Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate is using his trip to China to create opportunities for more international students to study at our universities.
Mayor Tate earlier this week signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Mayor of Chengdu – the capital of Sichuan province in Southwest China – that will see education chiefs in Chengdu encourage their students to consider studying IT, languages and manufacturing in the Gold Coast.
A spokesperson for Mayor Tate said 17,000 international students currently study in the Gold Coast, but the the Mayor has plans to increase that number to 28,000 through a ‘Second Home Strategy’.
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“We hope an additional 1000 students may take up placement as a result of this [agreement with Chengdu],” the spokesperson said.
“The Second Home Strategy then encourages [the student’s] families to visit and if they enjoy the GC experience, to buy property here.”
Mayor Tom Tate has also met with the CEO of Hong Kong Airlines and has got them to agree to increase their direct service to the Gold Coast from three times a week to five times a week from January 2017.
The Mayor returns to the Gold Coast on 4 October.