Premier meets with Mayor of Seoul during first official visit to Republic of Korea

Published 22nd May, 2015

The NSW Government will increase efforts to promote Sydney and NSW as an ideal location for Korean students to receive a world-class education.

NSW Premier Mike Baird met with the Mayor of Seoul Mr Park Won-soon during his first official visit to the Republic of Korea as Premier.

"Sydney is home to the largest Korean population in Australia and our cultural ties support the NSW Government's efforts to further diplomatic relations with Seoul," Mr Baird said.

"Our tertiary and vocational training institutions have global reputations and the NSW Government will investigate opportunities to increase Korean student numbers, particularly under the new Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement."

International education is NSW's largest services export and was valued at almost $5.8 billion for the 2013-14 financial year.

More than 13,000 Korean students - 47 per cent of all Korean students in Australia - were enrolled in NSW education institutions as of December 2014.

Mr Baird and Mr Park Won-soon also renewed their commitment to the NSW-Seoul Sister State relationship, which been in place since 1991, during their meeting.

Mr Baird and Mr Park Won-soon today agreed that NSW and Seoul would increase collaboration in the following four areas:

  • Education
  • Financial technology
  • Emergency management
  • Creative industries.
Published 22nd May, 2015