The growth of inbound and outbound Study Abroad opportunities: Entrepreneurship in action

Russell Welch1

1Director, John Paul International College

Each decade, each year, each day, we find ourselves poised on the brink of another new world of “information, communication and mobility”, the world at large; the world our students embrace and participate in.

Although the benefits of change may be hard to predict, the “intrapreneur” in any organisation is key to this process.

Risk often has a negative connotation in the entrepreneurial situation, but in the intrapreneurial situation, risk management is integral to success and growth.

Risk Making, identifying a challenge or opportunity, and facing it with courage, is the hallmark of an intrapreneur, nowhere more so than in the International Education arena.


Russell Welch is recognised as a leader in the field of International Education and has represented the industry at State, National and International levels.

As Founding Director of John Paul International College (1997), he was a pioneer in international education and responsible for the College’s development and significant growth in the competitive International Private Education and Training environment at that time.

As a working Director of a College that operates across the sectors of ELICOS, School, VET in Schools and Pathways, Russell has a broad understanding of the International Education landscape.

Russell also has great insight into the current demands, challenges and opportunities facing businesses in the International Education arena and is passionate about the contribution International Education & Training makes to the Australian and Global communities.

Russell has served as a National Board Member of ACPET, on International Education Advisory Councils, NEAS Advisory Council, is currently on the NEAS Board and an active participant in all events International Education Training Unit/Trade & Investment Queensland.

Russell’s particular areas of interest include:

  • Export of Education and Training Services
  • International Marketing (Education and Training)
  • Leadership and corporate Governance
  • Strategic Business Planning and Development
  • Technology and Education

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