The International Education & Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016-2026 [PDF] (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 five years.
Key focus of the strategy
The Strategy is built around four key areas:
- Promoting Queensland internationally
- Enhancing the student experience
- Strengthening the regions, and
- Connecting the industry.
Government and industry working together
The Strategy 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.
It 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.
Snapshot of the Queensland IET industry
Click the image below to view the full Snapshot of the Queensland IET industry [PDF].
Key Enabling Initiatives
Key enablers of the Strategy are:
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.
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.
Industry Advisory Group
To inform the strategy implementation, the Queensland Government has formed an Industry Advisory Group, with senior representative from all industry sectors. As Ministerial Champion for International Education and Training, the Deputy Premier will chair the new advisory group.
Members of the Queensland International Education and Training Advisory Group are:
- The Honourable Steve Bredhauer (Deputy Chair)
- Ms Carol Doyle, President Study Cairns
- Mr Dion Lee, Council of International Students
- Mr Fred Nucifora, CEO Reef HQ
- Ms Karen Spiller, Principal, Saint Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School
- Professor Peter Høj, Vice Chancellor University of Queensland
- The Hon Phil Honeywood, CEO International Education Association of Australia
- Professor Sarah Todd, Vice President Global Griffith University
- Mr Richard Brown, CEO Browns English Language College
- Ms Sue Freeman, CEO First Impressions Resources
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