Joint Media release
Joint Media Release
MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND
EDUCATION SCIENCE AND TRAINING

7 September 2005

Australia's Export Success in Education

Media release

THE HON ALEXANDER DOWNER MP, MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
THE HON DR BRENDAN NELSON MP, MINISTER FOR EDUCATION SCIENCE AND TRAINING

A report on Australia's fast-growing export of education services was launched today by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Alexander Downer, and the Minister for Education, Science and Training, Dr Brendan Nelson.

Education Without Borders: International Trade in Education, the latest report by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Economic Analytical Unit, highlights the key role Australia is playing in the global education market that has emerged over the past two decades.

Education is Australia's fourth largest export industry, and in 2004 international enrolments made up 15% of total revenues for Australian universities and 18% of total student enrolments in higher education.

"Australia is regarded as a safe and friendly destination, a sophisticated and technologically-advanced society, with a reputation for quality, excellence, and reliability in education services. In addition, Australian institutions have been establishing campuses offshore and creating innovative partnerships in other countries to successfully deliver courses in students' home countries," Mr Downer said.

"Asia is Australia's most important regional market for education exports, and will continue to provide unprecedented opportunities for Australia, as Asian incomes grow and higher education takes on increasing prominence. In terms of international student spending, Australia's top eight markets measured on fees are in Asia. China is Australia's largest source of foreign students with almost 70,000 students enrolled in Australian institutions in 2004," Dr Nelson said.

"Australian education exports are creating people-to-people links that are vital for furthering Australia's interests in the region. Such links help foster confidence and understanding between Australia and its neighbours," Mr Downer said.

"The Australian Government is committed to the sustainable growth of Australia's international education services. We are showcasing our capabilities through the Australian Education International Network in Australia's diplomatic missions and are continuing to provide exciting opportunities through Australian Development Scholarships and the Endeavour Scholarship Programme," Dr Nelson said.

"The Government continues to seek increased access for Australian education providers to international markets through the World Trade Organization and the negotiation of bilateral and regional free trade agreements," Mr Downer concluded.

Report details are available at: www.dfat.gov.au/eau
For copies of the report phone (02) 6261 3114 or email statssection@dfat.gov.au

Media inquiries : (Mr Downer's Office) 02 6277 7500, ( Dr Nelson's Office) 0414 927 663


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