Funding boost for student programs
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.