International students choosing NSW as their study destination will benefit from a new slate of projects jointly funded by the NSW Government and the international education sector.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said the projects will tackle problems such as lack of suitable and affordable accommodation, and access to free legal advice for international students, and will also deliver a careers expo and work experience opportunities to enhance the reputation of NSW as a study destination.
Seven projects with a total value of up to $1.6 million won co-funding of more than $300,000 from the NSW Government through a competitive assessment process run by StudyNSW.
“Attracting international students to NSW has diverse and long-lasting benefits for the State,” Mr Ayres said.
“Not only does our education export sector attract about $6.3 billion a year to the NSW economy, it also provides a unique pathway to stronger cultural and economic ties with the Asia Pacific and the world.
“The Government is partnering with education service providers to improve the experience of international students coming to NSW. Connections made during student years can last a lifetime and longer.”
Several of the winning projects for 2015-16 build on the success of projects supported in the first year of StudyNSW funding in 2014-15.
The NSW Government established StudyNSW in July 2014 to work with the international education sector to grow the State’s international student numbers, improve the quality of students’ experience while in NSW and to recognise their contributions to our communities.
The seven winning projects in round two are:
- Redfern Legal Centre: $110,000 co-funding to deliver a free legal service for all international students in NSW. This will address a gap for up to 40,000 students who currently receive no assistance for legal issues.
- Intersective:$55,000 co-funding for the delivery of a work integrated learning (WIL) program for international students in NSW. The pilot project will offer up WIL experience to 300 students in the public and private sectors, with potential to scale the program to include thousands of students every year.
- International Education Association of Australia:$31,900 co-funding to deliver a road map for the development of high-impact government policy to improve the quality and cost of international student accommodation.
- Regional Development Australia Hunter:$11,000 co-funding to help attract international students to the Hunter region and enhance their experience and community integration by improving website content and marketing collateral, adding student ambassadors, and creating new partnerships and events.
- University of Technology Sydney: $27,500 co-funding for a collaborative program that will bring together at least 210 students from six or more institutions to boost their entrepreneurial skills and employment prospects.
- English Australia: $55,000 co-funding to establish The Biggest English Lesson in the World – a Guinness world record size annual event to attract international students to NSW through marketing. The first event will be held on Bondi Beach in February 2016, offering a memorable experience to 3,000 students.
- NSW National Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services: $27,500 co-funding to deliver an international student employability forum where students will have the opportunity to engage with employers and access advice on how to gain work experience in their field of study.