Queensland’s international education and training providers have until 20 December to apply for funding for projects that deliver unique initiatives and experiences in the sector.

The Queensland Government has launched the next phase of its International Education and Training Partnership Fund, coordinated by TIQ’s Study Queensland team.

The fund offers regional study clusters, universities, TAFEs, high schools, English language colleges and other providers the opportunity to further the state’s profile as a world-class study destination.

Seventy-four projects benefiting a combined 42,000 students have been delivered through the Partnership Fund since its launch in 2016, including:

  • The Classroom in the Rainforest – a STEM-focused opportunity for international high school students to join Far North Queensland students to stay and learn in the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest. (Trinity Bay State High School, James Cook University, Cairns SHS, Smithfield SHS and Redlynch State College)
  • Whitsunday Agri-Knowledge Sharing Project: a vocational education and training program bringing Japanese students to Bowen to study English at TAFE and learn effective horticultural practices on working farms. (Whitsunday Regional Council, Bowen Chamber of Commerce, Bowen Gumlu Growers Association and TAFE Queensland)
  • Going Global: female entrepreneurs from India have been invited to participate in inbound and outbound masterclasses in innovation, international business networking and cross-cultural collaboration. (Griffith University, Central Queensland University, gen[in] and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry Ladies Organisation – FICCI FLO).

Ministerial Champion for International Education and Training Kate Jones said the Partnership Fund had boosted Queensland’s profile as a global destination.

In 2018, the sector delivered $5.2 billion in export value to the state.

‘But, for continued growth, we need to partner with our on-the-ground institutions and providers to give students great experiences,’ said Ms Jones.

‘Showcasing our skills and resources to the world will attract more students here, bringing with them economic, social and cultural benefits for Queensland.’

Study Queensland is currently welcoming applications for between $10,000 and $150,000 for projects that address strategic outcomes, including:

  • talent and employability – enhancing the professional skills of students and building their networks with employers in their regions
  • industry partnerships – driving employability, employment outcomes and long-term opportunities for alumni
  • international engagement – aligning with the global capability needs of international markets and the combined strengths of institutions and study destinations
  • student experience – identifying additional student support activities that could be activated in each study destination and made available to support the health and wellbeing of Queensland students.

The International Education and Training Partnership Fund is part of the International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016–2026.

Applicants should read the fund guidelines and apply by 11.00am on 20 December.