Being a graduate of one of the universities in Australia, I would like to share my views on higher education in this country.
Of course, we must immediately note that my assessment is purely subjective, based only on the program that I studied in my particular university.
So, to begin with a little about what higher education is generally in Australia. Roughly speaking, it can be divided into three levels:
- Usually takes about three years and is the first higher education. Immigrants who receive this degree are very few, since most of the visitors still have some diploma and study again for three years does not make much sense.
- Takes one and a half to two years. In theory, the Master’s program is designed for those people who have worked for several years after obtaining a bachelor’s degree and decided to expand their knowledge in their field. In fact, in Australia, it is very often possible to see the largest number of immigrants, students in the magistracy. The reasons are very simple – this is a good way to get an Australian education, which is more quoted from local employers, rather than, say, Russian. Another reason for the popularity of the Master’s program is that the program under study usually does not need to be similar to the theme of your first degree. In other words, no one prevents a person from studying in a magistracy for an accountant, if he has a previous diploma of a builder. By the way, your humble servant, just on a financier / accountant at the magistracy, also studied.
- Postgraduate study. Everything is much more serious here. Usually this is a serious research work, and relatively often, visiting students manage to get a university scholarship in advance.
In Australia, higher education (in particular master’s) is export oriented. It is aimed at foreign students, primarily from Asia, who come here to study. Because of this, the cost of studying in the same magistracy for foreign students reaches $ 30,000 per year. Most of the students leave home after school, in the hope that an Australian diploma and knowledge of English will help them at home. Someone from immigrants here studies in order to stay here later (this gives a slight advantage in getting a residence).
Australian universities make good money on foreign students. Therefore, those who are going to study here, I would recommend comparing the prices for training in the same England or the USA – it is quite possible that in these countries education is cheaper and no worse.
What I did not like about studying in Australia:
- Education is not worth the money that requires paying for it. You pay 30 thousand a year, and the library does not even have the necessary number of textbooks for all students. They offer to go to the store and pay an additional 150 bucks for each book. Or another example – graduation, where they are asked to pay $ 65 for renting a robe and hats. It seems that 65 dollars is not so much, but, damn it, when the university paid so much for tuition, could not it be arranged for free? Another problem is that the quality of teaching some subjects was very mediocre. About this below.
- Occasionally a focus on Asian students was noticeable at the magistracy. For example, in practical classes as teachers there were often Asian students who had already completed this course. Everything would be fine, but usually they have such a nasty accent and such a slow manner to teach that there is simply no words. Although probably Asian students, naooborot was better from such teachers. As a result, 50% of all practical classes at the university were useless for me, since the teachers were fuck who (sorry, but this is so).
- I had a feeling that the university chooses a lecturer for a particular subject only on the basis of his academic achievements and knowledge of the subject. This, of course, is correct, but what about the ability to teach? And what about the lecturer’s ability to speak English correctly? For example, my teacher in corporate finance was a Hindu. Yes, he’s PhD and probably incredibly clever, but he can not even speak English properly. He once said the word farm instead of firm. Is this a world-class university? That’s terrible.
What I liked about studying in Australia:
- Everything is clear and thought out, each course has a clear structure and plan. All this is available through the Internet and the student himself can choose in advance what subjects to teach, what day to attend a lecture, and so on. Also, through their own portal, all communications with the teacher take place (receiving assignments, lectures, other materials). In this regard, everything is very convenient.
- Progressive assessment of knowledge. First, each student initially knows from what will be the result of his final assessment for a particular subject. For example, she can 20% consist of a written assignment, 30% of the test, 50% of the final exam. And all these tasks and tests are not stupid at the end of the semester, but in the course of it. You can not do nothing all the semester, and then stupidly at the end prepare for the day and hand over. Here you need to learn.
- Only written exams. There are no oral exams at all, which makes the assessment of knowledge more objective. To write off at examinations is also unrealistic as well as using essay writing services, and it definitely pleases.
- In general, a good level of education. Still, there were more subjects, after studying which in my head was the thought “it was useful, the teacher was also classy”, than vice versa.
Here are my impressions of studying in the magistracy. By the way, if you have the opportunity to get into the local graduate school and do research – it’s much better, after all the material base here is very strong enough.