I am delighted to welcome all AIEC 2014 delegates to Brisbane.
Currently we have around 75,000 international student enrolments in universities, state and private high schools, private colleges, TAFEs and English language schools across the city. This year, Brisbane welcomed students from all corners of the globe including China, India, USA, Brazil, Japan, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, Colombia and Taiwan.
In 2012, international students generated $2.8 billion for the city’s economy and supported 20,000 (full-time equivalent) local jobs, making it Brisbane’s biggest export market. Their presence creates a cosmopolitan and vibrant city and they also strengthen our network with cities around the globe, creating lifelong relationships.
The Study Brisbane program is the proud city partner for AIEC this year. Brisbane City Council’s economic development board – Brisbane Marketing, runs Study Brisbane to support current and future international students.
Other initiatives of the Study Brisbane program include the City Welcome Festival, the Brisbane International Student Ambassador program and regular friendship ceremonies hosted by myself.
The International Student Ambassador program was established in 2009 and harnesses the global reach of our international students to spread the word on all the cultural, business and investment opportunities our city has to offer.
Brisbane’s educational providers are consistently ranked among the world’s best and combined with a strong economy, affordability, beautiful sub-tropical weather and a safe environment, it’s no wonder more students are choosing to study here.
I look forward to welcoming all AIEC delegates at the AIEC Welcome Reception, sponsored by Study Brisbane, in October.
Lord Mayor of Brisbane