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Canberra: Australia’s Education Capital

The ACT International Education Strategy – Canberra: Australia’s Education Capital - was launched by the Chief Minister and Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research on Friday 2 September 2016.

The Strategy has been designed to support one of our most important industry sectors and recognises that thriving and porous campuses create opportunities for collaboration, commercialisation, business creation and talent attraction and retention.

One in nine Canberrans work or study at our education institutions. In economic terms alone, our education and research institutions value add around $2.7 billion and support 16,000 jobs.

Canberra educates around 44,000 higher education students and over 20,000 vocational education students each year, including more than 12,000 international students, and a similar number from other Australian jurisdictions. In fact, international education is Canberra’s largest export, and growth in student numbers is largely responsible for the 9.1 per cent annual growth in ACT services exports over the last five years – the highest growth rate in Australia.

But international students contribute far more than simple aggregates. They bring diverse perspectives, build cultural awareness and understanding, drive broader visitation, develop people to people links, build business, trade and investment links, and after graduation (as alumni) act as advocates, innovators, and exemplars, and raise the profile of Canberra around the world.

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