University wins Premier's Award for export excellence
Wednesday, 14 September 2005
The University of Adelaide took out the Premier's Award for excellence and high achievement in exporting at the Business SA Export Awards this weekend.
It also won the Education Adelaide award category for outstanding export achievement in the field of education services, facilities, expertise and curriculum.
"The University of Adelaide would like to thank the Premier and Business SA for recognising our contribution to the state economy and the Strategic Plan for the State," said the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, Professor James McWha.
"South Australia becoming an education centre is part of the State Strategic Plan, with the State Government seeking to double the levels of overseas students within ten years.
"It is appropriate that the University of Adelaide is leading the charge to make South Australia an international education centre of excellence.
"We currently have students and staff from over 80 countries and we can say with some pride that we have outperformed the sector in international growth, achieving a 24.7% increase in our international student load while the corresponding figure for all Australian universities was 8.5%.
"We will continue to develop relationships with South Australia's key trading partners in Asia and the rest of the world. International students from the University of Adelaide not only inject many hundreds of millions of dollars into the economy annually, they take fond memories back home with them and become ambassadors for our state throughout their business lives, which has great potential effects for our economy over a long period," Professor McWha added.
All winners of Business SA export awards go on to the Australian Export Awards, held in Sydney on 1 December.