Figures show that in the first quarter of 2017, the number of international students in Australia spiked. According to statistics released by the Department of Education and Training, there has been a 15% increase in the number of international students, studying in Australia. 480,092 international students are currently enrolled in universities, colleges, high schools, training centres, and other educational institutions across the country.
Of these students, around 30 percent are from China, 11 percent from India, whilst students from Malaysia, Vietnam, and Nepal are a collective 4 percent.
Belinda Robinson, chief executive of Universities Australia believes that more and more students are enticed to study in Australia because of the high-quality educational curriculum and world-class learning facilities. Australia is also well-known for its research training and calibre of teaching.
Apart from boasting leading educational institutions, Australia is also a great lifestyle destination. The cost of living in Australia is affordable and the country has one of the highest standards of living in the world. Most international students are also able to work and study in Australia at the same time so this opportunity is very appealing to those wanting to save some money and meet new people.
Most educational institutions in Australia also offer a wide variety of courses and programs. This means international students have plenty of study options and can branch out as far and wide as they want in their studies.
The growing number of international students choosing to come to Australia to study has encouraged many educators to call on the Australian government to reconsider the proposed budget cuts to university funding. Australian tertiary institutions want to continue to deliver the same, high quality education that Australia is renowned for.
Australia has plenty to offer international students and new data shows that international students have also benefited Australia’s economy. Statistics from Universities Australia demonstrate the economic contributions international students have made to each state and territory. The results are listed below.
- A$8 billion to New South Wales
- A$7 billion to Victoria
- A$3.7 billion to Queensland
- A$1.5 billion to Western Australia
- A$1.1 billion to South Australia
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