The international network of counsellors assists the Australian Government’s engagement with partner countries on matters related to education. The network plays a valuable role in exchanging information and advice with host governments and in-country institutions and organisations. The network is uniquely placed through several offices world-wide to build strong education partnerships internationally.
The International Group administers a broad range of bilateral agreements with key international education partners to support mobility and the global exchange of knowledge. Under these agreements, joint working groups with priority partners meet biennially to further mutual understanding of education policy and regulation.
Australia – United Kingdom Education Dialogue
On 28 April 2014 the former Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and the UK Minister for Universities and Science, the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, agreed to establish an annual education and research policy dialogue to be known as the ‘Australia - United Kingdom Education Dialogue’. The agreement included formally endorsing and supporting the work of the Joint Working Group between Universities Australia and the UK Higher Education International Unit as an ongoing higher education and research policy collaboration between Australia and the United Kingdom.
The Ministers have agreed the Education Dialogue should:
- enable high level strategic policy discussion on issues of mutual interest
- foster greater co-operation in the internationalisation of education and to address shared challenges through partnership and trust
- seek further and sustainable opportunities for joint activities and collaboration through education, research, knowledge and innovation
- enhance, support and encourage educational partnerships with business and industry in creating global education and employment opportunities.
The inaugural Australia – United Kingdom Education Dialogue is planned to be held in London in November 2014.
Minister Pyne’s media release.
Australia’s forums for multilateral engagement on education are the East Asia Summit (EAS) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). Australia’s key education agenda in multilateral fora is to encourage the openness and transparency of education systems through, for example, improved qualifications recognition and credit transfer arrangements across the region. This creates regional mobility opportunities for students, academics and education providers.