This COVID-19 Source Markets and Competitor Summary

This COVID-19 Source Markets and Competitor Summary outlines the status of Gold Coast’s primary student source markets and adjacent markets with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic as at 24 November 2020. This data, to be updated on an ongoing basis, will inform Study Gold Coast’s strategy towards trade activity and International Education and Training recovery.

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Study Gold Coast — The Way Forward: 2020 - 2021

2020 has been an incredibly demanding year, but with the recent announcements of the easing of restrictions and roadmaps showing the way forward we can now begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The indication from the Prime Minister that the Government is open to working with our sector with the possibility of international students returning to Australia as early as July has been most welcome news.

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Study Gold Coast supporting Students and Providers

Study Gold Coast is here to support the more than 200 international education and training providers in the city and our international student community.

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Study Gold Coast — Australia's FAVOURITE classroom

Study Gold Coast aims to educate the community about the value of the sector, provide meaningful student experiences and promote the economic value of the industry in order to expand the city's talent pool, attract more employers and add depth to the city's social fabric.

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employability program


Study Gold Coast has launched Australia's largest citywide student employability program, aimed at showcasing career options, helping to upskill and developing student engagement opportunities. 

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Social Hangouts - Gold Class Movie Sessions

  1:00PM - 4:00PM

Experience & learn about different cultures through the world of cinema, in a relaxed setting.

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Social Hangouts - Live Music & Farm Animals

  1:00PM - 2:30PM

Fun-filled event to meet new people & make friends, experience live music & play with farm animals.

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English Language Conversation

  2:00PM - 4:00PM

A chance to practice and improve your English conversational skills in a relaxed and comfortable setting. 

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Become a Member

Beyond the advantages of a newfound community, members will gain access to an amazing suite of exclusive benefits. 

The Study Gold Coast organisation is membership based and represented by a Committee of Management, chaired by former Queensland Premier the Hon. Rob Borbridge AO. Institutional members include Southern Cross University, Griffith University and Bond University, as well as TAFE Queensland Gold Coast. The organisation has more than 50 regular members, including a range of Registered Training Organisations (RTO/VET), English Language Schools and High Schools. Associate members provide complementary services to the education and training sector. 

For all membership inquiries please contact Partnerships on 07 5556 6100 or email us.



Gold Coast Science Student One of the World's Best

Queensland Academy for Health Sciences Year 12 student Angie Zhou has competed against the world’s best students at the 2020 International Science Olympiad. Angie represented Australia as a member of our national team and is the first Queensland student to have been chosen in seven years.

Students selected for the Olympiad teams are recognised as some of the brightest young scientists in the world and Angie is no exception. She outperformed 1,800 other biology students from 295 schools in the qualifying exams and made the shortlist of 24 students to participate in the demanding Olympiads Summer School program, where she placed as one of Australia’s top four students.

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Students Turn to Science For Solutions

Students from the Queensland Academy of Health Sciences (QAHS) on the Gold Coast have developed a series of scientific concepts focussed on marine biodiversity, pitching their ideas to an esteemed panel including Dr Alan Finkel, Australia’s Chief Scientist, along with scientists from Griffith University and Nigeria’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

One of the project teams looked at more efficient processes of desalination, a pertinent issue locally with the Gold Coast's desalination plant. Sarah Rao, one of the students working on that project says: “If we could create a more efficient means of purification and implement it here successfully we could then export the concept to other parts of the world.”

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Investing in local talent creates business success

From humble beginnings in 2005, Cooper and Westwood has grown rapidly to become one of the Gold Coast’s leading creative agencies with a substantial roster of local, national and international clients. According to General Manager Liam O’Doherty the agency’s success is built on a thriving team culture. “For us, culture is everything. We hire first on culture and aptitude, before technical talent”, O’Doherty enthuses. 

It’s that focus on putting people first, with a priority on hiring people with the right cultural fit that has seen the agency develop a substantial internship program to ensure the agency can continue to grow while investing in local talent. “Apart from investing back into our industry the program makes smart business sense. It’s a definite benefit for us having the chance to work with someone, see how they respond to challenges and then how they solve problems to provide a very clear picture of their capability”, says O’Doherty.

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