Australia to open learning centres

NEW DELHI, AUG. 14. Aiming to give Indian students increased access to education in Australia, IDP Education Australia will be establishing a network of new learning centres in about 22 cities across India over the next 12 months.

The networks would be a blend of online leaning and face-to-face teaching and would concentrate on short-term courses. For starters, the IDP Learning Centres in India will offer short preparatory course to students who are planning to sit for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS Test) -- a globally recognised test of English Language proficiency and is mandatory for Indians who apply for a student visa to Australia.

The content for the courses would be provided by the Australian Centre for Languages.

Launching the Learning Centres project at a Press conference today, IDP's Chief Executive, Lindy Hyam said, "The IDP Learning Centres offer a unique service which we are introducing in partnership with leading Australian education institutions, initially in India but ultimately in other countries around the world where we believe there is a demand for high quality Australian education,'' said Ms. Hyam.

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