Tuesday, November 21, 2017 — Australians will be able to study six important Asian languages that are rarely taught nationally through The Australian National University (ANU) from 2018, thanks to a new agreement with Open Universities Australia (OUA).
Under the agreement, ANU courses in Hindi, Sanskrit, Tetum, Thai, Tibetan and Vietnamese will be made available online through OUA from semester one next year. The languages will also continue to be taught in person at ANU.
Dean of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, Professor Michael Wesley, said the agreement will help build on the University’s position as Australia’s primary tertiary education provider of less commonly taught Asian languages.
“This new agreement will open the door to the world-leading language teaching ANU is renowned for,” Professor Wesley said.
“These six languages are not commonly taught at a university level in this country, so making these courses available to more students through OUA is a positive step which will help Australia better understand the unique history, language and culture of our geographic neighbourhood.”
Professor Wesley said he was proud to be partnering with OUA, a national leader in online education.
“Open Universities Australia is an ideal fit for our language courses and it is exciting to have them on board to help our language courses reach a whole new cohort of students,” he said.
Students from OUA will be able to select from 12 undergraduate subjects across six languages.
The 2017 the Times Higher Education rankings listed ANU at seventh in the world and number one in Australia in its list of international universities.
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