National strategy crucial for international education

31 March 2021

Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) welcomes Minister Tudge’s strong commitment to the long-term future for Australia’s innovative and job-creating international education sector. ATN also welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the national conversation on the future of this critically important sector.

ATN Universities have 60,000 onshore and 26,000 offshore international students and they are all valuable members of our universities and wider communities. They enrich our campuses and improve the learning experience for Australian students, support local businesses (especially in the tourism and hospitality sectors), strengthen our economy, and improve our connections internationally.

We look forward to welcoming international students back to our shores as soon as it is safe to do so.

ATN is already a leader in innovation in international education through digital delivery and transnational education, which the Minister foreshadowed as growing opportunities for Australian universities.

Our universities have worked tirelessly to support all our students, particularly those unable to travel to Australia – with the Minister highlighting University of Technology Sydney’s offshore learning centres.

We welcome the opportunity to work with the Federal Government and other stakeholders in the consultation on the Government’s Australian Strategy for International Education 2021-2030 announced today.

Quotes attributable to Luke Sheehy, ATN Executive Director:

“We look forward to having a national conversation with Minister Tudge and our partners across the sector, including state and territory governments.”

“ATN will continue to deliver high-quality education in Australia and around the world, both face-to-face and online, and we’re excited about the new opportunities in international education Minister Tudge identified today.”