National Strategy for International Education 2025

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The Australian Government has launched three distinct strategies to underpin Australia’s international education sector, worth $19 billion to the Australian economy each year.

The strategies are a first for Australia and were launched by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop, and the former Minister for Tourism and International Education, Senator Richard Colbeck, in Launceston on Saturday, 30 April.

As Australia transitions to a knowledge and service based economy, these strategies will strengthen and grow Australia’s international education sector over the coming decade.

The National Strategy for International Education 2025; the Australia Global Alumni Engagement Strategy and the Australian International Education 2025 (AIE2025) market development roadmap will help the sector take advantage of global opportunities and continue to flourish.

International education is now Australia's largest services export and third largest export overall behind iron ore and coal. Last year alone the sector injected $19 billion into national economy and accounted for 130,000 jobs.

The National Strategy for International Education 2025 will enable Australia’s international education sector to be more adaptive, innovative and globally engaged. It will further strengthen our internationally recognised education system, increase global partnerships and drive collaboration with local communities and global partners.

Key themes under the National Strategy include:

  • employability – to provide greater opportunities for work, integrated learning and internships for international students
  • thematic forums – to progress key issues important to the sector
  • data collection and analysis – to inform better policy and practice
  • country strategies – for targeted offshore engagement
  • highlighting the benefits of international education – to communities
  • alumni networks – for ongoing connection with Australia
  • borderless education – to identify opportunities for growth
  • consortia and partnerships – to compete on a global scale.

Complementing the National Strategy, the AIE2025 roadmap will position Australia to capitalise on new opportunities and markets over the next decade. The Australia Global Alumni Engagement Strategy will seek to leverage our Global Alumni to promote Australia’s diplomatic, trade and investment interests.

Additionally, the Government will be establishing a council for international education to oversee and drive a combined national effort.

As Australia transitions to a knowledge and service based economy, these strategies will strengthen and grow Australia’s international education sector over the coming decade.

To view the National Strategy for International Education, visit NSIE.education.gov.au

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Did you know...

  • International education delivered over $19 billion to the Australian economy in 2015
  • International education is one of the five super-growth sectors
  • Australia is the world's third most popular destination for international students in tertiary education
  • Almost half a million international students studied in Australia in 2015

National Strategy for International Education 2025: A coordinated national approach to international education will ensure we build our reputation and global market share.

Goals:

  • Delivering the best possible student experience
  • Building on a world-class education, training and research system
  • Enhancing mobility
  • Building lasting connections with alumni
  • Strengthening partnerships at home and abroad
  • Providing effective quality assurance and regulation
  • Embracing opportunities to grow international education
  • Promoting our excellence