Study Abroad: Latest Council for International Education announcement from Australia

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Study Abroad: Latest Council for International Education announcement from Australia
The Council for International Education to help inform policy development for the industry, has welcomed new members in the council.

According to a statement from Jason Clare, the Minister of Education, the Albanese Government welcomes overseas students to Australia and cherishes the significant contributions they make to our campuses and communities. 

Australia’s largest non-drilling or digging export is the field of overseas education. An essential Australian advantage is an international education. Julian Hill MP will also represent the government on the Council for International Education in addition to Minister Clare.

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Phil Honeywood, CEO of the International Education Association of Australia, Catriona Jackson, CEO of Universities Australia, and Jane Johnstone, Chief Executive of StudyAdelaide, will represent the international education association. 

The incoming President of the Council of International Students Australia (CISA), who will serve as an ex-officio member, will also participate.

Michael Wesley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor International at the University of Melbourne, Mel Koumides, CEO of Academia International, Derek Scott, CEO and Principal at Haileybury High School, Anouk Darling, CEO of the student housing company Scape, and Denise O’Brien, General Manager, International at TAFE Queensland are other representatives of the sector.

Although commencements as of October 2022 were 28% more than at the same time the year before, Minister Clare claimed that Covid had “reduced in half” the sector.

Aside from mentioning the government-announced extensions of post-study employment rights, he continued by saying that the backlog of student visas had decreased from a peak of more than 130,000 in May 2022 to 30,000 as of December.

There is still a great deal of work to be done. The new membership includes professionals with experience in international education who will support the sector’s leadership throughout this crucial upcoming phase of recovery and expansion.

Catriona said that universities have welcomed many students back to school this year, so it’s time to build on this momentum and quicken the healing process. The Council was created for the first time in 2016.

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