StudyPerth’s First Employability Project For International Students Appoints Advisory Panel

23 April 2020

StudyPerth - the leading organisation building Perth’s international education reputation - has formally announced the appointment of eight prominent Western Australians from the education, legal and professional sectors as members of the Advisory and Evaluation Panel for its bold new Employability Perth Project.

The Panel members are:

  • Mr Malcolm Baigent, College Director and Principal, Edith Cowan College (Chair)
  • Mr Chris Williams, Associate Director, Australian Institute of Management
  • Mr Paul Moro, CEO, Foundation for Educational Digital Development
  • Mr Harsh Grover, Director, Grovers Project & Chair of the Australian Indian Business Council Education Committee
  • Ms Tracey Lim, Director of Community Relations, Methodist Ladies College
  • Ms Angela Zhao, Solicitor, King & Wood Mallesons
  • Associate Professor Denise Jackson, Director, Work Integrated Learning, School of Business and Law, ECU
  • Ms Sana Asghar, PhD Student, Curtin University

The Employability Perth Project is the first of its kind for WA and is one of the many initiatives identified by StudyPerth to implement the recent WA Government’s international education strategy 2018 - 2025: Where bright futures begin.

The Project aims to assist international students with the skills, connections and knowledge to advance their career or entrepreneurial aspirations.

Phil Payne, Executive Director of StudyPerth, commented on the importance of the Project in building Perth’s position as a study destination.

“The Employability Perth Project is one of the initiatives we at StudyPerth, along with our members, sponsors and partners, are committed to achieve as part of our state’s strategy to show the world that Perth is a great place to live, learn and launch bright futures,” commented Mr Payne.

“Our recent research and interviews with current and future international students indicate that employability skills and prospects are among the most important criteria when choosing a study destination.”

Many of our member institutions are already doing terrific work in this area.  The role of StudyPerth with this project is to procure a variety of employment services to create an integrated and comprehensive program – for all international students.  All international students should be confident that Perth will provide them the opportunity to acquire the skills, experience, confidence and networks to succeed in their chosen career.

“With the international education industry being WA’s largest services sector - after tourism - and generating about $1.9billion in course fees and spending, initiatives such as the Employability Perth Project will, we believe, contribute to the important value the industry brings.”

Malcolm Baigent, Chair of the Project’s Advisory and Evaluation Panel, also re-iterated the integral role the Project has in furthering Perth’s international education sector.

“By creating opportunities for every international student - irrespective of level of study, institution or course - to enhance their skills, knowledge and connections, we are increasing their employability prospects for the future.”

“Together with my fellow panel members, I am excited to share our collective experiences, networks and knowledge across education, legal and professional sectors to make these opportunities available for our international students.”

“Our Employability Perth Project will add an important value proposition to studying in Perth beyond receiving a high-quality education.”

The Panel’s first major task will be guiding a procurement process to seek vendors who will be able to identify challenges specifically faced by international students and advise on employability skill development ideas focused on delivering programs that add to and complement existing services provided by education institutions and others.

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In collaboration with governments, educational institutions and stakeholders, StudyPerth provides a leadership role in building the profile of international education in WA and overseas.