The Queensland Government has released its draft International Education Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016 – 2026, with an aspirational target set to increase Queensland’s market share of international students to 20 percent by 2026.  This will boost the revenue from International students in regional Queensland to $2.4 billion.
On Saturday, the Deputy Premier, the Honourable Jackie Trad MP, announced that the Queensland Government is committing an extra $25.3 million to international education and training on top of the $7.7 million committed last year.

“This record amount of funding finally demonstrates that the industry is truly recognized by the Government for the economic value and cultural and academic contribution it makes to the community, and will ensure that our Queensland institutions can outperform our interstate and international competitors,” said Trad.

Study Cairns President Carol Doyle said Cairns was well positioned to achieve this growth, with over 40% of International Students enrolled in regional Queensland choosing Cairns as their preferred study destination.

Cairns is currently attracting over 25,000 international student enrolments per annum, resulting in $150 million in direct export revenue and sustaining 1,050 jobs.

While the strategy aims to increase international education and training enrolments, it has an equally strong focus on maintaining the high quality of Queensland education and training offerings.

“We are pleased that support for Study Cairns has been identified in the draft strategy and we aim to participate in all state-wide market development and targeted student initiatives,” the international education network stated in a press release yesterday.

International airport welcome desks staffed by local and international student volunteers, and the establishment of dedicated, central, ‘one-stop-shop’ international ‘student hubs’ for advice and referral services will enhance the Cairns student experience.

Ms Doyle said a regional consultation process in August will allow the Cairns International Education and Training sector to help shape the future direction of the industry.

“We look forward to working with the Queensland Government to effectively promote Cairns in international markets as an attractive international education and training location, working alongside the existing Tropical North Queensland ‘tourism’ product,” said Doyle.

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