Students smash it at Sydney Cricket Ground

Media release | 24 January 2018

International students were celebrated in a Sydney Sixers presentation at the Sydney Cricket Ground last night before the Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars Big Bash League match.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and Treasurer Jonathan O’Dea said the Sixers Smash series, co-funded by Cricket NSW and by the NSW Government through StudyNSW, was a great opportunity for international students in NSW.

“Cricket is an iconic Australian game and a fantastic leveller and the Sixers Smash program, co-funded by StudyNSW, has seen 314 participants registered with over 75 per cent of them being international students.

“The program saw a series of cricket events for international and domestic students in locations across NSW in late 2017 and I’m delighted to now welcome finalists from the Universities of Wollongong, Newcastle, NSW and Macquarie to the SCG.

“The Sixers Smash program is one of 10 Partner Projects supported by StudyNSW that aim to help international students build connections with their community, encourage cultural exchange and create opportunities for employment.

“A NSW Police Force Ambassador program, work integrated learning programs and a best practice guide to mental health are among the 10 projects being funded by StudyNSW,” he said.

Minister for Trade and Industry Niall Blair said the NSW Government is working with education sector partners to deliver a range of projects for international students designed to improve their experience while studying in NSW.

“We’re dedicated to providing international students in NSW with valuable programs like these that leave lasting memories of their time in the state.

“With more than 291,000 enrolments in NSW in 2017, it's important we continue to enhance student experiences and offer a diverse range of activities,” he said

International education is NSW’s largest services export and second largest export overall, worth over $10 billion to the NSW economy in 2016-17.

International students attract more than 27,000 visiting friends and relatives to the State, who contribute over $73 million to NSW each year and support over 750 jobs.

NSW Trade & Investment Director International Trade Peter Mackey, Sydney Business Chamber Executive Director and Chair of StudyNSW International Education Advisory Board Patricia Forsythe, Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones and Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and Treasurer Jonathan O’Dea with intern students.