The Australian government has recorded an annual average of 700 Bruneians enrolments in Australian educational institutions. This reflects the continuing strong interest from Bruneian students wishing to study in Australia, said the Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, Mark Sawers. The High Commissioner was in Kuala Belait yesterday afternoon to ripen and show his support the first Australian education exhibition held in the district for potential students and professionals seeking study or training options in Australia. Sawers mentioned that its accessibility and the high standard of education offered in various leading universities and institutions have resulted in the continuous interest among Bruneians to pursue education or training in Australia. Australia is amongst the first country to promote education and offers global education support and affiliation with various universities and colleges in Southeast Asian region in addition to opening campuses in Miri and Kuching to offer the same quality of education, he added.
The High Commissioner underlined Australia's strength of education in the areas of engineering, biotechnology, green technology, research, medicine, law and ICT. Highlighting Brunei-Australia ties in the area of education, the High Commissioner revealed Brunei's interest in seeking cooperation with Australia's vocational education training (VET) in line with Brunei's education system, SPN21. The Study in Australia-Brunei 2009 education exhibition event was held in the Belait District for the first time to disseminate valuable information in guiding potential students and individuals looking at study or training options. The Australian education exhibition yesterday drew mainly technical students and individuals who also had the opportunity to listen to briefings on 'Great reasons to study in Perth' and 'Studying Maritime Engineering at AMC – A pathway to the oil and gas industry'.