Our Riolly clever class of tourists
Maybe ... when my study beckons me I’ll go to Queensland
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.”