Australia Commits to Funding International Education

Aug 7, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

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With a booming international education sector, the Australian government recently pledged $3.62 million of international education funding to enrich further collaborations between itself and global education providers. 

This funding—The Enabling Growth and Innovation 2016/17 funding supports the National Strategy for International Education 2025. 

What will this funding support?  Fourteen projects across five themes—enhancing student experience, offering baseline data for measuring the success of the national strategy, communicating opportunities in international higher education to the community, and developing a consistent marketing and branding approach at the national level.

In a statement, Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said, “This funding will support 14 innovative projects to help strengthen and grow Australia’s booming international education sector.  From support for think tanks, international collaborations and conferences through backing initiatives that boost student internships and raising the profile of our English language training, these new projects focus on enhancing the experience of international students in Australia.”

Minister Birmingham added, “International students consistently report that the quality of our educational qualifications and the quality of our education system are the main reasons Australia continues to be their first choice study destination.”

He also said that research initiatives to improve Australia’s student data reporting would be critical to measuring the success of the national strategy. 

He said, “We’re also expanding the international student survey we undertake every two years to capture information about graduate employment outcomes, as well as increasing the reach of the survey to include students who study Australian courses offshore and online. 

“Having ready access to timely student data helps our education providers monitor  where demand is growing and rack their own success against national benchmarks.”

The goal?  To solidify Australia’s position as a leader in international education.

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Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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