Victoria’s international education sector has won big yet again after the University of Melbourne was named Victorian Exporter of the Year at the 40th Governor of Victoria Export Awards (GOVEAs).
The University of Melbourne also took out the International Education and Training award, the GOVEA successes showing how the university has incorporated an international outlook into all its education, research and engagement activities.
The international impact of the world-renowned institution ranges from collaborating on cutting-edge research to welcoming students and staff from more than 140 countries to its Victorian campuses.
International education is Victoria’s largest service-based export, generating almost $12 billion in annual export revenue – an increase of 89 per cent since 2014 – and supporting almost 79,000 local jobs.
Other GOVEA 2019 winners included:
- Business for Development
- Care Essentials
- FanHub Media
- FLAIM Systems
- Leica Biosystems
- Marand Precision Engineering
- Mo Works
- Pellar Technology
- Select Harvests
- Swisse Wellness
- Two Bulls
The GOVEAs consist of two Victoria-specific awards and 13 national awards, with recipients of the latter automatically qualifying for the Australian Export Awards to be held in December.
Exports make a major contribution to the Victorian economy, reaching a record high of $55 billion in 2018 – a 30 per cent rise since 2014.
See the full list of 2019 GOVEA recipients at global.vic.gov.au/govea.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade Martin Pakula
“Congratulations to the University of Melbourne and all the 2019 GOVEA winners – these organisations make a significant contribution to our economy and help shape Victoria as a leading exporter of quality products and services.”
“Our commitment to supporting exporters has never been stronger and in the 40th year of the GOVEAs, that support is being provided to an increasingly diverse range of industries.”