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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…
Australia’s missing out on a broad range of benefits if we can’t attract international students. AAP

Australia loses international students at its own peril

2009 was the best of times and the worst of times for the export education industry. This was the year that recorded an unprecedented 631,935 international students in Australia - a growth of 16.8% from…
Access denied, for some higher education colleges. UK passport via xdrew/Shutterstock

Cost of student visa clampdown weighs heavily on colleges

The British government’s recent decision to suspend the licences of one university and 57 private further education colleges to sponsor international students has generated shockwaves across the sector…
You haven’t used ‘stakeholder’ enough. Professor and student via Tyler Olson/Shutterstock

To write English like a professor, don’t rely on Google translate

Thankfully, nobody speaks academic English as a first language. The English of the university is a very particular form that has specific features and conventions. Sometimes, this is just referred to as…
Class one – how much you owe us. Birkbeck Media Services Centre

Drop in overseas students adds to universities’ cash woes

Sweeping changes to the way student visas are allocated have been recommended by the House of Lords science and technology select committee. It is the sixth time the government has been given such steers…
Each time a new ranking is released, universities and rankers dance the international higher education two-step. Dance image from www.shutterstock.com

The ritual dance of university rankings

Whenever an unfavourable political opinion poll comes out, you can count on one thing: at least one politician saying they never pay attention to polls. And so it goes for university leaders when the results…
Much has changed from the first Colombo plan, but Australia’s engagement with Asia should start at home. Asia image from www.shutterstock.com

Colombo II: send students to Asia but don’t ignore the Asian students at home

Now it’s in government, the Coalition says one of its top priorities is international education. Along with policies to encourage international students to study here, Australian students, too, will be…
Australians who study in Asia will be best placed to tackle the challenges of the Asian Century. http://www.flickr.com/photos/monashuni

An Asian Century education: why students need equal access to overseas study

The Asian Century has arrived and Australians with Asian study experience will be best placed to take advantage of it. But if we are to educate and prepare our graduates for the Asian Century and all the…
Three-quarters of Indians say cricket helps the relationship between India and Australia, a new survey has found. Flickr/Foxypar4

It’s not just cricket: Indians have their say on Australia

Australia should work harder on its official and unofficial diplomacy to strengthen its ties to India, after a new survey…
Taxpayers should get something in return for their investment – good doctors, where they’re needed. UoNottingham

Medical intern crisis won’t be solved with just more hospital places

Almost two hundred medical students from diverse countries have just finished their medical education as full-fee-paying students. They’re now looking for the one year of employment (internship) they need…

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