Deakin University has strengthened its reputation as one of Australia's leading international education and training exporters by taking out the Education and Training category at the prestigious 37th Governor of Victoria Export Awards (GOVEA).

Victoria's Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade commented that the GOVEA awards "recognise the hard work of all our exporting businesses that are growing in key international markets", and Deakin is no exception.

Awarded for their outstanding innovation and international success in the field of education and training services, this has been the third consecutive GOVEA win for Deakin University.

Since opening its doors in 1974 as a small regional university located just outside of Geelong, Deakin has evolved into one of Australia's most dynamic international universities – globally recognised and highly regarded as a trusted education brand across the Asia Pacific Region.

Deakin was one of Australia's first universities to open an international office – located in India – and continues to expand its export opportunities having established partnerships in more than 100 countries around the world, and opening new offices in Colombo, Chengdu and China.

Going from strength to strength, Deakin continues to rank as one of the top 100 universities in the world aged less than 50 years, and this year succeeded in securing a position in the top 2 per cent of the research-driven Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

International education is Victoria's largest service-based export and reached a record high in 2015 contributing A$5.8 billion to the State's economy and supporting more than 30,000 jobs across the State.

Education services increased by 11.3 per cent in 2015-16 indicating a significant rise in international students choosing to live and study in Melbourne.

Victorian exports make a crucial contribution to the economy with total exports of goods and services in 2014-15 rising 4.8 per cent to a record A$39.4 billion.