2008-07-30 02:28:16 GMT 2008-07-30 10:28:16 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English
SANTIAGO, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Chile and Australia Tuesday signed an agreement on encouraging Chilean youngsters to study and work in Australia.
The deal was inked by visiting Chilean Foreign Minister Alejandro Foxley and his counterpart in Canberra.
Under the deal, the Australian Education Ministry, eight universities, 38 educational centers attached to a number of universities, and 57 technical educational institutions will jointly provide study and work opportunities to some 2,400 young Chileans.
The project is aimed to improve the job opportunities for Chileans, said Foxley.
He said young Chileans with talent and courage are encouraged to apply for the opportunities even if they are not good at English as the Chilean government will offer a nine-month English course before they go to Australia.
Foxley said basically the project is not a scholarship but for those who do not have enough money, and there are special scholarships that can finance their study.
Australia has a low rate of unemployment and is in need of technicians and professionals from aboard.
The country is Chile's fifth largest investor, while Chile is the biggest Latin American investor to Australia.