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Australian Education News SOL Immigration changes, enrolments and commencements down, finances in danger….

Steep slump in English spooks sector. A STEEP fall in the number of international students starting English courses has heightened fears the university sector faces a damaging slump in coming months. A worried international education industry is ratcheting up its warnings that it fears the Rudd government has taken a “sledgehammer” approach to cleaning up the industry. The International Education Association of Australia and English Australia are warning that the industry faces serious damage and that it isn’t being properly consulted on government changes. “Projections for the international sector, in all parts, are looking seriously bleak,” IEAA executive director Dennis Murray told the HES.

International focus leaves unis exposed. A YEAR ago, tumbling world stockmarkets were pressuring university finances, but the threat now is international revenue on which universities increasingly rely, even as investment markets recovers. The Victorian Auditor-General’s report on the state’s university sector highlights a dramatic recovery in finances as steep paper losses among wealthy institutions such as the University of Melbourne recover. But as the sector is braced for a drop in international student numbers following the Rudd government’s tighter visa and immigration rules, the sector’s dependence on international fees is only increasing

Inbound student market falters. AUSTRALIA’S international student market has gone into reverse with government figures showing commencements slumping 3.3 per in the four months to the end of April on the back of steep falls in the English language sector last month.

While international student commencements at universities continue to grow — they are up 9 per cent so far this year — English language schools are a key feeder for universities and the sector is now braced for a drop in demand

2 Responses to “Australian Education News SOL Immigration changes, enrolments and commencements down, finances in danger….”

  1. Aside from DIAC, DEEWR, state and federal education departments acting as spectators as opposed to proactive managers, one is not surprised that the international education sector has been under the hammer.

    In addition to high Australian dollar, general economic malaise and student welfare other causes exist.

    Immigration changes emanated from the past ten years of negative campaigning within Australian media, politics and society regarding Asia and Australia’s interaction with it, whether that be education, immigration, refugees etc.

    Quite ironic that the education industry, like tourism, were export service industries encouraged to develop as a way of decreasing our current account deficit and reliance upon mining, resources and agriculture exports.

    Australia has sent out a signal to the world that we are happy to sell you stuff, but we do not want to interact nor encourage social mobility with the world, namely Asia.

    It is no surprise that Asia may think that Australia has implemented a new “white Australia” policy through other means.

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