Education

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A complete education experience 

New South Wales boasts a dynamic and multicultural education sector that caters for domestic and international students and researchers across a wide range of fields. Both metropolitan and regional areas of NSW offer students rich cultural and social opportunities within a stunning natural environment.

International students study in a safe, supportive and inclusive environment where course quality is guaranteed through national quality assurance frameworks and regulation by government.

More than 200,000 international students from over 160 countries study at NSW universities, colleges and schools every year, taking advantage of world-class teaching, infrastructure and research facilities.

NSW hosts Australia's premier research and higher education infrastructure, including the largest number of university and private higher education providers.

With over 1,000 private registered training organisations operating locally and the largest public Technical and Further Education (TAFE) provider in Australia, NSW offers quality and choice in vocational education and training (VET).

Our TAFE institutes, English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) colleges and private VET providers are internationally recognised for the qualifications they provide and their pathways into local industry and higher education. Local public and private primary and secondary schools across NSW offer an excellent learning environment with the state's students performing well above the OECD average in reading, and mathematic and scientific literacy.

$5.3b in international education exports for NSW 2012-13

Market opportunities

New societal and institutional aspirations in emerging economies are driving a renewed focus on:

  • English training
  • Skills qualifications
  • Post-graduate qualifications
  • Research and experimental development 

Organisations contemplating investing in the NSW education sector have a wide array of options, including joint ventures with NSW tertiary institutions for student exchange programs.

Sydney's reputation for academic excellence

Many international education institutions are active in NSW, either in partnership with local universities or as local campuses. Two international institutions opened campuses in Sydney in 2012:

Both institutions cited Sydney's location and its reputation for academic excellence as reasons for their decision to establish campuses here.