An upcoming ministerial visit to South East Asia will strengthen Victoria's position as a leading education destination and will encourage new partnerships between Victoria and the region.

International education is Victoria's largest services export sector, generating A$5.6 billion for the state's economy in 2015 and supporting over 30,000 jobs.The The State Government of Victoria is forging strong educational and training connections with South East Asia as part of its aim to boost trade and investment in the key sector.

Victorian Minister for Training and Skills, The Hon Steve Herbert will undertake a ten day education mission to Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia to build Victoria's access to these international education markets.

The trip will include the launch of the inaugural Victoria-Southeast Asia Higher Education Forum in Kuala Lumpur - a collaboration between the Victorian Government and the Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities.

The Forum will drive higher education cooperation, capacity building and partnerships between Victorian institutions and their counterparts in the region.

Mr Herbert will meet with government, industry and institutional representatives from higher education, vocational education and training sectors, spearheading a number of key signings of deals for the Victorian education sector.

More than 175,000 international students study in Victoria, with more than 13,000 Vietnamese students, 10,000 Malaysian students and more than 5,000 students from Indonesia.The

Victorian Budget 2016/17 included A$32 million to promote continued growth in the international education sector and to help implement the International Education Sector Strategy.