Recalibrating for the New Reality of International Education – ACBC Vic

13 Sep 2021

The Australia China Business Council Victoria (ACBC Vic) invites members and friends to a timely virtual industry roundtable – recalibrating for the new reality of international education.

International education was once Australia’s fourth-largest export industry, but revenue is down 26% on the record high of A$37.7 billion in 2019 and is expected to trend lower. Significant loss of revenue and jobs in the education and other related sectors poses serious immediate and future challenges for the economy and to the sustainability of the international education sector which has contributed in major ways to Australia over decades.

To address this critical topic, ACBC Vic is delighted to host this special roundtable discussion with key speakers including Professor Pascale Quester (Swinburne University VC & President), Kurt Mullane (Acting Executive Director of International Education at the Victorian Department of Education), Councillor Davydd Griffiths (City of Melbourne Education and Innovation Portfolio Lead) and Frances Coppolillo (CEO of Melbourne Polytechnic).

The virtual roundtable and interactive Q&A will be moderated by Professor On Kit Tam (RMIT; Vice President, ACBC Victoria and Chair of ACBC Victoria Education & Training Working Group), and concluding remarks by Dr Celina Yu (General Manager, Edvantage Institute Australia).

Some of the issues the speakers will address:

  • Are Australian universities ready to restore the significant role of international education – a key contributor to their recent development success, and to the economy and society of Victoria and Australia?
  • What short- and long-term strategies could the education sector implement to deal with the current challenges?
  • Where can the Victorian Government help providers of international education regain the lost market?
  • How will the revival of the CBD, including new infrastructure projects make Melbourne/Victoria even more attractive to international students?


Date: Thursday 23 September 2021

Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm AEST

Platform: Zoom – Virtual Roundtable

ACBC Members: FREE

General Admission: $45 (+GST+BF)



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