Australian Embassy

Education and Research

The Department of Education and Training in China helps to:

  • Promote Australia's profile in China as a provider of high-quality education and training and as research collaboration partner with complementary strengths;
  • Strengthen academic, research and professional exchange;
  • Promote Australia’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarships for Chinese students, researchers, academics and professionals to undertake study, research and professional development programs in Australia, and for Australian students, researchers, academics and professionals to undertake these programs in China; and
  • Encourage more Australian students to study in China, including through providing support for the New Colombo Plan.

China Country Brief:  September 2018 China Country Brief 

Department of Education and Training:

Department of Education and Training China Microblog (Weibo): weibo

The 'AddChina' toolkit: an online resource encouraging Australian students to consider higher education study in China.

Australian international education: ensuring quality and protecting students: Link

The Education Services for Overseas Student (ESOS) factsheet: International education: ensuring quality and protecting student 

E-Newsletter of the Education and Research Section:

2018  March    May    Summer Edition 

2017  February   April   Summer Edition  November  December

2016  January    March    May    July    October   December

2015  June    July    September    November


Recent speeches

Minister-Counsellor Katherine Vicker's interview with Australia China Business Council 

Before leaving the post in July 2018, Ms Katherine Vickers was interviewed by the Australia China Business Council on the growing sector of education and how two-way student mobility fosters the Australia-China engagment.


Minister-Counsellor Katherine Vicker's speech at the 2018 Yenching Global Symposium Research Gala 

(12 April 2018) I would like to start by thanking the Academy for inviting me to speak at this year’s Research Gala on such an important theme. What I want to focus on in my talk is the central role that student mobility is playing in China’s journey in a global future – and the central role it will continue to play as China strives to meet its ambitious economic development goals.


Australian Trade Commissioner (Education) for North Asia Rhett Miller’s speech for CIEET Press Conference 2018

(23 March 2018)On behalf of the Australian Trade and Investment Commission it is my great pleasure to be here to update you all on Australian international education offerings and the latest data regarding international students in Australia.


Executive Director of University of Sydney Centre in China (Suzhou) Cathryn Hlavka's speech at the 2018 International Women's Day Brunch

(8 March 2018) Ambassador Jan Adams, Ms Christine Holgate, AustCham Foundation Members, Distinguished Guests from China and Australia and this fantastic global network of women who are here today to celebrate International Women’s Day 2018. And I acknowledge and welcome the men across the room and thank you for your support.


Bilateral relationship in education and research

The education and research relationship is a key component of the broader bilateral relationship. Australia and China have shared a long standing and highly productive education and research relationship that is underpinned by the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Education, Training and Higher Education Research (most recently signed on 12 December 2012).

In late 2014 Australia and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Student, Researcher and Academic Mobility

China is one of the most popular destinations for Australian students studying abroad, including for students supported by New Colombo Plan.


The Australian Government Endeavour Leadership Program (ELP)

The 2019 Australian Government Endeavour Leadership Program (ELP) applications are now and will close on 15 November 2018 at 11:59 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time (AEDT) ( Please pay close attention to the time difference and make sure to submit your application before the closing time). 

The ELP is the Australian Government’s two-way mobility program for short and long-term study, research and professional development with Australia’s priority partner countries. The ELP supports Australia’s first National Strategy for International Education 2025. The ELP provides opportunities for established and emerging leaders to undertake a global mobility experience within their study, research or professional field.

Building on the success of the previous Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships, the ELP will provide better support to the awardees, and will operate from 2019 onwards. This year, the ELP has introduced country prioritisation to support government policy and priorities. Mainland China, together with Hong Kong SAR and Chinese Taipei are listed as tier one priority countries/economies. This means applicants to and from these countries/regions will be given the highest priority weighting!

You must submit your application on the Department’s online system before the due date, through Endeavour online –

If successful, Individual Endeavour Leaders may commence their Proposed Leadership Activity after 1 February 2019 and no later than 31 December 2019.

For detailed information on application guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions, visit:


Australia-APEC Women in Research Fellowship

The Australia - APEC Women in Research Fellowship will provide financial support for high-achieving female researchers from developing APEC economies to pursue research opportunities in partnership with Australian education and research institutions.

Up to 10 fellowships will be awarded each year. Researchers will be hosted by Australian education and research institutions for up to four months.

The Australian APEC Study Centre at RMIT University administers the fellowship, supported by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

Please click here for further information.


Australian Studies in China

There are over 30 Australian Studies Centres across China. The network is one of Australia's leading public diplomacy and education engagement platforms that is set to grow in importance for Australia-China relations.

In 2011 the Australia-China Council established the Foundation for Australia Studies in China (FASIC). The Foundation is an independent non-profit foundation in Australia created to support Australian Centres and the BHP Billton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University in Beijing.