INTERNATIONAL students studying in Tasmania were officially welcomed to the state at a community event at the Derwent Sailing Squadron recently.
The event celebrated Tasmania’s vibrant international student community and was an opportunity for students to network with homestay families, friends, teachers, and members of the education community.
“I am delighted to welcome many of the almost 5000 international students that Tasmania will host across all our education sectors in 2014,” Department of Education secretary Colin Pettit said.
“Many of these international students would have had a large range of choice in where to study and it reflects well of Tasmania’s education sector that they chose to study here.
“Tasmania is an ideal place for international students to study as our schools provide a world-class education within a safe and welcoming community.
“International students provide many benefits to the state, bringing with them their own cultures and languages to enhance the cultural diversity of our schools and communities.
“They also provide local students with the opportunity to make global connections, giving them an insight into other countries and a better understanding of international issues.”
Mr Pettit also welcomed 10 international education agents currently conducting a tour of the Tasmanian school sector who attended the welcome event to talk to students about their experiences studying in Tasmania.
“The importance of international education is [increasingly] being recognised with Study Tasmania promoting Tasmania as a quality study destination for international students,” he said.
Taiwanese Chu Tsai-Yun (Claudia) said she was enjoying studying in Tasmania and in particular, learning about ocean science.
“I get to practice my English a lot and I like the range of subjects available at Taroona High School.”
The welcome event was hosted by Study Tasmania as part of its support of international students currently studying at government, private and independent schools, TasTAFE, and the University of Tasmania.