney’s Graduate School of Business, they pooled their resources to form one of the most powerful, and all encompassing institutions of higher education in Australia that money can buy.
- Charles Sturt University or CSU
CSU has eleven large campuses throughout Australia offering different courses at each. (CSU has also perfected the art of distance study.) They offer over 400 courses and have more than 33,000 students worldwide. CSU is the epitome of higher education in Australia. They rank 17 in teaching quality among institutes of higher education in Australia.
- Macquarie University Macquarie
This University has steadily improved in the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Academic Rankings. Currently 9 among Australian institutions and 182 in the world.
- Southern Cross University SCU
Four locations including Lismore, Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast and Tweed head, and the award winning Hotel School in Sydney. SCU was also Ranked 1025 among 14,876 universities in the world according to the Webometrics Ranking of World University. (2008)
- University of New England or UNE
No rank found, however, UNE ranked number 7 out of 38 Australian institutions in Teaching Quality
- University of New South Wales UNSW
Ranked 6 of Australian institutions and 152 in the world, UNSW has more than 44,000 students, including around 9,000 international students from more than 130 countries. The University of New South Wales is higher education in Australia at its finest.
- My personal favorite, the University of Newcastle or Newcastle
My school ranked 6th best of 38 of the best 38 Australian institutions (17 in 2009) and amazing world ranking of 10 (Aus) and 301 in the worldwide!
- University of Sydney or just Sydney Uni
Sydney is ranked number 3 among Australian Universities and 92nd best University in the world! Sydney is a world class institution with an exciting future. At the heart of the University’s mission is a commitment to excellence in research and research-led teaching.
- University of Technology Sydney or UTS
International Students ranked UTS number 57 in the world. They received a 257-world ranking from the 2010 ARWU SHJT Shanghai Jiao Tong University China Academic Ranking of World universities. The University of Technology, Sydney offers higher education in Australia and one of the most comprehensive ranges of internationally recognized qualifications in Australia.
- University of Western Sydney or UWS
The University of Western Sydney has six locations in Bankstown, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Hawkesbury, Parramatta, and penrith. Each campus has its own unique characteristics distinctively offering such benefits as smaller class sizes for more individualized attention. Ranked 70 internationally and 89 worldwide. Ranked 12 in quality of teaching, this is a great institution for international students looking for higher education in Australia.
- University of Wollongong or UOW
Ranked 267 worldwide, internationally, it was chosen as number 52 in popularity with international students and was chosen number one for quality of teaching in Australia. Congratulations, Wollongong! They hold English language courses at both the Wollongong and Sydney campus locations.
- Australian Catholic University or ACU
Australian Catholic University has accepted international students from over 70 countries around the globe. Their campus is like a community founded on equity, justice, and dignity. ACU ranked 13 in teaching quality.
These wonderful institutions in New South Wales offer the international student higher education in Australia and these were just in the state of New South Wales.