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

  • The latest figures from Tourism Research Australia’s International Visitor Survey and National Visitor Survey showed an overall increase in out-of-state (international and interstate) visitors to WA and an overall increase in out-of-state visitor expenditure into the WA economy. A record-breaking 2.76 million out-of-state visitors were recorded last financial year. Read Tourism Council WA's statement on the latest figures.
  • The latest Committee for Perth FACTBase Bulletin (#67) has found that greater Perth has become a comparatively more affordable place to live since 2014.
  • The Savills 2019 Global Living Report has named Australia as the most desirable market for investment in student accommodation. Read more from the Australian Financial Review.
  • Immigration Minister David Coleman has confirmed the new regional visas which come with a pathway for permanent residency will need migrants to prove their stay in regional Australia. Minister Coleman said the policy to send migrants to regional areas would also include Australia's international students. Read more from SBS.
  • A new trial of direct flights between Shanghai and Perth flying China Eastern Airlines will commence 15 January 2020. China Eastern will operate three flights each week over five weeks on Airbus A330s, until Monday February 17 offering 3,480 seats from Shanghai to Perth.
  • Austrade has released an article about international students craving more than a world-class education when they come to study in Australia, and how important this connection between international education and Australian tourism really is.
  • Inner Perth is the most liveable metropolitan region in Australia, according to a recent report by Ipsos Australia. The Life in Australia 2018 report surveyed more than 9,500 Australian citizens about their top five characteristics that make a region a good place to live, and how the place they live perrmed against 16 liveability attributes.
  • The Federal Government is seeking to increase the number of direct flights from Australia to India. 
  • Tennis legend Rafael Nadal will represent Spain in the first ATP Cup in Perth in January 2020. It will be his first visit to Western Australia, and will see him up against other internationally top-ranked players - from Japan (Kei Nishikori and Yoshihito Nishioka); Italy (Fabio Fognini and Matteo Berrettini); Georgia (Nikoloz Basilashvili and Aleksandre Metreveli); and the United States of America (John Isner and Taylor Fritz).
  • The inaugural Western Australian Gourmet Escape will take place across three WA locations - the Swan Valley, Perth and Margaret River. The event will run from 8-17 November.
  • Perth has maintained its ranking as the 14th most liveable city in the world, for a second year in a row, as part of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s latest Global Liveability Report. Perth's overall liveability rating was 95.9 out of 100. The city achieved 100/100 for ‘Healthcare’, ‘Education’ and ‘Infrastructure’ and a 95/100 for ‘Stability’.
  • Direct Tokyo-Perth flights have commenced, with the first flight by All Nippon Airways having arrived in Perth in early September.
  • QS has released its Your Higher Education Spotlight on Asia report. This report examines data from 20 focus groups, over 50 individual interviews, and more than 300 survey responses across China, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
  • Construction has begun on phase one of the university's Greater Curtin master plan, 'Curtin Exchange'. The program will include more than 900 accommodation beds, a 60-room hotel, 38 serviced apartments and 15 retail tenancies.
  • Liberal National Party Senator Gerard Rennick has used his maiden speech in parliament to call for a radical overhaul of rules around international students in Australia, saying he believed universities should foot the bill for their 'economic impacts'. Read the article.
  • Britain has reintroduced a two-year work visa for international students effective from 2010-21 onwards, allowing students to work for two years after completing their studies. IEAA CEO and StudyPerth Board Member Hon. Phil Honeywood said the move "could be a game-changer for a number of markets we have taken for ­granted”. Read an article from The Australian: Boris Johnson quietly reverses work visa rule for international students
  • The Australian has published an article about declining international student numbers in WA, with a key deterrent being the exclusion of Perth from the incentive scheme for small and regional cities. Read the article: Foreign students abandon Western Australia
  • Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia chief executive Troy Williams has said Australia needs an integrated tertiary education system in which higher education plus vocational education and training operate as one but they retain their separate identities. Read the article: Integration is the key to the future
  • ECU Vice Chancellor Professor Stephen Chapman has questioned whether it is the role of universities to prepare students for particular jobs, and said people should consider whether it is a fundamental role of universities to do so when there are other institutions that specialise in teaching vocational skills.
  • National Tertiary Education Union National President Alison Barnes has written an article for The Australian, regarding the Australian Government's higher education policy agenda. Read the article: Reshape by all means but keep the focus on what matters
  • IEAA CEO (and StudyPerth Board Member) Hon. Phil Honeywood has penned an article for The Australian, following recent coverage about international students studying in Australian universities. Read the article: Before you slam universities, think about the benefits
  • The Department of Education has released new snapshots detailing the national survey of ELICOS providers in Australia in 2018, growth and diversification in traditional and emerging markets and visa grants for international students studying ELICOS.
  • Professor Dawn Freshwater, UWA Vice Chancellor and Group of Eight Chair, has said that higher education providers could be more transparent about their enrolment of international students, and that the sector should enforce high English language standards. Read more from WAToday.
  • The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020have been released, featuring approximately 1,400 universities located across 92 countries. 
    • UWA - ranked equal 131st
    • Curtin University - ranked 251st -300th
    • ECU - ranked 401st - 500th
    • Murdoch University - ranked 401st - 500th
  • StudyPerth congratulates the winners of the 2019 IEAA Excellence Awards, who were announced at AIEC: Professor John Hudzik (Distinguished Contribution), Julian O’Shea (Tony Adams Rising Star), James Martin (Best Practice), Sonder (Innovation), and Dr Alexander Stütz (Research).
  • The Australian has published an article about post-work study rights, citing that the 485 visa is little understood by employers, with graduates struggling to find work in their field of study and many relegated to jobs in retail, hospitality and cleaning. The article is based on findings from a new report by Deakin University.
  • Congratulations to WA International Student of the Year Award Dushica Poposki, who was named as the category winner at the 2019 WA Training Awards. Dushica was employed as a nurse in Macedonia before relocating to Perth.
  • Austrade has released its Stronger Education Partnerships: Opportunities for Australian education and training providers in Indonesia. This report, commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Education and prepared by the Australia-Indonesia Centre (AIC), shares experiences and case studies of Australian providers who have delivered or are delivering Australian education and training in Indonesia across all sectors.
  • Austrade has prepared an education and skills update in Vietnam 2018-2019, in partnership with the Department of Education. The document highlights a series of activities organised to support the National Strategy for International Education 2025 and AIE2025. 
  • The State Government recently launched its Asian Engagement Strategy 2019-2030 Our Future with Asia. The Strategy provides a framework for WA’s long term engagement with key Asian markets and responds to the need for WA to diversify its economy and create skilled jobs for Western Australians.
  • Applications are now open for the Asialink Leaders Program, run by Asialink Business. The program provides an exceptional opportunity for your professional growth, building critical Asia capabilities to meet the increasing demand for effective Asia engagement. Applications close 30 November 2019.