Guest Article - StudyPerth

StudyPerth’s objectives are clearly set out in our funding agreement with the WA Government:

  • Coordinate the marketing of the Western Australian brand of international education;
  • Promote collaboration and cooperation between international education providers in Western Australia; and
  • Enhance the experience of international students within Western Australia through a range of initiatives.

The last of these objectives – enhancing the student experience – is the objective that has undergone the most revision recently. Since the advent of the pandemic, StudyPerth and the broader international education sector are committed to ensuring that students in Western Australia are safe, secure and connected. And more important than ever, they need to be well prepared for an uncertain future. By the end of their studies, students should be better prepared to enter or advance in the workforce or to start their own business.

While the financial impact of international education is significant, and is analysed in detail in StudyPerth’s recent report, Economic Contribution of International Education in Western Australia, the benefits of international students to WA go well beyond the purely economic. International students bring diversity and a cultural richness to our community, helping to build the State’s links and relationships with other countries, especially our trade partners.

COVID-19 has emphasised the importance to international students of Employability, but also Employment. With this in mind, StudyPerth has adapted two of our major initiatives:

  • The first is ProsPER, StudyPerth’s online platform launched in March that brings together a variety of modules for professional networking, orientation to Perth, employability and increasingly, it will offer advice and support for students looking for casual and part-time employment. StudyPerth has established an online Jobs Board, specifically for international students. ProsPER is designed to help with attraction, engagement and conversion before students have even left their home country. But increasingly we will be using ProsPER to support and advise students who are already in Perth. During this time of closed borders and social distancing, we are very fortunate to have a very adaptable and scalable platform offering all these services online.
  • The second initiative is the StudyPerth International Student Hub, which opened last month in the heart of the city. The Hub is embedded within a technology and enterprise start-up hub and co-working space and integrated closely with ProsPER. It offers:
  • A physical space for student to meet other students, community groups, business councils and employers;
  • An opportunity to join a community of innovative businesses and entrepreneurs; and
  • A schedule of workshops and seminars to help make students become more job ready.

Every five international students in WA create a job in the WA economy. We have a clear duty of care to international students and an obligation: well before the advent of COVID-19, StudyPerth set out to establish a value proposition for Perth as a study destination that emphasises the return on investment for international students.

We aim to equip international students with the skills, experiences, networks, knowledge and confidence to excel in their professional and personal lives in Perth. And we aim to inform employers of the many benefits of engaging international students.

This article has been submitted by Philip Payne, Chief Executive Officer at StudyPerth

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