The State Government is calling for public input to help revitalise Queensland’s international education and training sector.
Acting Education, Training and Employment Minister Ian Walker said attracting international students was vital to boosting the education sector and growing the Queensland economy.
“For 20 years Labor ignored the importance of educational links with our international neighbours,” Mr Walker said.
“We want to hear from training providers, universities, schools, peak industry bodies and the community about how we can revitalise the sector to attract even more international students to Queensland.
“With Queensland’s many appealing attributes, our aim should be to become the preferred Australian destination for international students.
“We can give foreign students the support and schooling they need to be successful in life, as well as the skills to secure work and build a bright future in Queensland and around the world.”
Mr Walker said the newly formed International Education and Training Advisory Council –Queensland would undertake the public consultation.
“The council was established in January as part of our Great skills. Real opportunities. commitment to ensure that the vital international education and training industry is responsive, robust and sustainable,” Mr Walker said.
“We are inviting members of the public to provide written submissions by 4 April or attend one of the community forums to be held across Queensland this month.”
“The community input will help the council formulate its first report due to Minister Langbroek by mid-2014.”
Mr Christopher Madden, former Pro Vice Chancellor (International) and current Strategic Advisor for the 2018 Commonwealth Games for Griffith University, chairs the council.
“Members represent the four key sectors of higher education, vocational education and training, English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students and schools,” Mr Madden said.
Forum and feedback information can be accessed at www.deta.qld.gov.au/initiatives/ietac-q/have-your-say.html. Council details can be found at www.deta.qld.gov.au/initiatives/ietac-q.