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International students choose Queensland in record numbers



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New data shows Queensland’s international education sector posted decade-high growth over 2018-19 to inject $5.38 billion into the state.
The value of international education and training rose 16 per cent which is a post-GFC benchmark for Queensland.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics data also showed Queensland outperformed the sector’s national trend (15 per cent) as well as New South Wales - Australia’s largest international education market – which recorded 14 per cent growth.

Tourism Minister Kate Jones said by growing the international education sector it's in turn creating jobs throughout Queensland.

“Our strategy to expand this sector along with global demand for high quality education means student numbers will continue to grow in the future," she said. 
“Queensland is unique - one in three international students are enrolled outside Brisbane which is great for community's right throughout our regions. From Cairns to Coolangatta, international students are real money-spinners for regional economies.

Data from the Department of Education showed China and India – like other states – represented Queensland’s largest international student cohort.

There was significant growth in Indian visitation to October, with enrolments increasing by 4038 to 16,910 students (31 per cent) from the previous year.

However, amongst Queensland top 10 international cohorts, there was also significant year-on-year growth from emerging markets including:

  • Colombia (19 per cent growth in enrolments to 6835)
  • Philippines (104 per cent growth to 3826)