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Published on : Friday, February 15, 2013
Victoria Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher, together with City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, officially launched the 2013 Student Welcome Desk at Melbourne International Airport.
Ms Asher and the Lord Mayor greeted a number of international students arriving in Melbourne to begin the semester. The desk is a joint initiative of the Coalition Government, the City of Melbourne and Melbourne Airport.
Ms Asher said international education was the leading export sector for Victoria.
“Victorian international education providers attract more than 150,000 international student enrolments annually from over 160 countries and generate $4.5 billion in export revenue for Victoria. It is vital for our State’s economy, and for our State’s international reputation, that we continue to support international students,” Ms Asher said.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said he was appreciative of the support the Coalition Government gave the City of Melbourne’s initiative.
“The City of Melbourne is a hugely popular destination to study with 38,000 international students choosing to live and study here in the city. It’s our job to ensure they receive a warm welcome, they feel safe and enjoy their time in our great city,” Cr Doyle said.
The Student Welcome desk provides relevant and accurate information to students on issues relating to visas, accommodation, health and safety and support services and has distributed around 60,000 ‘welcome kits’ to international students. The Coalition Government provides additional support for international students through the $2 million Leader in Learning program with services including:
– The International Student Care Service, which delivers confidential support to international students, particularly those who are experiencing difficulties;
– The Study Melbourne website, which offers comprehensive information on key issues that impact international students; and
– The Culture Card, which provides discounts at museums, art galleries and sporting events.
The 2013 Student Welcome Desk will operate until February 24.
Source:- Melbourne International Airport