Welcome to the latest edition of the EQI Agent eNews.
As we approach the end of the school year, there has been lots of activity at home and overseas.
It was a great pleasure to meet many of you during my recent visit to China where we hosted some very productive EQI Days. One of the key themes was preparing students for the careers of the future and with this in mind, it was great fun to launch EQI’s first virtual reality video during my trip.
It is a delight to see two of our international students starring in a new ABC video series and these, along with our latest videos and school stories, are great tools to support your promotional activities.
Look out for a special edition of the eNews in December when we’ll be highlighting some of the many successes enjoyed by Queensland Government schools and international students this year.
Use the link below to share your feedback with us, or contact your EQI Regional Manager if you need information about any programs or activities you are interested in.
Thank you and kind regards
Director, International Business, Sales and Marketing
Education Queensland International
What is school like in Queensland?
We recently launched EQI’s first virtual reality (VR) video designed as a fun and innovative way to show your clients what it’s like to study at a Queensland Government school.
VR is tipped to take off in the next two years with Microsoft, Google, HTC and Sony among the technology giants in the race to develop its potential. Sales of VR headsets are expected to reach 22 million by 2021, and Mark Zuckerberg believes a billion people will be using Facebook’s ‘Go’ VR device when it is released next year.
How does VR work?
EQI’s video features an EQI homestay and a day at The Gap State High School, which were recorded using special filming techniques.
A sphere of cameras mounted at different angles captures footage from each camera’s field of view along with an overlap of the vision recorded by its neighbour.
This footage is then downloaded, synchronised and stitched together to form three-dimensional images. When watched wearing VR goggles, which adjust the screen image by tracking the viewer’s head movements, the viewer can explore the scenes at their own pace and enjoy a more realistic view of the school experience.
Accessing the video
The video is available to download from the EQI website
in English, Chinese or Japanese.
This latest innovation demonstrates our commitment to enhancing EQI services for our partners and students. We hope you and your clients enjoy using this great new tool and would love to hear your feedback about this or any of our services.
Update: 2019 fees
In response to feedback, EQI is moving forward with an early announcement about Internaional Student Programs (ISP) tuition and other fees.
We anticipate publishing information about our 2019 fees early next year.
If you are counselling prospective students about 2019 enrolment, please note that the Government Indexation Rate is estimated to be 3.5% for tuition and other fees.
EQI Days in China
Thank you to all our agents and education industry colleagues who attended the EQI Days held in Beijing and Guangzhou in October. The agent workshops were a chance to share information about the latest trends in international education in Australia, the advantages of studying in Queensland Government schools and the recent reforms to Queensland’s tertiary education entrance system.
Presenters included Jack Stathis, EQI’s Director of International Business, Sales and Marketing; Chris Tobin, Principal of Merrimac State High School; and Jean Hamilton, Director of Studies at Whites Hill State College. They were joined by speakers from The University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, University of Southern Queensland, TAFE Queensland and BROWNS English Language School.
As well as taking a look at education for the careers of the future, the events generated productive discussions about the high level of support international students receive at Queensland Government schools. This includes assisting students to adapt to Australian life and study, as well as higher education and career advice.
In keeping with the ‘future’ theme, there was lots of excitement around the launch of EQI’s new Virtual School Day video. In particular participants were excited to put on their EQI branded virtual reality goggles.
2017 Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools
Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the 2017 Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools. The state winners were selected from 22 regional finalists and were announced at the Showcase Awards Gala Dinner at the end of October.
EQI is among the proud sponsors of the awards, which are presented annually to Queensland state schools that demonstrate excellence in improving outcomes for students.
Suzanne Wauchope, Deputy Director-General, Training and Skills, presented the Showcase Award for Excellence in Global Engagement to Robina State High School.
The award recognises the school’s commitment to Developing cross-culturally competent high school students by providing opportunities for students to engage with Japanese language and culture.
State finalist Wellers Hill State School was commended for Nurturing students for a global future through language education, sister-school initiatives and cultural experiences for students.
We also congratulate Paul Bancroft OAM from Cleveland District State High School who was awarded the Griffith University Jack Pizzey Award for Principal of the Year, and State finalist, Terry Heath from Yeronga State High School.
EQI students star in ABC film series
Two EQI students are among the international students featured in the ABC’s new video series Student Life: Far From Home. The series highlights the contribution of international students to the culture of their education institution and regional community, and the roles they play in Queensland society.
features Kota from Japan who chose to study at Palm Beach Currumbin High School on the Gold Coast so he could join the school’s Surf Excellence Program.
Up and Away
follows the experiences of Livingstone from Papua New Guinea, a Grade 10 student at Bundaberg State High School who loves sport, especially Rugby League.
Please share these great stories with your customers and networks.
Yeronga State High School and North Queensland school consortium secure funding for international projects
Bringing science lessons to the beautiful Daintree forest and expanding the delivery of Chinese language learning and culture are two of the state school initiatives to receive funding from the Queensland International Education and Training Partnership Fund (IET Partnership Fund).
- Yeronga State High School and the Confucius Institute at QUT (CIQ) were successful in gaining funding for their project, ‘Creating a VETiS option to expand the delivery of Chinese language/culture in Queensland Schools’.
- The ‘Daintree Rainforest Observatory – Our classroom in the rainforest’ will be brought to life by a consortium consisting of James Cook University, Trinity Bay State High School, Cairns State High School, Smithfield State High School and Redlynch State College.
The IET Partnership Fund provides funding of $1.2 million per annum to eligible consortia to develop projects that are aligned with the goals of the Queensland Government’s International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016–2026.
The fund is managed by the Trade & Investment Queensland’s (TIQ) International Education and Training Unit (IETU).
Are you using the latest EQI marketing tools?
Follow the links to download new videos and school stories:
Follow an EQI Study Tour as they learn about GC2018 and discover how students can successfully combine study and sport in our exclusive interview with Olympic swimmer Cameron McEvoy.
Cheryl from Malaysia shares her international study journey from Kedron State High School to a Bachelor of Dental Science degree at The University of Queensland.
Download EQI’s new HSP video, learn how English is taught in and outside of the classroom and meet some of our graduating students and dedicated HSP teachers.