Australian study visa30 May 2016 by News Desk
The government Down Under is encouraging overseas students to apply for an Australian study visa in order to get a first-class education.
The number of international students at Aussie Uni’s is growing and the number applying for an Australian study visa is at record levels.
Australian study visa applications show that international education is already one of Australia’s top two services exports. Along with tourism it is one of five key super-growth sectors that will drive the country’s economy over the next decade.
The international education industry is worth $21 billion each year to the Australian economy. The industry supports 130,000 jobs in addition to the many businesses that benefit from it across the retail, hospitality and property sectors.
Students’ visiting family and friends contribute $300 million each year to the economy. The contribution made by Australian education providers delivering courses offshore was over $400 million in 2015.
Education related expenditure by those on non-student visas studying English contributes an additional $205 million in export revenue.
Australian study visa strategies
As Australia changes to a knowledge and service-based economy new Government strategies aim to strengthen and grow the Australian study visa sector.
The new National Strategy aims to make Australia’s international education sector 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,” says Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs.
More than 2.5 million international students have studied in Australia over the last fifty years and many now occupy positions of influence around the region.
The Australia Global Alumni Engagement Strategy will aim to contact former students to promote Australia’s diplomatic, trade and investment interests.
“Together these new strategies will help the international education sector take advantage of global opportunities and continue to flourish,” says Julie Bishop.
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