NSW helps build ASEAN education links at Penang dialogue

26 March 2018

NSW delegation ASEAN Australia Education Dialogue Malaysia

The NSW Government's StudyNSW was proud to sponsor and participate in the inaugural ASEAN Australia Education Dialogue (AAED) in Penang in Malaysia from 21-23 March 2018 to strengthen current links and relations between the Australian and Asian education sectors and industry.

The AAED brought together ASEAN and Australian education leaders as well as government, business, school and university representatives to discuss issues, challenges and opportunities for future regional and global engagement in education.

Education is a key industry in the relationship between ASEAN and Australia but closer engagement will strengthen  links and promote NSW education capabilities to ASEAN countries.

The AAED sought to expand people to people and institutional links by encouraging best practice education partnerships between ASEAN and Australia and developing plans for future engagement.

It focused on the key sectors of schools, English language, vocational and skills training, digital education and higher education.

The dialogue has resulted in numerous practical recommended interventions that will be put forward in a formal report to be released in the weeks following the dialogue.

Proposals include industry incentives to fund mobility of students from Australia to the region and within the region for study and internship opportunities; the establishment of an ASEAN-Australia alumni council to build relationships with ASEAN students who have studied in Australia and vice versa; inviting the ASEAN University Network to Sydney for the Australian Education Conference; and opportunities to connect Edutech business and start-ups with education institutions across the region to enable much wider delivery of Australian education across ASEAN.

There was unanimous agreement that the dialogue should now become an annual event to be held in the region with the value of selecting second tier, regional cities such as Penang being clear.

International education is NSW's largest services export and second largest export overall, worth $10.3 billion to the NSW economy in 2016/17 and supporting over 46,000 jobs in NSW.

In addition, international students attract over 27,000 visiting friends and relatives to the state, who contribute over $73 million to NSW each year and support over 750 jobs.

The NSW Government established StudyNSW in 2014 to increase the number of international students studying in NSW or with our education providers overseas, improve the quality of their experience while in the state and recognise their contributions to our communities.