Goal 7: Building lasting connections with alumni

Australian institutions and business will work together with governments to maintain meaningful connections with alumni for mutual benefit.

Action 7.1

Engaging alumni

There is significant opportunity for Australia to leverage links with the millions of international students who have studied on our shores. Such links would serve to facilitate students’ continued academic and professional success, and support greater international connections and partnerships for Australia.

Australia has had a long history of international engagement, and many alumni and their families now hold influential positions in government and business throughout the world. They play key roles in strengthening Australia’s reputation and relationships, and in promoting Australian international education. 

To further engage our alumni, the Australia Global Alumni Engagement Strategy has been developed. This will help to strengthen the ongoing bond between alumni and Australia, enable ongoing networking and engagement for alumni, and help to build sustainable cultural and economic relationships between countries. 

Australia will invest in building positive and enduring connections throughout the world with alumni. Sustained and enduring alumni engagement opportunities should be an inherent component of every student’s Australian study experience, and core business for Australian education providers.

Australia will:

  • celebrate and support alumni success 
  • develop innovative global alumni engagement strategies and build alumni networks.

Saving the world from space junk

The Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Space Environment Management is a consortium of universities, aerospace industry companies and space agencies, including the Australian National University, RMIT University, EOS Space Systems, Lockheed Martin, the NASA Ames Research Centre, Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, and Optus.

The CRC is helping scientists find and track Earth-orbiting debris that might collide with satellites or with Earth. The CRC is also developing ways to deal with this debris—the ultimate aim is to hit the space junk with lasers to slow its orbit and allow it to fall back into the atmosphere and burn up harmlessly.

Researchers estimate that more than 300,000 pieces of space junk, from tiny screws and bolts to larger parts of old rockets, are in orbit around Earth.

A partnership for growth in edu-tourism

International students have become the face of the Tasmanian tourism industry under an innovative partnership between the University of Tasmania (UTAS) and the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania. The International Student Job Match Initiative places students studying at UTAS with tourism operators across Tasmania, helping them to gain valuable work experience while addressing skill shortages experienced by tourism operators during the peak summer tourist season.

International students have a heightened level of cultural awareness, are often multilingual and are looking to build on their study experience. Through this initiative, the students gain workplace skills and have the opportunity to further develop their English language through direct engagement with Australian and international visitors.

International education and tourism are Australia's biggest services sectors, and important social and economic contributors to our local communities. The Job Match Initiative builds on the strengths of both sectors for the mutual benefits of students, employers and the wider community.