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International students are more likely to be satisfied with their university when they make local friends. 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. 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. 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…
A Brazilian PhD student in Canada as part of the Science without Borders programme. A Brazilian PhD student in Canada as part of the Science without Borders programme. Canadian Light Source

Never mind football, perhaps the scientists from Brazil can revive national pride

One of the reasons Brazil took its loss to Germany in the World Cup semi-finals so hard was because many Brazilians wrongly believe the rest of the world only looks up to them for their footballing skills…
You haven’t used ‘stakeholder’ enough. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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…
Taxpayers should get something in return for their investment – good doctors, where they’re needed. 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…
Medical graduates need to complete a hospital-based intern year before they gain full registration. Medical graduates need to complete a hospital-based intern year before they gain full registration. UoNottingham

Why international medical students deserve a place in Australian hospitals

Amid Australia’s ongoing doctor shortage, the health system risks losing dozens of Australian-trained, foreign-born doctors because of a shortage of intern places. The Australian Medical Students Association…
President Barack Obama addressing a large crowd at University of Wisconsin – could he or his competitor Mitt Romney change higher education in Australia? President Barack Obama addressing a large crowd at University of Wisconsin – could he or his competitor Mitt Romney change higher education in Australia? EPA/Tannen Maury

Why the US election matters for Australian higher education

US presidential elections generally have little direct impact on Australia. And broadly speaking, this campaign is shaping up to be no different. Despite their ideological differences, Barack Obama and…
With free, quality online education from brand-name universities, will overseas students come to Australia? With free, quality online education from brand-name universities, will overseas students come to Australia? Elephant image from www.shutterstock.com

The elephant in the chat room: will international students stay at home?

FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: We continue our series on the rise of online and blended learning and how free online courses are set to transform the higher education sector. Today, Wollongong University’s…
Forensic police examine the scene where Roberto Laudisio Curt died. Forensic police examine the scene where Roberto Laudisio Curt died. AAP/Paul Millar

Tragic taser death shows we can do better for international students

Sadly the issue of international student security in Australia has never been far from a headline over the past few years. Many remember well the spate of attacks on Indian students in Melbourne, which…
An Indonesian stamp marking a 1959 Colombo Plan conference. An Indonesian stamp marking a 1959 Colombo Plan conference. flickr/karen horton

Colombo Plan: An initiative that brought Australia and Asia closer

AUSTRALIA IN ASIA: In the sixth part of our series, David Lowe of Deakin University examines an education project which brought us closer to our Asian neighbours. The Colombo Plan for aid to South and…

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Indians rank Australia highly

Indians' ranking of Australia as a good place to do business, study or travel has risen to 8th out of 38 countries, up from…