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GUIDANCE: Students being counselled on higher educational opportunities in Australia at a road show in Tiruchi on Wednesday.
GUIDANCE: Students being counselled on higher educational opportunities in Australia at a road show in Tiruchi on Wednesday.

Special Correspondent

Road show of four Australian universities organised in Tiruchi

TIRUCHI: Australia is a safe destination for Indian students wishing to pursue higher education and aspiring students and their parents need not have apprehensions over security in the wake of the recent attacks.

This was the message that was conveyed to students and parents at a road show of four Australian universities organised by Mentor Consultancy here on Wednesday.

The event was intended to showcase the educational and career opportunities in Australia.

The organisers and representatives of the universities conceded that there was a fall in number of students evincing interest in pursuing higher education in Australia this year.

“It is true that there is a reduction in the numbers. But we are looking to woo quality students more than the quantity,” observed Alison White, Manager (Projects and Planning), the University of Adelaide, one of the four participating institutions at the show. “Varsities take utmost care about the security of students. We organise one-week orientation programme for international students and even the Australian police make a presentation to students,” said Nandi Lakshmanan, Promotions Officer, La Trobe University, another participating institution.

“Adelaide is a safe city and we take good care of the security of our students. We even arrange for airport pickups for them,” added Ms. White. Swinburne University and RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) University were the other two institutions, which participated in the event.

Tiruchi is the third city in the State where such a road show is being held after Chennai and Coimbatore. “The response has been good, though not as good as last year,” said Vivek Samy, Chief Executive Officer, Mentor Consultancy (Asia Pacific). The scale of the recent attacks on Indian students was not as big as it was projected to be. It is just a question of understanding the Australian way of living and adhering to the rule of the land, he observed.

As for the demand for courses, Mr. Samy said most enquiries were for engineering courses and business management. Mentor Consultancy has also been arranging placements for students who complete higher education in Australia, where recruiting agencies cannot collect any fee for the service from the candidates.

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