In order to promote educational excellence, StudyAdelaide — an agency of the Government of South Australia has selected ten Indian students as ambassadors for 2019.
The students who are inthe age group of 20-25 years, with a few having work experience of a couple of years will be pursuing Masters in Engineering, Hotel Management, Social Work etc. Besides studying in universities in Flinders, Adelaide, South Australia, the students will also participate in cultural fests, and social events to understand the Australian society. This will help them get a better perspective of the country, which they will use to narrate their experiences to other Indian aspirants after their return to the country.
As part of the programme, these ambassadors will receive a prize package including airfares, accommodation, a living allowance and free access to some of the key festivals and events at Adelaide.
The competition announced in May, had received 600 applications from students willing to study in Adelaide, of which 10 students from Kolkata, Chennai, and other parts of countries were picked as the student ambassadors. “The selected students will share their experience of their stay in Adelaide to influence other Indian aspirants and represent StudyAdelaide,”Andrew Houey, director of International Marketing at StudyAdelaide told Education Times.
Over the years, the number of Indian students going to Adelaide to study has been on a rise, with 5,400 students choosing to study in the city so far this year. “We are one of the most affordable destinations in Australia. Our world-class educational institutions and vibrant economy is gradually proving to be a popular choice among students in India” said Houey.
Talking about the most sought-after programmes by Indian students in Adelaide varsities, Houey said, “So far, the popular choices from Indian students have been Engineering, Computer Science and IT. We have also had a lot of enquiries for health-related programmes, given the fact that Adelaide has the largest biomedical precincts for health research in the southern hemisphere. We have noticed a shift in the trend as students are moving away from popular traditional courses and picking the ones related to biomedical science and physiotherapy.”
The StudyAdelaide competition required applicants to submit an essay stating reasons that motivated them to study in the country. “Compared to other cities in Australia, Adelaide is more student friendly in terms of living expenses, fees and the commute,” said Adele Maria Xavier, student ambassador, StudyAdelaide who is going to pursue Masters in International Hotel Management.