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A thriving education economy.

At the heart of the Gold Coast’s transformation is a thriving education economy.

Great minds are converging to explore and innovate and to drive change to make the world a better place.

They can be found in the city’s universities, its teaching hospital, its start-ups and established industries.

According to Tom Tate, Mayor of the City of Gold Coast, the city offers the greatest education choice of any city of its size, with ongoing investment strongly positioning it as an ‘Education City’.

“The last decade has been a stunning story of growth in student numbers, facilities, courses and research.”

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, (Labour Force Statistics as at November 2020), 28,871 were employed in the Gold Coast’s education and training sector.

Within the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct is Griffith University, ranked in the top 2 per cent of universities in the world. It collaborates closely with Gold Coast University Hospital, a major Australian teaching hospital.

The precinct is the heartland for learning and research. One thousand researchers and 800 students work here exploring extraordinary medicine, science, technology, engineering.

The calibre of research facilities supported by brilliant thinkers is in abundance on the Gold Coast, with many facilities supporting breakthroughs in medical science, health and engineering. Amongst them are: Professor Mark Von Itzstein AO, Griffith University’s, Director and Founder, Institute for Glycomics, co-inventor of the world’s first anti-flu drug Relenza. He says that the Gold Coast is now establishing itself as a biomedical research hub.


Dr Hal Rice, Interventional Neurovascular Radiologists, School of Medicine, Griffith University and Gold Coast University Hospital. He says his team has unprecedented access to world class onsite research facilities and exceptional partnership opportunities to support his globally recognised excellence in Interventional Neurovascular expertise.

Professor Huijun Zhao, Bsc, Msc, Phd, Director Centre for Clean Environment and Energy, Deputy Director, Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University. He says the Gold Coast offers the opportunity to work on internationally recognised programs to tackle the most challenging issues of our generation – clean energy, environment and water. All this in a city known for its natural beauty and biodiversity.

Professor Michael Good, AO, Research Leader, Laboratory of Vaccines for the Developing World Institute for Glycomics, Griffith University. He leads a ground-breaking team responsible for vaccine development for both a broad spectrum malaria vaccine, PlasProtecT™ and a nasal-delivery vaccine for the deadly Group A Streptococcus bacteria.


Associate Professor, Julia Crilly OAM, Emergency Care Research, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffiths University and Gold Coast Teaching Hospital. Her work enables clinicians and students to be mentored in emergency medicine. 

By holding a business event on the Gold Coast we give you the opportunity to meet the people and visit the educational institutions involved in some of the world’s most exciting developments. 

We connect business events delegates to the education sector – where imagination, collaboration and innovation are flourishing.


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