Nine Chinese high-school students recently enjoyed a dream two-week tour of Queensland as their prize for winning the Queensland Cup English language competition.

Run since 2001, the Queensland Cup is a Queensland Government initiative to strengthen Queensland-China education networks, showcase Queensland’s educational offerings, and expose Chinese students to Queensland’s study opportunities, especially in regional Queensland.

This year, students from Hubei Province in central China created English-language videos showcasing their city, with the makers of the winning videos then sponsored by a Queensland high school to visit the Sunshine State.

Nine boys and girls aged 14 to 17 arrived in Queensland from Hubei on 28 July, sponsored by schools from Brisbane, Cairns and the Gold Coast.

During their two-week stay, the students attended leadership conferences and language programs, and enjoyed homestays, beach visits, barbecues, and other Queensland attractions.

They also participated in university visits and regular classroom activities with Australian students from their sponsoring schools.

Study Queensland promotes and manages the Queensland Cup, which receives more than $80,000 of in-kind support from 15 organisations in Queensland and China.

Queensland sponsors of this year’s Queensland Cup were:

This year’s competition ran from December 2017 to May 2018, and attracted significant media coverage in Hubai province.

More than 26,000 Chinese students currently study in Queensland, making up almost 26% of the state’s international students.

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