Australia is ready to welcome Indian college students returned from Ukraine and prepared to pursue their medical schooling within the nation, a senior official of the Australian authorities stated right here on Friday.
“We were watching with great concern about the experience of Indian students in Ukraine and the care taken by the Indian government. Australia has some fabulous medical programmes and high quality institutions. While we haven’t heard anything specific from the Australian institutions, if the students were to apply, they would be processed swiftly like the applications from any other students who are applying for Australian programmes,” Monica Kennedy, Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner, Australian Trade and Investment Commission, Australian Government informed BusinessLine.
She was talking on the sidelines of the Australian Government’s ‘Study Australia’ Roadshow in Chennai to promote Australian schooling and spotlight initiatives launched by the federal government to help the worldwide college students.
The ongoing struggle between Russia and Ukraine has affected over 21,000 Indian college students, most of whom had been pursuing medical schooling in Ukraine.
Sumit Aggarwal, Regional Director, South Asia, CQ University, stated, Australia has a really superior system referred to as ‘Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)’, which allows comparability of equivalency of levels provided by famend universities globally with the levels provided by the Australian universities.
“So, when these students who are affected in Ukraine apply, that system will enable us to look at the ratings of the university/Institution where they studied from, progress of their studies and its equivalent in Australia etc,” Aggarwal stated.
He, nonetheless, added that medical schooling in Australia may be 20 instances costlier than Ukraine.
“The good thing about studying medicine in Australia is that the Indian Medical Council recognises all medical degrees done in Australia. So, when a student comes back, they don’t require a FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduate Examination), applicable for those returning from Ukraine or other countries,” Abizer Merchant, Director (India & Sri Lanka), Macquarie University, stated.
FMGE is a screening check for medical graduates to be eligible to follow medication within the nation.
Indian college students account for a good portion of the worldwide student diaspora in Australia. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, there have been round 125,000 Indian college students in Australia, which has now come down to 97,000. But the nation has been witnessing important curiosity from Indian college students ever because it opened up its border to worldwide college students on November 22, 2021.
“Our academic year started a few weeks ago and we have our second intake in July. For the current year, we expect around 45,000 new enrollments from Indian students,” Kennedy stated.
She added that between November 22, 2021 and March 18, 2022, over 28,000 student visas have been lodged by Indian nationals. “A surge of applications has been successfully processed with 15,310 visas granted from 22 November 2021 to 18 March 2022 and over 25,000 students arriving on our shores to begin or resume study at Australia’s quality education institutions.”
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