In Australia, five of the most innovative universities offering technology courses have banded together to forms the Australian Technology Network. This group of enterprising educational institutions is committed to work with the public and private sectors to provide students with the best available technological training. One Australian student in five attends an ATN university, and for foreign students that number rises to one in four. This makes ATN the largest international education provider in Australia for both domestic and offshore students. Students can participate in different degree programs, including Associate Degrees and Baccalaureates.
The five member universities of the ATN are:
* University of Technology, Sydney – an internationally-focused institution that emphasizes a combination of scholastic and humanistic values in the application of technology.
* Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology – home to over 70,000 students in Australia, Vietnam, and online, RMIT is known for the high quality of it research programs and vocational education.
* Curtin University of Technology – the largest university in Western Australia, Curtin won four awards at the 2010 Australian Awards for University Teaching. Curtin encourages engineering students to understand the world and shape it to suit the needs of humanity.
* Queensland University of Technology – emphasizing applied science and technology, QUT students work closely with industry partners to help create successful career paths for graduates.
* University of South Australia – UniSA is a relatively young institution (founded in 1991) that is innovative and outward-looking. In 2008, UniSA secured more than $50 million in total research income.
Despite their geographic diversity, member universities of the ATN are all dedicated to a practical focus on technological coursework, providing students with a wide array of career choices. Programs such as Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) teach students to appreciate the skills needed to find jobs after graduation. For instance, graduates of Associate Degree programs who major in electronics engineering often take first jobs that require hands-on, highly demanded skills for areas such as computer configuration, ITouch repair, network installation, and windows phone hubs.
Through the ATN, Australia has been able to secure its reputation as a first-rate location for an education in technology. This in turn has contributed to the social and economic wealth of the country. At the same time, all ATN members have pledged to provide education to everyone who wants it, based on principles of fair access and equity for all. The forecast for ATN’s future is bright and sunny!