Queensland’s educational expertise will be shared with Japanese teachers after Study Queensland and the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education (TMBOE) signed a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) recently.

The MOU also commits Study Queensland and TMBOE to collaborating on a new initiative, Diverse Link Tokyo (DLT).

TMBOE Director Ms Akiko Mori visited Brisbane in late June to meet with 3 Queensland universities and attend the Queensland International Education and Training Summit.

While she was here, she met with Study Queensland representatives to sign the MOU.

Study Queensland Executive Director Shannon Willoughby said the MOU would generate opportunities for Queensland’s education professionals to export their world-class expertise.

‘Under the MOU, Queensland institutions will have the opportunity to co-design curriculum with TMBOE and deliver new teacher-training programs to Japanese educators,’ she said.

‘The agreement will also create opportunities to showcase our state’s expertise in the area of STEAM education, and I expect further collaborative projects between Queensland and Japanese students will emerge as a result of this partnership.’

The new DLT initiative is designed to nurture global talent for Society 5.0 – Japan’s blueprint for a ‘super-smart’ society – through science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and experiential leaning, using English as the medium for learning.

More than 5,300 students from Japan chose Queensland as a study destination in 2018.

International education is Queensland’s fastest growing services export, with around 135,000 international students injecting more than $5 billion into the state’s economy in 2018.

Along with tourism, it is identified as one of the state’s services export strengths in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.