Ed­u­ca­tion ex­ports hit record high

The Australian Education Reporter - - NEWS: FEDERAL - EMMA DAVIES

AUS­TRALIAN Bu­reau of Sta­tis­tics re­leased fig­ures con­firm­ing in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion is a key con­trib­u­tor to Aus­tralia’s econ­omy, with en­rol­ments pass­ing 700,000 for the first time dur­ing 2016.

Ed­u­ca­tion ex­ports reached a record $21.8 bil­lion in 2016, up 17 per cent on 2015.

Fed­eral min­is­ter for Trade, Tourism and In­vest­ment Steven Ciobo said in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion has en­joyed con­sec­u­tive years of growth.

“There is strong global de­mand for Aus­tralian ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing and we are help­ing Aus­tralian providers pur­sue op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Mr Ciobo said.

Fed­eral min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Si­mon Birm­ing­ham said in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion now sup­ported more than 130,000 jobs.

“The Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment is sup­port­ing the strength and com­pet­i­tive­ness of the in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor with the first con­certed ap­proach through the Na­tional Strat­egy for In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion 2025, the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion 2025 mar­ket devel­op­ment roadmap, and the Aus­tralian Global Alumni En­gage­ment Strat­egy 2016-2020,“Mr Birm­ing­ham said.

“Th­ese strate­gies are a frame­work for co­op­er­a­tion be­tween gov­ern­ments, ed­u­ca­tion providers and busi­nesses. They cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for Aus­tralian providers and will help to sus­tain­ably grow the sec­tor over the com­ing decade.”

Deloitte Ac­cess Eco­nom­ics anal­y­sis re­vealed there will be more than one bil­lion learn­ers ac­tively seek­ing ed­u­ca­tion and skills by 2025, pre­sent­ing in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­ni­ties for Aus­tralia’s world-class in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing providers.

The Aus­tralian Global Alumni En­gage­ment strat­egy part of the Na­tional Strat­egy for In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion.

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