Australia aggressively targets Indian international students

Over the past five years, Indian international student enrolments across Australia’s educational institutions has skyrocketed by 138% to 126,000 as at August 2019:

The number of Indian student visa applications granted has also soared by 125% over the past three years alone, signalling a further lift in enrolments:

This explosion in Indian student enrolments is clearly not enough for the Morrison Government, with Education Minister Dan Tehan aggressively pursuing further growth:

As universities seek to diversify their international student cohorts and reduce reliance on China, Mr Tehan said India presented a significant opportunity.

“One million Indians turn 18 every month,” he said. “India is going to be the youngest country in the world for quite some time so obviously there are real opportunities there to form a partnership with the Indian government and Indian people, supporting them to educate their people but also to get a greater presence for Indian higher education providers in the Australian market”…

To capitalise on the growing market, Mr Tehan said Australia needed to do a better job at marketing itself as an education destination…

Mr Tehan said Australia was well-positioned to meet the education requirements of Indian students and emphasised the importance of diversification to avoid vulnerability.

Australia has already scraped the bottom of the quality barrel in achieving such strong Indian students enrolments.

Indeed, concerns around quality recently prompted the Department of Home Affairs to classify student visa applications from India as “high-risk”, meaning they must now meet higher English-language standards and financial requirements.

Indian students tend to be more concerned with gaining working rights and permanent residency than the quality of education on offer. This, in turn, has driven Indian students towards lower quality courses and ghost colleges.

The Government’s recent 30,000 cut to the permanent migrant intake, from 190,000 to 160,000, has also reduced the incentive to study in Australia, since there is now less prospect of gaining permanent residency. This comes at a time when the United Kingdom has matched Australia’s generous two year post-study visa, thereby further reducing Australia’s attractiveness as a study destination:

Finally, as noted by Salvatore Babones, the Indian Sub-continent is very poor, thereby the potential pool of students is actually quite small, despite the strong growth in university-aged Indians:

Australian universities are so eager to demonstrate international student diversity that they have even started offering scholarships that are specifically targeted at Indian students…

The fact that they must offer scholarships in order to attract more students from India and other “non-traditional markets across Asia” underscores the reality that the number of families in the region who can afford to pay full fees for an Australian university degree is not large enough to support Australian universities’ international student enrolment ambitions…

Even if a sufficient number of financially-capable Indian international students could be recruited to diversify Australian universities’ dependence on Chinese students, recruiting them would likely require Australian universities to reach deep down into the talent pool, reducing standards still further…

The upshot is that the Morrison Government’s goal of expanding Indian international student numbers is both undesirable and unrealistic.

Entry and teaching standards have been trashed enough already.

Leith van Onselen
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  1. Now we know what will happen to the Nepali students:

    Nepali woman held for ‘killing her husband’ in Australia

    the couple had been stressed in recent months about their visa situation and whether or not they’d be able to stay in Australia.

    The fake left would be doing foreigners a favour if it decided to not let so many come here in the first place. Less stress, less domestic violence against men, kids being able to live with their grandparents, etc.

  2. reusachtigeMEMBER

    Indians aren’t my favourite race to import. I know it’s a generalisation but the new model ones that come in seem to have poor scent expressions. It seems to take a generation to fix this problem. And their ladies aren’t loose enough for my liking (exception to this is Singaporean ones, they go off). We need to target hotter races like Thais, Chinamen ladies (from Chongqing and Chengdu but definitely not from Beijing and surrounds) and Columbians.

  3. Another problem is that although their English skills are normally acceptable, the Indian education system does not prepare students to a level suitable for Australian first year university. The Indian level is more like Year 9.

    This means they battle and place a high burden on academic staff and other students.

    • Hurray for team-work assignments: if you don’t help your vibrant team mates, you also fail! How good is vibrancy?

  4. TailorTrashMEMBER

    What does this actually mean ….we need to import more Indian run dodgy collages?

    “supporting them to educate their people but also to get a greater presence for Indian higher education providers in the Australian market”…

    Just when you think the LNP could not be any worse …..

  5. What was responsible for the big decline from 2008-2012? Was it GFC related?

    If something else, how do we replicate that again?

    • The drop was probably due to racist attacks that occurred around that time. Not sure that we want to replicate it.

      • The racist attacks were due to Sudanese in Melbourne and Lebanese in Sydney, hunting targets of opportunity.

        What do you propose happens, we ask the Sudanese to stop being Sudanese? Ask the Lebanese to stop being Lebanese?

    • The big decline was due to shutting down the then onshore skilled migration scheme where vocational graduates could get PR on the basis of 900 hours work experience. Trouble was that the idiots in Immigration in Canberra made the work experience voluntary (no records kept so therefore difficult to check) and Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) went from physically assessing skills to doing it on the papers. Fraud was admitted at 50% by Immigration. The true rate was closer to 90%. Indian (mostly Punjabis) have been systemically rorting the visa system since 2007.

  6. Will this degree of aggression match that directed at me by Prakash, Hitesh and Sanjay when I walk out of the arrival hall at Melbourne Airport and insist that I DON’T need a taxi, or an Uber, or an Ola, or a DiDi or whatever the latest slave start-up is??

  7. Way to go. Let’s invite thousands of the worst sort of people into our country. The only thing that might curtail this stupidity is an economic enema that guts the debt driven services sector and collapses discretionary spending.

  8. TailorTrashMEMBER

    One might wonder what old Clive would have made of Sydney University today … nurtured and produced him ….a truly clever Australian
    He could as he wrote “take a phrase and turn it until it catches the light “ A skill that many of the paying
    graduates surely won’t be able to do never mind write two pages of intelligible English