The international student boom has destroyed higher education

By Leith van Onselen

Earlier this year, the Victorian Government called for a review of entry requirements into Australian universities after growing evidence that foreign students with poor English language proficiency are badly eroding education standards as well as placing undue strain on university teaching staff.

Immediately afterwards, academics admitted to Fairfax that they had lowered teaching standards and wrongly given passes to international students in order to maintain the foreign student trade.

Even the international student association called for greater regulation of overseas migration agents amid widespread cheating on English tests to gain access to Australian universities.

Yesterday, ABC business editor, Ian Verrender, penned a telling article arguing that Australia’s degraded higher education system is leaving graduates overqualified and undersupplied:

Missing from the same lengthy plan for our future [in the Budget], however, was anything that might help shift the focus of our tertiary education system from a dollar-driven export industry back towards its original intention: institutions for higher learning to equip Australians for the future…

On paper, it sounds like an unmitigated success story. Our education system is now our third-largest export industry, behind iron ore and coal.

Last year, more than half a million foreign students — 548,000 to be exact — clamoured for a spot at our universities. A further 220,000 attend other vocational education institutions.

They’re willing to pay for the privilege. All up, foreign students spent $32 billion in fees, a more than 10 per cent increase on the previous year.

Should that trend continue, Australia will overtake the United Kingdom as the second most popular destination for international students, possibly even this year.

Almost a third of these students come from China, while India and Malaysia come in a distant second and third.

The rapid growth of Australia as a centre for global learning, however, has not been without cost.

There are accusations among academics that in the race to attract more foreign students, teaching standards have slipped, with lecturers under pressure to pass students, even those with poor language skills who clearly can’t grasp the subject material.

Diligent educators who fail too many students run the risk themselves of being considered failures who quickly are moved on.

In addition, many foreign students enrol here as a soft way to emigrate, swelling the number of local undergraduates competing for jobs and depressing wages, initially in service industries while studying for degrees and later in their professions…

The sad truth is that vast numbers of young Australians are graduating with degrees in fields such as law, journalism and psychology, and there are nowhere near enough jobs to soak up the supply. Would-be barristers instead become baristas…

Well done Ian Verrender for calling a spade a spade. Blind Freddy can see that

Australia’s universities have morphed from “higher learning” to “higher earning”, as evidenced by the massive explosion in full fee-paying foreign students:

Australia’s education system has become an integral part of the immigration industry and the ‘Big Australia’ population ponzi – effectively a way for foreigners to buy backdoor permanent residency to Australia.

After all, the lobby group representing foreign students in Australia – the Council for International Students in Australia (CISA) – point blank admitted that students come here to migrate, not because of the quality of education on offer:

The Council for International Students in Australia said foreign potential students were attracted to Australia by the possibility of migrating here.

The national president of CISA, Bijay Sapkota, said… “For people coming from low socio-economic backgrounds there has to be a value proposition. If they go home they will not get value. So there has to be a possibility of immigration.”

It’s not like these concerns haven’t been raised before. Three recent Australian reports (here, here and here) have similarly raised the alarm about the flood of international students and the degradation of standards, as has lecturer Dr Cameron Murray. And yet all have been ignored and attacked by the rent-seeking Universities Australia.

The sad reality is that Australia’s universities are little more than giant rent-seeking businesses, which clip the ticket on the deluge of foreign students arriving in the hope of transitioning to permanent residency.

Instead of focusing on providing a high quality education and upskilling Australia’s population, the universities sector has become focussed on ramming through as many students as possible in order to maximise fees and profit.

The end result has been the dumbing-down of standards and too many university graduates chasing too few professional jobs.

The main beneficiaries from Australia’s rent-seeking university system are the vice-chancellors, whose pay has exploded to an average of $1 million on the back of the torrential student flood. Meanwhile, university students are stuck paying off expensive and increasingly worthless degrees, taxpayers are stuck writing-off unpayable debts, and the broader population is suffering under the never-ending population crush.

The federal government must put a firm leash on the university sector, beginning with removing the link between international students studying at university and gaining work visas and permanent residency.

Australia’s universities must be made to compete on quality and value alone, not as export businesses offering a pathway to backdoor immigration.

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  1. GunnamattaMEMBER

    Maybe the tertiary education sector is providing younger Australians with an insight into their, and Australia’s, future.

    Like, theres a straight line from …..

    1. Toiling away on ‘joint’ projects in collaboration with students from somewhere else where they get to do all the effort and the ‘group’ gets the mark.
    2. Getting to pay for the most expensive courses in the world with their taxes, paying for their elders pension needs with their taxes, and paying for crazed accommodation costs all their lives and then loading up with even more debt to actually buy a place – that should slow down any urge to have children themselves
    3. Finding those students who didnt pull too many fingers out in the projects are now having a deadweight effect on incomes, having used the course for immigration purposes (while Australia outsources virtually every job or profession which can be offshored due to prohibitive labour costs, mandated by those insane real estate prices)
    4. Taking complaints about their coursemates contribution to academic administrations, lecturers, tutors etc, and being told ‘there is absolutely nothing that can be done about it. We need the course fees, and I am not allowed to fail anyone’ – Like at a certain level that is awfully similar to ‘We cant reduce immigration because then we’ll have a property crash, no pensions, not enough skills in Australia’ etc

    … an Australia offering sweet FA hope to younger generations because it has sold them down the drain with Free Trade Agreements, is gouging them for taxes their entire lives to pay for welfare conditions for others that they will never see, has offshored every export facing employment opportunity in the attempt to fend off a real estate downturn, and where no politician can acknowledge immigration as a factor in the lived experience.

    Maybe the tertiary education experience is a straightforward first big bold neon sign in their lives to really sink home that this nation has utterly rooted itself and that they need to look elsewhere unless Mum and Dad are dentists or anaesthetists.

    With other big bold neon signs at real estate, labour conditions, meaning of life/self actualisation, infrastructure congestion, and political acknowledgement of the lived experience.

    And an honorable mention of honorable mention of bipartisan mainstream corruption in the visa process or lies and lobbying , from time to time helping to disabuse them of the notion that ‘other countries are worse’.

    Maybe future Australia is a big ‘joint project’ for us all to take part in.

    Maybe we could help them come to terms with it by providing free mindfulness sessions for all, and making welfare access dependent on adherence to corporate behaviours.

    And anyone thinking voting ALP or LNP in the coming election will change anything should probably roll up a scoob and watch some professional wrestling – for a real competition of ideas.

    • fitzroyMEMBER

      This Parliament has thrown an entire generation under the bus. It could not have happened without corruption (house prices) and political correctness (open borders -wage suppression).

      • Been going on my entire adult life, fitz and gunna, and we arrived from the UK in 76. I graduated from ANU in the 80s, HECS had just kicked in when I finished. My contemporaries weren’t concerned about jobs or what to study, or the cost. And every second face wasn’t asian either, they were a small minority.
        They told us the international student places were going to benefit our economy, institutions, employment… immensely

        It was a lie then, it’s a lie now. I agree that I am not hoping for solutions to the country’s problems to come out of Canberra. Scum, the whole lot. Not an honorable among them

      • @Chris I graduated from the ANU in the mid 80’s too. We probably walked past each other in a corridor about 35 years ago. 🙂

      • @lswchp – thanks, almost certainly, if you were around the Commerce, or IT departments, or the bar. I recall that parking was free too ($2 parking tickets iirc), and my sister had just bought a house in Fadden, small and modest, for around $50k.

        I remember my first trip to the ANU bar and my consternation at not being able to work out the toilets (they used symbols I hadn’t seen before). I patiently waited until someone enlightened me. Gosh, I was timid

  2. “…after growing evidence that foreign students with poor English language proficiency are badly eroding education standards as well as placing undue strain on university teaching staff…”

    Lovely switch.
    But ugly wrong.
    It is an age old debate if demand or supply are the earliest occurrence, erosion of education does not occur in countries with dignity, educational standard and economy that does not rely on foreigner education.
    Erosion does not occur at Oxford or Cambridge to the level it does locally. For a reason.
    Supply of cheap diplomas and titles rather erode student quality.

    Ideology 1 on 1.

    • Even StevenMEMBER

      Agreed. We are permitting the erosion to occur. The solution is to fail those who don’t meet the requisite standard. That requires integrity. We are sorely lack that in Australia…

      • One of my mates who is quite distinguished in his field was teaching at a big uni, and he gave it away because he wasn’t allowed to fail the failures. He didn’t want idiots going into the workplace claiming “I studied under Dr X”, because he thought it would ruin his reputation and his consultancy gig, and I imagine he was right.

      • Surely all that we really own is our reputation so it’s hardly the fault of second rate students that the University (and its staff by proxy) choose to trash their reputation.
        In my profession I have gained a bad reputation for not tolerating fools, I don’t want them on my team, I don’t want to be around them, I don’t even want to have to admit that we both worked at the same company. Upholding my standards is part of the reason that I have such a bad reputation. But what’s interesting is that students that have worked with me are always in high demand. How can that be? all that I could possibly have taught anyone is how to be a complete a55.
        Hmmm the world is a curious place.

    • m_l_narasimhan

      Very well said. For long I have thought that it is foolish to blame the students or the immigrants for the current state of affairs. It is the successive government policies to blame for the current state of affairs. In our case, it is unbridled immigration and student intake. Just does not make sense. The worst part is not the permanent intake. The worst part is the unbridled temporary intake (students/other temporary visas).

      The one place where quality degradation should not be allowed is in education, if you want good outcomes. But we seem to have allowed it.
      We seem to be having this heavy amount of floating population (student/temporary visas) at a time when the economy does not seem to be doing well and at a time when we locals need jobs and cannot pay these exorbitant rents (I had to move to Perth in 2017 from Melbourne due to rents. I have taken a very early retirement/semi-retirement (Age 50 now)).

      I have no issues with students that have at least average/above average English proficiency coming in. I have no issues if the education system evaluates them to good standards. But that does not seem to be happening.

      I have no issues if we increase or decrease our immigration from long term permanent average of 70-80K (If I am right) as long as we do it depending upon the state of our economy. But we do not seem to be doing that. Where, we should be freezing immigration (excepting a limited humanitarian intake) for a while, until the economy catches up, we seem to be merrily allowing in large numbers.

      Well, as they say, ‘As you sow, so shall you reap’, I suppose. We are now facing the outcomes of this madness.

      I am an Australian of Indian Origin. I applied for Australian Permanent Residency in India in 1996 and it took three years for it to be granted to me (1999). Those days John Howard was rationalizing immigration and kept the permanent intake at about 80K for three years. I migrated in early 2000. to Melbourne. At that time the country I saw was golden. I am quite sure that you would not find the volumes of people in met train at 10.30 AM as you would find today.

      But, not to worry. Not to worry at all. In coming years our economy will only go down big time due to earlier sim-management. Much more than that, jobs will dry up a lot, first slowly then gathering pace, due to increasing AUTOMATION, over the coming years. When this happens, many students will slowly stop coming here and many of the same immigrants, voluntarily will go back to the countries that they came from. In fact many locals themselves will migrate to other countries in search of jobs/opportunities At least, that is my medium to long term view on this.

      • Thanks for the insight M. May I ask, what special skills / occupation enabled you to obtain permanent residency?

  3. Higher education is not our third largest export because majority of foreign student earn here money for fees ad living

  4. Higher education has been captured by the banks. The worst offender of all UNSW has the chairman of ANZ bank as its chancellor. Higher education is being run in the interests of the spivs and crooks in government and not Australian society.

    • Higher education is being run in the interests of the spivs and crooks in government and not Australian society.

      Like everything else in this country

      I always wondered if these people have any plans to stay and spend old age here, or have their children or grandchildren to live here

    • Well universities are borrowing up big time to fund student accommodation builds. Universities are just as much about property management as they are about education and research.

      • m_l_narasimhan

        CHASE, this is m_l_narasimhan replying to your question here. I could not find a reply link to your question. Here goes —
        I was a graduate (BSc.) in Botany, Zoology and Chemistry and had served 6 years with Glaxo India Limited as Medical representative (what you would call as Pharmaceutical sales person here I think), when I applied in September 1996 (as far as memory serves). This is a run of the mill job (nothing special) albeit with one of the best company in world (Parent company, very old one, in UK). Having said that I left the profession in 1998 (I think May or June) and after that I trained myself in Software engineering via a course in a institute in India. If memory serves me well, I sent a letter to immigration about me and software engineering or some thing like that. I eventually found myself to be good in coding.

        Having said that in May 1999 (still doing the course) my application was picked up for further processing and immigration asked me for work experience proof in different style. I then got that from the personnel department of Glaxo India and sent it to immigration. Then after further processing, PR was granted to me in Sept 1999. Got the stamping in passport done in New Delhi Embassy, later. From this we can conclude that this work experience was taken into consideration (along with other aspects of an application) when processing my PR application.

        After landing in Australia I got a job in software Engineering field. Made enough money (not too rich, enough for myself) in IT, but I think got burnt out. Used to work my backside off in some of these projects. At one point did a thorough re-assessment and in 2012 got off the band wagon. Since then I have worked only for 10 months on a project.
        I also did a Master’s Subject (Programming…) from Uni Melbourne in 2004 while working via the Community access program and passed that subject’s exam
        I am self sufficient, at least for foreseeable future. But you never know about fate I guess.

      • Thanks M. I appreciate your insight and honesty. The immigration process seems rather perplexing to me. So at that time when you applied for permanent residency, you did not have software engineering experience, but a short course in software engineering (but no degree)?

        Can you can see why people would be annoyed when an industry says they are suffering skills shortages and Australian graduates aren’t getting a look in (hence lobbying for skilled permanent residency), but we grant a skilled migrant residency to someone without relevant experience and isn’t degree qualified in that field.

        I appreciate you took the opportunity the PR granted you, but the skilled migration system is (and was, when you applied), absurd.

      • m_l_narasimhan

        I think you got it wrong.
        I was given the PR based on my Pharmaceutical sales experience and other aspects of my application, not based on the course I did in Software engineering.
        If you re-read my earlier posts in reply to you it will be clear that I concluded that my experience in Pharmaceutical sales was taken into consideration. If memory serves me well, at that time, with my profile, without a minimum of three years of work experience, I would not have stood a chance of getting a PR. Therefore, with no experience in Software and no course completed, I would not have stood a chance.
        My application (in 1996) itself was based on my earlier experience in Pharmaceutical sales (not on software or anything else).
        When the processing time came in 1999 the immigration dept would only look at my Pharmaceutical sales experience and other aspects of the application that I made in 1996 and nothing else.
        This is the reason I had to get my Pharma sales experience proof from Glaxo in specified pattern and submit it to immigration in 1999.

        Approx. Two years after submitting my application, I quit the profession in India and went through a course that I completed in 15 months so that I can change professions.
        I did send a letter on this to immigration, about two years after the application was made.
        This would not have any major bearing on the application itself as it never had anything in it relating to software in the first place.

        Therefore the immigration process was not absurd at that time, as they would go only by what was in the application (Pharmaceutical sales).
        In fact, the immigration process was made very robust by John Howard at that time. It was not easy to get in. It took three years to process my application.

        When I landed in Australia, I started with software engineering instead of going into Pharmaceutical sales.

        I hope the above clears the confusion.

        In any case, the problem in my view is not with the process of immigration, but the program parameters of immigration.

        Meaning the
        a) Immigration numbers,
        b) relating it to economy,
        c) relating it to infrastucture building,
        d) relating it to impact on rent/price in real estate
        e) relating it to first training locals
        f) relating it to training and giving position in government to citizens first
        g) etc…

        They have got all the above (immigration program parameters) and possibly more wrong.

      • Even more absurd if you got the PR based on being a pharmaceutical rep. This is the type of job that has been done and can be done by a multitude of people in Australia, including all the nurses and allied health professionals, as well as science graduates, in the market place here. It’s a sales job requiring some technical nous and an understanding how the health system works – pharma rep is also an iffy line of work too.

        I’m sorry M, kudos to you for getting in, but this proves our immigration system is a joke.

        Sorry if I misunderstood you.

        And you are another one who says I got in when there were high standards, not like now. Sorry to burst your bubble, but we didn’t really need more pharma reps in this country. The immigration standards have been a joke for a long time now (including the time you were granted PR) – we really do let anyone in from certain countries these days for trade agreement purposes and to keep wages low.

      • m_l_narasimhan

        I do not know the internal processes that were applied by immigration to approve my PR application. I filled in the application and provided the documents they asked for.

        “This is the type of job that has been done and can be done by a multitude of people in Australia”.
        “but we didn’t really need more pharma reps in this country”
        Just an thought on the above — The issue at that time and possibly at later times too was perhaps not about a job that could be done by anybody and everybody. The issue perhaps was/is perhaps that how many were ready to do the job.

        I am just throwing a thought here. I am just trying to shine little light on another facet to this discussion.

        I still remember an news article on Australian immigration which included numbers cut done during (if I am right during John Howard’s time) that time (around 1996-1998 I think). In that an Australian girl said that she would like to do a job that she is interested in. What happens when such a job is not available at that point or at a given point. Would she go and do the Pharma rep job. These are the questions that you need to ponder on.
        Another question, how many would go to the country side from cities to do fruit picking, when they do not have a job in their chosen profession and say an income would improve their situation.
        When I came into the country, I was ready to do dish-washing, if that is what it took to grow in a foreign land. I got a job in Software engineering, I worked hard and got to where I am today. Of course, the land is not foreign to me any more. I am a Citizen since 2009.

        Yes without any doubt an unbridled immigration leads to lowering of wages, but a balanced and well thought out/controlled one will fill in needs and gaps of the economy.

        During my application time (1996-1999) that control was put in place to cap long term permanent intake to approx 80K, a far as my knowledge goes.

    • TailorTrashMEMBER

      Has anyone else noticed the sudden proliferation of Indians ( from India) in bank branches ……….is this some sort of sign that banks are hiring poor quality graduates
      …..and is a portend of their future ?

      • Now that Indians have been here a while, they have risen to hiring manager positions, and they now hire their own. Plus, no doubt, the experience from working in a Currency Exchange (a job that only Indians seem to have), probably helps them get banking jobs after they finish their studies. Also, if ANZ wants to capture the growing Indian-Australian market, it’s better to have Indian-Australians in front-line roles. I would also think that speaking another language also helps in the diversity and additional skills categories.

        But of course, Australians are rac1st!

  5. I briefly watched some comedy gold last night. It was Q&A, featuring J.Frydenberg.

    They took a question from a guy in the studio audience regarding current levels of migration. The guy asking the question had ‘a tight game’. With facts and figures. He spoke well.

    After letting our treasurer give a scant answer, Mr Tony Jones very, very, very, very quickly moved on. It was so blatant.

    Jones had previously given JF a grilling on every manner of subjects. But not this one.

    It is rather ironic that most people think the ABC is above bias etc. Tony must have a few investment properties.

    I reckon the questioner must be a Macrobusiness subscriber. He had that look of despair i am sure many of us here have.

  6. DominicMEMBER

    This problem will eventually sort itself out when:

    a) the students who come here for a world class education realise that that this country no longer provides a world class education and choose to go somewhere else instead i.e. the rort ends up eating itself.
    b) life becomes so unbearable for everyone living on top of one another that many just pack their bags and leave — and word gets out that Straya has become a 3rd world sh!thole.

    By 2035 the above scenario should have played out. Have some patience, fellas! 😉

    • Some extra stats comparison:
      – 260,000 international students study in higher education in Australia.370,00 international students studied in higher education in Germany.
      – In Australia 50% (majority) of international students study management and commerce. In Germany 37% of them (majority) study engineering.
      – 29% international student of total in Australia. 13% in Germany.
      – In Australia the average international fee cost is AU$30,840. In Germany at most major universities; €1000

      • Thanks for the stats. It would be interesting to see for Germany, what percentile that international student percentage is EU, as opposed to being from outside the EU (China, India, Malaysia).

  7. The sad truth is that vast numbers of young Australians are graduating with degrees in fields such as law, journalism and psychology, and there are nowhere near enough jobs to soak up the supply. Would-be barristers instead become baristas…

    there are nowhere near enough jobs to soak up the supply: Isn’t this a Chicken and Egg thing, don’t people create Jobs through their added demand and somewhere in the process find that their skills are useful to others and translate this usefulness into an income stream (aka a job) .
    I didn’t know that Jobs were created by the gods and needed to be managed properly lest we anger those that bestowed “jobs” upon us.
    What are these Jobs?
    Can I also get one? I’ve never had a job where there wasn’t any expectation that I’d do useful valuable work….must be fun when nobody is under the illusion that their work is of any value…but if their work is of value than why would they ever fear not having a job?
    Makes absolutely no sense to me, I guess I’ve never really had a proper job.

    • Ronin8317MEMBER

      For law (and medicine), there is a bottleneck which prevents a graduate from working in the field : the professional body effectively limits the number of new lawyers ( and later on, the number of barristers). At least for medicine, the number of places are limited at the entry level, but not so much for law. Over 80% of graduates will never become lawyers.

      • Over 80% of graduates will never become lawyers.
        Is this a problem? it doesn’t sound like a problem to me.
        From what little I understand most lawyers are really trained in contract law rather than criminal law, so it’s hardly surprising that they drift into jobs/businesses that leverage this knowledge of contract law.
        It’d be a weird society that needed as many litigation experts as there are young people believing they can earn their keep through litigation…a very weird place indeed.

      • Even by implementing the highest HECS rate for law (compared to other fields), this has not deterred students. Law is expensive to study, not because of the inherent cost of the course, but as a signal / deterrent.

  8. Once upon a time, unis were exclusively for the elite.

    Fast forward to the second half of the 20th century, and the mass education boom that started in the wake of the Sputnik shock created new mammoth unis all over the West in the 1960s and 1970s.

    Alas, the truth is that only so many were up to the intellectual tasks required of tertiary education. But conscription became politically untenable after the Vietnam War and the West still needed a place to keep the youngsters busy….. So the solution was tertiary education for the masses!!!

    The basic idea was that putting uneducated masses into units would somehow transform them. It was nonsense, but the slogan sounded good and the move was popular. Since the standard has been falling since the 1960s anyway, we may as well open the gates wider and wider to let ever lower-quality students in……

    We are here now.

    • You need to disambiguate two meanings of the word “elite”. This table shows who addended universities in different historical periods:
      1800 to 1940: children of rich parents (regional)
      1940 to 1965: children of rich parents (regional) + intellectually talented
      1965 to 2000: the masses
      2000 to 2019: children of rich parents (both regional and international)

      • “two meanings of the word elite”? I can only think of one.

        And that is the descendant of the Great Library of Alexandria.

    • It keeps the unemployment numbers down too – keeping more positions available for those older then university age, and keeping those at university, of the unemployment figures (by being on Austudy, working part-time / casual or both).

      • Yes, keeping the headline unemployment numbers down is the most important role of unis these days.

    • drsmithyMEMBER

      Perhaps we could address some of our problems by reinstating a more efficient form of warconscription – randomly selection groups of people deemed too stupid for university and execute them.

      Or we could take the Logan’s Run route and just knock everyone off when they hit 30.

      • Quite a radical “solution” you propose, smithy.

        High schools are not compulsory education and used to play a similar role as unis do now. Now it seems that unis are becoming new high schools and graduate schools are becoming new unis.

        Can kicking and education Ponzi are alive and well.

  9. I’m a pretty bright guy, and my degree was one of the most difficult things I’ve achieved in my life. It was bloody hard, but I learned a lot of useful stuff and I’ve made a living from it ever since.

    I’ve look up at the blank and incomprehending faces of the increasing numbers of foreign students in classes over the last dozen years or more, and wondered how they could possibly be understanding the subject, or be worthy of being awarded a degree. Honestly, they can’t. The pieces of paper being flung around at our universities these days are worthless in many cases.

  10. Force universities to trim the fat, rather than sucking on the foreign student titty. If they don’t trim the fat to a certain degree (excess management, not core education services), then they get less government funding.

  11. Some extra stats comparison:
    – 260,000 international students study in higher education in Australia.370,00 international students studied in higher education in Germany.
    – In Australia 50% (majority) of international students study management and commerce. In Germany 37% of them (majority) study engineering.
    – 29% international student of total in Australia. 13% in Germany.
    – In Australia the average international fee cost is AU$30,840. In Germany at most major universities; €100

  12. Of all the pernicious lies that need to die it is the positioning education as an “export industry” and therefore, by extension, the selling of degrees as a precious and worthy endeavour that must be preserved and nurtured at any cost by a country that struggles to be competitive on the world stage in anything but digging up the vast amounts of valuable dirt under our feet.

    It is not “education” that is being sold. It is a path to residency and an extended English language program – importing citizens. It’s the chance to suck all the menial, low paying, entry level jobs out of the reach of Australian kids and students by driving a race to the bottom, depriving our own children of a chance to take their first steps into employment on the same (or, ideally, better) terms than their parents did – importing unskilled workers. It’s perverting the whole incentive structure of teaching at university – prohibiting the failing of failures due to financial pressures – importing corruption. It’s the relentless dumbing down of what should be the wellspring of national competitiveness – guaranteeing a national failure in the future. The list goes on…

    If that’s what we call an export industry, then, seriously, f#ck exports.

  13. International students tend to live closer to University campuses in either crowded or dogbox accommodation; therefore they are more likely to spend more time on campus using resources and facilities such as Libraries and subsequently crowding out local students.
    General stress levels for students have gone up, despite standards having gone down but complains about the “Asian Elephant in the Room” are non existent because hey …. that would be racist.
    The numbers of international students at places like Melbourne University have grown so rapidly that facilities have fallen behind. There has been a concerted effort to build more stuff with some projects requiring a few more years to reach completion. Interestingly, the new Vice-Chancellor has put an embargo on any more/new building after the current batch is completed.