In a promising sign that Victoria remains an attractive destination for international students, the number of international student course commencements increased 10.2 per cent by the end of last year, above the national figure of 9.3 per cent.
Additionally, data from the Commonwealth Government’s Australian Education International (AEI) shows that Victoria attracted over 143,000 international student enrolments in 2013.
Minister for Innovation Louise Asher said both numbers are encouraging and show that higher education and English language sectors had the strongest growth in commencing students for the year.
“I am extremely pleased to welcome so many new students from all parts of the globe to Melbourne and Victoria,” Ms Asher said.
“We know from the AEI data that around half of enrolments continue to be from China and India, and there has also been an increase in students from countries as diverse as Vietnam, Colombia, Brazil and the Philippines.
“Melbourne remains the home of world class quality education and a lifestyle that combines the best of many of the world’s capital cities, and I am extremely pleased so many new students are experiencing this for themselves.
“A further support for international students studying here is the setting up of a Study Melbourne Facebook page where students can share their experiences in real time with friends and family both here and at home.
“The Facebook page also provides information about Melbourne and Victoria.
It is a place for students to talk openly about their experiences and seek answers to any questions they have about living and studying here.
“I encourage students to be part of a growing community by liking the Study Melbourne Facebook page.”
Other Victorian Government initiatives include a 50 per cent discount on an annual public transport ticket for eligible international students covering trains, trams and buses in all metropolitan travel zones, and regional centres.
International education is Victoria’s single largest export industry generating over
$4.3 billion in export revenue for the State in 2012–13 and more than
30,000 full time equivalent jobs.
The Victorian Government is committed to maximising the economic and cultural benefits of international education by supporting Victoria’s role as a leading global provider of international education.