UQ Institute of Continuing
& TESOL Education

2019 – highlights and stories

Australia Awards participant hosted by International Development team

Our combination of English language courses, specialised training, and development programs aim to equip international students and professionals with skills for future study, and expertise for the workforce.

2019 highlights

Record-breaking enrolments

10,855 course enrolments across all programs
2118 successful pathway students into UQ
116 customised programs for 3831 participants



23,981 touchpoints

encompassing students, test candidates, and campus tours

Students outside ICTE building

At a glance

4416 intensive English language students
732 teachers engaged in professional development
165+ institutional partners and clients
Australia Awards Africa Short Courses hits 1000th enrolment milestone
Participants from
110+ countries and
10,500 tests* administered, and 970,000 IELTSx enrolments



Enhancing the student experience

ICTE participants part of a customised study tour from the Hyundai Research Institute, South Korea

2019 saw the introduction of a new dedicated learning centre at ICTE – more study spaces, test preparation, and language support. Our dynamic learning environment helps to create a greater sense of belonging and connection to UQ.

ICTE Learning Centre
1817 UQ students received free English language support including tailored faculty-specific programs in engineering, pharmacy, dentistry and law.

"I am very grateful that English for Academic Communication gave me much confidence to practice my English presentation skills. As my ICTE teacher said, 'the best way to overcome the fear is just to do it', all the courageous practice makes us perfect!" - Bo Qiu, ICTE Alumni

Building global partnerships

"We collaborated with more than 165 education, government, and corporate partners to share knowledge, and work together to deliver specialised training"

– Julian Wilson, Director

ICTE hosted a welcome dinner for the Office of the Civil Service Commission (OCSC) in Thailand at Customs House Brisbane

In 2019 we:

  • delivered training to world-leading universities including; University of Tokyo, Seoul National University, National Taiwan University, University of Hong Kong, and University of Macau.
  • partnered with Ministries of Education in Indonesia, Vietnam, Macau, Chile, and Saudi Arabia to deliver professional development.
  • delivered seven offshore training programs in Macau, Brazil, Japan, Thailand, China, and Vietnam.
  • supported Brisbane's sister-cities through a scholarship program for students from Kaohsiung, Kobe, and Shenzhen.
  • provided capacity building training to participants from 200+ ministries and government departments, NGOs and private sector from 38 countries, through International Development programs.

Leadership Training for Public Officials, Vietnam

ICTE has a decade-long record of delivering leadership training for government officials and administrators, sponsored by the Department of Training and Professional Development (formerly Program 165), under the Communist Party of Vietnam.

In 2019, ICTE hosted a two-week leadership and management program and an 11-week public administration program for current and future provincial government leaders from all across Vietnam from diverse professional backgrounds.  

The programs were designed to enhance leadership, management and public policy competencies at a provincial sector level. As part of their time in Australia, the delegation attended a series of interactive training sessions delivered by academics and practitioners from UQ, across a range of topics including public diplomacy, sustainable development, executive leadership for inclusive development, stakeholder engagement and digital transformation.

Leaders also had the opportunity to visit Australian public agencies and engage in open dialogues with their counterparts on shared issues and challenges, discover best practices, and develop a framework for their own professional practice at a local level.

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Strengthening UQ partnerships


ICTE engaged with UQ premier partner São Paulo State University (UNESP) to deliver the inaugural Content & Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) program.

The program was designed to enhance the application of CLIL methodology to tertiary contexts and support the development of appropriate techniques and strategies on how to teach academic content using English as a Medium of Instruction. The program supports UNESP’s internationalisation efforts, and evaluations show significant improvements in participants' self-reported competency.

International Development

International Development is a leading provider of Australia Awards Short Courses. These targeted intensive training programs are designed to address specific technical or soft skills gaps.

Australia Awards participants part of a program run by the International Development unit

Highlights of 2019 include:

Tackling Sustainable Development in Africa

International Development welcomed participants from a range of African nations to complete Australia Awards short courses on agribusiness, irrigation and water resource management, public private infrastructure partnerships, and local economic and social development in extractives artisanal and small-scale mining.

These programs were coordinated with input from UQ’s academic community to build the participants’ skills in leadership, communication and project management, and for participants to become empowered leaders in their professional sector and in their own communities.

Supporting Regional Capacity Building in Indonesia

International Development delivered three Australia Awards in Indonesia Short Term Awards in Humanitarian Action, Integrated Criminal Justice System for Access to Justice, and Agriculture Policy – Promoting Competitiveness to over 70 participants from Indonesian government agencies, civil society organisations, and the private sector. These awards aimed to build capacity among key personnel and institutions who are linked to the Australian Government’s focused aid programs.

"The possibility to meet with various high-ranked officials and experts from different sectors and to learn from the team as well as other participants was a highlight of my Australia Awards short course experience.” – Australia Awards Short Course participant

Australia Awards Short Course in Agribusiness participant Sheila Apopo in Kenya
International Development and Australia Awards participants on a site visit learning about agribusinesss

ICTE's projects and training courses significantly contribute to UQ’s Global and Partner Engagement Strategies, and inspire participants to contribute to their communities, industry and government.

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