Two internationally renowned thinkers will soon start work in Queensland as the first innovators under the new IET Industry Innovator in Residence program.
Two internationally renowned thinkers will soon start work in Queensland as the first innovators appointed under the new International Education and Training (IET) Industry Innovator in Residence program.
Gus Balbontin, Former Executive Director of Lonely Planet, and Will Archer, founder of the i-graduate international student benchmarking program, will work on innovation projects designed to accelerate Queensland’s role as a global leader in international education.
Mr Balbontin successfully re-engineered Lonely Planet to tackle the shift from print to digital communication, and will work with Study Queensland to maximise its impact in today’s global education market.
Mr Archer has led the i-graduate research program for more than a decade, tracking and benchmarking student and stakeholder opinions of educational institutions around the world. He will identify new insights into how international students choose a study destination and how Queensland can take advantage of that knowledge.
Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Curtis Pitt said the new innovators would build on Queensland’s existing strength as a provider of international education and training.
‘Over the next six months, Gus and Will will work closely with TIQ’s International Education and Training Unit,’ he said.
‘They’ll help shape policy, drive innovation, and sharpen how we promote Queensland on the world stage.
‘I’m sure everyone involved in international education in our state will benefit from their advice, ideas and enthusiasm.’
More than 20 would-be innovators from multiple countries applied to the program, which funds visionary thinkers to spend one to six months on projects that support Queensland’s international education and training sector.
Recipients must spend significant time in Queensland, and projects must meet the objectives of the International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016–2026.
International education and training is identified as one of Queensland’s major export industries in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.