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Asia\'s March to Educational Excellence

Followers of world university rankings, where Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings or the Times Higher Education World University Rankings; the pre-eminent ratings for global higher education establishments, will have noted the unmistakable rise of Asian institutions in recent years.

While the West endures a time of austerity, the Asia-Pacific region has invested unprecedented amounts to drive their educational institutions ever upwards. Universities in Asia and the South Pacific have been able to ride this wave of public investment to secure better facilities and attract superior teaching and professorial staff, many of whom are only too eager to throw off the shackles of the old way of life to bring success to this vibrant part of the world.

The net result for all this investment is a surge in the rankings performance of Universities, with Australia, Hong Kong, South Korea and Singapore all boasting institutions near the very top of the QS rankings. Japan, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, The Philippines, Thailand and other Asian nations are meanwhile well on track to join them, thanks to growth simply not experienced in institutions in other parts of the world.

Understandably, this improvement and continued investment is drawing students that may in years gone by simply opted for a traditional university in Europe or the USA. With stronger academic offerings, students are now convinced to commit to a course that brings with it the experience of living – and taking on work experience – in a part of the world unfamiliar to them, itself a major benefit when it comes to being competitive in a future job market.

Little wonder that applications to Asian Universities are up, matching the direction of their research facilities, infrastructure, teaching standards, and not to mention those all-important rankings.

The Best of Australia’s Universities 2014

Australia, perhaps more than any other country, has ridden the wave of Asia’s emergence as the exciting new home of top class international higher education. Demand for university places in Australia has risen consistently over a number of years as arguably the most established country for higher education provision in Asia.

Cultivating skills and theoretical knowledge in tandem, Australian universities produce graduates of high caliber. Facilities, technology and teachers are advanced. Business, management, information technology, education, engineering, design and law among the most revered courses for study, but the true strength of Australian learning is its lack of any weakness – whatever your specialism, there is a high quality course to be found.

The environment for learning is outstanding with high expectations of anyone entering an Australian university. They have top class libraries, laboratories, hostel facilities and sporting facilities reflective of the passion of the nation for the outdoor life and participation in competitive games.

Additionally, upon graduation Australia also offers vast scope for success. The job market is healthier than many countries elsewhere in the world, with lucrative openings and potential for advancement.

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The Best of Australia’s Universities 2014

The Best of Japan's Universities 2014

Each year Japan receives more than 100,000 international students making it an exciting, multicultural place to learn. Living and studying in Japan immerses the student in the country, making learning to speak the language easier, if not mandatory. Students can become comfortable with conversations in as little as a few months, which answers the most common concern of any prospective visitor to the country.

The differences in Japanese customs and behavior give graduates greater insight to assist their future success. They become more open-minded and learn to respect the beliefs or traditions of the people they interact with in the years to come. It also inspires trust in the clients they do business with. The path to learning in Japan is not bound by the classroom walls.

Japan has an excellent reputation with several Japanese universities ranked highly in the Times Higher Education Supplement Top 200 universities of the world, the Academic Ranking of World Universities and the QS University Rankings.

From an education point of view, the enticements are far more straightforward: the best facilities using state-of-the-art, cutting edge equipment in modern classroom and laboratories, and teachers that have come from all over the world to share their experience and talents at outstanding institutions in one of the world’s most rapidly growing and exciting countries.

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The Best of Japan's Universities 2014

The Best of Malaysia’s Universities 2014

Malaysia offers more for the student who wants to challenge themselves in a vibrant, cosmopolitan country where myriad cultures live side-by-side, the best of modern and traditional society co-exist, and industry is driving a nation closer from developing to developed status.

There are more than 50,000 international students at universities in the country, the top institutions being revered not just locally but internationally. The 2014 QS World University Rankings saw significant rises for all the major Malaysian Universities, the result of generous public investment in recent years.

Millions of dollars have been poured into establishing top class universities and encouraging quality research and development departments, plus utilizing teachers of international class to make the best possible classroom experience. Meanwhile, outside the classroom, students can immerse themselves in a country that professes to be “Truly Asia”.

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The Best of Malaysia’s Universities 2014

The Best of Philippines’ Universities 2014

The question many prospective students in The Philippines ask themselves is: with such low fees for tuition, how can they achieve quality academic standards? However, internationally-respected education is easily found in The Philippines, with several universities ascending the world rankings, consistently delivering excellent study and facilities for their students.

Universities often employ western professors and instructors who hold PhD or Masters and boast vast experience and expertise in their field. Buildings and facilities at the best universities are often ultra-modern, although the low cost of administration and overheads in the country help keep those tuition fees low. The important thing is that nowhere in education provision are compromises made when it comes to quality.

Enrolling in a course of study is also a great way to network and appreciate the customs and traditions of another people; Filipinos being widely recognised as among the most friendly and hospitable in the world, of course. This explains why record numbers of students, especially mature and especially from overseas, are choosing to study in The Philippines.

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The Best of Philippines’ Universities 2014

The Best of Singapore’s Universities 2014

Students in Singapore can expect advanced infrastructure, world class education system and a sophisticated multicultural atmosphere thanks to a pan-Asian and Western-influenced culture. The world is well aware by now of the unprecedented success of the city-state, which now ranks among the biggest cities on Earth for culture, business, and development. If there was such a thing as the “Capital of Asia” Singapore would surely be it.

Singaporean culture reflects a strong work ethic and drive to achieve results that is well reflected in its learning institutions. In turn, their Universities are continuing to excel and climb the world rankings, with two institutions in the world’s top 50 in 2014 according to Quacquarelli Symonds, and several more climbing fast.

Exceptional facilities that compare favorably with anywhere in Asia, and indeed worldwide, mean that Singapore’s colleges and universities have added deserving value to its reputation and image. Universities aim to prepare students for establishing a strong career base in today’s competitive market by including career-oriented training alongside theoretical knowledge and vibrant classroom-centered discussion.

Many colleges and universities in Singapore are allied with top universities from the United Kingdom and United States of America. Top private and public institutions are ranked among the leading world universities, delivering high standards and nurturing global citizens, creative business leaders and entrepreneurs in perse disciplines.

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The Best of Singapore’s Universities 2014

The Best of Taiwan’s Universities 2014

Taiwan is a stimulating, challenging academic environment, where state-of-the-art technology is utilized to support quality teaching, resulting in a genuinely world class student population. There are innovative, engaging programmes in hundreds of colleges and universities, keeping the country on its successful path, one trodden with an ever-increasing number of international learners enriched from their experience in the country.

Taiwanese universities offer courses or research programs in virtually every field counting more than a million enrolled students. This makes the country’s educational structure one of the largest college systems in the Asian region. Each year Taiwan receives more than 10,000 international students making it a multicultural hub with courses taught in English or Chinese dialects. Adventurous students will look to learn in the native tongue both to acquire a valuable language skill but also to help understand Chinese and Taiwanese culture.

A major enticement is Taiwan’s unparalleled position as a major industrialized technological nation since World War II. The World Bank attribute it status as a “high-income economy” thanks in large part to its advanced technology industry and the position of Taiwanese companies at the forefront of the world’s consumer electronics boom. Their incredible economic rise is a case study in itself and explains why so many students in this field are desperate to go and experience this beautiful and productive island for themselves.

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The Best of Taiwan’s Universities 2014
The Best of Asia's Universities 2014