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Monday, March 12 2018

StudyNT through the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) is coordinating a professional development forum - Strength in numbers: a consortia based approach to education exports on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 March 2018 in Darwin.  

The forum aims to give providers an insight into emerging opportunities in key source markets, including China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam and will provide a guide to developing business partnerships through consortia-based models. There will be an opportunity for networking and partnership development between providers.

The program is currently being finalised and speakers include:

  • the Hon. Phil Honeywood, Chief Executive Officer of IEAA
  • Sue Freeman, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director First Impressions Resources and Queensland Skills and Education Consortium
  • Peter Klar, Director, International Education Office, State Development, South Australia
  • Scott Wauchope, Executive Director, Department of the Trade, Business and Innovation and
  • Dr Nicholas Baker, Senior Adviser (International Education).

The forum will be open to all local and South Australian providers who wish to:

  • enhance their knowledge of the emerging trends and opportunities in transnational education;
  • extend their knowledge of key export markets (China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam);
  • learn the tricks of the trade for submitting a successful tender; and
  • build business links and potential partnerships with other NT and SA providers.

Registration to the workshop is $310 for IEAA members and $440 for non-IEAA members. If you are not a member please advise StudyNT who has a number of free memberships available. Tickets available here:

At the national International Education Stakeholders meeting on 22 February 2018, Dr James Hart, Group Manager of Research and Economics Group announced the department’s intention to begin publishing international student data by CRICOS provider.. Members have been provided with a prototype of is envisioned to be published and feedback is being sought. The tables of enrolments and commencements will cover all providers who have had international student enrolments entered on PRISMS going back to 2002.

These tables make for most interesting reading with some 1932 providers listed.

And on the domestic front, following is ACPET and NT ISAC abstract for a presentation at the forthcoming Developing Northern Australia Conference in Alice Springs 18 & 19 June 2018.

Flipping the nation – the skilling imperative to grow the north
European settlement effectively halted the development of the North where for millennia there was trade through the Torres Strait and Banda Sea which later became known as the Maritime Silk Road until British and other colonial forces intervened. And while development in the south has been profound since 1788, European influence in Darwin was minimal until WWII and as a resident now I am eager to learn more of the Chinese and Malay experiences and the nature of trade that occurred with the aboriginals in centuries past.

This Conference seeks to identify opportunities and to encourage another look at the potential of the North.

Imagine - active, interventionist planning and direction from Canberra rather than the observation that “governments from both sides have missed a golden opportunity in the past 30 years to develop Darwin into a new Singapore or Hong Kong. They failed for want of vision.” (Griffith Review Edition 9: Up North © Copyright Griffith University John Carroll)

Imagine - Darwin as our third major city right on Asia’s front door  - an Asian money, securities and trade centre with the stability of our  democracy and  relatively corruption-free legal and financial institutions. Specific developments would automatically follow – for instance, a fast train link to the south. The vast area of the Kimberley – fertile and water-rich – could be developed from Darwin.

Economic growth is predicated by the need for resources and/or people. Resources we have in abundance, a populace that can utilise these resources although a populace and infrastructure planning to support this envisaged growth are thin on the ground.

Industry need simple solutions in securing a responsive and efficient workforce – and the associated upskilling and training also needs to be directed at industry expectations. The challenge is to put in place those mechanism that can best do this – and have it supported accordingly.  So let’s look at incentives for both business and the individual to perhaps relocate to Northern Australia and to undertake focussed, or just in time training and perhaps industry specific skill sets rather than the traditional focus on a full qualification; maybe we can also revisit incentives for industry and individuals to live in the north or to relocate from the Deep South.

We need to promote the north to the broader community as a viable and attractive option for industry and life and build on the proximity to Asia. There is an ongoing perception in this country that the North is dust, rednecks and yes, fed by a local media that focusses on cane toads, crashes and crocodiles. 

We also need to encourage international students to this area. An odd observation given the vast majority fly over on their way to Melbourne and Sydney. International education is this countries number one service industry so how do we attract more here?  – perhaps a need to revisit post qualification work rights so they can linger after learning and benefit from earning. 

The potential is there – we just need more people and businesses to appreciate this.

Michael Hall 
NT Executive Officer 



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