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Australia's international education sector continues to grow

International education exports in Australia reach AUS$18 billion, spurred on by higher education.

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Australia’s international education sector is continuing to boom, with the major growth being driven by higher education, according to the year-to-date (YTD) statistics for June released by the Department of Education and Training.


Exports in international education reached AUS$18.1 billion, a 14.2% increase on exports in 2013-2014 and international student enrolments for YTD June rose by 10.4% to 464,787 international students.


Which nationalities are driving the growth? 


The higher education sector had the largest share of enrolments at 47.7% in the YTD June 2015 and Chinese and Indian students combined accounted for 47% of these enrolments.


International student commencements in Australia by sector, year-to-date June 2012 to year-to-date June 2015. Source - Department of Education and Training

After China and India, Thailand, Vietnam and Korea make up the top five source countries for Australia’s international students.


Interestingly the largest enrolment growth of any country was seen in Italy and Taiwan, which both increased by 32.8%.


Minister for Education and Training, Christopher Pyne, said he was delighted with the figures, which show the international education sector in Australia continues to go from strength to strength.


 “These figures confirm once again that international education remains Australia’s largest services export and our fourth largest export overall after iron ore, coal and natural gas,” said Mr Pyne.


“They also underline the importance of our work to develop a national strategy for international education. I’m looking forward to further robust discussions on the strategy with education and business experts, students, and community representatives at the Roundtable on International Education at Parliament House next week.”


Australia’s peak year of 2009 saw 360,605 commencements across all sectors and with 198,347 commencements so far in 2015, this year could be the one to beat the record.


International education remains Australia’s fourth largest export and generates around 130,000 jobs.


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