New international students to Victoria have been welcomed to the state at a Lunar New Year event at the Study Melbourne Student Centre.
Lunar New Year has a long tradition in Victoria with Melbourne being home to the longest continuous Chinese settlement in any western country.
Many of Victoria’s 160,000 international students hail from the Asia Pacific region, including 49,000 students from China, 13,600 from Vietnam, 9,000 from Malaysia and 5,000 from Indonesia.
This reflects the State’s longstanding and strong relationship with Asia, characterised by ever-increasing trade and business links, tourism growth and deepening cultural connections.
Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert used the occasion to encourage the new students to make the best of everything in Victoria and reiterated the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to their welfare.
The Labor Government has several initiatives to support international students while they are studying here.
The International Student Welfare Grants provides $4 million in grants to support organisations who work with international students.
The Study Melbourne Student Centre also provides information and access to a range of support services.
The Labor Government is committed to transforming Victoria into the Education State and recognises the enduring value of international education.
Quotes attributable to the Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert
“Victoria becomes a home away from home for around 160,000 international students each year, and we hope that they all have a successful and enjoyable experience during their stay.”
“It’s easy to see why we attract so many students each year. Melbourne has a vibrant culture and I encourage our new students to make the most of their time here.”
“The Study Melbourne Student Centre provides a welcoming place for international students, with great information and access to support services for students.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020