The total value of international education to the NSW economy has jumped nearly $1.5 billion since 2013, from $5.5 billion per year to $6.96 billion in 2015, NSW Department of Industry figures based on Australian Bureau of Statistics data show, contrasting this with tourism that recorded $ 5.2 billion in the same year.
To add some perspective Australia’s total international education earnings are pegged at $ 21 billion per year. Top source countries for students include China, India, Singapore.
New South Wales is home to almost 180,000 international students enrolled on diverse courses from management and commerce to engineering and information technology.
Part of its popularity stems from its location, New South Wales with its harbour capital, Sydney, is the international gateway to the Asia Pacific.
New South Wales boasts of some of the top education institutions in Australia for instance the North Coast of NSW is home to Southern Cross University and North Coast Institute. More than 15,000 students are enrolled at Southern Cross University’s campuses throughout the area. Popular courses include business, environmental science and, tourism and hospitality management.
Charles Sturt University, the University of New England, New England Institute, Western Institute and Riverina Institute are all located in Country NSW. Students can choose to study diverse courses ranging from law and criminology, health, animal & veterinary sciences to viticulture (study of grape cultivation).
University of Wollongong is home to more than 40,000 students and the university ranks in the top 2% of universities world-wide.
The capital of New South Wales, Sydney is home to many universities and a large number of high quality private higher education, vocational and English colleges, while more 30,000 students are enrolled at University of Newcastle which offers specialisations in research in health and medicine, science and engineering, and energy and the environment.