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TIARMA SIRAIT, 41 EDUCATION Bachelor of Arts (Fashion Design), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) CURRENT POSITION Director, Poleng Studio, Indonesia and one of Indonesia's most experienced fashion designers SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENTS Sariwangi gold selection as one of six of Indonesia's dedicated women artists, 2009. Jury member for "101 Indonesia Most Prospective Innovations" competition, 2009. Finalist the 3rd China-ASEAN Youth Artwork Creativity Contest, 2008. Finalist for Australian Alumni Awards for Culture and Art, 2008. ❝ RMIT showed me what fashion is really about. I learnt to be focused, to work hard and to brainstorm new ideas with others. I also learnt the importance of interacting with people from different countries which helps me in my career as an international fashion artist. I am not fearful about presenting visually provocative and thought-provoking ideas that question the conventional wisdoms of both East and West. ❞ tertiary education 45 DR POK-MAN KAM, 60 EDUCATION Doctorate of Philosophy, University of the Sunshine Coast CURRENT POSITION Group Financial Controller, Jardine Matheson Ltd, Hong Kong SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENTS President of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants in 1999 and 2000. Current member of the Standards Advisory Council of the International Accounting Standards Board. CEO, Financial Reporting Council in Hong Kong. ❝ I chose to study in an Australian university because Australian qualifications are recognised worldwide for their excellence. It has always been my desire to nurture our future business leaders. My Australian qualification enables me to teach financial accounting and paves the way for me to take up teaching as my future career.❞ ABHISHEK MEHRA, 36 EDUCATION Master in Business Administration, Southern Cross University CURRENT POSITION Vice President, Citigroup (North Branch Network), India SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENTS Twice selected for Citigroup's Leaders of Distinction Program. One of Citigroup's youngest Vice Presidents. ❝ I chose an Australian education on the basis that it is one of the best education systems in the world. My Australian degree has certainly paid off in terms of aiding my career progression, but the most beneficial thing to come from it was learning how to work with different cultures, which has been extremely helpful in my current role in a multi-national company. ❞ Australia takes pride in the fact that many of the best and brightest om around the world choose to come to Australia to study. We are serious about ensuring our international students receive both a high quality education and a rich cultural experience here. A series of measures have been introduced over the past 12 months to ensure that the experience of overseas students is a positive one, and that all education providers meet the same high standards. Recent legislation passed by the Parliament will ensure that all education and training providers have to register under tough new criteria, upholding quality standards in our education system and strengthening the registration process for education providers. is will make providers more accountable for the behaviour of the agents they use to recruit students. Current legislation concerning education services for overseas students is under review. I expect recommendations that will o er be er support for the interests of international students and be er regulate the delivery of education and training to them. Beyond those steps, the Australian Government is working with states and territories to develop a new National International Student Strategy. We will improve international students' experiences by o ering them be er information, improving the quality of education and training they receive, and be er protecting their interests. We have established the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency to maintain high- quality education standards. e Council of Australian Governments has endorsed the establishment of a national regulator for the vocational education and training sector and a national standards council to provide advice on national standards for regulation, including registration, quality assurance, performance monitoring , reporting , risk, audit, review and renewal of providers, and accreditation of VET quali cations. And we are talking directly to international students. e International Student Roundtable held in September 2009 was an excellent forum for issues and concerns to be raised. We have also set up an international student hotline through which students can raise concerns. I encourage prospective students to check out the Study in Australia Guide which is available at www.studyinaustralia.gov.au. e guide covers everything om choosing a course to information on living in Australia and ge ing accommodation and working while a student. e Australian Government is determined to enhance Australia's reputation as a world leader in international education services. JULIA GILLARD, Deputy Prime Minister, Federal Minister for Education World Class EDUCATION