ECU Joondalup students expected to benefit from Australia’s updated free trade agreement with Singapore

Moore MP Ian Goodenough.
Moore MP Ian Goodenough.

ECU Joondalup students with international ambitions are expected to benefit from the update to the Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement with local tertiary qualifications to be recognised by the Lion City.

Graduates from areas such as law, engineering, accounting, health sciences and medicine will be able to work in Singapore without needing to gain further recognition in the republic.

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Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visited Australia last week as the new changes were announced.

Given Moore MP Ian Goodenough was born in Singapore, he was invited to sit at the head table of the official reception with the Singaporean leaders.

Mr Goodenough was buoyant about the opportunities the updated agreement offered the local workforce.

“For institutions such as ECU it will mean wider international compatibility for courses and improved career flexibility for graduates,” he said.

“Local businesses and professionals will be able to expand their markets and career horizons more readily.”

Singapore is Australia’s fifth-largest trading partner and shares the nation’s second-oldest trade agreement.