Education Talking Points 25-09-15


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Date: Thursday, 25th September 2015


Labor wants 2,000 students annually to take out loans for a ‘startup year’ (English)

Source:, 24 September 2015

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has today announced his plan to ‘Get Australia Started’ by promising 17.8 million AUD in startup funding, creating two overseas startup visas, and allowing entrepreneurial time to university students. Labor will boost Australia’s young aspiring entrepreneurial talent by providing income contingent loans to students to support their participation in different programs.


Oz education center draws Chinese cash (English)

Source: The Standard, 23 September 2015

A Chinese-backed commercial center is hoping to establish an education hub for 80,000 international and local students on a farmland in Victoria. International education is Australia’s fourth-largest export industry following a record number of 589,860 enrollments by full-fee paying international students in Australia last year. China contributed 115,311 enrolments by March this year, making up 27.9 percent of the total.


Chinese and Australian scholars discussed new resources for Chinese economic growth (Chinese)

Source:, 21 September 2015

During the meeting held by CESA and HFUT on September 17th and 18th, Chinese and Australian scholars deeply discussed the new resources and new challenges for Chinese economic growth. Numerous scholars attended the meeting to have an advanced academic communication, such as professors from ANU, UWA and Peking University, researchers from AIIB and CASS. Several interesting topics has been analyzed and discussed, including education, exportation, economic transformation and financing.


New Education Minister Simon Birmingham out to lift status of vocational training (English)

Source:, 22 September 2015

The new Education Minister plans to boost the status of vocational training so students don’t feel they have to go touniversity to have a good career, as he begins a shake-up of the vast portfolio. Plans include pushing for the Commonwealth to take over responsibilities for funding vocational education, including TAFE colleges, from the states. The appointment of Simon Birmingham offers the Turnbull government a chance to reframe the education agenda following almost 18 months of rancorous debate over university fee deregulation.


This brief summarises a range of publicly available news articles in both Chinese and    English and AustCham takes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information in these articles. In addition, the views and opinions reflected in these articles are not necessarily representative of AustCham.


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