Queensland Government Media Releases

Millions invested taking Queensland education & training to the world

May 28, 2017

Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment
The Honourable Curtis Pitt

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Millions invested taking Queensland education & training to the world

Six new projects will share in $1.2 million funding from the Palaszczuk Government’s new $6 million IET Partnership Fund to promote Queensland’s international education and training (IET) industry. 

Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Curtis Pitt said he was delighted to announce the successful projects that will take Queensland’s world-class training expertise to the world and build on the sector’s already strong international networks.

“These six projects build on the 15 I announced in March, continuing our push to build on Queensland’s competitive strengths in international education and to advance this sector in key overseas markets,” Mr Pitt said.

“The industry is looking ahead to how it can adapt to the changing global market and these projects are seeking to do just that.”

The following projects are being funded under the second-stage of the pilot round for the IET Partnership Fund:

  • Sports State Project (University of the Sunshine Coast) will position Queensland as the premier destination in Australia for sports-related education and training.
  • Student Innovation Challenge (Indooroopilly SHS) will bring together some of the best in Queensland’s start up community to create the next generation of entrepreneurs, with a focus on international and domestic participation in a first ever state-wide challenge.
  • Aquaculture Initiative (St Patrick's College Townsville) builds on Far North Queensland’s reputation as the world’s best tropical research hub with high-school students benefitting from a streamlined pathway from school to university and a career in marine science.
  • Leadership in Higher Education Teaching and Learning Support: Global Partnerships for Academic Excellence (QUT) will create a team of expert Queensland university teachers to lead professional development workshops in China and create lasting partnerships for teaching and learning excellence.
  • Revitalisation of Indonesian’s Skills Development (TAFE) targets Indonesian agencies and industry sectors to promote skilling and training initiatives relevant to key industries in Indonesia.
  • Building Human Capital Networks in Mining Project (TAFE) will establish Queensland as a world leader in sustainable mining training and education through a consortia approach in Latin America.

Mr Pitt said all sectors of the industry were invited to apply.

“We received applications from vocational education and training providers, universities, high schools, English language colleges, peak bodies, local governments and regional education clusters,” Mr Pitt said.

“Our $6 million fund is being allocated over five years and is part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $25.3 million International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland.”

The fund supports consortia based innovative industry initiatives that have the capacity to boost Queensland’s international education and training sector.

For information on the 21 IET Partnership Fund pilot round projects, visit https://www.tiq.qld.gov.au/iet-strategy/fast-tracked-iet-partnerships-announced/