01 September 2008
QLD Minister showing off her Smart State to Singaporean students
The Queensland Minister for Tourism, Regional Development and Industry Desley Boyle heavily promoted Queensland migration to Singaporean skilled graduates last month in an attempt to encourage more graduates to move to the state.
Ms Boyle promoted Queensland as a migration destination at the Australian Universities Alumni Convention in Singapore last month, so that more skilled workers will move to Queensland and ease shortages in the local workforce.
"Australia is already a very popular destination for international students, with currently 240,000 enrolments across the nation – so it’s our job to let these graduates know about the opportunities available to them in Queensland," Ms Boyle said in a media statement.
The previous month, the Queensland Premier Anna Bligh launched the Smart State strategy, which is hoped to attract more international students and graduates to move to Australia, but more specifically live and work in Queensland.
"The fact is we enjoy a great quality of life and have excellent career prospects," added Ms Boyle. "It goes without saying that these former students have much to offer – many of them are well established in engineering, molecular biology, and information and communications technology."
The Minister also made sure new major investments in cultural facilities in Queensland were showed off at the convention, such as the Gallery of Modern Art and the Roma Street Parklands.
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Article by Jessica Bird, Australian Visa Bureau.