The International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016–2026 (Strategy) was launched by the Deputy Premier, Minister for Trade and Investment and Ministerial Champion for International Education and Training at the Queensland University of Technology on 9 November 2016.
The Strategy details 36 specific initiatives aimed at supporting international education and training in Queensland. The strategy is supported by $25.3 million over the next 5 years.
Key focus of the strategy
The Strategy is built around 4 key areas:
- Promoting Queensland internationally
- Enhancing the student experience
- Strengthening the regions, and
- Connecting the industry.
Government and industry working together
The Strategy provides a framework for industry and government to work together to grow the industry and enhance the state’s reputation as a leading global provider of international education and training services.
This approach supports the state’s broader trade and investment strategies and the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland plan. It articulates the Queensland Government’s vision for the industry:
A strong and sustainable international education and training industry that facilitates global engagement, produces lifelong ambassadors for Queensland, and becomes a key catalyst for growing Queensland’s knowledge economy.
Snapshot of the Queensland IET industry
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Key enabling initiatives
IET Partnership Fund
The $6 million IET Partnership Fund will provide financial support for collaborative initiatives that assist in positioning Queensland as a leader in international education. An annual fund of $1.2 million will be available to consortia to deliver initiatives relating to the strategic imperatives of the Strategy and will encourage matching funds to leverage greater investment in international education and training. Round 1 EOIs for the IET Partnership Fund are now open.
IET Partnership Plan
The IET Partnership Plan (the Plan) will be produced on an annual basis, with advice and input from all four sectors, public and private, across Queensland. The plan will span sectors and regions with the aim to align collective marketing and promotional efforts. The Partnership Plan will be developed in concert with the sector and will include information about digital campaigns, trade fairs and events, cooperative marketing activities, alumni events, ministerial trade events and inbound familiarisation visits.
Annual IET Summit
The Annual IET Summit will bring together industry and other enabling partners, such as local government, tourism, community and business, to plan future activities. The IET Summit will enable coalitions to form around projects and initiatives and will be a key means to gather intelligence on the IET Strategy’s progress. Queensland destinations will have the opportunity to stage the IET Summit, with the inaugural Summit proposed for Gold Coast on 28 March 2017. Expressions of interest to attend the Summit will be open in January 2017.
Industry Advisory Group
To inform the strategy implementation, the Queensland Government has formed an Industry Advisory Group, with senior representative from all industry sectors.
Members of the Queensland International Education and Training Advisory Group are:
|The Honourable Kate Jones MP
Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games (Ministerial Champion)
|The Honourable Steve Bredhauer
Chair, Trade and Investment Queensland
|Professor Peter Høj
Vice Chancellor, University of Queensland
|Higher education, research|
|Professor Sarah Todd
Vice President (Global), Griffith University
|Higher education, student mobility|
|The Honourable Phil Honeywood
CEO, International Education Association of Australia
|National leadership, advocacy and professional development|
|Mr Richard Brown
CEO, BROWNS English Language College
|English language, private sector|
|Ms Carol Doyle
President, Study Cairns
|Regional and study cluster representative|
|Mr Vincent Tawiah
Council of International Students
|International student representative|
|Ms Sue Freeman
CEO, First Impressions Resources
|Vocational education and training, offshore delivery|
|Mr Fred Nucifora
CEO, Reef HQ
|Tourism and edu-tourism|
|Ms Karen Spiller
Principal, John Paul College
The Honourable Kate Jones MP
The Honourable Steve Bredhauer
The Hon Steve Bredhauer was former Queensland Government Special Representative to China and Vietnam. He experience includes mining, technology, infrastructure, green building and sustainable urban development, maritime, education and training and agriculture.
Professor Peter Høj
Professor Peter Høj has been Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of Queensland since 2012. He is a member of the Australian Research Committee, Co-Deputy Chair of the Strengthened Export Controls Steering Group and member of the edX University Advisory Board.
Professor Sarah Todd
Professor Sarah Todd has executive leadership, management and budgetary control over Griffith International, which incorporates the International Office, the Griffith English Language Institute, and the International Business Development Unit.
The Honourable Phil Honeywood
The Hon Phil Honeywood became National Executive Director of the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) in November 2011, which is a not for profit body representing all sectors of Australia’s international education industry. He has extensive knowledge of all aspects of higher education, including international education.
Mr Richard Brown
Mr Richard Brown has over 15 years of marketing and executive experience in the ELICOS sector. BROWNS English Language School was established in 2003 and today has more than 600 international students, at its Brisbane and the Gold Coast campuses. BROWNS Professional, a Brisbane-based business school, opened its doors in July 2014.
Ms Carol Doyle
Since 2007, Ms Carol Doyle has been an executive member of Study Cairns, the lead agency for international education and training in the Cairns region. Ms Doyle has extensive VET senior management experience in both the domestic and international sectors and she currently runs a consultancy to the VET sector.
Mr Vincent Tawiah
Mr Vincent Tawiah is a PhD candidate in Accounting at Griffith University. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana.
Ms Sue Freeman
Ms Sue Freeman heads up the Queensland Skills and Education Consortium, which is a collaboration of private and public vocational education providers working to meet the skilling challenges in India. She works closely with government and training bodies, including Service Skills Australia.
Mr Fred Nucifora
Mr Fred Nucifora manages ReefHQ Aquarium where he uses the aquarium’s position as the National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef to engage with many industry sectors in Australia and internationally to promote Townsville as a destination of excellence for EduTourism programs.
Ms Karen Spiller MBA, MEdAdmin, BA, BEdSt, FACE, FAIM, FACEL, FAHRI, FAICD, FCEOI
Ms Karen Spiller has 30 years of teaching and leadership experience in Anglican schools. She is currently Principal at John Paul College and National Chair of the Association of Heads in Independent Schools Australia. She is also Vice President of Independent Schools Queensland and a member of the Yalari Board.
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