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APIEF – wonderful insights into International Education

Monday, August 29 2016

International guests joined more than 130 delegates at this year’s Asia Pacific International Education Forum in Hobart last Wednesday, in the lead up to ACPET’s national conference.

Delegates heard how Australia is poised to capitalise on enormous opportunities in the international education industry, which is enjoying unprecedented level of focus and funding from the Federal Government and Australia’s state governments and territories. However, the forum also heard that fully leveraging this effort would require greater levels of coordination, collaboration and consistency across the country.

There was discussion at the Forum that the key to attracting international students to Australia is a greater focus on the whole of student experience, both inside and outside the classroom.

In addition to considering how to attract more students to study to Australia, the forum also discussed the growing opportunities for Australian education and training providers to participate in skilling efforts offshore.

Anderson Tan from Singapore and Rajiv Sharma from India spoke about their governments’ efforts to upskill their populations. The Forum also heard great ideas from New Zealand’s Christine Clark about how we can collaborate across the Tasman.

Delegates were reminded about the power of education and training to change lives with a presentation from India’s Meera Shenoy, founder of Youth4Jobs. This not-for-profit foundation provides training for people with disabilities and works with companies to ensure students gain employment.

ACPET was again pleased to be joined by Nina Khairinia, President of the Council of International Students who provided a compelling insight in international student’s experiences.

- See more at: http://www.acpet.edu.au/article/10671/apief--wonderful-insights-into-international-education/#sthash.rswbUrN1.dpuf

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