Russia-Australia: Fascinating Prospects

The Conference was organized by the Australian government's trade and investment development agency Austrade, which is engaged in international trade and also implements educational programmes facilitating international cooperation between world universities.

Professor Douglas Hinchliffe, CEO and Dean of King’s Own Institute, was the key speaker at the Conference. During a meeting with representatives of Russian and Ukrainian universities he told about the advantages of studying at King’s Own Institute and the specific features of Australian education.

In April 2016, NMSTU and King’s Own Institute signed an academic mobility agreement, which means that NMSTU students can go study at the Australian university. At the moment, the academic mobility period is limited to one term for undergraduates and one year for Master’s degree students. The main requirement is a good command of English with the minimum IELTS band score of 5.5.

Austrade offered their help in finding a relevant partner for our University. Finding such a partner will enable NMSTU to participate in student and staff exchange, which would be beneficial for both parties, Australia being one of the world’s major mining centers.

The two institutions also agreed that NMSTU Master’s students who had done one year of either intramural or extramural course in economics would be able to become full-time students at King’s Own Institute. According to Mr. Limarev, two programmes are available at the moment provided the applicants have appropriate language proficiency. And the Australian counterparts say they will be sending their students to study at our University.

It is great to know that the cooperation with Australia is not limited to higher education but also covers the secondary education sector. It means there should be a lot of work to do in the future.

Inessa Kim

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