International Student Information Day

Written on the 17 May 2011

On Saturday I had the pleasure of representing the Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business, Louise Asher, at the first 2012 international student information day. Two international student information days are held each year, funded by the coalition government's Victoria: Leader in Learning initiative. The event was organised by the Department of Business and Innovation and a team of volunteers. I congratulate the students I met on Saturday, who gave me a fantastic overview of and insight into what they had done in their capacity as volunteers in putting the day together. The students are attending educational institutions across both Victoria and Melbourne.


Many are within my electorate of the Southern Metropolitan Region, including Holmesglen, which has campuses in the Legislative Assembly electorates of Albert Park, Bentleigh and Malvern; Monash University, which has a campus within the Assembly seat of Caulfield; Deakin University, which has a campus within the Burwood electorate; and Swinburne University, with its main campus in the electorate of Hawthorn.


The all-day sessions provide information on a range of issues, including renting a home, finding a job, immigration matters and safety issues. What was evident from the day was the enormous enthusiasm of these students. They have come from a range of countries and have all chosen to study in Victoria and Melbourne. What was equally evident was their willingness to partake in many of the activities so well known to Melbourne life.


By the end of November last year there were more than 160 000 international students from 165 countries enrolled in Victorian education institutions. The sector contributes $4.8 billion to the state's economy each year and is responsible for 50 000 jobs. International education is an important industry sector for this state and its export market, and it is one that the Victorian government continues to support and actively promote, as was demonstrated in the recent trade delegation to India by the Premier and Ms Asher, the Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business.

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