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Australia Global Alumni Engagement Strategy - delivering outcomes infographic

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Growing a global alumni community that actively engages and promotes Australia.

Australia's global alumni

  • Over 2.5 million international students have received an Australian education
  • Over 90,000 international students have received Australian Government scholarships
  • Number of alumni who were international fee–paying students is growing
    • Over 110,000 higher education completions in 2016
      Source: Department of Education and Training. Higher Education Statistics Collections (Student). Award course completions, 2016
    • Over 70,000 VET completions in 2016
      Source: NCVER 2017, Australian vocational education and training statistics: total VET students and courses 2016
  • Number of New Colombo Plan alumni is growing
    • Since 2014, the New Colombo Plan has awarded around 50,000 scholarships and mobility grants to students to undertake study and work-based experience in the Indo-Pacific. This is producing a vibrant alumni community which continues to engage with the region.
      Source: DFAT 2019

Alumni strengthen Australia's people-to-people links

Alumni strengthen links between people and institutions, and enhance mutual understanding.

Australia Awards alumni perceptions of Australia have been positively influence by their experience – 96%

Source: Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility, Tracer Survey (2017). The Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility surveyed 1,510 alumni from 27 countries who completed awards between 2006 and 2010.

Australia Awards alumni currently hold leadership positions – 69%

Source: Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility, Tracer Survey (2017).

Australia Awards alumni have professional links with Australian organisations – 55%

Source: Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility, Tracer Survey (2017).

Alumni promote Australia's education, science, research and innovation

Australia Awards alumni provided advice to people in their home country about pursuing opportunities in Australia – 96%
Source: Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility, Tracer Survey (2017).

VET alumni recommend vocational education and training in Australia – 89%
Source: National Centre for Vocational Education Research. National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017 (international component).

Alumni grow Australia's trade, investment and business

  • Society and Culture – 8%
  • Creative Arts – 4%
  • Other – 3%
  • Natural and Physical Science – 4%
  • Information and Technology – 8%
  • Engineering and Related Technologies – 9%
  • Health – 7%
  • Education – 3%
  • Management and Commerce – 54%

Alumni participate in business–related alumni activities, often joining chambers of commerce and creating new opportunities for Australian business and trade.

Almost three-quarters of international fee-paying students undertook business-related study in Australia.
Source: Department of Education and Training. Higher Education Statistics Collections (Student). Award course completions, 2016

Alumni showcase Australia's contemporary, innovative and open society

Many alumni bring Australian values to their careers: advocating for gender equality and women's leadership; encouraging inclusive societies through support for people with disabilities; celebrating cultural diversity through the arts.

Australia Awards alumni from Africa reported they were promoting Australia as a contemporary, innovative society – 88%
Source: DFAT Australia Awards – Africa, Outcomes Study 2017.

Connect, Mobilise and Celebrate Alumni

Last Updated: 11 April 2019
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