International students inject $5.38B into Queensland economy, and Townsville is benefitting

Queensland’s international education sector posted decade-high growth, new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows.
 
The latest statistics show there was significant growth in Indian students in October. Medha Chaturvedi is from India and is studying a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at James Cook University.
 
“Townsville is a beautiful place and the nature it has is amazing,” she said.
 
Ms Chaturvedi said there was a lot of practical knowledge taught in her course.
 
“I feel like the practical knowledge gives you a better idea of how you’re going to work in the field,” she said.
 
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the Government was growing the international education sector to create jobs.
 
“Our strategy to expand this sector along with global demand for high quality education means student numbers will continue to grow,” she said.