VIC CEO Lunch: International Education in Post Pandemic Australia
Join us for our exclusive VIC CEO Lunch and conversation, in partnership with Cairns Convention Centre. Hon Phil Honeywood, Chief Executive Officer, International Education Association of Australia will share insights on Australia's need for more skilled workers.
After finally reopening our nation’s borders in December, 2021, we now are almost back to the same number of full tuition fee paying international students that we hosted prior to Covid. But with their return we are now overdue for a national conversation about the role these students are going to play in Australia’s future.
Given the global demand for a skilled workforce, will it still be OK to just teach overseas students world class qualifications and then send them back to their home countries? Alternatively, faced with talent attraction competition from Canada, UK, USA and NZ, do we need to be more proactive in providing these young people with migration pathways? But where will this sit with the wider Australian community particularly in the context of accommodation shortages and anti-foreigner perceptions?
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ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Hon. Phil Honeywood, Chief Executive Officer, International Education Association of Australia
Phil has been IEAA's Chief Executive Officer since November 2011. Previously, he was a Member of the Victorian State Parliament (1988–2006), Minister for Tertiary Education, Training and Multicultural Affairs (1996–1999) and Deputy Leader of the Opposition (2002–2006). Since retiring from politics, Phil worked at Stott’s Business College and Cambridge International College.
Phil is the Convener of the National Council for International Education, Chairman of the Roundtable of International Education Peak Body CEOs and a member of the Tuition Protection Service Board. He also sits on the New South Wales, Queensland and StudyPerth International Education Advisory Boards. Phil is a Board member of the Bennelong Philanthropic Foundation and the Bangarra Group Board.