A state-of-the-art student hub was launched this week on the Gold Coast will energise the city’s burgeoning $1.7 billion education sector with students set to benefit from a raft of support networks and activities.
The Gold Coast Student Hub, one of three to start operating in Queensland, was officially opened on Tuesday by Treasurer and Minister for Trade, The Hon Curtis Pitt, MP Mayor Tom Tate, Study Gold Coast Chairman, and the Hon. Rob Borbidge AO.
Created by Study Gold Coast, and funded in partnership between local government, the education sector and the State Government, the Gold Coast Student Hub at Southport will be a free space for students to connect, learn and explore the city, as well as receive support and guidance from experienced professionals.
Mr Pitt said the State Government was focussed on supporting and nurturing growth in the sector, underpinned by a raft of initiatives developed by peak education body Study Gold Coast.
“The Gold Coast is leading the way as an international education and training destination and its reputation as a student-focused city continues to flourish,” he said.
“The Queensland Government is pleased to support this brilliant initiative as part of its $25.3 million International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland in supporting innovative industry initiatives aimed at further boosting Queensland’s international education and training sector.
“Today’s launch is part of a broader state-wide roll-out of student hubs, aimed at energising the sector, while providing a safe space for students to connect and gain access to a range of activities and support services.
“Education is now Queensland’s second biggest services export and is catching up to tourism. In 2016, tourism accounted for 36 per cent of Queensland’s service exports, while international education and training accounted for 27 per cent.”
The Gold Coast is home to more than 25,000 international students from 130 countries, contributing around $754 million annually – making it one of the fastest growing economic drivers for the city.
Study Gold Coast received funding by Trade Investment Queensland’s International Education and Training Unit and City of Gold Coast to co-develop the Hub, which is ideally located in the rejuvenated Southport CBD next to the Light Rail Station on Nerang Street.
City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate, said the development was a perfect example of state and local government working together to ensure future growth in education and training.
“Education is one of the city’s fastest growing sector and is a driving, economic force,” he said.
“Its future prosperity is reliant on initiatives that nurture and cultivate a welcoming and positive culture for an increasing number of international students and also domestic students who choose this beautiful part of the world to study,” he said.
“The student hub will set an example for other cities about the importance of a united community focus to ensure we welcome, support and engage our students throughout their journey here. Our city is their city, it’s their second home.”
Study Gold Coast CEO Shannon Willoughby said the Hub would provide support services, employability opportunities, social activities and valuable workshops and events for all Gold Coast students.
“Gold Coast students finally have a meeting place to connect and share knowledge and I would like to acknowledge the shared vision and commitment by the Premier of Queensland, The Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk, Treasurer, The Hon Curtis Pitt, Mayor Tom Tate and our education members for enabling this project to come to fruition,” said Ms Willoughby.
“The Gold Coast Student Hub has been co-created by students, for students. We have been working with students over the past months leading up to this point to understand what they want and need. They have been the inspiration for the variety of features and offerings in the hub.
“The hub features work stations and is equipped with everything a student could want in one location. It also accommodates the new offices of Study Gold Coast and its staff, creating anenvironment with open, contemporary settings.”
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About Study Gold Coast:
Study Gold Coast is the city’s peak education and training body promoting the Gold Coast as the ideal destination for education on a domestic and international scale. It works to position the education and training industry as an important economic pillar to the city and is chaired by former Queensland Premier Rob Borbidge AO. Institutional members include Southern Cross University, Griffith University, Bond University and TAFE Queensland Gold Coast, as well as private providers, and Gold Coast high schools.
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