July 2018 Agent Training e-news - 6 New Schools

Department of Education International Conference a resounding success

Department of Education International (DEi) has been highly commended for the quality of its conference ‘Connecting Globally – Partners in International Education’ held in Brisbane at the end of May. Queensland’s Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations, The Honourable Grace Grace MP, opened the two-day eventafter a lively ‘Welcome to Country’ by the Nunkul Yuggera Aboriginal Dancers. 
Over 60 representatives from accredited education agencies were among the 500 delegates from Queensland Government schools, Trade and Investment Queensland, DEi offshore schools and the education sector.

During the conference, agents took part in the ‘EQI Agent Training and Networking Event for International Student Programs (ISP)’ that covered a range of topics, including Queensland’s transition to the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) and the development of Senior Education and Training (SET) Plans.  

Speakers included Chris Tobin, Principal, Merrimac State High School; Deborah Williamson, Deputy Principal, Queensland Academy for Creative Industries; and Jack Stathis, Director, International Business, Sales and Marketing (EQI) who shared some insights on the future of the industry.

Vivian Ip, EQI International Sales Manager said the feedback from participants was very positive.

“The agent event was designed to ensure our partners are prepared and equipped with tools and knowledge to enable them to support and counsel students who are making important decisions about their study options as well as their future careers,” Ms Ip said.

“We were really pleased to bring together a number of experts to discuss study programs and contemporary industry topics that have an impact on our agents, and at the same time, provide a forum for ISP staff and agents to meet and strengthen their working relationships.”

Many of the presentations will be shared with EQI accredited agents in the near future. For more information, please email the EQI Sales team.


Introducing six new ISP schools!

We are delighted to welcome six new Queensland government schools to the EQI network giving you and your students a choice of over 85 schools located across our beautiful State.  

• Benowa State School (Gold Coast)
• Earnshaw State College (North Brisbane)
• Mabel Park State High School (South Brisbane)
• Meridan State College (Sunshine Coast)
• Murrumba State Secondary College (North Brisbane)
• Nambour State College (Sunshine Coast)

Follow the links above or contact your EQI Regional Manager to find out more about these schools.

STEM Study Tour makes science fun for young innovators

Eco-friendly street lamps, automatic page-turning machines and gesture controlled beverage dispensers were among the product ideas presented by a group of inventive students on their recent STEM study tour to Queensland.
The group of 48 students from China enjoyed five days of science-focused activities in Brisbane, during the World Science Festival in March. The students were based across three Queensland Government schools, Earnshaw State College, Whites Hill State College and Cleveland State School, where they also took part in collaborative science projects with local students.

At Earnshaw State College, the study tour group worked with local students a science laboratory and robotics facility (the Da Vinci workshop) to solve two different challenges including "Do you know how to make a robot dance the salsa?" and "Could you survive after a plane crash if all you could drink was disgusting dirty water?".

Jacqui Smith, the school’s Director of International Studies, said it was a great opportunity for students to build friendships and share ideas and culture. 

“The immediate barrier to communication, due to differences in language, quickly diminishes when the students’ shared passion for science and technology takes over,” Ms Smith said.

“The students from both cultures enjoyed working together to solve the problems with creative higher order thinking skills, and their love of science kept them engaged and learning from each other.”

“Earnshaw would love the opportunity to welcome more students from different countries so that our students can learn and succeed together.”

The tour was facilitated by GLC International Group and comprised of students aged between 10 and 17 years from Shanghai South West Weiyu High School and Aiju Primary School in Shanghai, as well as the Primary School and High School affiliated to Shangdong Normal University, Shangdong.

Students presented their product concepts to a panel of scientists at a Science Innovation Challenge at Queensland Museum. The students were judged on their teamwork and presentation skills, and their ideas assessed for creativity and originality, scientific thought/engineering process, clarity and potential ‘real-world’ application.

Brisbane is the only city in the Asia Pacific region to host the World Science Festival due to an agreement between Queensland Museum and the World Science Festival, New York.

The festival enhances Queensland’s international profile as a leader in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and shares science by taking it beyond laboratories into parks, museums and on the streets. This year, activities took place in Brisbane, Gladstone, Chinchilla, Toowoomba, Ipswich and Townsville. 

Queensland will continue to host the annual event for the next three years.

Canadian exchange students share the magic of GC2018

Thirty students from Québec, Canada, were among the thousands of visitors who experienced the magic of the Commonwealth Games held on the Gold Coast during April. GC2018 was a huge success for Queensland, and the visitors were delighted to attend some of the biggest and most exciting events, including swimming, basketball and the rugby sevens final.

The students were participating in the Quebec Student Exchange Program organised by the Department of Education International (DEi) and Éducation Internationale in Québec. During the six-week program, the students were placed across 10 Queensland Government schools, including Benowa State High School (SHS), Brisbane SHS, Cleveland District SHS, Kedron SHS and the Queensland Academies.
The Canadian students’ visit was also a chance to catch-up with the Queensland state school students who visited them in Canada last December. The exchange gave the Year 9 to 11 students the opportunity to attend school and immerse themselves in French language and Québec culture. Although more used to the Sunshine State, the Queensland students also enjoyed winter sports and a trip to Valcartier, Québec’s ultimate winter playground.

Queensland: “Beautiful One Day, Perfect The Next”

Beautiful weather, pristine beaches, world-class events, relaxed lifestyle and unbeatable experiences are just some of the reasons Queensland’s famous catch phrase continues to resonate with audiences all over the world. 

The EQI network extends across this diverse State. Visit our website to find out where to study in Queensland.​

Transition from the Overall Position to ATAR

From 2020, the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) will replace the Overall Position (OP) as the standard pathway into tertiary study for Queensland Year 12 students. 

The ATAR will be introduced for students commencing Year 11 in 2019. Changes you will see this year include the renaming of Authority subjects to ‘General’ subjects and Authority-registered subjects to ‘Applied’ subjects. To find out more, visit the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre webpage ‘ATAR and My Path,’ or watch the ATAR Power Hour video.​

International alumni join the EQI team

The EQI Sales team has welcomed two new team members. Edward Bae and Nhi Lam are both studying at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and will share the role of Assistant Marketing Officer over the coming months.
Edward graduated from Indooroopilly State High School and received the Academic Honours Excellence Award and was named Dux in the English Extension authority program.

Nhi began her studies in Queensland with a two-week EQI Scholarship awarded by the former Education Minister during a visit to her school in Vietnam in 2015. She enjoyed the experience so much she returned to study the two-year International Baccalaureate at Mountain Creek State High School and appeared in our Sunshine Coast study destination and International Baccalaureate videos.

Queensland news

Vietjet Air to begin flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Brisbane in 2019

Scoot increases Singapore to Gold Coast flights

Brisbane secures world Science Festival until 2021

Malaysia Airlines to fly between Kuala Lumpur and Brisbane four times a week


To find out more about EQI schools, please contact your EQI Regional Manager or follow the links below. 

EQI Sales Team
Education Queensland International
Telephone: +61 7 3513 5714

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Last reviewed 24 July 2018
Last updated 23 November 2020