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International student numbers soar in Victoria

Photo: Melbourne University

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 1 August: Victoria’s international education sector has set records for enrolments and economic impact, cementing the
sector’s status as a multi-billion-dollar export earner.

New figures show international students from 170 countries accounted for 281,000 enrolments last year, up 11.4
per cent, supporting almost 79,000 Victorian jobs and generating $11.8 billion in export revenue.
Revenue for Victoria has increased by 89 per cent since 2014, making international education the state’s largest
export category, ahead of tourism ($5.4 billion) and wool ($2.1 billion).

The total number of international students was 227,000, with some enrolled in multiple courses.
The top five countries for onshore students were China (88,401), India (50,463), Malaysia (16,643), Vietnam
(12,763) and Sri Lanka (9,541). The most popular fields of study were management and commerce (32 per cent),
arts and humanities (21 per cent), IT (10 per cent) and foundation studies (10 per cent).

Victoria is a premium higher education and research destination, with higher education responsible for half of all
international student enrolments. Melbourne is Australia’s top student city as ranked by the QS Best Student
Cities 2019 report, where it was also ranked third best student city in the world.
That high standing is due to the quality student experience that Victoria offers, enhanced by the Andrews Labor
Government’s nation-leading investment in student wellbeing services.

Today, the Labor Government announced almost $1 million in International Student Welfare Program grants,
supporting 27 projects.

Since 2014, the Government has committed $4 million to 104 projects that protect and promote international
student wellbeing in areas including sport, work rights, accommodation, legal services and mental health.
The Government also operates the Study Melbourne Student Centre, a central hub on Hardware Lane where
students have access to a broad range of free services, face-to-face case management and professional
development programs. The centre has helped more than 6,300 students since September 2018.

Victoria to appoint ‘South Asia Business Commissioner’ in Bangalore


By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 12 June: Victoria has decided to go all out to woo business and trade relations with India and other South Asian countries. The state has decided to appoint a ‘South Asia Business Commissioner’ based in Bangalore. This was disclosed today by Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Hon. Philip Dalidakis at a media conference for ethnic media at the Parliament House.

“The Andrews Government is also preparing an India strategy,” he said.

The Trade Minister also said building their own wealth is good for new migrants. He also praised international students in Victoria for contributing so much and those going back to home becoming Australia’s Ambassadors in India. This he felt was a great contribution.

It was disclosed there are 175,000 international students in Victoria and it earned $ 7.1 billion from the international education sector.

Earlier, the Trade Minister was introduced by Multicultural Minister Hon. Robin Scott who detailed some of his initiatives including the international student travel discounts, a trade mission to China, Hamer scholarship program and helping companies enter the China market.

China & India top international students enrolment in 2015


By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 29 February: International students continued to boost the Australian economy in 2015 showing a growth of 10 per cent compared to 2014. China and India remain the top two countries sending in the largest number of foreign students.

Almost half a million international students from nearly two hundred countries studied in Australia in 2015, demonstrating Australia’s strong global-competitiveness in education.

“Chinese students continue to flock to Australia with 136,097 students last year – up 13.3 per cent on the previous year. China contributed 27.3 per cent of all international students in Australia, the highest of any nationality, with India second, contributing 10.8 per cent, “ says a Australian government media release.

These figures prove that international education is one of the five super-growth sectors – it’s one of our top services exports and it’s supporting our economy as we transition to a more diversified economy.

International education delivered nearly $20 billion to the Australian economy in 2015, confirming the importance of the sector to Australia’s growing knowledge economy.

Australia offers high quality education services, teaching, learning and research, and we have world-leading tuition protection arrangements, which is why 498,155 international students chose to enroll across Australia in 2015.

The top ten countries – China, India, Vietnam, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Brazil, Thailand, Nepal, Indonesia and Hong Kong – together contributed just over two thirds, 66.2 per cent of total international student numbers.

“This Government’s reforms have cut regulatory costs for institutions by $48.2 million a year, allowing Australian universities, vocational education and training providers, English language providers and schools to focus on their core business of providing high quality education to students, says the media release.

- SAT News Service.

$4m grant by Labor govt. to help international students


By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 6 August: The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on another key election commitment, to support international students in Victoria.
Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert has launched the International Student Welfare Grants, a $4 million Labor Government program to support organisations who work with international students.
The new program will run over four years and will support and address the needs of international students. The program will complement the services already delivered by the Government including the Study Melbourne Student Centre.
The program, now open for applications, offers grants of up to $50,000 per year to organisations that enhance the experience and address the needs of international students living and studying in Victoria.
Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert said, “The Andrews Labor Government is committed to supporting international students and cementing Victoria as an international education destination, through this $4 million election commitment.”
“The International Student Welfare Grants will help address the needs and issues experienced by international students and play a central role in creating a positive living experience in Victoria.”
“This is an important program because we know there is a strong correlation between an international student’s positive experience and the likelihood of recommending Victoria as a place to study to friends and peers, “he said.
The International Student Welfare Grants will help raise awareness of and access to services available to support the needs of international students, in areas such as health, housing, financial management, safety and consumer affairs matters.
The grants will promote the State as an attractive study destination and a global leader in international education.
In 2014 Victoria attracted approximately 160,000 international students, while international education generated $5.3 billion in export earnings and supports over 30,000 jobs making it Victoria’s largest services export sector.
Organisations eligible to lodge an application may include international student associations and a range of other organisations that can partner with these associations to support international students.
In addition to support services, activities that can be considered for a grant include (but are not limited to) events, workshops, volunteering and leadership programs, sporting activities, applied research and practice guides to help improve the experience of international students.
To view the International Student Welfare Grants guidelines, lodge an Expression of Interest or register for an upcoming information session workshop, visit www.business.vic.gov.au.

- SAT News Service.