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Australian students to get international qualifications "passport"



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The Hon Julie Bishop MP Minister for Education Science and Training Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Issues

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Australian students to get international qualifications “passport”

7 September 2006

Australian university students will in the future receive a qualifications “passport” to improve international recognition of their qualifications and open the door for long term educational and employment exchange, the Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop MP announced today.

“The Australian Government will invest $400,000 for the development of a template for an Australian Diploma Supplement by a consortium of universities,” Minister Bishop said.

“The ultimate aim for an Australian Diploma Supplement is to assist students and employers, both at home and abroad.”

The Australian Diploma Supplement will be a translation tool, outlining a student’s achievements, the learning outcomes of their particular course of study, provide information about the university awarding the qualification and, potentially, promoting the Australian system of higher education worldwide.

Minister Bishop also announced the establishment of a high level Steering Group to monitor relevant international education developments such as the European Bologna process. The role of the Steering Group will include advising government and the education sector on implementation in Europe, and will provide leadership on these important issues.

Development of the Supplement is in response to feedback to the Minister’s discussion paper, The Bologna Process and Australia: Next Steps. It also follows on from the Brisbane Communiqué as a result of the Asia-Pacific Education Ministers Meeting, hosted by Minister Bishop in April this year.

Further information on the Diploma Supplement is available at http://aei.dest.gov.au/aei/governmentactivities/diplomasupplement Further information on the Brisbane Communiqué is available at http://www.dest.gov.au/sectors/international_education/communique_doc.htm

Media Contacts: Minister Bishop’s Office: Murray Hansen 0417 886 155 Dept of Education, Science & Training: Media Unit (02) 6240 7300 Non-media queries 1300 363 079