Shannon Willoughby

From the Executive Director’s Desk – October 2019

Liz Day News

Hello from Study Queensland,

With two months till the end of the year, it is an opportune time to reflect on the eventful weeks that have just passed and to share some exciting news for the month ahead.

Following the International Education & Training Advisory Group (IETAG) meeting held on Tuesday in the Gold Coast, I am pleased to announce that Round 1 of the 2019-20 IET Partnership Fund is now open. To support sustainable growth of Queensland’s IET sector, we are supporting initiatives which focus on talent and employability, industry partnerships, international engagement, and student experience. I encourage you to visit our webpage to find out more about the Fund.

It was great to see many of you at AIEC 2019 in Perth recently, and thank you to everyone who voted for the 1800QSTUDY session to be the ‘Best Lightning Presentation’ at the conference. (view our newly released 1800QSTUDY video promoting Queensland’s state-wide support service for international students). We are also pleased to hear that the Gold Coast has been announced as the host city for AIEC 2020 – the event will be an exciting opportunity to further showcase Queensland as a leading study destination.

As part of the annual Queensland Export Week, Study Queensland recently welcomed our 12 trade commissioners who joined us for the Global Capability Forum in Brisbane, as well as a week of regional engagement activities in Rockhampton, Cairns and Townsville. The series of events focused centrally on aligning global capability demands with regional and market-specific opportunities. I would like to thank all of our commissioners, partners and providers who participated in Queensland Export Week.

We also recently hosted a Nurturing Talent for Global Teams breakfast, which brought together Queensland employers and IET experts to discuss how Study Queensland and the IET sector can better engage, recognise and reward businesses for their contribution to nurturing global talent.

And lastly congratulations to the 9 Destination Australia scholarship recipient institutions, we look forward to working with you to grow study destinations across Queensland.

On staffing updates we farewell Vanessa Lao and Song-Yi Baek this month, who will both be taking an extended and well-deserved break. In the interim, Katrina Reid will be assuming the role of Acting Director, Study Queensland. Song-Yi will return in late January 2020.

Thank you,

Shannon Willoughby