The fifteenth annual ICEF Australia and New Zealand conference will be held in Perth in 2023, connecting education providers with international education agents from across the globe.
The conference is set to attract upward of 300 delegates to Western Australia, for a two-day networking and trade conference attended by the top international student recruitment agents, directly generating upwards of $935,000 for the economy.
Business Events Perth partnering with Study Perth and the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, meant the bid garnered support from over 16 education and student affairs organisations nationally.
The support of 26 Western Australian education providers who attended this year’s ICEF Australia and New Zealand conference in Adelaide has contributed immensely to the favourable decision for Perth.
The Government of Western Australia’s ‘Diversify WA’ economic framework recognises the importance of the international education sector, and the role the sector plays in growing and diversifying Western Australia.
Western Australia’s proximity to the Asia Pacific region, its innovative and quality educational reputation, and high-quality student accommodation offerings were also key in factors in the win.
Minister for international education Hon David Templeman MLA said the bid win directly reflects our State’s leading environment for international education.
“With our world-class universities, strong economy, wealth of job opportunities and desirable lifestyle, Western Australia is a study destination like no other,” Templeman said.
“We have long welcomed students from across the globe to our State, so this is a great opportunity for our world-class education facilities to get in-front of international education agencies and discuss our capability to support incoming students with employment opportunities, real-world skills and career outcomes.”
Study Perth CEO Derryn Belford said the ICEF Australia and New Zealand conference is a fantastic opportunity for Western Australia’s education facilities.
“Perth is renowned for cutting-edge educational facilities and an ideal lifestyle for students, which we are proud to share with students from around the world,” Belford said.
“With so much recent investment in our state’s education sector, including the current development of the Edith Cowan University City campus, we want to provide the best possible opportunities for students from around the world to experience living, studying and working in Western Australia.”
Business Events Perth CEO Gareth Martin said the win is a step in the right direction for the recovery of the business event industry and also an important strategic sector for Western Australia.
“The ICEF ANZA 2023 conference is the perfect platform to showcase the strength of our State’s international education sector and hands-on student services, on the global stage,” Martin said.
“Not only will this trade conference support the business event industry in Perth, it will also help to diversify the State’s economy through the ongoing benefits of hosting quality student recruitment agencies from around the world attracting future students to Western Australia.”