Nicole Patterson1

1Trade and Investment Queensland

The $1.2 million IET Partnership Fund was created to support grass roots projects and initiatives that align with the International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016-2026. More than 37 projects have been funded over the past 12 months, spanning all sectors and regions of Queensland. Join us at this session to learn more about what makes a successful project, outcomes of current projects and perhaps even meet some likeminded partners who could be part of a consortia.


Nicole is the Principal Partnerships Officer, within IETU, and in this role, Nicole heads up the team managing the IET Partnership Fund one of the key enabling initiatives of the IET Strategy. Nicole has a particular focus on Strengthening the regions and Enhancing the student experience within the portfolio. Nicole has enjoyed the work in specific markets and sectors however now enjoys working across all sectors towards the goals of the IET Strategy to Advance Queensland.

Nicole has held significant roles in tourism marketing, international business development, international student mobility, international relations and industry engagement in both Japan and Australia. During 17 years based in Japan, Nicole started her career in Sendai teaching International Business at the YMCA college of Business, then as an Assistant Language Teacher at Shibukawa and Gunma Boards of Education, and also later as a Research Assistant at Gunma Women’s University.  Nicole also accidently launched a start-up – Liquid Energy Ink, a boutique design and printing business.  It is one of the first online businesses that has proved to be a sustainable model and continues today.

Following a move to Tokyo, Nicole worked as Tourism Marketing Manager at Sanyo Japan Marketing International, with key clients in Singapore, Myanmar, Australia, Philippines and Thailand and then Business Development Officer looking after the Education Portfolio at TIQ Tokyo Office.  Upon return to Australia, Nicole has held positions at Queensland Department of Education and Training, VET Export Office and QUT. Until her current appointment at TIQ IETU, Nicole held a management position within QUT International Student Mobility for 7 years where she worked with the team to grow inbound and outbound numbers and funding significantly. Nicole is also a qualified teacher in special needs and LOTE (Japanese) and is a strong advocate for international student mobility.

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