Cambridge University left off Australian graduate visa list

by Ray Clancy on February 17, 2011

in Education in Australia

Australia graduate school row revisited

An investigation is underway to find out why one of the UK’s leading university’s engineering departments has been left of a list of graduate visa programmes compiled by the Australian Government.

The University of Cambridge is ranked 6th in the world for engineering by The Times newspaper and 16th by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). It is the highest ranked engineering institution in Europe in both tables and is ranked significantly above all Australian universities. Melbourne is the highest ranked Australian university for engineering in The Times table, at 30.

Indeed, no Australian engineering institute made it to the top 50 in the ARWU league table, yet Cambridge it is not included on the list of global engineering institutes recognised one the country’s graduate visa programme.

Others such as Imperial College London, Bristol, Southampton, and Leeds universities, are on the list, in spite of being ranked below Cambridge in most international league tables for engineering.

The engineering graduate visa scheme is an initiative by the Australian Government to attract recent engineering graduates from recognised overseas institutions to live and work in Australia for 18 months. A graduate from a recognised institution is eligible for the programme provided they apply within two years of graduation.

According to the Australian Government’s immigration website: ‘A recognised overseas institution is a university recognised by Australian employers as offering world class degree programmes in the field of Engineering’, which Cambridge says it clearly offers.

Cambridge University’s newspaper, Varsity, reports that Professor Dame Ann Dowling, head of the department of engineering, was unaware of the situation. After being informed by Varsity, she said that she is currently liaising with Australian Colleagues and the Central University administration to sort it out.

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