Canberra’s newest international and interstate students have been officially welcomed to Canberra as they commence the academic year, with more students choosing to study in Canberra than ever before.
Over 250 students, senior education and diplomatic officials gathered for the welcome address, which highlighted the growing reputation of Canberra as the education capital of Australia.
“It’s great to welcome so many international and interstate students to Canberra this year, where they will not only get a great education, but become part of a supportive, vibrant, growing community. As one of the world’s most liveable cities, it really doesn’t get much better than Canberra if you want to study in Australia,” Minister Fitzharris said.
“International student numbers have been steadily increasing from almost 11,000 in 2013 through to nearly 14,500 in 2016. This is the result of a coordinated effort by government and our tertiary and vocational education institutions.
“Our educational institutions are world class, with ANU the top ranked university in Australia and one of the top 10 most international universities in the world. UC is one of the best young universities in the world as stated in the Times Higher Education 150 Under 50 Rankings 2016. UNSW Canberra is in the world top 50, and the Australian Catholic University, Charles Sturt University and Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) are all distinguished institutions well recognised for their employer links and graduate outcomes.
“Education is the ACT’s top export and our goal is to build on Canberra’s reputation as a centre for high quality education, world class research collaboration, innovation, employment outcomes, livability and a great student experience.
“Visiting students are not only vital to our economy but to the social and cultural life of our city as well. Having students here from across the globe adds to our diverse and exciting city life, builds cultural awareness and understanding, and increases visitation and people-to-people links that are important for our future.
“After graduation many alumni become advocates and innovators, raising the profile of Canberra and their institution around the world. And many choose to stay here to contribute to our community even further.”
Minister Fitzharris also introduced the 19 new Study Canberra Student Ambassadors, who will help to welcome new students at events, access services and information, and promote the many benefits of studying in Canberra. The ambassadors come from 12 different countries and are studying at all institutions including ACT Government schools.
The ACT International Education Strategy Canberra: Australia’s Education Capital includes supporting events that make students feel welcome in Canberra, in partnership with institutions. Through the Study Canberra program, the ACT Government is helping to deliver a welcoming and community-focused experience for all students, supporting Canberra’s reputation as a centre for high quality education and a study destination of choice.