International education award short-list for Griffith

Griffith University is among the finalists in the 2013 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards’ in a new category recognising Excellence in International Education.

“Education Queensland International, Griffith University, International Education Services (IES) and the University of Queensland are all in the running for the ACPET Award for Excellence in International Education Delivery,” said Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.

“The Excellence in International Education award was created in recognition of the fact international education is Brisbane’s biggest export industry, generating $2.4 billion in annual course fee revenue and $2.7 billion in downstream spending, as well as more than 20,000 local jobs.

“This new award gives Brisbane’s international education providers the credit they deserve.”

Cr Quirk said there were currently more than 75,000 international student enrolments in Brisbane.

“International students are attracted to the high standard of education offered by Brisbane’s universities, state and private high schools, private colleges, TAFEs and English language schools,” Cr Quirk said.

“Brisbane’s education sector is first-class, consistently ranked among the world’s best.

International students contribute a great deal to Brisbane’s economic and social fabric but they wouldn’t be here if our education sector was not so outstanding.

“The eighth annual Lord Mayor’s Business Awards attracted a record number of entries. The program celebrates the achievements and contribution made by the business community to Brisbane’s $135 billion economy and in securing our position as Australia’s new world city.”

The Lord Mayor’s Business Awards are staged by economic development board Brisbane Marketing. The 2013 LMBA winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner at City Hall onFriday 11 October, where they will join past winners. more information.