John Howard

Former Prime Minister of Australia

Mr. John Howard, the second-longest serving Prime Minister of Australia, served 11 consecutive years from 1996 to 2007. Mr. Howard promoted choice, quality, and diversity in Australia’s education system. Under his leadership, higher education became the No. 1 service export for the country. In 2007, he said that Australia needed to work hard to retain and attract the best and the brightest in the “global war for talent,” since no country knew where the best jobs would be in 10 to 20 years. Australia has become the third leading exporter, after the United States and United Kingdom, of higher education with more than 400,000 international students studying in Australia in 2011 and many thousands more enrolled in offshore programs.