07.04.2022Re-energising Melbourne’s International Education Sector   

Brand enhancement, student diversification, reduced living costs and strong links between education and employment outcomes, will burnish Victoria’s reputation as a desirable international student destination.

These were key issues addressed in the Committee’s submission to the Victorian Government, which aims to develop a long-term plan for the state’s international education sector as it looks to rebound from recent pandemic-induced turmoil.

Melbourne needs to work hard to remain a prime destination for international students. We must continue to provide a compelling offer and ensure the city is marketed effectively and strategically to prospective students and those that influence them.

Switching the international education narrative from an economic-centric discussion to one that emphasises the important role foreign students play in building global relationships and promoting cross-cultural exchange, will also be crucial.

The submission builds on previous work from the International Student Action Network, as well as the Committee’s recently released 2022 Benchmarking Melbourne Report, which offers data-driven insights into how Melbourne is faring across areas of liveability, connectivity and the economy.

For further information, contact Brett Van Duppen, Senior Policy and Research Officer, at bvanduppen@melbourne.org.au

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