Low-grade Indian international students flood Australian universities

The Department of Home Affairs’ June quarter student visa statistics, released this week, reported a massive 34% increase in visas granted to Indian international students in the 2018-19 financial year:

Moreover, the number of Indian student visa holders in Australia grew by 35% in 2018-19 to a record high 95,000, with Indian students fast catching-up to first placed China:

Separate international student enrolment data, released by the Department of education, similarly reported a 29,000 (39%) surge in Indian student enrolments in the 2018-19 financial year to a record high 104,000:

While Indian enrolment numbers are unambiguously booming, and have become the primary growth market for Australia’s education industry, visa rejections are also running at extraordinarily high levels when compared against other source nations.

As shown in the next table, the Department of Home Affairs rejected roughly one-in-ten Indian student visa applications from within Australia over the past year, well above the circa 5% rejections across all source nations:

Rejections are much higher for student visa applications originating from outside of Australia, with 20% to 30% of applications from India rejected over the past year, roughly double the average from all source nations:

The next chart shows the situation over the second quarter of 2019, and shows that visa rejections are generally much higher for Indian students than most other source nations:

The number of Indian student visa applications on hand with the Department of Home Affairs has also ballooned over the past year, and dwarfs all other nations, even top placed China:

The next chart illustrates this discrepancy more clearly:

Many of these applications are likely delayed because they are considered to be high risk and warrant intense scrutiny from Home Affairs officials.

Indeed, May’s Four Corners expose on Australia’s international student industry was especially scathing of the quality of students coming from the Indian sub-continent, reporting widespread academic misconduct, plagiarism, and high failure rates.

The below correspondence from Murdoch University Professor, Benjamin Reilly, highlights the problems that have arisen from the strong growth in Indian students at Australia’s educational institutions, which has badly eroded pedagogical standards:

“In semester one 2018 we experienced a surge in new international students into some postgraduate courses. This surge increased sharply in semester two 2018, with several hundred new students, mostly from the Punjab region of India, enrolling in a small number of postgraduate courses.

“While some were OK, many do not have the language skills to study at a postgraduate level and have thus been unable to participate in class or complete assessments for the units legitimately.

“Hence we now have a much larger number of academic misconduct issues, supplementary assessments and outright failures than we have previously experienced in the units in which this cohort has enrolled”…

Fellow lecturer and academic misconduct investigator, Dr Duncan Farrow, reported similar problems with Indian students failing en mass:

“Perhaps the most telling statistic of them all: 48 of the 80 students admitted to the MIT in semester one this year had at least one academic misconduct finding against them,” he wrote.

“Not only was there a huge increase in numbers of misconduct cases but additionally the investigations were more difficult due to the poor language capabilities of many of the students involved.

“I have just reviewed the results for students from the Punjab region in BSC100 Building Blocks for Science Students and it is depressing. Of the 52 students in this category, 12 have passed the unit outright — a pass rate of less than 25 per cent.

Problems have also been identified by Immigration New Zealand, which recently reported a sharp jump in the number of high-risk student visa applications from India:

The majority of offshore student visa applications received by Immigration NZ since November last year have been high risk. Since November 2018, only 16 percent of the 3800 visa offshore student applications were deemed to be low risk…

Immigration New Zealand specifically singled out the northern states of India as being a high-risk market…

Of the applications being processed by the Mumbai office on April 3, 76 percent were deemed high risk (a total of 2773) and 22 percent medium risk.

The strong growth in international student enrolments has already badly eroded entry and teaching standards across Australia’s educational institutions.

There is the clear and present danger that pedagogical standards will be eroded even further as Australia continues to grow the number of lower-quality students from the Indian sub-continent in a bid to generate more fee revenue.

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    • I wonder if he has a daughter. If so, does he want 10 males students per female in “uni”?

      How about requiring 51% of all foreign students from all nations to be female.

      • Yep, I’m surprised as the eilites daughters go to uni. Maybe they go to a better uni.

        My wife was constantly harassed by Indian/ pakistan males at tafe with her wedding ring on. My wife was a model at the time but that does not mean she should be looked at with rape eyes and she just told me then she did not feel safe at the time.

          • Hey don’t get me wrong my targeting of the two races is because the male female balance is out and also it is one example of how cultures mixing on mass through thousands of years of humans has not made the people more happy but less happy. My wife is asian also. A trickle of of foreigners doesn’t hurt but a flood is a flood.

    • Hey incel, I have commented about low grade Indian students chasing low grade Aussie degrees even before MB did. LOL


      I am an Indian and let me assure you that ANY Aus degree is worthless back in India when it comes to employment. So they are either misguided about its value or they are here for the PR or they are rich kids with time to waste (I know a few).

    • Heh, heh, heh…… It is always cheaper for a uni to improve its numbers than to improve its products. After all, the return on bribing the rating agencies is always much higher than the return on investing through improvement of its product quality. Looks like Straya is rather good at it.

  1. Agree with most of you folks who are commenting. Things like bad body odor, rapy eyes, loudness are a FACT with the these students. But another fact most of you don’t grasp and probably will never grasp, is that Australian education is substandard. I have experience working with the so called “Uni” graduates and teachers here after working here. “Fluff” is the key word here, when it comes to any education. Medicine is probably one exception. Probably it’s not just the current low end migration, but low end migration starting with convicts 300 years ago and now continuing with the low end population from the rest of the world.

    So if a substandard course is packaged beautifully, the good ones will see through it, and its the substandard ones that we are bound to get. And there is no point of a smart person migrating here and getting frustrated, when the economy is designed for the lower end of the spectrum. And what a heavenly place we are for the not qualified. Formula is a simple one for them. Come over here, work for cash, claim dole, buy a house and repeat. And the smart ones may earn more, but 49% will go in tax to the old hag pensions,real estate deductions and child care dole bludgers. The dole bludgers have taken their 49% cut before the smart ones get to see the rest of their salary in their account. OK I will agree a part of the 49% is used for essential purposes, but welfare is still the highest.

  2. One Murdoch lecturer, also named Ben attacked me a few years ago, after I had given a presentation at Curtin Uni on Sustainable Australia, saying that if Australia didn’t have immigration then its population would be falling!

    Firstly, I was not promoting zero immigration but I was promoting a sustainable population level and secondly, Australia has twice as many births as deaths. How do these people get money from the public purse to influence the young attending university when they are clearly so clueless about the topics they are teaching?

  3. I have been seeing these articles in my suggestions and now I’m finding it almost funny to see the same topics written differently with almost same charts every time. I would like to share few of my experiences of living in this country for almost 1.5 years. Starting off with “rapy eyes” and “bad body odour”, I remember holding my breath one time while talking to one of my professors (Aussie) because he/she was smelling horrible. I need to hold my breath and greet few of the Aussie customers at the cafe where I work part-time, because they smell unbearable, at times reeking of alcohol and cigarettes. Few days ago, I was almost sexually harassed(unwanted touch), it wasn’t not friendly or harmless in anyway, by a pissed drunk Aussie man while waiting at a bus stop in broad daylight. There was another incident when an Aussie guy was so drunk that he couldn’t stand , he opened my friend’s car door while she was parked and waiting in, and starting talking, spitting would be more appropriate I guess since he was too drunk to form words and forcing himself into the car. I was in the back seat to have witnessed this. He was well-dressed, at least seemed educated. I don’t feel safe walking on the streets after dark and at times even during day because a lot of drunk and people high on ‘God-knows-what-all’ roam on the streets of your country. One of my friends asked her Aussie colleague, a guy must be 19-20 years old, if he has any aspirations of doing something beyond making pizzas, he said yeah, he sees himself working at JB HiFi. What career aspirations! A lot of these kids told me and my friends that they can’t wait for school to get over because they don’t want to study anymore and happy with their waitressing and similar jobs. With kids of your country having such ambitious career plans, alcohol and drugs to swim in and Centrelink to depend on, I’m not surprised the universities have to depend on international students for the revenue. The universities in Australia are so desperate for the international money that their representatives fly to our countries, selling their “multi-cultural”, “progressive”, “student-friendly” campuses and courses. No less than a door-to-door salesperson. Only county-to-country in this case. And they do not just visit, few of these universities have offices set up in the major cities of our countries. It’s almost sad that a “first world” country like Australia is a dependent one for revenue in it’s education sector. After all this, I would still say that I have met few of the most kind people here. Few of my professors at my uni are the best I’ve ever had. Few of my Aussie classmates are quite talented and hard-working and I never miss a chance to let them know that they’ve been really helpful to me or that their work/assignment is really great. It is very easy to generalize a race on basis of your handful experiences. Just like not all Aussies are junkies or illiterate, depending on Centrelink, not all international students are “low standard” and on life mission to lower education standards of Australia, they definitely have better, bigger, real aspirations than working at JB HiFi.