Northern Territory Minister Selena Uibo has headed a 14-person delegation to Indonesia in an attempt to cement the Territory as a leading educational provider.
The NT Government wants to boost student numbers from overseas counterparts by 20 per cent before the end of next year.
The trip comes as the NT Government is in overdrive trying to grow the Territory's population, which saw a nosedive with the wind-up of Inpex construction work last year.
"International education is a priority growth sector for the Territory Labor Government. Bringing more international students will diversify the economy and create jobs for Territorians," Minister for Workforce Training Selena Uibo said.
"As the Capital of Northern Australia, we are in an excellent position to grow this market, particularly with our closest neighbours."
There are a current 2500 overseas students in the NT, but the NT Government wants to grow that to 10,000 by 2025, which it says will "increase the market's contribution to the local economy to more than $300 million".
The delegation will attend the Indonesia Vocational Education and Training Summit in Jakarta, along with an education agent briefing and two "Alumni and Friends of the Territory" events.
"International students contributed $91 million to our economy last year and our government has a strategy in place to quadruple that contribution by 2025," Ms Uibo said.
"This mission will enable us to promote the Northern Territory's capability to provide high quality vocational education and training to international students, while strengthening collaborative ties with Indonesia that go back at least 300 years."
A government spokeswoman said the delegation is a key part of the government's seven year International Education and Training Strategy.
"The focus of the four day mission is promoting the Territory's strong Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector and putting the NT on the map as a leading provider of quality education with one of our closest neighbours," she said.
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