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Chinese students are less likely to be attracted by visa processing changes than they are by investment in higher education driving our unis up the rankings. from www.shutterstock.com.au

What attracts Chinese students to Aussie universities?

While recently implemented streamlined visa processes and post-study work visa policies may help attract Chinese students, they actually care more about university rankings and country safety.
Have cheating and plagiarism increased in universities as a symptom of more international students or just of more students? Shutterstock

Biased reports on international students not helpful

While Four Corners shed some much-needed light on long-standing problems in higher education, these problems aren't reserved for international students.
When thinking about academic standards, it’s important to think about the incentives to keep standards high - or low. from www.shutterstock.com.au

The slide of academic standards in Australia: a cautionary tale

The recent furore about academic standards in Australian higher education – including Monday's damning Four Corners expose – has the potential to bring not only desperately needed attention, but actual change, to the sector.
International students provide universities with a large chunk of their revenue - but at what cost? Faungg/Flickr

Australian unis should take responsibility for corrupt practices in international education

A new report from the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption says Australian universities have become increasingly reliant on income from fee-paying international students, and is letting academic standards slide for the valuable income stream.
International education is our third-biggest export. But can our universities cope with the demand? AAP/Julian Smith

International student report emphasises their value, but not the means

The new draft international education strategy acknowledges the riches international students bring to Australia, yet fails to canvass how our universities can give them the experiences they deserve.
Australia has changed from primarily being a destination for permanent settlers to having an increasing number of temporary arrivals. Ben Beiske/Flickr (modified)

Speaking with: Shanthi Robertson on the changing face of migration

Shanthi Robertson on the changing face of migration.
Immigration is a contentious topic in many parts of the world, and the debate in Australia has been predictably framed around asylum seekers, the burdens on taxpayers and the protection of local jobs…
A vote for grammar schools and no university fees for science and medical students. Nick Ansell/PA Wire

What education policy would look like under UKIP

Until now, the policies of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) have been symbolic rather than substantive. Policy statements by the party’s leader, Nigel Farage, have been designed to build a populist support…
Why is the UK so attractive to Chinese students? Asian students via Vitchanan Photography/Shutterstock

Hard Evidence: is immigration policy discouraging foreign students?

As debates continue over the number of foreign students in the UK, there have been accusations from business leaders that the government’s policy of including students in the net migration target has been…
International students are more likely to be satisfied with their university when they make local friends. Julian Smith/AAP

Why international students need to make Aussie friends

A recent report on the satisfaction levels of international students in Australia, the United States and Britain has found that a student’s social life plays a big role in their happiness with their study…

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