Independent Higher Education Australia (IHEA) CEO Dr Peter Hendy represented Australia’s independent higher education sector by appearing and speaking at the ’Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (JSCFADT)' Inquiry into Australia’s tourism and international education sectors public hearing on 18 April 2022.
The Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (JSCFADT), through its Trade Subcommittee, is exploring the challenges and opportunities presented to both the tourism and international education sectors since the reopening of Australia’s borders.
IHEA's focus at this Inquiry is international education. The Inquiry is a great opportunity to ensure Australia’s international education program and foreign policy settings remain fit-for-purpose and facilitate the higher education sector’s continued contribution to Australia’s productivity, economic resilience, and world class reputation as a destination of choice for study.
Dr Hendy elaborated on aspects of IHEA's earlier submission, provided in December last year, which primarily relates to international education in the independent higher education sector.
IHEA's recommendations cover the following key themes:
- An effective international education program with evidenced measures that meets Australia’s skills needs through attraction and retention.
- Initiatives to ensure positive international student experiences and support pathways to build their skills and contribute to Australia's prosperity.
- Online innovations in education delivery opportunities and potential opportunities to support strategic and foreign policy objectives.
A transcript of the public hearing will be available after the hearings.
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