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Special Bulletin - 4 August 2010

Victorian TAFE Institutes urge political parties to protect international education in national campaign

A group of Victorian TAFE Institutes today launched a national advertising campaign to promote the value of international education to the Australian economy and the community.

The first of a series of advertisements appeared today in The Australian. It argues that it’s not in the national interest to confuse the issue of international education with the current debate on immigration.

The advertisement sends a powerful message to Australia’s political leaders:

“Do Not Destroy International Education”

The advertisement urges the parties to protect the international education sector – the third largest export industry for Australia - and warns of the significant job losses that will occur should the industry further decline.

It highlights the recent study on the intentions of international TAFE students, commissioned by TAFE Directors Australia, and funded by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, which found that only 13% of international students are seeking permanent residency.

The campaign is being funded by a group of six TAFE Institutes comprising Box Hill Institute, Chisholm Institute, Holmesglen Institute, Kangan Institute, Northern Metropolitan Institute of TAFE, and William Angliss Institute.

The advertisements will appear throughout the course of the election campaign.