Fund­ing boost for stu­dent pro­grams

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CLARE ARM­STRONG

PRO­GRAMS de­signed to at­tract in­ter­na­tional stu­dents from China, Sin­ga­pore and the US to Townsville have re­ceived a $ 316,000 fund­ing boost.

Three new projects to im­prove the ex­pe­ri­ence for stu­dents in Townsville have re­ceived $ 158,000 in grants from the State Govern­ment’s In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Part­ner­ship Fund and have been matched by the Townsville City Coun­cil.

Townsville MP Scott Ste­wart said Townsville would re­ceive the largest al­lo­ca­tion of any re­gion in Queens­land in the lat­est round of fund­ing.

“The Govern­ment has recog­nised Townsville’s po­ten­tial for growth as a hub for in­ter­na­tional stu­dents. That’s why we’re in­vest­ing in this sec­tor in North Queens­land – to im­prove the stu­dent ex­pe­ri­ence and cre­ate more jobs for lo­cals,” he said.

Min­is­te­rial Cham­pion for In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Kate Jones said the an­nounce­ment was an im­por­tant part of the Govern­ment’s $ 25.3 mil­lion In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Strat­egy.

“We’ve got some of the world’s best ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions in some of the most pic­turesque vis­i­tor des­ti­na­tions on the globe – that’s why it makes sense for us to in­vest in in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion in Queens­land,” she said.

“In­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing sup­ports more than 21,000 jobs across Queens­land with more than 120,000 stu­dents en­rolled each year.”

Townsville Deputy Mayor Les Walker said Townsville was an ideal study lo­ca­tion that of­fered world- class ed­u­ca­tion and an at­trac­tive trop­i­cal life­style to in­ter­na­tional stu­dents.

“Townsville City Coun­cil is in­vest­ing to­wards bring­ing up to 1000 more in­ter­na­tional stu­dents to study in our city – which helps boost our econ­omy and cre­ate jobs for lo­cals,” he said.

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