Friday, September 03, 2010

Indian students joining Oz courses down 50%

Indian student enrolment in Australia has declined by almost half following turmoil in its international education sector, legislative changes and global financial crisis.

In 2008-09, 65503 Indian passport holders were granted Australian student visas across all education sectors. But in 2009-10, the number fell to just 29721. Overall, 50540 fewer international students were granted visas to study in Australia in 2009-10 compared with 2008-09. According to The Age, global student visa numbers dropped over 16% last year. It was also said that the new figures were also due to student security issues putting pressure on student numbers.

A number of Indians were attacked in Australia triggering concerns. Stephen Connelly, President of International Education Association of Australia, said "drop was not surprising but very worrying. There is so much goodwill we generate from having international students in our country, and we are absolutely shooting ourselves in the foot at the moment", he said.

Source: The Times of India, September 3, 2010

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