The success of Charles Sturt University in increasing its overseas student market has been recognised with a Highly Commended award in the 1999 Premier's NSW Exporter of the Year Awards.
Announced in Sydney last night, the awards celebrate the success and achievements of NSW exporters with awards presented in nine categories. CSU was awarded the commendation behind the University of NSW, winner of the education category.
CSU was recognised for its success in attracting overseas students who make up around 22 per cent of its 28 400 students. CSU courses are delivered by distance education to 13 countries including Hong Kong, Canada, Malaysia, Scandinavia, the United Kingdom and USA with plans to recruit more students next year from China, India and Africa.
Courses in business, information technology, health services management, medical biotechnology, education and the humanities are popular with offshore students.
CSU Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Public Affairs) Dr Peter Hodgson said the award is encouraging to an institution that has worked hard to promote the benefits of globalisation in education.
"The Asian economic crisis hit all universities hard and CSU was no exception. What that encouraged us to do, however, was to use more innovative approaches and open new markets overseas where our courses are well received," he said.
"The award is significant also in its recognition that, as a regional institution, we are not disadvantaged on the international market. In fact many students are attracted to the quiet rural lifestyle of our campuses and the close contact with staff, fellow students and the local communities," he said.
"Also with online support, our distance education materials have enabled students anywhere in the world to study very successfully.
"This award encourages us to continue our overseas programs and build on the relationships we have in promoting a high quality Australian education industry around the world."