Northern Territory Govt Accelerates Efforts To Attract International Students

Northern Territory Govt Accelerates Efforts To Attract International Students

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner

Boosting Our Population By Attracting International Students

Victor P Taffa

Northern Territory Government is accelerating efforts to attract international students as a key part of diversifying the Territory economy and creating local permanent jobs.

There are over 3,300 international students studying in the Northern Territory with the industry contributing an estimated $113 Million in export revenue and supporting 484 ongoing jobs.

“Attracting international students to the Territory to study not only supports permanent local jobs in the education sector, but across the wide variety of sectors, from hospitality and tourism to our service industries, which is good for the Territory economy as a whole.” Chief Minister Michael Gunner said.

Current Federal Government figures show the number of international students enrolled in Territory education institutions grew by 25 % between October 2018 and October 2019, and has grown by 62 % in the last 4 years, seeing an increase of 1,270 international students.

Rise comes after the Northern Territory Government released its 2019 seven-year International Education and Training Strategy in a concentrated effort to boost the 2,600 students studying in the Northern Territory in 2018 to 10,000 by 2025, bringing more than $300 Million in to the Northern Territory economy.

As part of the strategy, trade delegations have been led to India, Nepal and Indonesia to build relationships with those countries and promote the benefits of studying in the Northern Territory, these efforts will also continue in 2020.

Applications for international students to become StudyNT Student Ambassadors are now open; further growing and promoting the Territory.

Future students will also see the Territory as an enticing place to live, study and work with Charles Darwin University one step closer to opening a Darwin CBD campus, attracting more than 11,000 students, 1,000 of which will be international, while also creating 600 ongoing jobs.

“Territory Government’s number one priority is jobs for Territorians.” Treasurer Nicole Manison said.

International student sector was worth $32 Billion in 2018 to the Australian economy and analysis undertaken by Deloitte in 2019 shows each student contributes an average $40,693 to the economy each year.