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Promoting Australian higher education to the world

Ministers:

The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
The Hon Alan Tudge MP
Minister for Education and Youth

The Morrison Government is promoting Australia’s world-class higher education and online learning offering to more than 12 million people around the globe.

‘Study with Australia’ is a five-year project to showcase Australian education to new and existing learners worldwide.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan said ‘Study with Australia’ would give Australian education providers another avenue to promote their innovative online products via the learning platform FutureLearn.com.

“When COVID-19 impacted higher education, Australian providers were quick to develop innovative ways to continue teaching their students,” Mr Tehan said.

“During a pilot offering free online short courses at 20 Australian education institutions, ‘Study with Australia’ clocked up more than 836,000 enrolments across 52 courses in just three months.

“The global online e-learning market is forecast to grow from $US101 billion to more than $US370 billion by 2026, which is a huge opportunity for Australian universities and education providers to reach a global audience and provide jobs and growth here in Australia.”

Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge said the project will provide international students worldwide with access to short courses through Australian education institutions.

“Building on the award-winning ‘Study with Australia’ pilot, this new agreement enables Australian providers to offer online short courses and microcredentials to millions via the global reach of the FutureLearn platform.”

“Of course, we want international students back in Australia, but while international travel is limited, this initiative ensures students can stay connected to Australia and our world-leading education providers at a time when they need it most.” Mr Tudge said.

FutureLearn Chief Content and Partnerships Officer Justin Cooke said: “We are delighted to enter into the next chapter of the highly successful ‘Study with Australia’ campaign.

“Together with Austrade and our 20 world-leading Australian partners, we’ve enabled more than 450,000 people from almost every country around the globe to gain new vital skills through over 50 different courses in high-demand areas such as digital, technology, law and healthcare,” Mr Cooke said.

“We now look forward to continuing to showcase the best of Australia’s education offering as we build on our shared mission to transform access to education.”

The initiative was awarded the 2020 Excellence Award for Innovation in International Education by the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA).

‘Study with Australia’ is a joint initiative of Austrade and FutureLearn.

For more information, visit https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/collections/study-australia.