JMC Academy Swedish student Alexander Neumann has been named by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk as a 2014 Brisbane International Student Ambassador.
Alexander says, 'Since arriving in Brisbane, I have worked hard at not only my studies but getting out and trying to see everything that Brisbane has to offer. Brisbane is such a beautiful city and has lots to offer as an education center. It is a place of natural beauty, and a multicultural society with diverse peoples, cultures and foods.
"I am having a great time living and studying here and would love to share my experience. I am grateful to have the opportunity to encourage fellow international students who are considering study in Brisbane."
"International education is Brisbane’s biggest export industry with 75,000 student enrolments annually generating $3.77 billion in course fees and other spending," said Cr Quirk at the City Hall Ceremony last week.
"We now have 36 enthusiastic new advocates from 34 countries. They will use social media to spread the word on why Brisbane is increasingly the city of choice for international students.
"They include Alexander Neumann from Sweden who is studying for a Bachelor of Entertainment (Business Management) at JMC Academy. He first came to Brisbane when he was 10 years old with his father who had been here as a younger man. He is keen to share his vision of Brisbane as a place with much to offer international students.
"The 2013 ambassadors attended high profile events like the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and their combined social media reach exceeded 25,000 worldwide.
"With the G20 Leaders Summit on in Brisbane in November, the role of the 2014 ambassadors will be even more important in providing an insight about life in Australia’s new world city to visiting media."
Cr Quirk said the 2014 ambassadors were chosen from a record number of almost 250 applicants and included students aged from 18 to 32 from countries including China, India, South Korea, Brazil, Italy, France, Germany, Malaysia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Vietnam and Colombia.
"Fifteen G20 member countries are represented and this year we welcome our first ever ambassadors from Afghanistan, Egypt, England, Haiti, Ireland, Jordan, Kenya, Myanmar, Russia, South Sudan and Sweden," said Cr Quirk.
Cr Quirk said the honorary appointments were for one year.
"International students add so much to Brisbane; creating a cosmopolitan and vibrant city which makes it all the more inviting for other students as well as tourists, business investors and delegates to events like the G20 Leaders Summit," Cr Quirk said.
"Students are drawn to the city’s world-class educational facilities but are also attracted to our friendly multicultural population mix, strong economy, affordability, lifestyle, beautiful weather and efficient transport system."
The student ambassador program was established by Brisbane Marketing’s Study Brisbane (www.studybrisbane.com) program in 2009 and is open to both domestic and international students in Brisbane.