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The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - GREG STOLZ

SAND, SURF AND STUDY: South­ern Cross uni stu­dents Isadora Nogueira and Priscila Monclar learn in style. Pic­ture: Nigel Hal­lett BRAZIL­IAN stu­dents are go­ing nuts for Queens­land.

New fig­ures re­veal more than 11,200 Brazil­ian stu­dents en­rolled for study in Queens­land last year – a 35 per cent in­crease in just 12 months – and even more are ex­pected this year af­ter the sign­ing of a land­mark agree­ment with Brazil’s top re­search body.

While Chi­nese stu­dents (26,686) top the list of over­seas stu­dents here, Brazil is set to over­take In­dia (11,749) as the sec­ond ma­jor source of in­ter­na­tional en­rol­ments in Queens­land.

Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk said Queens­land’s in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor was fast be­com­ing one of the driv­ing forces of the state’s econ­omy, con­tribut­ing $4.37 bil­lion in ex­port earn­ings and sup­port­ing 21.058 jobs last year.

“And now Queens­land is the first Aus­tralian state to es­tab­lish a for­mal agree­ment with the Brazil Na­tional Coun­cil for Sci­en­tific and Tech­no­log­i­cal De­vel­op­ment (CNP2q),” she said.

“It’s a very im­por­tant coup for us. The Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing makes us a pri­or­ity part­ner for Brazil- ian re­search in­sti­tutes and uni­ver­si­ties”.

Tourism Min­is­ter Kate Jones, who is also the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment’s “min­is­te­rial cham­pion” for in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion, said stu­dents from over­seas were giv­ing the in­dus­try a vi­tal boost.

“Vis­it­ing friends and rel­a­tives of Brazil­ian stu­dents alone con­trib­uted more than $4.5 mil­lion to the Queens­land econ­omy through tourism ex­pen­di­ture,” she said.

“Queens­land al­ready at­tracts a very sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of Brazil­ian stu­dents to study English and we are keen to pro­mote our strengths in higher ed­u­ca­tion and re­search.”

Brazil­ians Luiz Perez, 32, Lu­cas Ribeiro, 28, Priscila Monclar, 31, and Isadora Nogueira, 21, are study­ing at South­ern Cross Univer­sity’s Gold Coast cam­pus at Coolan­gatta.

They said they were at­tracted to study on the Coast be­cause of the weather and lifestyle.

“Aus­tralians are re­ally sim­i­lar to Brazil­ians as well,” said Ms Monclar, who is com­plet­ing a mas­ters in so­cial work.

“You can study hard but also have fun.”

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