Gus Balbontin

Gus Balbontin, one of last year’s innovators in residence.

World-class thinkers from Australia and beyond are being encouraged to apply for this year’s Study Queensland Industry Innovator in Residence program.

The program will fund innovators to spend 1 to 6 months working with TIQ’s Study Queensland team to contribute innovative ideas or address policy challenges to support Queensland’s international education and training sector.

Innovators will devise their own projects, which this year must focus on employability programs and resources with the aim of reshaping how Queensland connects international students with employment outcomes.

Projects must also be significant, relevant, and have the capacity to transform international education and training in Queensland.

This is the second year for the program, which last year appointed Will Archer, founder of the i-graduate student benchmarking program, and Gus Balbontin, former Executive Director of Lonely Planet, as its inaugural innovators.

Tourism Industry Development Minister and Ministerial Champion for International Education Kate Jones said that Will and Gus had shared their thinking with educators around the state.

‘They have been crisscrossing Queensland as innovators in residence to grow international education,’ she said.

Funding under this year’s program is available to cover successful applicants’ salary costs and reasonable travel and project costs.

Expressions of interest are due by 31 August, with successful applicants notified in October and projects to start from November.

Potential applicants should read the program guidelines before applying.

The Industry Innovator in Residence program is an initiative of the International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016–2026.

International education is identified as Queensland’s second-largest services export in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.