Queensland tertiary institutions were among the Australian universities pitching their courses to prospective students when the IDP Roadshow Higher Education Fair visited Dubai and Abu Dhabi in early March.
Study Queensland was also part of the Study Australia stand, with David Hackett from TIQ’s Middle East office fielding queries alongside Austrade staff.
The Dubai event drew a healthy 771 registrations from local students, who kept the 19 Australian stands extremely busy.
Australian universities exhibiting at the Dubai event included the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology.
The Abu Dhabi event was also very successful, with around 680 student registrations and Griffith University joining the Queensland contingent of exhibitors.
Plenty of leads were generated, and those who attended will be following up in coming months, with TIQ Middle East also assisting where appropriate.
IDP is a leading international student placement service, with a global network of 89 offices helping international students enrol in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and the UK.
Queensland’s overseas student numbers grew 11.6% in 2017, with almost 3,000 students from the Middle East and North Africa enrolled in Queensland education and training institutions last year.
International education and training is identified as Queensland’s second most valuable services export after tourism.
It is identified as an export priority in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.
The Queensland Government has also committed $23.5 million to support Queensland’s international education and training industry through the International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016–2026.
The IDP fair visited the Crowne Plaza Hotel Trade Centre Dubai on Friday 9 March and the Intercontinental Hotel in Abu Dhabi on Saturday 10 March.