What Is The Importance Of International Education Essay

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• I would like to acknowledge the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains—traditional owners of this land
• Thank you for your kind introduction Marc and thank you for your invitation to speak today.
• I would also like to thank you all for your commitment to the ELICOS sector – international education in Australia benefits enormously from your dedication.
• I’m sure it will come as no surprise to anyone here that Australia’s international education sector continues to go from strength to strength.
• The numbers are impressive – in July of this year, there were already over 500,000 international students studying in Australia, an increase of 15 per cent over July last year.
• In the 2016-2017 financial year, international education contributed more than $22 billion to the Australian economy and supported more than 130,000 jobs.
• That makes it our third largest export overall – a huge contribution to Australia’s economic prosperity.
• As you would be very well aware, the ELICOS sector is a vital part of our success.
• ELICOS plays a critical role in international education, both in its English language teaching, and through preparing students for further study in Australia.
• Our past achievements are evident in our present success.
• In 2016, Australia hosted over 173,000 ELICOS students, the highest number so far recorded for Australia.
• About two thirds of those students were on student visas, and over 60 per cent of those student visa holders will go onto further

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