Oz government blamed for decrease in foreign student enrolments in Australia
Australia, 19th February: The government of Australia is being blamed for a significant decline in the foreign student enrolments in Australian colleges and universities.
The biggest decline was seen in the number of students from India and China and the tougher rules for Australian student visas are said to be behind such a downfall in the number of applicants.
And the decline is even going to get worse in the coming times in Australian universities and colleges if the latest figures by Australian immigration department are to be believed.
As per the figures, a decline of 32 percent has been witnessed in the number of applicants for Australian student visas in the second half of 2010.
International students, especially those from India and China, are looking for other options before them for pursuing study courses abroad. Among the nations emerging before them for studying abroad include the UK, the US and Canada.
The reason behind a fall in the enrolments by foreign students in Australian universities and colleges is said to be the wrong policies of the Australian government.
It’s the policy mistakes of the Australian government that is responsible in giving a big blow to the $18 billion worth sector, feels chief executive of Agency Aoji( a student agency based in Beijing), Li Ping.
Gillard government blamed for the decrease—
Gillard government is lack-luster in its attitude and not far-sighted, adds Ping. It may be noted that the fall in the number of applicants for Australian student visas from China has been worse after the recent changes in the student visa norms which made staying in Australia almost impossible for international students after completion of their studies in the nation.
High value of Australia dollar not behind the decline—
Contrary to the claims made by the Australian government that the rising value of Australian currency led to a sharp decrease in foreign student enrolments, Li said it has nothing to do with the downfall. International student enrollments from India went down by 50 percent in 2010 over the year 2009.
And this has been due to attacks on Indian students, closure of several vocational schools in Australia and tough financial requirements for foreign students.