International education agents visit Tasmania Thu 4 October 2012 Nick McKim Minister for Education and Skills The Minister for Education and Skills, Nick McKim, today welcomed a group of international education agents on their one week familiarisation tour of the State. Mr McKim said that following Premier, Lara Giddings' delegation to Asia, the Tasmanian Government is progressing initiatives to boost international education in Tasmania. "The 10 agents are from key Tasmanian target markets including China, Vietnam, India, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Korea, Nepal, Germany and the United Arab Emirates," he said. "By giving agents direct exposure to Tasmania and Tasmania's world class education facilities we can highlight the unique opportunities Tasmania can offer international students. "There are currently 270 international student enrolments in Tasmanian Government education providers - 129 in Government schools and 141 in the Tasmanian Polytechnic. Mr McKim said that the tour covers Tasmanian Government High Schools and Colleges, UTAS campuses, a range of Catholic and independent schools and the Tasmanian Polytechnic. "The Tasmanian Government through the International Education Industry Roundtable is implementing strategies to encourage more international students to come to Tasmania to study in the future," he said. Mr McKim also announced a student video competition for international students studying in Tasmania. "We want students to tell us in their own words the things they have found most inspiring about studying in Tasmania. "The competition is open to all international students in Tasmania including those at the University of Tasmania, private schools and Government students. "Students are invited to submit a video of their "Tasmanian study experience" - up to three minutes in length. "There are two categories - school students under the age of 18 and for university or VET students over the age of 18." Mr McKim said the competition closes on 24 October with the winners announced in November.