Ground-breaking summit boosts international education sector

More than 350 delegates – including 47 visitors from 13 counties – attended a ground-breaking summit on the Gold Coast on 28 March 2017 to explore new ways to grow Queensland’s international education and training sector.

The inaugural International Education and Training (IET) Summit was organised by Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ). It was the first time the whole IET sector, including education and training providers, supporting partners – both local and international – and government, had come together to explore ways to create a robust and sustainable IET industry.

The industry generated $2.9 billion in revenue for the state and supported 19,000 jobs in 2016. International education and training is the second largest service export, just behind tourism.

There is enormous potential for growth in the industry as it has increased market share by just 4 per cent, lift potential revenue to $7.5 billion and deliver an extra 6,800 jobs across the state.

Summit delegates explored how to future-proof the growth of the industry and make Queensland a leading destination for IET in the Asia-Pacific region.

A positive turnout at the summit signalled the high-level of interest, passion and energy in the industry to transform the sector.

The theme of the summit was ‘embracing disruption to support the growth of our sector’.

Disruption is one of the biggest challenges for the industry today but it can also be the catalyst for innovations in the sector that leads sustainable growth, more jobs and larger market share.

See here for more information about the International Education & Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016-2026.