Study Cairns members return from successful Japan Trade Mission
A Study Cairns member delegation recently returned from Japan after a successful International Education Trade Mission consolidating long-held educational institution connections between Japan and Cairns. A significant focus of the Mission was to change the perspective of Cairns as a world-class education city as well as a popular tourist destination.
Long-term study options in Cairns are now available due to growth in capacity in the vocational and university sectors over the past two years. Study Cairns members returning from Japan reported that networking and business matching opportunities presented during the Mission provided exceptional leads for working with new potential Japanese partners.
Education agents, school principals and teachers who attended panel discussions and workshop sessions were enthusiastic after meeting face to face with education institutions and business operators from Cairns.
‘It was such an invaluable opportunity to speak with actual Cairns-based institutions and providers firsthand. I learned a lot about the strengths and benefits of studying in Cairns”, commented a premium Japanese education agent.
Japanese students that had previously studied at English Language and Vocational Colleges in Cairns and worked as interns at TAFE North QLD were important workshop guest speakers promoting Cairns as a special city well-suited to Japanese students.
Study Cairns President, Carol Doyle recommended that other industry sectors considering Japan as a potential market should work closely with the Business Development Managers from Trade and Investment Queensland who have a good understanding of the potential market and can assist in making the right connections.
The Japan Trade Mission was financially supported by Cairns Regional Council, who work closely with Study Cairns, to help cement the city as a significant study and educational tourism (known as Edu Tourism) destination.
Cairns Mayor Bob Manning said that the Cairns Regional Council recognises the importance of international education to the city’s economy.
‘Council is proud to support this delegation as part of our three-year funding agreement with Study Cairns, to further grow the relationships between our city’s education providers and international students who wish to study here in Cairns.’
‘Cairns is one of Australia’s most popular choices for study tourism and international education is well placed to become one of our city’s leading economic drivers,’ he said.
“We already welcome almost 30,000 overseas learners, including 11,000 from Japan, each year.
The mature and loyal Japanese market is seeking fresh options for students and Cairns is well placed to capitalise on its position as a leading tourism and hospitality training destination. A number of Cairns institutions offer excellent EduTourism opportunities, combining outdoor education and experiential study experiences in a natural environment alongside a multicultural regional Australian city.
Japan has re-emerged as a major player for Cairns with the most Cairns Airport passengers travelling to and from the country since 2005. 32,880 passengers flew on the Cairns to Tokyo and Osaka routes in March 2017. Cairns is the only Australian city with direct flights to and from Japan’s two largest cities: Tokyo and Osaka and is the closest and most easily accessible English-speaking city from Japan. Home to James Cook University (JCU) and CQUniversity (CQU) alongside other world-class institutions and business operators, Cairns offers a safe, dynamic education environment for international students.
Further cementing Cairns position as a world-class International Study destination which brings in over $150m annually to North Queensland and directly employs 1050 people, Cairns will host the 2018 International Education Summit in May 2018.
Study Cairns member delegation who travelled to Japan
Carol Doyle – Study Cairns
Jodie Duignan George – CQUniversity
Carolyn Jalal – TAFE QLD North
Nami Matsuoka – CCEB
Frank Lanza – CCEB
Michael Bowmaker – Banora International
James and Sarah Mort – MiHaven
Tommy Yamagucki – Kaplan
Sukenao Lida Hartley’s – Crocodile Adventures