2016 BISAs announced
The 2016 Brisbane International Student Ambassadors have been announced, with five new countries represented – Brunei Darussalam, the Netherlands, Mozambique, Chile and the Czech Republic.
International education is Brisbane’s biggest export, with 75,000 student enrolments annually generating $3.7 billion in course fees and other spending.
As part of the Brisbane 2022 New World City Action Plan, the number of ambassadors has been doubled to 40 enthusiastic individuals from 29 countries.
The international education sector is part of Brisbane’s competitive platform through its links to skills, research and global networks.
The new Brisbane advocates will all be active on social media to spread the word on why Brisbane is increasingly a destination of choice for international students.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the appointments brought to 242 the total number of student ambassadors appointed since the Brisbane Marketing-led program began in 2009.
Their role will see them enjoy many quintessential Brisbane experiences as well as volunteer at multicultural events, and assist with the hosting of official visiting delegations, particularly from Brisbane’s sister cities,” he said.
Cr Quirk said the 2016 student ambassadors were chosen from a record number of applicants and included students aged from 18-33 from some of Brisbane’s largest source markets, including China, India, South Korea, Brazil, Malaysia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Japan and Colombia.
Two of Brisbane’s sister cities are represented – Chongqing in China and Daejeon in South Korea,” he said.
International students in Brisbane benefit from the high standard of education offered by the city’s universities, state and private schools, private colleges, TAFEs and English language schools.
The services sector is a key part of our recently announced Brisbane 2022 New World City Action Plan, and the international student service sector is now Australia’s third-largest sector ahead of tourism, Cr Quirk said.
Brisbane is increasingly being seen as an attractive alternative ‘home’ for international students looking to expand their horizons abroad.”
Cr Quirk said the honorary appointments were for one year.
International students add so much to Brisbane; creating a cosmopolitan and vibrant city which makes it all the more inviting for other students as well as tourists and business,” he said.