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Partnership Between Victoria And Uruguay Advances Latin America Agenda

22 July 2015

Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert has today joined the Uruguayan Ambassador to Australia to witness the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Deakin University and Universidad ORT Uruguay.

Mr Herbert said today’s event was an important step in a long-term engagement plan between Victoria and key Latin American countries such as Uruguay.

This MOU will see Deakin and Universidad ORT Uruguay collaborate in research, teaching and learning, as well as student and staff exchange. Deakin University also intend to explore other collaborative options, to boost their international student numbers.

Universidad ORT Uruguay is the largest private university in Uruguay and provides higher education to over 12,000 students in more than 20 undergraduate and graduate degrees.

The MOU follows the largest ever Education Mission to Latin America in April. The mission, led by Minister Herbert, aimed to build educational partnerships and identify capacity building and reform opportunities.

International education is one of the six future industry sectors, identified as a key driver for future jobs in Victoria.

The state attracts more than 160,000 international student enrolments each year. International education generated $5.3 billion in export earnings in 2014 and supports over 30,000 jobs making it Victoria’s largest single export sector.

The Andrews Labor Government has committed to establishing a new Victorian Government Business Office in South America as part of the Back to Work plan.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert

“The Andrews Labor Government is committed to boosting international student numbers, and making sure we cement our standing as an international education destination.”

“This Memorandum of Understanding between Deakin University and Universidad ORT Uruguay is a fantastic opportunity to develop and strengthen relationships within Latin America and attract more international students to our state.”

“I congratulate Deakin University for securing this MOU with ORT and look forward to the long-term benefits the partnership will deliver to both Victoria and Uruguay.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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