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International education at the heart of Australia’s future prosperity

Photo: The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education and Training, releasing the Draft National Strategy for International Education at the University of Adelaide Village in April 2015.
Photo: The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education and Training, releasing the Draft National Strategy for International Education at the University of Adelaide Village in April 2015.

International education is a vital part of Australia’s national prosperity and critical to the Australian Government’s plan to build a more diverse, world-class economy. To ensure its continued success and coordinate a shared national vision, the Government is developing Australia’s first-ever National Strategy for International Education.

In April 2015, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education and Training released the Draft National Strategy for International Education for consultation. The Minister welcomed feedback on the draft strategy to build on Australia’s achievements in international education and become the best in the world.

The draft strategy takes a broad view of international education, highlighting the contribution international education makes to the Government’s policy objectives such as enhancing Australia’s international standing, increasing the internationalisation of Australian education, driving international trade, investment and diplomacy, sourcing skilled migrants, creating jobs nationally and supporting regional Australia.

On 3 June 2015, Minister Pyne announced the first-ever Coordinating Council for International Education to oversee the finalisation of the national strategy and develop an implementation plan. The council comprises six Australian Government ministers with responsibilities for aspects of international education, and six prominent education and industry experts. The council met for the first time on 18 June 2015 at the inaugural Roundtable on International Education at Parliament House, Canberra. With around 100 participants from education and training institutions, businesses, peak bodies, community groups and all levels of government, participants heard from Minister Pyne and council members about the potential of international education, and tackled key questions on the opportunities, challenges and priorities. Outcomes from the discussions and consultations will ensure the final national strategy represents a shared national vision.

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