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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • More than 61,200 people from Perth, interstate and around the world supported the Wallabies at Optus Stadium when they matched up against rivals, the New Zealand All Blacks in early August. The Australian side won the first game 47-26.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ICEF Monitor has published an article about a new research report that calculated the direct and indirect financial contributions to the world economy made by international students as being US$300 billion as of 2016.
  • Former UWA Deputy Vice-Chancellor Kent Anderson has been appointed to the position of Higher Education Adviser for Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan.
  • ICEF Monitor has published an article regarding the link between employment outcomes and recruiting, stating employability is now a top priority among international students when planning for study abroad.
  • 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.
  • Minister for Education Dan Tehan has denied Australia's universities are reliant on any one market, after a Centre for Independent Studies report found seven of Australia's major tertiary institutions rely heavily on Chinese students.
  • 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 Rankings have been released, with WA’s public universities ranking as follows:
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • StudyPerth congratulates its Chair, Rod Jones, for being the recipient of the 2019 AFR Higher Education Lifetime Achievement Award. In the same AFR Higher Education Awards, Murdoch University won in the category of Education Technology.
  • Nominations are now open for the IEAA Elections 2019. Four positions are available for two-year terms, commencing in October 2019: 1x Treasurer, and 3x Ordinary Board Members. Nominations close at midnight, Tuesday 17 September.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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