MOORE MHR Ian Goodenough wants to see more international students in Joondalup.
International education is Australia’s third largest export revenue earner behind iron ore and coal, generating a record $28.6 billion in the 2016-17 financial year.
Mr Goodenough recently visited the China Australia Business College of Shanxi where he met with several members of the university’s management team in a bid to attract more students to tertiary institutions in the Joondalup area.
The college has 24,000 students, many of whom spend a year studying at major Australian universities to broaden their international business experience and develop English language skills.
“I was impressed by the scale of the campus and the amenities available for students including accommodation, meals, sporting facilities and retail outlets,” Mr Goodenough said.
“It is like a self-contained metropolis.”
“It was great to see streets on the campus named after Australian universities such as Curtin and Murdoch and I understand there are plans to name a street after Edith Cowan University when the library and engineering building are completed.”
Mr Goodenough facilitated a meeting in Canberra earlier this year between the college president and Education Minister Simon Birmingham to discuss the potential of establishing local campuses in Alkimos and Bunbury.
“It will be positive to develop a more cooperative working relationship with our educational institutions,” he said.
“Attracting more overseas students will be a huge boost for our local economy.”