Our way ahead is in providing quality education, training, innovation, opportunity and career outcomes against the backdrop of an unrivalled destination– Shannon Willoughby, CEO Study Gold Coast
Home to three world class universities and more than 200 education and training providers, the Gold Coast is Australia’s favourite classroom.
Our city promotes and embraces diversity with 28 per cent of residents born overseas and over 25,000 students from more than 130 countries enrolling to study here. Our educational institutions, employers and the wider community welcome the unique opportunities our international students and alumni create in building a truly global city.
The Gold Coast consistently rates highly in educational rankings and has achieved some world class accolades in recent years.
- #1 Regional city in Australia for International Students.
- #1 Student City by the Beach (2016)
- Bond University voted as “Australia’s #1 University for Student Experience”
- SCU voted “Best International Student Support Services” (3 years in a row)
In 2017 Study Gold Coast launched the Gold Coast Student Hub, another display of the city’s commitment to supporting the student community.
Education and training provides employment for close to 18,000 Gold Coast residents and contributes more than $1.7 billion to the Gold Coast economy, making it a pivotal economic pillar alongside the traditional tourism and property drivers.
The Gold Coast is the fourth fastest growing job market in nation (*ABS). By 2020 health care is anticipated to be the top employment sector in the city, further cementing establishing the Gold Coast as an education, health and knowledge city. In 2017 Study Gold Coast launched Australia’s largest employability program facilitating stronger connections between the education and training sector and industry to foster a more robust local economy.
Around 25,000 international students from 130 countries who call the Gold Coast their ‘second home’ will no doubt attest to this, as they come here for the unique lifestyle the city offers.
A highly skilled city is not just about the education experience, it’s also built on our global connections, employability, striving for job self-containment and leading digital infrastructure. Brisbane Inner City and the Gold Coast have the largest projected employment growth in Queensland and among the top 15 growth regions in the whole country.