The government of South Australia has released a growth strategy for the international education sector, outlining plans to double enrolments and export value by 2030 with a focus on industry connections and employment.
In the International Education 2030 strategy, the South Australian government sets a target of 49,500 international student enrolments by 2022 and 71,000 by 2030, double the number the state welcomed in 2017.
The government also aims to grow education exports to AUS$3 billion by 2030, compared with the 2018 level of AUS$1.8 billion, and double the number of jobs supported by international education to 23,500.
South Australia (SA) Premier, Steven Marshall said, “International Education 2030 is a sector-wide strategy for growth – from primary to secondary schools through to universities and vocational education.
“For the first time, a whole-of-economy approach will be adopted, meaning we are not just focused on international education in terms of export dollars but in terms of implications for the wider state economy.”
He added, “International education plays a critical role in South Australia’s economy – it’s our largest services export and second-largest general export following wine – but further to that, it attracts new students, new industries and new investors to our state, and provides opportunities for cultural exchange, integration and diversification.”
Three initiatives already underway will provide a platform to deliver the strategy, the government said: the development of an International Student Hub to provide a coordination and collaboration point for students, industry, institution and government; the establishment of an International Centre of Culinary Excellence in Adelaide; and an increase in onshore and offshore marketing.
Funding for StudyAdelaide, the main organisation for promoting study in South Australia, was also increased to AUS$2.5 million per annum in last year’s State Budget.
Currently, China accounts for 40 per cent of international students in SA, followed by India (15) Hong Kong (five) and Vietnam (five). The government said it expected these markets to continue as the largest, but anticipates that Kenya, Taiwan, Brazil and Cambodia will be the fastest growing over the strategy period.
The strategy will support economic growth in South Australia by encouraging students to ‘live, learn and stay’, developing global careers in the state, building global connections and building leading industries in South Australia, the government said.
The authors outline the “favourable visa policy settings” of South Australia, including bonus points for skilled migration, state nomination streams, an extension of post-study work rights for international undergraduates to three years due to South Australia’s regional status, and a Supporting Innovation in South Australia visa.
In the report, the government claimed that the international education sector had “significant untapped potential” and that growing the number of students “could be the game-changer that drives the transformation of our state’s economy and contributes to the state’s population growth strategy”.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, David Ridgeway, said, “By implementing this strategy, we are aiming to not only attract international students but retain the best and brightest young minds in the state.
“That’s why we’ve included targeted initiatives where international graduates will be encouraged to be part of a new generation of entrepreneurs and start-up founders to be part of the industries of the future.”
The full strategy is available on the website of Premier Steven Marshall.
At the time of writing, AUS$1 = US$0.68.
By Study Travel