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Australia steps up on international education

30 April 2016

Photograph of the Hon Julie Bishop MP

Julie Bishop, Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs

Today we launch three important strategies to underpin Australia’s international education sector, which is one of our largest services export industries and was worth more than $19 billion to the Australian economy in 2015.

As Australia transitions to a knowledge and service-based economy, the Government’s innovative strategies will strengthen and grow our international education sector over the coming decade.

Being launched today are the National Strategy for International Education 2025; the Australia Global Alumni Engagement Strategy and the Australian International Education 2025 (AIE2025) market development roadmap.

The National Strategy for International Education 2025 will enable Australia’s international education sector to be more adaptive, innovative and globally engaged. It will further strengthen our internationally recognised education system, increase global partnerships and drive collaboration with local communities and global partners. Complementing the National Strategy, the AIE2025 roadmap will position Australia to capitalise on new opportunities and markets over the next decade.

More than 2.5 million international students have studied in Australia over the last fifty years, many of whom currently occupy positions of influence around the region. The Australia Global Alumni Engagement Strategy will seek to leverage our Global Alumni to promote Australia’s diplomatic, trade and investment interests.

Together these three strategies will help the international education sector take advantage of global opportunities and continue to flourish, ensuring we remain a world leader into the future.

 

Biography of the Hon Julie Bishop MP

Julie Bishop is the Minister for Foreign Affairs in Australia’s Federal Coalition Government.

She is also the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party and has served as the Member for Curtin in the House of Representatives since 1998.

Minister Bishop was sworn in as Australia’s first female Foreign Minister on 18 September 2013 following four years in the role of Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.

She previously served as a Cabinet Minister in the Howard Government as Minister for Education, Science and Training and as the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Issues. Prior to this, Minister Bishop was Minister for Ageing.

Minister Bishop has also served on a number of parliamentary and policy committees including as Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties.

Before entering Parliament Minister Bishop was a commercial litigation lawyer at Perth firm Clayton Utz, becoming a partner in 1985, and managing partner in 1994.

Minister Bishop graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide in 1978 and attended Harvard Business School in Boston in 1996 completing the Advanced Management Program for Senior Managers.

She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and has held a number of positions including Director of the West Coast Eagles AFL Club, Chair of the Western Australia Town Planning Appeals Tribunal, Member of Murdoch University Senate and the Anglican Schools Commission and Director of the Special Broadcasting Service and the Committee for Economic Development Australia.

Minister Bishop was inducted into the WA Women Hall of Fame in 2011 and is currently the Deputy Chair of the Western Australian Museum Foundation and a Board Member of His Majesty’s Theatre Foundation.

{Source: Australian Ministry for Foreign Affairs – Media Relations}

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