More ‘Welcome Desks’ planned for foreign students in Perth Airport

More ‘Welcome Desks’ planned for foreign students in Perth Airport

StudyPerth, a West Australia-based education association, is expanding its Welcome Desk stations at Perth Airport this year in efforts to give foreign students in Perth a more welcoming greeting.

13,000 new foreign students in Perth expected

StudyPerth Executive Director Phil Payne said that the association will set up new service desks at terminals 3 and 4 at the said airport, where it expects to welcome 13,000 international students by 2020.

The association currently serves the international arrivals area of Terminal 1, where over 10,000 international students have been welcomed through the said terminal since 2017 alone.

“While a large number of international students arrive in Perth directly from overseas destinations, many arrive through Terminal 3 or Terminal 4, having travelled domestically prior to their studies or been elsewhere in the country to visit family or friends,” Mr Payne said.

Payne said that the aim was to be the first point of contact for at least 75 percent of new international student commencements every calendar year. This is part of the association’s Action Plan for 2019 to 2025.

Positive first impression important

Perth Airport Chief Executive Officer Kevin Brown praised the importance of the airport’s partnership with StudyPerth for both the arriving students and the local community.

“It’s so important to create that good first impression and the StudyPerth Welcome Desk greeters not only help students who are arriving but other passengers as well,” Brown said.

StudyPerth is an initiative in Australia funded by the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, the City of Perth, and StudyPerth members. At present, it has more than 130 student volunteers representing 23 nationalities working on the Welcome Desk for the second semester.

Students are expected to start arriving in mid-June.

The desk is open for 16 hours a day during the months of peak student intake—January-to-March, June-to-July and September-to-October.

Photo: Erik Odiin

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