ISLAMABAD: The visiting Australian National University (ANU) Chancellor and former Foreign Minister Prof. Gareth Evans has urged the Pakistani students to study in Australia.

Congratulated Pakistan's ANU alumni on their Australian education achievements in Islamabad on Friday, Prof. Evans welcomed the number of Pakistani students choosing ANU and Australia for tertiary education. "Pakistan is now among Australia's largest tertiary education markets," said Professor Evans.

"More than 2,500 Pakistani students commenced study in Australian tertiary institutions this year. I am also delighted that Australia is ranked as one of the most popular destinations for all Pakistani students looking to study abroad," he said. The former Australian foreign minister acknowledged the important contributions the alumni has made to Australian and Pakistani society.

He encouraged more Pakistani students to seek out education opportunities at ANU.

"The QS World University Rankings 2013/2014 released in September confirmed the ANU's position as one of the world's 30 best universities.The ANU is recognised internationally for its cutting-edge research and excellence in teaching. It offers programs and courses in a wide range of fields," he said.

Prof. Evans added that Australia took seriously its reputation as a safe destination for international students seeking high quality education.–Staff Reporter