Guest Article - The University of Western Australia

Bringing Perth’s diverse education opportunities to the world

With education Australia’s third largest export and WA generating more than $2 billion annually from international education in 2019, WA universities play an important role in enhancing Perth’s global reputation and economic prosperity.

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is a proud partner of the Hashtag Perth project, founded by the Committee for Perth to enhance Perth’s reputation globally, and has worked with the committee to promote the significant education and research opportunities Perth has to offer.

Hashtag Perth has played a strong role in outlining how we should increase the awareness and profile of Perth globally and the need to expand our population and economic diversity, areas important for the future of Perth. UWA has supported and contributed to the work of the project, including the recent Boorloo Kworp ‘Perth is Good’ report, which looks at ways of setting our region apart from others, such as promoting Perth’s key attributes — our quality of life, affordability and enviable work-life balance.

Ranked in the world’s top 100 universities and the highest ranked university in Western Australia, UWA offers a world-class education to more than 25,000 students, with 24 per cent of these international. The positive flow on effect from international education is significant for Perth, with one full-time job created in WA for every five international students.

UWA partners with universities and institutions in more than 30 countries worldwide and is a founder of an international group of leading like-minded universities – The Matariki Network of Universities. The University is an active participant in the WA education industry via Study Perth, contributing funding and collaborating with others in the sector to market Perth as a premium destination for international students.

Opportunity and innovation during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 brought challenges to the education sector, but also presented new opportunities for innovation.

Our time zone, within the Asian corridor, worked to our strong advantage, enabling us to continue our teaching and research as many international students returned to their home countries and our international borders closed.

UWA responded rapidly, implementing online solutions to maintain connections and engagement with our international students, researchers and collaborators. New digital forms of teaching provided students with new skills that they will take into their future careers.

Recognising challenges posed by the pandemic, UWA responded with a new suite of courses, designed to respond to the changing needs of the global economy, industry and society, ensuring students were well prepared for jobs of the future. A range of short ‘micro-credential’ courses were made available online, designed to help those looking to upskill, change career path or develop knowledge in a particular area as a result of COVID-19.

Together with the Committee for Perth, UWA looks to the future with a strong sense of optimism in our ability to respond to challenge and embracing creative and bold ways to showcase all that Western Australia has to offer.

This article has been submitted by The University of Western Australia

Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.