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The University of Tasmania (UTAS) has secured the support of Australia’s political leaders for a vision of urban transformation in Tasmania’s three biggest cities. Canberra has pledged $150 million for new inner-city campuses and industry-friendly two-year associate degrees in Burnie and Launceston and has supported plans for a $90 million Academy for Creative Industries and Performing Arts and a 400-bed student accommodation block in Hobart’s CBD. ‘In the great university cities of the world, the campus is right in the heart of the city, providing life, energy and character,’ the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Rathjen, said. UTAS, established in 1890, is rated among the top 2 per cent of universities worldwide. Shanghai’s Centre for World-Class Universities ranked UTAS at 294 in 2016 in a field of around 24,000 institutions. Another influential scheme, The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, places the UTAS at 286.

Campuses in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie have built a record of scholarly achievement and academic leadership that positions UTAS in the top band of Australian universities. It has more than 30,000 students in seven main schools, including 750 overseas students from 147 countries. The university has a reputation for quality research work, particularly in the fields of agriculture, aquaculture, forestry, Antarctic and Southern Ocean studies, epidemiology and ore deposit and mineral exploration studies.

UTAS offers overseas students one-semester study abroad or exchange programs, as well as full bachelor, masters and research degree programs. Students can learn English at UTAS’s English Language Centre.

Tasmania’s education sector, generally, is building up its international enrolments. Because of the clean, safe environment, value for money, a wide range of subjects, low cost of living and high standards of teaching, increasing numbers of international students are learning in Tasmanian institutions. The range of subjects is enormous, with special, local expertise in hospitality, Antarctic and Southern Ocean studies, environment and wilderness studies, aquaculture, agriculture, fisheries and the Arts.

Government schools in Tasmania are comprehensive and co-educational. All offer ESL (English as a Second Language) programs, so international students are accepted directly into schools – there are no English language pre-requisites and students prepare for their mainstream courses within each school. Schools work hard to support and care for the well-being and learning of each individual student.

Privately owned schools also offer high-standard education to international students.

TAFE (Technical and Further Education) institutes in Australia are government owned and are responsible for training people for work in a large variety of employment areas. TAFE learning is practical, and students gain real work skills. The Institute of TAFE Tasmania is a multi-campus institution and provides high quality vocational education and training to over 29,000 students a year.

Facts and figures

  • UTAS is ranked in the top 10 research universities in Australia.
  • There are 4,000 overseas students from 147 countries studying at UTAS.
  • The university’s seven main schools are: Humanities and Social Sciences; Science and Technology; Business and Law; Education; Health Science; Visual and Performing Arts; and Architecture and Engineering.
  • There are three main institutes within UTAS: the Australian Maritime College; the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies; and the Menzies Institute for Medical Research.
  • The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, a joint venture involving UTAS and the Tasmanian Government, is highly rated globally.

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