The outstanding students and institutions that make up Victoria’s thriving international education sector have been celebrated at a ceremony for the 2016 Victorian International Education Awards.
Sixteen winners were presented with the coveted awards during the event at Government House, recognising the achievements of Victoria’s 175,000 international students and the leading education providers that support them.
Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis, now responsible for Victoria’s international education sector, opened the awards ceremony and reiterated the importance of the sector to Victoria’s overall trade revenues.
As Victoria’s largest service based export, the sector reached a record high contributing of $5.8 billion to the state’s economy in 2015 and now supports more than 30,000 jobs across the state.
,In 2016, their fourth year the Victorian Education Awards include two Premier’s awards and introduced two categories for International Student of the Year (Regional) and International Alumnus of the Year.
The spread of student award winners for 2016 was a clear indication of the diversity that has grown in the sector, with seven different countries represented across the categories.
2016’s student winners are awarded up to $10,000 to go towards their studies at one of Victoria’s educational institutions.
Student winners also go on to become ambassadors for the Victorian Government’s Study Melbourne initiative, which promotes the state’s leading education capabilities to the world.
A number of Victoria’s higher education, English language and vocational education and training institutions were also presented with awards, with the sheer number of applicants in 2016 showing how robust the sector has become.
The number of international students enrolled in Victoria continues to grow year on year as the Government continues to invest heavily in Victoria as the Education State.