Kindai Students land on the Sunshine Coast
  • Friday 05 August 2016
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In a potential boost for the Study Sunshine Coast campaign, 35 students from Kindai High school in Japan have spent the past two weeks getting to know our region during a cultural visit.

The students spent time at St Andrew’s Anglican College at Peregian Springs where they made friends with local Year 10 students. They also visited popular local tourists attractions like Australia Zoo and the Eumundi Markets.

Kindai High School is one of Japan’s most prestigious schools and provies pathways for stidents into Kindai University which is a globally recognised leader in innovation and science.

Sunshine Coast Council Economic Development Portfolio Councillor Stephen Robinson said cultural visits provided great exposure for our region as a desirable location for international students to undertake their future tertiary studies.

“To have students from Kindai High School staying in our region, having a fantastic time here and making social connections with people their own age during their stay is a terrific potential boost for our Study Sunshine Campaign that aims to attract more international students here for their University studies,” Cr Robinson said.

“Our region attracts up to 3,000 international students each year who study at TAFE Queensland East Coast, the University of Sunshine Coast, Lexis English and local schools. Having these international students living here delivers more than $60million a year to our local economy.

“So every opportunity we have to grow our education sector and increase international student numbers is enormously positive for our region and that’s what we’re working to achieve through the Study Sunshine Coast Campaign.

This initiative aims to increase international student numbers by 20% over the next five years. It also aims to attract more interstate students to the Sunshine Coast and retain more local people who are currently leaving our region to pursue higher education opportunities.

“We believe there is no better place to live and study and then live and work and our game-changer projects like the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, the Maroochydore CBD, the expansion of Sunshine Coast Airport and the growing numbers of international companies who are basing themselves here will create a new economy on the Sunshine Coast and deliver outstanding career pathways and choices for local, national and international students.”

An initiative of Sunshine Coast Council, the regional Education and Research Industry Taskforce and the newly formed Education Sunshine Coast, the Study Sunshine Coast portal (www.studysunshinecoast.com.au) is now live and will promote our region’s education offering to both overseas and domestic students.

Head of Global Learning at St Andrew’s Anglican College, Tim Barrett said the relationship with Kindai High has been very successful and continues to grow in strength with each exchange visit.

“For many years, St Andrew’s has enjoyed its partnership with Kindai High School, which offers a mutually beneficial time of cultural learning and expanding global mindsets” Mr Barrett, said.

Kindai High Teacher, Mr Kinshiro Oba said the visit to the Sunshine Coast had been a valuable experience.

“The students are having a wonderful time at St Andrew’s” Mr Oba said.

“Their confidence in speaking English is improving and they have made a lot of new friends.”

Kindai High School’s visit was facilitiated by Lexis English, who have welcomed study tour groups from Japanese high schools and universities to the Sunshine Coast for more than 25 years.