Value Of International Education 16% Up 12 Months To 1 July 2019

Value Of International Education 16% Up 12 Months To 1 July 2019

Queensland Minister for International Education and Training Kate Jones

Queensland Records Decade-High Growth In Visiting Students

Victor P Taffa

Queensland’s international education sector posted decade-high growth over 2018-19 to inject $5.38 Billion into the state, new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows.

Value of international education and training rose 16 % a post-GFC benchmark for Queensland in the 12 months to July 1.

Period eclipsed the 8% average yearly increase over the last decade.

ABS data showed Queensland outperformed the sector’s national trend (15 %) as well as New South Wales Australia’s largest international education market which recorded 14 % growth.

Minister for International Education and Training Kate Jones said the sector’s growth was being supported by a strategy that was engaging the entire state with emerging markets.

“We’re growing the international education sector to create jobs throughout Queensland.” Minister Jones said.

“Our strategy to expand this sector along with global demand for high quality education means student numbers will continue to grow in the future.”

“Queensland is unique, 1 in 3 international students are enrolled outside Brisbane which is great for communities right throughout our regions. From Cairns to Coolangatta, international students are real money-spinners for regional economies.” Minister Jones said.

“Schools, colleges and universities aren’t the only organisations to benefit. When students come to study in Queensland, the flow-on benefits are great.”

“From groceries to clothes to entertainment when our international education sector is booming, every sector of our economy benefits.”

Minister Jones said a cornerstone of the Palaszczuk Government’s international education and training strategy was engaging more emerging economies, minimising the state’s reliance on any single country.

Data from the Department of Education showed China and India represented Queensland’s largest international student cohort.

There was significant growth in Indian visitation to October, according to the Federal Department of Education, with enrolments increasing by 4,038 to 16,910 students (31 %) from the previous year.

However, amongst Queensland top 10 international cohorts, there was also significant year-on-year growth from emerging markets including:

  • Colombia (19 % growth in enrolments to 6,835)
  • Philippines (104 % growth to 3,826)

“Queensland’s appeal is far-reaching on the international stage.” Minister Jones said.

“India has huge potential for growth as a trade partner and a source market for international students. We’re aggressively marketing Queensland throughout Asia and the sub-continent to make sure our state is best placed to capitalise on the demand for education.”

Abbreviations:

GFC                Global Financial Crisis