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

Education and Research

RESEARCH

EDUCATION

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 aei.brussels@dfat.gov.au 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. 

Australia Global Alumni Website

The Australian Government has created a virtual global network for international scholars and fellows who have studied in Australia and for Australians who have studied overseas.  Stay connected with your friends, build and mobilise your professional networks and celebrate your successes! Read more

Australian Education International

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

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 Home Affairs 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:http://cricos.education.gov.au/

 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
Email: aei.brussels@dfat.gov.au   

 

RESEARCH

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;

Horizon2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

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 Horizon2020.

 

The Australian Research System 

 Australia has a diverse research system which includes:

Government Departments and agencies

♦ 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


Contact:
Tel: +32-2-286 0588/89