StudyPerth In The News

StudyPerth continually develops positive news stories to emphasise the benefits of international education to the WA community and economy. Here are some recent articles:

Industry News

  • A quokka birthday celebration will be held on 15 September every year to celebrate the world's happiest animal.
  • Perth has been ranked (equal) 41st in the 2019 QS Best Student Cities Rankings.
  • A record number of visitors to Rottnest Island was recorded in 2018-19. The number of visitors jumped to 785,002 – a 6.9 per cent increase on the 734,637 visitors in 2017-18. The result represents a 21 per cent increase in visitor numbers over the past two years.
  • The Australian Federal Police is warning the public of complex social engineering fraud and telephone scams currently targeting the Chinese community in Australia, particularly international students. Current known fraud and scam activity includes the false representation of: The Chinese Public Security Bureau or the “Virtual kidnap and extortion scam”; The Australian Tax Office (ATO) or the “Tax impersonation scam”; a Chinese Embassy official or the “Chinese embassy scam”; and a logistics provider or the “Package notification scam”.
  • Western Australia has a new national park: the Houtman Abrolhos Islands National Park. The creation of the national park coincided with the 400-year anniversary of the European sighting of the islands by Dutch explorer Frederik de Houtman.
  • Perth will play host to the reigning NRL premiers the Sydney Roosters for three matches between 2020 and 2022. HBF Park will host three Roosters home games over three seasons, with local fans, businesses and the State’s tourism industry set to benefit from welcoming one of Australia’s oldest and most successful rugby league clubs to Western Australia.
  • The latest National Visitor Survey for the year ending March 2019 has shown that the number of visitors to WA and their total spend has reached an all-time high.
  • A new report by Tourism Research Australia has shown that the number of visitors to WA and their total spend has reached an all-time high. WA had a record-breaking 2.66 million out-of-state (international and interstate) visitors, with spending by these visitors also having increased by 7.6 per cent to $3.9 billion.
  • Margaret River and Southern Western Australia has been announced as the 2019 number one Asian-Pacific destination by Lonely Planet. ‘Best in Asia Pacific’ is Lonely Planet’s annual online list of the region’s 10 best destinations to visit over the coming year. This is the first year that the list has included Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.
  • The QS Enrolment Solutions International Student Survey report has found that the primary worries for international students considering studying in Australia are cost, safety and housing. Read the article from The Australian: Safety, housing matter to students
  • A development partner has been secured for $300 million worth of works at Curtin University’s Bentley campus. The 35-year partnership with a consortium led by InfraRed Capital Partners will include 1,000 new beds through student accommodation, a 60-room hotel and 3,000 square metres of commercial space. Read the article from The Australian: Innovative hub planned for Curtin university’s Perth campus.
  • Internationally renowned chefs continue to sign on for the 2019 WA Gourmet Escape event, with Marco Pierre White, David Chang and Kobus van der Merwe recently confirmed to participate. The event will take place in November, and will run over 10 days at the Swan Valley, Perth and in Margaret River.
  • The Committee for Perth has released its FactBase Bulletin #64, titled Perceptions of Greater Perth as Expressed Through Electronic Word of Mouth. Written by Gemma Davis, the article states that the most common media through which external residents obtain information about Greater Perth are: word of mouth (40%); Internet sources (blogs, online news, online booking and review websites) (38%); television programs (35%); and social media (28%).
  • International students in Australia spent $35 billion last year on tourism, food, travel and housing – an increase of 16 per cent. The latest ABS data reveals the value of international education exports rose from $30.8 billion in 2017 to $35.8 billion in 2018.
  • The Committee for Perth has released the results of its Hashtag Perth project, which found that Perth’s inferiority complex is holding it back from potential growth and development. View the summary report.
  • According to the latest International Visitor Survey data, a record number of international visitors holidayed in WA in the year ending March 2019, with an increase recorded of 9.3 per cent compared to the previous year.
  • Optus Stadium has been named the most beautiful sporting facility in the world, beating five other international stadiums for architecture and design in the Prix Versailles for Sports awards.
  • English Australia’s National ELICOS Market Report for 2018 shows that enrolments in Australia’s English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students sector grew by 1 per cent last year to reach 179,340. Read more from ICEF Monitor here, or the report Executive Summary here.
  • The Australian has reported that Australia’s booming education exports have hit a new record of $37.7 billion in 2018-19, recording double-digit growth for the fourth successive year and cementing the sector’s position as Australia’s premier growth export. Read the article from The Australian: Export bonanza hits $37.7bn record.
  • Minister for Immigration David Coleman has announced he will maintain a sharp focus on international students, skilled migrants and increasing migration to regional Australia. Mr Coleman said international education was "extremely good for Australia" and would remain a key feature of the government's immigration policy.
  • The latest Center for World University Rankings 2019-2020 has been released.
  • Austrade has released its transnational education report, which includes key market insights, barriers and opportunities for transnational programs and curriculum licensing. Read more and download the report here.
  • The 2020 QS Top 50 Under 50 Rankings have been released, with Curtin University the only WA-based university to rank in the top (#21). Murdoch University was ranked in the #91-100 bracket, while Edith Cowan University and CQU were ranked in the #101-150 bracket.
  • The 2020 QS World University Rankingshave been released, with WA’s public universities ranking as follows:
  • The Department of Home Affairs has released the bi-annual international student visa data report for December 2018.
  • StudyPerth recently participated in the Second International Education Consortium, convened by Minister for Education Sue Ellery and Minister for Asian Engagement Peter Tinley, which gave industry an opportunity to re-engage with government and agencies to discuss the progress since the first consortium two years ago.
  • WA’s private schools recorded the lowest hike in tuition fees for 2019 among any state in Australia. Western Australia recorded an average increase of 1.6 per cent, while the national average was 3.1 per cent.
  • Universities across Australia will share a maximum of an $80 million increase in funding next year from the Federal Government. From 2020 money for extra students will only be handed over if universities meet performance hurdles based on student experience, whether graduates get jobs, employer satisfaction and rising enrolments for indigenous and regional students. Read the article from the AFR: Unis want $2.1b, government gives them $80m
  • The Australian Financial Review has reported that international student numbers in the schools sector is growing nationally. Read the article from the AFR: International students on the rise at Australian schools
  • QS Enrolment Solutions has released its latest How to Use Student Profiles and Personas for International Recruitment document.
  • Tayyeb Shah has been appointed as the inaugural Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Partnerships) at UWA.
  • Austrade has released a report on the latest trends in the Japanese education market, with updates on recent government policies underpinning the positive trend of more Japanese pursuing overseas study, and insights on competitor activities to inform growth potential for Australian education providers.
  • The Parliamentary Library has released a quick guide on overseas students in Australian higher education. The guide delves into various government datasets to provide a snapshot on the contributions of overseas students to the sector, highlighting trends in enrolments, visa grants, and post study pathways over the last decade.
  • According to the latest Nature Index, Australia has reclaimed its place in the top 10 countries for high-quality science research. The data returned Australia to 10th position (last achieved in 2015) before slipping to sit just outside the top 10 in 2016 and 2017. Read the article from The Australian: Research surge lifts the nation back into top 10
  • The Federal Government has drafted legislation making it an offence to provide or advertise ‘contract cheating’ services, which includes websites offering to complete assignments or sit exams in exchange for a fee. Read more from the ABC.
  • The number of global university graduates is expected to nearly double over this decade and the next, to reach 300 million by 2030. Read more from ICEF Monitor.
  • While the Federal Government’s migration projection figures show international student departures increasingly only marginally over the next four years, a leading population expert believes there will actually be a surge in departures. Read more from the ABC.
  • The West Australian recently published an article stating that enrolments in some of the most difficult maths and science subjects are low, but would be even lower if not for fee-paying international students studying in schools accredited to offer the WA curriculum overseas.
  • ICEF monitor has published an article about the crucial role of parents in international student recruitment and retention, with more 75.6 per cent of respondents to a recent survey (conducted by EAB) stating their parents were highly influential.
  • Congratulations to the seven winners of the 2019 Premier's Science Awards, who were announced during National Science Week.
  • Finalists for the 2019 WA Training Awards have been announced – congratulations to all those who have been named as a finalist. The winners will be announced in September at the WA Training Awards Presentation Dinner.
  • Congratulations to the 2019 CISWA Award Winners, who were announced at the CISWA Winter Conference on 27 June.
    • WA Outstanding Individual in International Education: awarded to Tony de Gruchy (Canning College)
    • WA International Tertiary Student of the Year – awarded to Audrey Kim (UWA)
      • Finalists: Shafira Jumantara (UWA); Salina Hisham (UWA)
    • WA International VET Student of the Year – jointly awarded to Martin Gillies – (South Metro TAFE) and Flavia Azevedo (North Metro TAFE)
    • WA International Education Program of the Year – SOAR Program (ECU)
      • Finalist: Careers and Employability Award (UWA)
  • According to a study by Deakin University, international students said that post-study work rights do not provide them with any substantial competitive advantage in the labour market but that the visas do “buy time” and are considered a legitimate pathway to permanent residency. Read the article from The Australian: Little job leverage in temporary graduate visas
  • Commissioned for the recent IEAA Employability Symposium, IEAA’s Global perspectives on international student employability paperprovides an analysis of global policy settings and provider initiatives around international student employability. It includes preliminary findings from a new study on the uptake of post-study work rights in Australia, as well as case studies from New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Europe,  and highlights the increasing weight that international students and educators are placing on students’ employment outcomes, but also the challenges that visiting students face in securing employment in their field of study after graduation.
  • The Australian has published an article about new research that warns of a range of imminent workforce challenges unlikely to be addressed by education and training alone. Read the article: Canberra is the problem in the visa system
  • The State Government’s Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive came into effect from 1 July, which will support a wider range of WA employers with the costs of employing an apprentice or new entrant trainee.
  • WA primary and secondary schools are encouraged to apply for the 2019 Governor’s School STEM Awards which recognise outstanding whole-of-school STEM education.