Initiatives to develop industry research, increase work integrated learning and enhance collaborations between Australian and global providers are among projects to share in the government’s latest funding commitments.
The Enabling Growth and Innovation 2016/17 funding, which supports the implementation of the National Strategy for International Education 2025, will see A$3.62m pumped into 14 projects across five themes.
Themes include enhancing the student experience, providing baseline data for measuring the national strategy’s success, enhancing international cooperation, communicating the benefits of international education to the Australian community, and developing a nationally-consistent marketing and branding approach.
“This funding will support 14 innovative projects to help strengthen and grow Australia’s booming international education sector,” education minister Simon Birmingham said in a statement.
“From support for think tanks, international collaborations and conferences through to backing initiatives that boost student internships and raising the profile of our English language training, these new projects focus on enhancing the experience of international students.”
Birmingham said the research initiatives, which will receive a $900,000 injection to build upon Australia’s student data reporting, were vital to measuring the success of the national strategy.
“Having ready access to timely student data helps our education providers monitor where demand is growing and track their own success against national benchmarks,” he said.