Perth is a cosmopolitan city of about 1.4 million people situated on the banks of the glorious Swan River in the south-west corner of Western Australia. There are five Perth universities that are the peak learning institutions in what is regarded as Australia’s ‘Education City’. Students in Perth know they will experience the very best of what Australia has to offer in the higher education sector along with student support services that are second to none.
It can be a difficult choice to decide which of the Perth Universities is the more appealing. The decision to study in Perth is easy and one that many students from all around the world make every year. The freedom of a cosmopolitan friendly city with clean air, great beaches, and a mild climate can be a major attraction. All the universities in Perth share this attraction so the important step is to explore each one and see what they each have to offer in the area that interests you.
Click on the links to see what the universities in Perth have to offer you:
- Curtin University of Technology [CURTIN]
- Edith Cowan University [ECU]
- Murdoch University [MURDOCH]
- University of Notre Dame Australia – The [UNDA]
- University of Western Australia [UWA]
The Australian college system is based on vocational education programs that can be used for employment or as the basis for further academic study. A very small number of colleges in Australia can award degrees. These include tertiary institutions that use the name ‘College’ such as some medical schools and art schools. Along with this the name ‘College’ is also used by some secondary schools (Years 7 to Year 12 – for students from about 12 years old up until about 18 years old).
Otherwise colleges refers to post-secondary institutions that offer non-degree based qualifications. The programs offered by these colleges can be used as employment-based training and qualifications or to enter one of the universities and in that way achieve a degree-level qualification.
Most of the publicly funded colleges come under the control of the various state governments which administer the TAFE sector of higher education. TAFE, or Technical and Further Education, has grown rapidly over recent years as students seek a combination of vocational education and a stepping stone into degree-level studies at university. Many TAFE colleges use the name ‘Institute’ rather than ‘College’ to differentiate themselves from secondary-level colleges.
An idea about how the college system works can be seen in the following qualifications framework:
(Source: DEST 2004)
After the diploma and advanced diploma levels a student may be eligible for entry into a university and may also be eligible for credit, in some cases full credit for work already completed.
Australian Colleges are therefore an excellent choice for students who want to get real experience in the vocation of their choice before they either commence employment or pursue further university-level studies
Click on the links to see what the colleges in Perth have to offer you: