The Australian National University (ANU) has welcomed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's announced upgrade of the Australia-Singapore ties which will lead to greater recognition of ANU qualifications in Singapore.
Mr Turnbull highlighted the ANU Juris Doctor and a Doctor of Medicine and Surgery as outstanding examples of the benefits to the education sector that would be made possible by the new Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.
ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt AC said the agreement highlighted the international reputation and outlook of ANU.
"ANU has strong and long-standing links with Singapore and is a partner with the National University of Singapore in the International Alliance of Research Universities," Professor Schmidt said.
"The new agreement will be a great benefit to students from Singapore, who will be able to study at ANU and know their qualifications will be recognised at home and internationally."
Professor Stephen Bottomley, Dean of the ANU College of Law, said he was excited by the prospect of the Juris Doctor program at the ANU being recognised in Singapore.
"This will open up greater opportunities for ANU College of Law graduates to practice in Singapore and for Singaporean students to gain their legal qualifications at one of the world's top 20 law schools," Professor Bottomley said.
The ANU College of Law Juris Doctor is a highly regarded qualification, providing the professional qualifications required for admission to legal practice for students with an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than law.
Professor Nicholas Glasgow, Dean of the ANU Medical School said the new agreement would be a major boost for Singaporean medical students.
"Recognition of the ANU Doctorate of Medicine and Surgery by the Singapore Medical Council is a wonderful thing for students from Singapore who want to study at ANU," Professor Glasgow said.
"It means they can return to Singapore and further their medical career."