Why International Education & Training (IET) is important to Cairns

— 1 Sep, 2016 —

Why International Education & Training (IET) is important to Cairns

International Education and Training (IET) is one of the fastest growing industries in the global economy. It is one of Queensland’s most promising export industries. Cairns is well-positioned as a desirable education and training location with world-class education institutions combined with an attractive lifestyle.

Study Cairns plays a pivotal role in helping Queensland reach its aspirational target to attract 20% of Australia’s international student enrolments by 2026.  Study Cairns is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1997, and is the lead IET agency in the Cairns region. It is a collaborative international education network and marketing cluster which is dedicated to supporting its members to grow international education and training opportunities.

Cairns is a world-class IET destination

Cairns offers many world-class, affordable international study options. The tropical city located on the shores of the Great Barrier Reef is already one of Australia’s most popular choices for study tourism. Each year more than 25,000 international students choose Cairns as their preferred study location.

The importance of IET to Cairns is significant:

  • Over 34% of international students that visit Queensland annually for a short study tour or EduTourism, study in Cairns
  • Over 25,000 international students from 34 countries choose Cairns as a study destination every year
  • The average international student injects over $44,000 per year into the economy
  • There are over 1,000 people directly employed by the Education and Training Sector in Cairns
  • The top three employment sectors in Cairns are:
  •    Retail trade
  •    Health care and Social Assistance
  •    Education and Training

IET offers significant direct benefit to Cairns

International Education is worth over $150m in direct benefits to Cairns annually.

Study Cairns President Carol Doyle said that Cairns is an education-focused city that offers a welcoming experience for students in a safe, clean environment.

‘Cairns is a multicultural friendly society, an attractive modern city with a tropical climate with an extensive range of public and sporting facilities and good accessibility to local attractions.’

‘Our tropical city is a vibrant and exciting place to live and study, offering a safe, friendly and affordable lifestyle for students.’

Australia has a highly-regarded education system with Cairns offering some of the world’s best. James Cook University is ranked in the top 2% of the world’s tertiary institutions.  Central Queensland University enjoys a reputation as one of Australia’s most progressive and innovative universities.

Study Cairns is identified in the Cairns Regional Council’s Economic Snapshot as the region’s leading education and training network. With the Palaszczuk Government committing over $25m to Queensland’s international education and training strategy over the next five years, the future looks bright for education tourism in tropical north Queensland.

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