Western Australia Comes to Seoul

PERTH, Nov. 1/Medianet International-AsiaNet/ –

The annual Australia & New Zealand Education Exhibition will take place on
3-4 November at the COEX World Trade Centre in Seoul. Each year,
representatives from Western Australian institutions attend the exhibition to
present the many study opportunities available to Korean students in Western
Australia’s capital city, Perth. For the first time, the WA contingent will be
headed by WA’s peak body for international education, Perth Education City, who
will provide information to students and parents about studying and living in
Perth.

Representatives from three world-class WA universities will attend the
education fair – Edith Cowan University, Curtin University of Technology and
the University of Western Australia. Education and Training international,
representing WA government schools and TAFE colleges will also be available for
students and parents to speak to.

According to Mr Young Yu, Regional Director of the WA Trade Office in Seoul,
Korean students love Perth because of its clean natural environment and the
many outdoor activities they can participate in that are not possible in South
Korea. The friendly locals, who love interacting with overseas visitors, make
it an even more enjoyable study experience.

Unlike some of the other Australian states, WA’s international student body
is very diverse. WA’s top 20 student nationalities are a vibrant mix of
students from Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas and the Middle East. Korean
students make up only 7.5% of WA’s total international student population.

WA is the powerhouse of the Australian economy, with economic growth close
to that of China. This has resulted in a consistently low unemployment rate,
meaning that there are plenty of opportunities for Korean students to work
part-time during their studies.

“Although Perth is a city of only 1.5 million people, it has a tradition of
“punching above its weight”, said Mike Ryan, Executive Director of Perth
Education City. Perth is fast becoming a research and innovation hub, leading
Australia in medical research, biotechnology and nanotechnology. The quality of
scientific research being conducted in the State is highlighted by the awarding
of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Medicine to Professor Barry Marshall and his
colleague Dr Robin Warren.

Perth has one of the highest standards of living in the world, and yet it is
considerably more affordable than other English-speaking destinations in
tuition fees and living costs. WA is one of only two states in Australia that
offers international students a 40% discount on all public transport.
In 2004, Perth was voted one of the world’s top three “most liveable cities” by
the Economist and recently Lonely Planet voted Perth as one of the world’s “top
ten future cities”.

To find out more about studying and living in Perth, visit Perth Education
City and the WA institutions at the COEX World Trade Centre on 3-4 November. Or
visit www.pertheducationcity.com.au to search for a course in Western
Australia.

-ENDS-

For further information:
Mike Ryan
Executive Director,
Perth Education City
Email: mike.ryan@doir.wa.gov.au
Mob: +61-413-008-440

Source: Perth Education City