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Australia needs science students

20 February 2016 by News Desk

Australia has launched a major campaign to get more students to study science and chemistry across the country.

AustraliaAustralia has seen a big fall in the number of students choosing to study chemistry, for example, and has set aside millions of dollars in a bid to attract more science students.

“Advances in chemistry alone generate over $24 billion for the economy of Australia,” says Darrell Todd, CEO of thinkingaustralia.

“Science is a big employer. Across the country more than 60,000 people work in the chemical industry alone. But there is a lack of ‘new blood’ and the government wants to encourage more science students.”

New government plans seek to improve links between chemistry researchers and industry; increase agricultural productivity, develop new lifesaving drugs and create new sustainable materials.

Official figures show that there has been a 25% fall in the number of year 12 students choosing chemistry.

“The government seeks to attract more science and chemistry students across the country,” says Darrell Todd. “The economy is changing fast and new industries need the new skills that science can provide.”

Andrew Holmes, president of the Australian Academy of Science, said in a recent speech: “Chemistry is a central science. A vibrant chemistry community in Australia that is fully engaged with industry will be vital to addressing some of our key challenges.

“We already have great chemistry expertise in Australia that bridges materials and biological sciences. Now is the time to start really taking advantage of this knowledge to drive new ideas and economic development.”

“There are many great opportunities for overseas students to study a wide range of science subjects in Australia,” says Darrell Todd. “Our major universities are ranked among the highest in the world.”

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