Australian Embassy
Belgium, Luxembourg and Mission to the European Union and NATO

Education and Research



Invitation to Join the Australian Alumni Network

The Australian Embassy has created an alumni network of students and graduates in Belgium and Luxembourg who have studied at an Australian university or tertiary institution at undergraduate or postgraduate level. If you undertook a course of studies in Australia or an exchange programme between Belgium or Luxembourg and Australia, please email us at and send us your name, the course and institution, years you studied there, your current occupation and to confirm you would like to be on our mailing list. 

Australian Education International

Australian Education International (AEI) is part of the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education. AEI officers work in Australia and many parts of the world to develop and support Australia ’s international involvement in education, science and training. 

 AEI has an office in the Australian Embassy in Brussels with representation to the European Union.


Australia Global Alumni Website

Foreign Minister Bishop on 30 April launched the Australian Global Alumni Engagement Strategy and the Australia Global Alumni website . The latter provides information to allow alumni to connect with Australia and to identify opportunities to engage in alumni activities. Read more

National Strategy for International Education 2025

On 30 April 2016, the Australian Government released the National Strategy for International Education 2025. It sets out a 10-year plan for developing Australia’s role as a global leader in education, training and research. It provides a framework of priorities for the Australian international education community to strengthen and grow the sector.
The key focus areas of the National Strategy are described through three pillars:

  • Strengthening the fundamentals – across Australia’s education systems
  • Transformative partnerships – across the breadth of linkages between people, institutions and governments
  • Competing globally – strengthening our brand, coordination and reputation.

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Dr Alan Finkel AO - Australia's next Chief Scientist

Dr Alan Finkel AO commenced his new appopintment as Australia's next Chief Scientist in January 2016. He succeeded Professor Ian Chubb AC who has served with distinction since May 2011.  Dr Finkel is a prominent engineer, respected neuroscientist, successful entrepreneur and philanthropist with a personal commitment to innovation and commercialisation. He is currently the Chancellor of Monash University and is President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). Read more

Australia and the European Union reinforce their cooperation on Earth observation


Dr. Philippe Brunet (right) and Dr. Stuart Minchin (left) sign the Cooperation Arrangement. Photo credit: European Commission

Australia and the European Commission (EC) in 4 November signed a cooperation arrangement which will ensure access to vital satellite data. The Australian Government was represented by Dr. Stuart Minchin of Geoscience Australia and the EC by Dr. Philippe Brunet, Director of Space Policy, Copernicus and Defence. The arrangement enhances access to Copernicus, the European Union\'s Earth Observation and Monitoring programme, which captures data and imagery of our planet and its environment for the ultimate benefit of all citizens. Cooperation between Europe and Australia will enhance data access and analysis, increase interoperability between satellite datasets, and facilitate innovation and industry engagement. Read more

Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships for 2016 announced

 Hundreds of Australian and international students will undertake a highly prized international study experience with the announcement on 5 November of the Australian Government’s Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships for 2016.Minister for Tourism and International Education, Senator Richard Colbeck, said the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are significant study opportunities that promote knowledge, education links and enduring ties between Australia and our neighbours. “These scholarships will support 500 international students to study in Australia and 198 Australian students to further their skills and knowledge overseas while building their international awareness. Read more

EU expands public diplomacy network downunder

On 17 July 2014, the European Union (EU) announced its investment of €4.6 million (AUD$6.6 million) to establish six EU centres across Australia (five) and New Zealand (one) for the 2014-2016 period. The centres are co-funded by their host universities and include a range of partners from the community. The EU Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand, HE Sem Fabrizi, stated

‘This is the largest public outreach program for the EU in Australia and New Zealand and expands the existing network from four to six centres. It shows the commitment of the EU to Australia and New Zealand and the reciprocal enthusiasm and engagement from the universities and the broader community.’

The five centres in Australia are located in the following universities:

• University of South Australia - the Hawke EU Centre for Mobilities, Migrations and Cultural Transformations will focus on the global challenges caused by the increasing displacement of people and communities in the 21st century.

• University of Adelaide - the EU Centre for Global Affairs will focus on enhanced international trade and regional cooperation in the Asia and Pacific regions, promoting the multilateral rules-based trading system and the bilateral trade and investment relationship between the EU, Australia and Asia.

• University of Melbourne – the EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges will focus on strengthening EU-Australia and international collaboration on challenges such as climate change, regional governance and business innovation through engagement across political, scientific and economic dimensions.

• RMIT University - the EU centre builds on its success of the last four years with a focus on governance and the Single Market, developing stronger science, technology, business and governmental partnerships and comparative regional policy.

• Australian National University – established in 2001, the ANU Centre for European Studies was the first EU centre in Australia. It continues its success and focuses on inter-government relations, policy development and capacity building.

The European Union Centres Network New Zealand, established in 2006, includes all eight New Zealand universities. The centre will focus on the normative power of Europe, comparative transnational integration and EU monetary and financial integration.

The EU centre initiative is part of the European Union’s public diplomacy strategy towards industrialised countries to promote a better understanding of the EU and its relationship with the host country and the region. The centres will address key challenges that the EU, Australia and New Zealand will face over the next three years.

The centres will be launched on 8 August 2014 at a public opening at the Australian National University in Canberra. More information about the Europe Centers can be found on the European Commission website.

Australia and EU agree to collaborate on health research infrastructure

Ambassador Duncan Lewis had the pleasure of hosting a signing ceremony between Australia’s Therapeutic Innovation Australia (TIA) and EU-OPENSCREEN on 16 May. The Ambassador, along with Ana Arana Antelo representing the European Commission, congratulated the project leaders and highlighted the importance of scientific collaboration between Australia and Europe. Read more

European Delegation for Research Infrastructure vists Australia

Australia’s Department of Education hosted a high-level EU delegation last month. The 17-member delegation focussed on research infrastructure and was led by Dr Octavi Quintana Trias. Australia and the EU share a common approach to investing and prioritising research infrastructure and collaborate strongly in policy and facility management. During the successful visit both sides agreed to improve access arrangements for facilities, share technical expertise and develop skills. Read more

Australia and Switzerland strengthen ties, including research

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter has announced the establishment of a Strategic Dialogue between the two countries. The new partnership will involve regular meetings at both the ministerial and senior official level to strengthen cooperation on global security and economic issues, foster two-way trade and investment, and increase people-to-people links.

The Ministers also signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the fields of science, research and innovation, which will provide the framework for future collaboration between Australia\'s and Switzerland\'s best scientists and world-leading research institutions. Read more

Op-ed by The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, Minister for Trade and Investment

WHENEVER I have discussed Australia\'s trade performance, I have always been surprised by how many people still don\'t realise the importance of Australia\'s international education sector. It is Australia\'s fourth largest export, behind iron ore, coal and gold, and last year it had student enrolments of more than 500,000, earned A$15 billion in revenue, and employed more than 100,000 people. And that\'s on top of the invaluable benefits that Australia gains each year through strengthened people-to-people and institution-to-institution linkages that will last decades. Read more  

Australia sets Strategic Research Priorities

The Australian Government has named 15 strategic research priorities to drive investment in key economic, environmental and social challenges, underpinning the nation’s reputation for innovation and collaboration between Government, research institutions and industry. The priorities are designed to help Australia maximise opportunities in the Asian Century. They centre around five main areas: living in a changing environment, promoting population health and wellbeing, managing our food and water assets, securing Australia’s place in a changing world, and lifting productivity and economic growth. Read more

Australia to Co-Host the World’s Largest Telescope

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be the largest, most capable radio telescope ever built, giving astronomers remarkable insight into the formation of the early universe and testing the very nature of physics as we understand it today. The SKA will be located in both Australia and southern Africa and once completed, will utilize a combined collecting area of one square kilometre. Read more

Mobile tablet-friendly Study in Australia website for international students launched

Parliamentary Secretary for Trade Kelvin Thomson on 19 June launched the new, mobile and tablet-friendly Study in Australia website.Reaching out to a dynamic new generation of potential students, is the official source of information about international education in Australia, the world’s third-largest provider of international education services.Mr Thomson said the site was designed around the needs of students themselves, providing accurate, up-to-date information in a convenient format. Read more  

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Study in Australia 

The Study in Australia website is an official site from the Australian Government that provides information for international students on a wide variety of topics relevant for studying in Australia. The website has been designed around the needs of students themselves, providing accurate, up-to-date information in a convenient, mobile and tablet-friendly format.

For information on visas for studying in Australia please visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website

MyUniversity website is the Australian Government’s online higher education information service that provides students with access to clear, meaningful and transparent information about Australia’s higher education providers.

Studying English in Australia provides specific information for students that aspire to undertake English language courses in Australia.

The Australian Government advises prospective students to enrol in registered courses and with registered institutions that are registered in the State or Territory in which the course is offered. The approved courses and institutions are listed on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS), which can be accessed on:

 For further information, check the Education pages:

Contact Details: 

Australian Education International
Australian Embassy and Mission to the European Communities

Avenue des Arts 56, 1000 Brussels

Phone: +32 (0) 2 286 05 46




Engagement with Europe

Europe as an entity is a major science and research player in the world and a strategic priority for Australian international science and research engagement:

♦ Europe is Australia’s biggest scientific cooperation partner;
♦ Europe produces a greater share of the world’s scientific literature than the United States;
♦ Some European countries (such as Sweden, Finland and Denmark) are the biggest investors in research and development (as a proportion of GDP) worldwide;

♦ The Seventh Framework Programme for Research provides €54 billion over seven years from 2007-2013 for collaborative research and represents a significant source of research funding in Europe.

In 1994, Australia became the first non-EU member country to sign a Science and Technology Agreement with the EU. Since then, cooperation has been active and steadily increasing in a diverse range of research areas.

Following the Science and Technology Agreement between Australia and the European Union, Australian researchers are able to join their European counterparts as full participants in research programmes which are managed by the European Commission under the European Union’s Framework Programme. Australian researchers are not eligible for funding under the Framework Programme unless their participation is deemed to be essential for the success of a particular project.

The Agreement also encourages European participation in Australian research activities. The Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee (JSTCC), established under the Agreement, meets regularly to exchange information and to discuss ways to enhance research collaboration. The most recent meeting was held in Australia over 7-9 June 2010. The 12th Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee (JSTCC) will be held in Brussels in October 2012.

There are opportunities for EU-Australia research cooperation as part of the 2013 Workprogramme of the EU\'s Seventh Framework Programme on Research.



Australia and EU agree to collaborate on health research infrastructure

Professor Graham Galloway (left), National Imaging Facility and Professor Dr Oliver Speck (right), Euro-BioImaging



The Embassy played host to several European and Australian research infrastructure projects and officials from the European Commission on 8 May, as formal agreements to collaborate were signed between Australian and European research infrastructure projects in the areas of translational research, clinical trials and imaging. The signing of these agreements is an important development following the third European Union - Australia Workshop on Research Infrastructure, held in Melbourne in November 2013. Read more

The Australian Research System 

 Australia has a diverse research system which includes:

Government Departments

♦ Research Funding Agencies:
Australian Research Council
National Health & Medical Research Council

♦ Universities
Universities Australia (Peak Body)
University Profiles of Australia\'s 39 Universities

♦ University Alliances
Group of Eight
Australian Technology Network of Universities
Innovative Research Universities
Regional Universities Network

♦ Research/Industry Linkage Organisations:
Co-operative Research Centres
Rural Research & Development Corporations
Australasian Industrial Research Group (AIRG)

♦ Learned Academies
Australian Academy of Science
Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
Australian Academy of the Humanities
Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

Tel: +32-2-286 0535