TRC Mayor Paul Antonio, Chair-Economic Development Portfolio and USQ Deputy Vice Chancellor (Students and Communities) Mr Carl Rallings are leading the collaborative project.
The region’s international education and training sector has received a boost, with TRC receiving $30K in grants from the Queensland Government’s International Education and Training Partnership Fund.
Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said Council led the funding application with the support of USQ. TAFE Queensland South West, Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE), Department of Education & Training, Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce and local schools were also involved in the proposal.
“Council were successful in receiving two grants - $17,500 to investigate the establishment of a formal education cluster in the region and a $12,500 grant to conduct a collaborative international student welcome event,” Mayor Antonio said.
“Council and USQ will also match this funding contribution to help shape and build the international student experience in Toowoomba.”
Mayor Antonio said the establishment of a formal education cluster in the region would bring Toowoomba in line with other major cities in Queensland.
“Study Cairns, Study Townsville, Study Sunshine Coast, Study Brisbane and Study Gold Coast education clusters currently exist to work collectively to attract and retain international students to their regions,” Mayor Antonio said.
“The proposed Study Toowoomba group has strong support from regional stakeholders who would like to attract more international students to the region and collectively support those studying in our region.”
USQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students and Communities) Mr Carl Rallings said he was thrilled with the outcome.
“USQ is proud to partner with the Queensland Government and Toowoomba Regional Council in these international education initiatives,” he said.
“The establishment of a formal education cluster will act as a catalyst to lift the international education industry in our region.”
Last year nearly 30,000 students from 92 countries studied a diverse range of programs at USQ through on-campus, online delivery or with overseas education partners.
USQ has earned an international reputation for the support it provides to overseas students and this was reconfirmed when the University was named the top university in Australia for international student satisfaction by the International student barometer survey.
For more information visit: https://www.usq.edu.au/study/international.