NSW’s education strengths promoted in Shanghai

20 March 2012

NSW's strengths as a destination for international students  were promoted at an education fair in Shanghai  this month.

The China International Education Exhibition Tour, which is approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education, is the largest education event of its kind in China. More than 400 education institutions from over 30 countries are taking part in this year's tour of seven Chinese cities. In 2011, the tour attracted almost 70,000 Chinese students planning to study overseas.

The NSW Government's Shanghai-based Trade and Investment Director took part in Shanghai to explain the many benefits of studying in NSW.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner said the exhibition tour was a valuable opportunity to talk directly with Chinese students and their parents about what an education in NSW can offer them.

"NSW enjoys a strong reputation for internationally respected qualifications, world class research and teaching, cultural diversity and a safe study environment, and we want to get that message to potential students."

In 2011, about 339,700 Chinese students travelled overseas for their further education, an increase of 19.3 per cent on the previous year. In 2011, there were about 62,600 enrolments by Chinese students in educational institutions in NSW.

Mr Stoner said international education makes a significant contribution to the NSW economy and to the cultural diversity of our educational institutions and our State.

"The NSW Government has established an International Education and Research Taskforce to identify ways to boost the sector. The work of this industry-led taskforce, which includes representatives from the university, schools and VET sectors, will provide essential advice on the actions we must take to secure our competitive position.

"We are inviting public input into the development of a long term International Education and Research Industry Action Plan."

Submissions for consideration by the NSW International Education and Research Industry Taskforce can be made via the "Have Your Say" website.