International student winners set to make a splash on the Gold Coast

FIVE talented International Student Ambassadors on the trip of a lifetime as Queensland’s Ultimate Gap Year winners will be welcomed to the Gold Coast tomorrow with a private dolphin show hosted at Sea World.

Queensland Treasurer and Minister for Trade the Honourable Tim Nicholls said the Gold Coast will be their next stop after already having spent time in Brisbane, Noosa and Cairns.

“These talented students were chosen from 300+ entries across the popular international education markets of Brazil, Colombia, Japan, Korea and Taiwan and will act as Ambassadors by establishing and maintaining positive industry relationships between their country and Queensland,” Mr Nicholls said.


Minister for Education, Training and Employment, and Member for Surfers Paradise, the Honourable John-Paul Langbroek said there were an estimated 13,000 commencements in schools, Higher Education, Vocational Training and English language colleges by international students on the Gold Coast in 2014.

“Currently, there are 25,000 university students studying on the Gold Coast including over 7,000 international university students,” Mr Langbroek said.

“The Gold Coast is a unique city that is not only a great holiday destination but also one of the world’s best places to live and study.”

Mr Nicholls said, “Last year alone, our great state opened its arms and welcomed more than 86,000 student enrolments, coming from 161 countries.”

“This means our state, with the help of Queenslanders, Queensland businesses and education institutions, proudly hosted international students from over 80 per cent of the world,” he said.

According to Study Gold Coast’s CEO Shannon Willoughby, the Gold Coast has a lot to offer students, with its education industry presenting diverse and quality study opportunities in a safe and friendly environment.

“The quality of our education system, coupled with an unrivalled lifestyle, make it a first choice destination for many Australian and international students,” she said.

“While the five winners study with our high quality education providers and enjoy our great lifestyle, their promotional activities, such as blogging and social media posts, will go a long way towards helping our education industry attract new international students to choose the Gold Coast,”said Ms Willoughby.

Minister Nicholls said the Ultimate Gap Year competition was the result of a successful collaboration between the Queensland Government and the state’s education, trade, training and tourism industry partners, domestically and overseas.

“Our Ambassadors will return home with not just great memories, but with vital training, skills and knowledge learnt through their Ultimate Gap Year experience which we expect will have a decisive impact their future careers” he said.

The winners are: Ms Amanda Goncalves (Brazil), Mr Juan Camilo Leal (Colombia), Ms Ayane Hirata (Japan), Ms Ji-yeon Choi (Korea) and Ms Vera Hsu (Taiwan).