Canning College Principal Wayne Axford has welcomed on to campus the Minister for International Education, the Hon. David Templeman MLA, on an historic day for Western Australia.
After almost two years of closed borders, WA has opened to interstate and international visitors, including overseas-based students who have waited patiently for their opportunity to study in Perth.
Mr Axford and senior College staff discussed Canning’s range of programs with the Minister, as well as Parliamentary Secretary the Hon. Samantha Rowe, Executive Director of Strategy and Policy Raechelle Lee and Director of Education (South Metropolitan Regional Office) Cheryl Townsend.
The Minister also heard from students from Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Hong Kong, who are studying on campus.
Mr Axford was pleased to have the opportunity to discuss Canning programs, which assist international students on their pathways to university, and the College’s transition from online delivery to primarily on-campus teaching in the near future.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with the support of the WA Government, Canning College has offered online learning programs. This has allowed hundreds of students from many parts of the world to continue their learning and achieve entry into leading universities.
The border opening allows new students and those who have started their education programs online to join us in Perth and engage in a genuine international education experience.
From today, fully vaccinated international visitors can enter WA without a requirement to quarantine.
Although more than 80% of Canning College students are currently studying via online learning, many students have already made plans to return and study our programs on campus.
Mr Axford said the on-campus population will grow significantly in the coming weeks.
“We are really looking forward to welcoming more students to Western Australia and on to our campus,” he said. “During the pandemic, we moved quickly to offer online learning programs which have been hugely successful and will continue to operate during a period of transition.
“But the real value of international education is in giving students a genuine experience of Perth, our lifestyle and all that it offers. While our teachers make sure our online learning programs are interactive and engaging, there is no substitute for being here in Perth.”