International students made welcome with new student hub
The Palaszczuk Government’s campaign to woo more international students to Queensland has taken another step forward with the official opening today of the Brisbane International Student Hub at the State Library of Queensland.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Jackie Trad said the hub was a pilot project and if successful would be rolled out as part of the Government’s $25.5 million international education and training strategy.
“The Palaszczuk Government wants to make sure that international students feel both welcome and safe when they come to Queensland and this new initiative is integral to this goal,” Ms Trad said.
“The Student Hub will provide students with a range of information – from advice and referrals on healthcare, to budget management, accommodation and employment as well as being a place for students to meet and connect.
“We know how important the international education and training sector is to our economy, generating nearly $3 billion in export revenue in 2015 and the potential to create an additional 6,800 jobs by 2026.
“That’s why we have committed $25.3 million over the next five years to support our new international education and training strategy and to deliver initiatives like this international student hub.”
MDA CEO Kerrin Benson said MDA was looking forward to using its experience in the multicultural sector to create a welcoming environment for international students and support one of Queensland’s most important growth industries.
“MDA is delighted to be partnering with The Edge, Study Queensland and Study Brisbane to welcome international students and deliver free support services that will ensure international students experience a strong sense of belonging and connection throughout their stay with us,: Ms Benson said.
“International students make an enormous contribution to our communities and they carry their stories of Queensland back out to the world.”
The Brisbane Student Hub is a partnership between Trade and Investment Queensland’s Study Queensland, Study Brisbane, The Edge at the State Library of Queensland and MDA Ltd.
About the Hub
The Brisbane Student Hub is based at The Edge, State Library of Queensland, and is open on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Students statewide can access support or make an appointment through 1800 QSTUDY. Free wifi, laptops and printing facilities are among the features available to students.