New Chair for Study NSW Advisory Board

Media release | 20 July 2017

Sydney Business Chamber Executive Director, the Hon. Patricia Forsythe, has been announced as the new Chair of the NSW International Education Advisory Board.

Mrs. Forsythe will lead a 14 member Board that includes experts from education, research, industry and government to advise on the development of the State’s international education sector.

Minister for Trade and Industry Niall Blair said the appointment follows the NSW Government’s recent Budget commitment to boost funding for Study NSW with $7.4 million commitment over four years, a 57 per cent increase on the $4.7 million commitment made in 2014 when StudyNSW was created.

“International education is NSW’s largest services export, and second largest export overall, contributing over $8 billion to our State each year and supporting more than 46,000 jobs across the state,” Mr Blair said.

“Mrs. Forsythe’s appointment will bolster support for this growth sector by fostering closer ties between the international education sector and the business community in Sydney and in regional NSW.

“NSW is Australia’s most popular study destination attracting over 205,000 international students in 2016. StudyNSW enhances the students’ experience and recognises their contribution to our communities.

At a StudyNSW Employer Forum in Sydney today Mrs. Forsythe said bringing the NSW business sector and the international education community closer together was a top priority.

“NSW businesses appreciate the importance of international education to our economy and its links to tourism and trade and investment. International students are attracted to NSW as the engine room of Australia’s economy, motivated by the chance to find work during and after their study,” said Mrs. Forsythe.

Mrs. Forsythe succeeds Dr Stephanie Fahey who stepped down as the inaugural Chair of the Board after her appointment as Austrade’s new Chief Executive Officer. Minister Blair thanked Dr Fahey for her service.

“During Dr Fahey’s time as Chair, StudyNSW has delivered significant work to support the State’s international education sector including the delivery of 19 innovative partner projects co-funded with industry to enhance the international student experience and improve the sector’s competitiveness.

“Projects include funding for a free legal advice service from the Redfern Legal Centre for all international students in NSW, a Graduate Career Advisory Forum for 1,000 international students and English Australia’s “Biggest English Lesson” a record breaking event which brought 3,000 international students from over 50 different countries together for the largest English lesson delivered simultaneously in one location.

“These initiatives have helped NSW’s international student numbers reach record highs, growing the international education sector and our export revenue but just as importantly helping to foster long term people to people links for our State,” Mr Blair said.

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