Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb today welcomed an international campaign promoting the achievements of young Australians and the power of the nation’s education system to shape a career.

Culminating on 26 January 2015, Australia Day, the Future Chasers: Australian Experiences, Global Impact campaign profiles 19 young decision-makers helping to define the next generation’s success and influence.

The campaign will tell the stories of 15 young Australians and four international alumni from Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India.

Mr Robb, who recently returned from leading a 450-strong business mission to India, which included an alumni reception in Mumbai, said stories such as these helped promote to the world the high quality of Australia’s education offering.

“The young people in this diverse group are intelligent, imaginative and extraordinarily hard-working. They’re making positive contributions beyond their years at home and abroad in fields ranging from philanthropy to industry, from the arts to technology,” Mr Robb said.

“They are digitally savvy, tertiary educated and have a strong sense of community. Most of all, they have a determination to make a real mark and they are excellent role models for the strength of Australian education,” he said.

The Future Chasers campaign involves social media activity across the social media accounts of Australia Unlimited and Austrade.

Australia Unlimited has partnered with the not-for-profit Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) and Australia’s international education brand, Future Unlimited, to launch the campaign.

Australia Unlimited is the national brand managed by the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade). It aims to promote the skills and achievements of contemporary Australia to the rest of the world.

Jan Owen, CEO of FYA and a recipient of the Order of Australia for services to children and young people, said: “The Future Chasers are young Australians with an absolute sense of purpose going after things they want to see changed in the world. FYA is proud to work with such remarkable young people and to see their achievements showcased on the world stage.”

For more information about the Future Chasers campaign please visit www.australiaunlimited.com/futurechasers or email BrandAustralia@austrade.gov.au.

Australia Unlimited is the brand mark of Australia’s ‘nation branding’ program, Building Brand Australia; a program established to enrich Australia’s international reputation. Australia Unlimited reflects contemporary Australia; the positivity of our people and our nation and one that is creative, confident, ambitious and globally engaged. To date Australia Unlimited has published over 400 stories under creative commons, showcasing the work world-class Australian scientists, designers, entrepreneurs, artists, humanitarians and internationally focused businesses and how they are shaping our engagement with the world. www.australiaunlimited.com

The Foundation for Young Australians is the country's only national, independent, non-profit organisation dedicated solely to the nation's young people. FYA's vision for the future is that all young Australians, no matter who they are or where they come from, are connected to each other and their communities, are confident about their future, and have a deep sense of purpose. FYA brings this vision to life through a range of initiatives co-designed with young people to deliver change across Australia and beyond. FYA CEO Jan Owen's book Future Chasers was published by FYA last year, profiling some of Australia's leading young change-makers. www.fya.org.au

Future Unlimited is the Australian Government’s brand promoting Australian education internationally, positioning Australia as a quality study destination. Future Unlimited specifically speaks to Australia’s international credentials equipping students with the knowledge, skills and networks that will last a lifetime — and gives every student that studies in Australia the foundation they need for a Future Unlimited. www.studyinaustralia.gov.au

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