Queensland premier Campbell Newman has raised the profile of the state’s vocational education and skills training during a visit to India.
The politician used a panel discussion with Indian heads of industry to promote Queensland’s education and training prowess in order to strengthen ties between the two regions.
Mr Newman noted that more than 13,000 Indian students flocked to Queensland in 2011, providing around $330 million into the economy.
The pupils studied a range of courses that covered various disciplines, with India focusing on upskilling staff of future generations.
“With the Indian government promoting skills development as a major national priority, Queensland’s quality vocational education and training sector is well placed to assist in meeting those needs,” he explained.
The premier added that international education and training was the state’s second largest services export last year, generating $2.35 billion in export earnings and employing some 17,000 individuals.
Mr Newman hosted 76 senior business representatives in Mumbai and will also be attending a workshop in Hyderabad, among other cities.
He aims to promote Queensland’s capabilities in a range of industries, including tourism, construction, resources and agriculture.
“I look forward to expanding the opportunities for [education and training], to help with growing demand,” the politician concluded.