Australian universities to get tough with admissions

Published - July 12, 2016 12:42 am IST - HYDERABAD:

Entry of mediocre students into Australia is likely to be restricted with new norms making educational institutions responsible for the genuineness of their admissions which will be reflected in their ratings. However, students opting for the top universities and institutions will have much easier entry with no questions on financial support by the Immigration department.

“Institutes will be forced to do tougher screening and mediocre students are likely to be automatically weeded out due to the new norms of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection,” says Nisidhar Borra, Director of Storm, a consultancy dealing with foreign education. “If institutes make a mistake, their rating will be at risk and they will be nailed.”

The new norms also set tough punishment for submitting fake documents, fake work experience or false financial claims. These will result in students being barred from seeking any visa for Australia for three years.

It is a good sign for quality and serious students and even the institutes and consultants will now encourage them.

Ranking for varsities

The universities and institutes have been divided into three categories. About 80 institutions including top universities like Monash University, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, RMIT and Bond University are at Level-I. Students gaining admission into these institutions will not be required to provide proofs including of their financial details.

However, the majority of universities and institutions sought after by Indian students are under Assessment Level-II. Around 800 institutes are in this category while a few are placed in Level-III. In fact, the risk level of students is also linked to the country they belong to.

“The immigration website has a tool where students need to key in their country of origin and the university they are seeking admission to. The tool will then arrive at their risk assessment level,” Mr. Borra said.

“The documents that need to be submitted by students are different and will depend on the education providers’ assessment level.”

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