11/06/2009 - 00:00

Uni games enhance education exports

11/06/2009 - 00:00

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Uni games enhance education exports

WESTERN Australia's education exports continue to grow with the University of Western Australia unveiling a new tool for developing this key commodity and helping establish Perth as a world-class destination for international students.

Last week, UWA announced it would host 1,200 university students from nine countries in December as part of the 2009 Indian Rim Asian University Games.

UWA vice-chancellor Alan Robson said involvement with the Indian Rim Asian University Games provided yet another opportunity to maintain and further develop international relationships for the benefit of the entire community and the state.

"We are delighted to be hosting this year's games, which will be held from December 7 to 11, and expect they will attract participants from nine countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, China, India and South Africa," Professor Robson said.

Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics indicate that about $1.4 billion in export currency was pulled into the state through international education in the last financial year, highlighting the value of education exports to the economy.

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