Queensland’s international education policy shaped by international student panel

From left: Sydney Jones, Townsville, USA Josh Alexander, Rockhampton, Namibia Estefania Arteta Molina, Brisbane, Columbia Sua Kim, Brisbane, South Korea Aileen Moore, Sunshine Coast, Scotland Imon Chowdhooree, Brisbane, Bangladesh Amy Nguyen, Gold Coast, Vietnam Dion Lee, Chair of QISAP, Singapore The Hon. Steve Bredhauer, Chair, TIQ Board

Public policy formation in Queensland is taking a unique step by appointing a panel of international students to help shape the state’s international education and training industry.

Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment met with 10 international student advisors ahead of the inaugural International Education and Training Summit, which opened on 28 March 2017 on the Gold Coast.

The Queensland International Student Advisory Panel (QISAP) members are volunteering their time to help develop initiatives that promote Queensland and enhance the student experience.

Young advocates from Colombia, Bangladesh, Germany, Vietnam, Canada, Namibia, Scotland, the United States, Korea and Singapore are enrolled in courses across six Queensland regions – Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Townsville, Rockhampton and Cairns and bring the voice of experience and a unique perspective on international student life.

Queensland is the first state to set up an international student advisory panel and has done so in collaboration with the Council for International Students Australia (CISA).

Members of QISAP and other initiatives in the IET Strategy will provide an excellent opportunity for improving the experience for international students in Queensland and ensuring that international students have a positive experience with the support from the Queensland Government.

The International Education and Training Summit gathers the whole sector, including education and training providers, supporting partners and government to explore ways to create a robust and sustainable IET industry. More than 350 summit delegates, including the panel of students, will explore how to future-proof the growth of the industry, and make Queensland a leading destination for IET in the Asia-Pacific region.

The IET sector generated $2.9 billion in revenue for 2016 and supported 19,000 jobs. The QISAP members will meet to explore and recommend other student-related initiatives such as the International Education Excellence Awards.