Mayor Jamieson - Study on the Sunshine Coast
  • Tuesday 01 November 2016

We’ve reached the six-month anniversary of Study Sunshine Coast, an important joint initiative from our council and Education Sunshine Coast which aims to retain and attract more Australian, mature and international students to our region.

The Education and Research sector is one of the seven high-value industries highlighted in the Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS) as offering the greatest potential to succeed as our economy grows.

And Study Sunshine Coast is playing a key role in helping us achieve our goals.

We have 73 schools, two universities and 400 occupational training organisations, including TAFE Queensland East Coast, operating on the Sunshine Coast, with the education sector employing more than 13,000 locals.

It’s predicted that this part of our economy will become the region’s second largest employer by 2033.

As part of the campaign to build our student numbers, 10 international and domestic students who are currently studying at USC and the TAFE have volunteered to be enthusiastic ambassadors by promoting our region as a study destination via their social media networks.

From diverse backgrounds and representing different age groups, they have been very busy, spreading the word about the benefits of studying and living on the Coast.

They have a great story to tell and have been doing a superb job telling it.

They’ve helped us to build a strong and responsive social media audience - a follower base of 25,000+ across all social media platforms - which is the key driver for referring students to local education providers through the Study Sunshine Coast website.

The website has already had more than 12,000 page views and has generated numerous enquiries for the local education providers.

Study Sunshine Coast was also a core contributor to the Future Careers+ Expo to ensure students were aware of the career opportunities that will become available in the year 2020 and beyond within the high value industries on our Sunshine Coast.

I’d encourage you to visit and follow the campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest and YouTube.