Tuesday, 1 April 2014

International Students Welcomed to Tasmania

Tas Gov LogoDepartment of Education Media Release

Colin Pettit
Secretary, Department of Education
 1 April 2014

 L-R: Yuko Takai (Japan), Tania Huang (China), Quynh Tran (Vietnam), Wilawan Nonsri (Thailand), Eva Chiu (Taiwan), Vivienne Wang (China), Monica  Li (China), Flora Chan (Hong Kong) and  Steffen Kimmerle (Germany). Photo: Karen Brown from Karen Brown Photography

International students studying in Tasmania were officially welcomed to the state at a community event at the Derwent Sailing Squadron today.

Department of Education Secretary, Colin Pettit, said the event celebrates Tasmania’s vibrant international student community and is an opportunity for students to network with homestay families, friends, teachers, and members of the education community.

“I am delighted to welcome many of the almost 5,000 international students that Tasmania will host across all our education sectors in 2014,” Mr Pettit said.

“Many of these international students would have had a large range of choice in where to study and it reflects well of Tasmania’s education sector that they chose to study here.

“Tasmania is an ideal place for international students to study as our schools provide a world-class education within a safe and welcoming community.

“International students provide many benefits to the state, bringing with them their own cultures and languages to enhance the cultural diversity of our schools and communities.

“They also provide local students with the opportunity to make global connections, giving them an insight into other countries and a better understanding of international issues.”

Mr Pettit also welcomed ten international education agents currently conducting a tour of the Tasmanian school sector who attended the welcome event to talk to students about their experiences studying in Tasmania.

“The importance of international education is increasing being recognised with Study Tasmania promoting Tasmania as a quality study destination for international students,” he said.

Study Tasmania hosted today’s event as part of its support of international students currently studying at Government, private and independent schools, TasTAFE, and the University of Tasmania.

The event included international food, entertainment and activities, and an expo by community organisations including volunteering groups, Medibank, and Sport and Recreation Tasmania.

For more information about Study Tasmania, visit www.studytasmania.tas.gov.au

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