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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.

China, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka dominate in international student numbers


By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 26 March: International students are choosing to study in Victoria in record numbers, with more than 200,000 people from 170 countries coming to the state last year. These record numbers follow five years of steady sector growth for an industry that supports more than 58,000 local jobs.

Victoria’s reputation as a premium higher education and research destination has seen Victoria’s total international student numbers grow by 15.2 percent since 2016, outstripping the national average growth rate of 13 percent.

Minister for Trade and Investment Philip Dalidakis says, “International students not only bring culture and innovation to Victoria, they support our economy and support tens of thousands of local jobs.

We understand that it can be both exciting and daunting to move to a new city as a student, so we want to help international students overcome any challenges they may face.”

While Chinese and Indian students continue to be the most ubiquitous in Victoria, other countries are also sending more and more students to Victoria.

New growth countries that emerged in 2017 were Nepal, which saw an increase of more than 50 percent, and Columbia and Sri Lanka, which both saw increases of more than 30 percent.

Over the weekend international students from a diverse range of nationalities gathered to celebrate the start of the 2017 academic year and launch Unlock Melbourne, an app that will help international students safely explore and enjoy all that Melbourne has to offer during their studies. The app is currently available for iPhone and Android.

Victoria’s new International Student Ambassadors have also been announced. The ambassadors are 22 current or former international students who will use their own experiences to support current and prospective students.

With a 32 percent share of Australia’s international student enrolments, the Andrews Labor Government recognizes the importance of student welfare. We have invested in the $4 million International Student Welfare Program and the Study Melbourne student center which provides 24/7 support, counseling, legal services, and social events.

Victoria is the only state in Australia to offer a comprehensive ‘one stop shop’ where international students can go to receive assistance ranging from legal advice and counseling to help to find a social club to get involved with.

$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.