More than 100 students from 35 countries met with members of parliament and experts from education and industry at Study Queensland’s ‘International Students Meet Parliament’ (ISMP) event at Parliament House in Brisbane recently.

The event wrapped up the International Student Leaders’ Forum (ISLF), a leadership program held in Brisbane on 20 August.

During the forum, students participated in a variety of workshops that connected them with experts in employability, cultural capability, and other areas essential to building their future careers and developing leadership skills.

TIQ CEO Paul Martyn said it was important for international students to know they are welcome in Queensland and that they have a great deal to contribute here.

‘We appreciate international students choosing our state to enhance their futures,’ Mr Martyn said.

‘But the contribution they make to Queensland’s social fabric is just as important.

‘They enrich our communities, establish international networks, enhance Queensland’s global standing, and create lifelong friendships.’

International and domestic student leaders taking part in the event were drawn from areas around the state, including Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Brisbane and Gold Coast.

This is the third year for both the ISLF and ISMP events.

The forum was hosted by TIQ’s Study Queensland team in partnership with the Queensland International Student Advisory Panel (QISAP).

QISAP, an initiative of the International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016-2026, brings together international students from across the state to provide Study Queensland with insights and input.

International education and training is Queensland’s fastest growing services export, with more than 135,000 international students enrolling in Queensland in 2018 – a record number.

It is identified as one of Queensland’s export priorities in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.