Australia remains the preferred study destination for Indonesian students. Around 18,000 Indonesian students are currently studying and living in Australia. Of Australia’s source markets, Indonesia ranked 10th for student commencements in 2010 with 6,881 enrolments.
The primary markets for visa grants are Jakarta, West Java, East Java, West Kalimantan, North Sumatra and Central Java provinces. There is also good growth in South Sumatra, Bali and North Sulawesi provinces.
The majority of Indonesian students studying in Australia are enrolled in:
• Higher education – 47 per cent
• Vocational Education and Training (VET) – 33.2 per cent
• English, Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) – 12.6 per cent
• Schools – 2 per cent
New South Wales and Victoria continue to have more enrolments and commencements than any other state or territory, accounting for 42 per cent for Indonesian commencements in higher education.
While Indonesians continue to study abroad, there has been increased demand for quality international education and training within the country. Indonesia has 145 state universities and around 450 private universities.
The Indonesian government, through the Ministry of National Education, is trying to speed up the internationalisation of its education sector by encouraging increased research collaboration and programs with educational institutions abroad. To support this goal, the Directorate General of Higher Education has selected 50 promising universities as prospective partners for partnerships intended to raise their profile among the international academic community.
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