I had the opportunity to visit Sydney and Perth two years ago and I was impressed by Australia’s beauty and vitality. I saw many visitors like me simply charmed by the natural and man-made surroundings.
I can understand why so many young people would want to travel and study in that country. Australia’s educational system is highly regarded. Many work opportunities await graduates of its institutions. The country is beautiful, its people welcoming.
My beautiful memories of Australia prompted me to attend a press conference for the IDP Philippines exhibition.
IDP Philippines, a leading international student placement firm, held an exhibition at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati on May 19-20 to showcase Australian education institutions.
During the press conference held before the opening of the exhibit, two representatives of IDP Education Philippines, Mr. Andrew King (Country Director) and Mr. Jonathan Omagbon (Student Services Manager), gave an overview of the services offered by the company. Also present was a representative from the Australian embassy, Mr. Anthony Weymouth, the Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner of Austrade, who gave some insights on Philippine-Australian relations.
IDP offers a wide range of services aimed to help a student realize his dream of studying abroad. IDP has counselling services, along with visa processing assistance and documentation assistance, to assist students in choosing a course and get accepted in a university in Australia. IDP also helps out in making sure that a student is properly settled down in Australia through travel and accommodation assistance.
IDP also administers the IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, which is a global English proficiency exam required for education, work and migration to English-speaking countries.
Presently, with around 600 client institutions, IDP recruits 30% of students into Australia. This year alone, around 700 Filipino students will be studying in Australia, through the help of IDP Philippines. Courses that are currently in demand in Australia are Business, Accounting, IT, Nursing and Engineering.
At present, graduates of Philippine high schools who are placed in Australian universities have to go through a 2-year bridge program to take foundation courses before they formally start university studies. The new K-12 education program to be implemented in Philippine schools is viewed by IDP and Australian officials as a positive development, as this program will hopefully better prepare students for international studies. English proficiency is another concern of education officials. The level of English proficiency of Filipinos is observed to be declining, and steps should be undertaken immediately to remedy this situation.
The exhibit, which was held at the Grand Ballroom of the Dusit Thani Hotel, was well attended. Parents and children talked to representatives of various colleges and universities from all over Australia to find out how they can study there. IDP representatives were also on hand to answer inquiries.
If you missed the Australian education exhibition, you can contact IDP Philippines and let them help you achieve your dream of studying in Australia a reality. More information can be found in the company website and Facebook page.