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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Record international student numbers boost Queensland economy, jobs

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Friday, March 17, 2017

    Record international student numbers boost Queensland economy, jobs

    More than 100,000 international students were educated in Queensland last year, injecting more than $3 billion into Queensland’s economy and supporting 20,000 jobs.

    Speaking from India – the second largest source of international students, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said 111,501 international students in Queensland last year was the highest intake since 2002 and it vindicated her Government’s commitment for to implement a comprehensive 10-year international education and training strategy.

    “The largest number of these international students undertook higher education courses. In 2016, 42,315 international students enrolled in Queensland’s nine universities - more than double the 20,042 students in 2002,” the Premier said.

    Queensland colleges, TAFEs, vocational education, English, or other diploma or degree level studies attracted the rest of the overseas intake.

    “International students support the growth of our education system and jobs of the future,” she said.

    “Importantly a third of international students lived outside of Brisbane ensuring these benefits also flow to our regions with an estimated $1 billion injected into regional economies.”

    Global competition for students from the Asian and Pacific Region is intensifying.

    “While other countries have taken some of our market share, Queensland is responding in kind with a strategic international marketing bid to boost our intake to 20% of the national market share by 2026,” she said.

    “The top five countries for international students coming to Queensland are China (22,154 students), India (12,103), Brazil (8398), South Korea (7021) and Taiwan (4853)”.

    Queensland’s higher education sector currently hosts students from 160 countries including just one student from the land-locked African Kingdom of Lesotho.

    The Palaszczuk Government’s International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016 – 2026 details 36 specific initiatives aimed at boosting Queensland’s IET sector, and it is matched with an investment of $25.3 million over the next five years. 

    The Government has established the Queensland International Education and Training Advisory Group, made up of a diverse group of experienced and passionate members of the IET community, to drive the implementation of the strategy.

    Initiatives under the Strategy include:

    • An industry partnership fund worth $6 million, over five years
    • Annual Queensland IET summit
    • Working with Advance Queensland to promote Queensland’s strong research and innovation industries
    • Supporting affordable and high-quality student accommodation
    • State-wide student hubs and a student led international students advisory group
    • IET-focused trade missions

    Media contact: Kirby Anderson (Premier's office) 0417 263 791