As Ministerial Champion for the International Education and Training Industry, I am pleased to support Study Cairns in its efforts to attract international students to Tropical North Queensland.
Cairns offers some of Australia’s most unique international education and training opportunities. It is a global centre for tropical health, science and marine biology. It hosts regional campuses of two world-class universities – James Cook University and Central Queensland University, in addition to a wide variety of government and private training providers and English language teaching professionals and schools.
The Cairns region boasts an enviable lifestyle, with some of the world’s best natural attractions on its doorstep including the iconic Great Barrier Reef, Queensland’s unique tropical rainforests and the Australian outback.
Cairns is a great place to study. It is easily accessible, affordable, and provides a safe place to live and learn in a cosmopolitan multicultural society. International students, in turn, offer a raft of social, cultural and strategic benefits to Cairns through increased cultural capital and diversity and greater international collaboration and ideas sharing.
The Queensland Government is working with Study Cairns to attract international students to Queensland through its new, whole-of-government international education and training strategy.
The draft strategy, released for consultation in June, focuses on four core areas — promoting Queensland internationally, enhancing the student experience, strengthening our regions and connecting the international education and training industry.
Initiatives to support the strategy are being developed to benefit all education and training providers, big and small, private and public – right across the state from Coolangatta to Cairns.
The Queensland Government will continue working with Study Cairns to attract international students to our shores, and to ensure they feel welcome and supported throughout their stay.
The Honourable Jackie Trad MP
Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government
and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment