The Department of Education’s latest international student statistics, which are current to October 2019, shows a continued expansion in international student enrolments across Australia’s educational institutions.
There were 918,000 international students enrolled across Australia as at October 2019, an increase of 9.8% from the same time in 2018 and up an extraordinary 83% since 2013:
This growth has been driven by both higher education (i.e. universities), as well as vocational education and training (VET), which surged by 11.5% and 16.8% respectively in the year to October 2019:
There were 435,000 international students enrolled in higher education in October, up 91% from 2013. Whereas there were 270,000 VET enrolments, up 111% from 2013.
As expected, most of the growth in international student enrolments has occurred across New South Wales and Victoria, which experienced growth of 9.6% and 10.9% respectively in the year to October 2019:
There were 352,000 international students enrolled in New South Wales educational institutions in October, up 89% from 2013. By comparison, there were 296,000 international students enrolled in Victoria, up 102% from 2013.
Strong growth has also been recorded in Queensland, with 139,000 international students enrolled across the state in October 2019, up 67% from 2013.
New South Wales and Victoria have also driven international student growth across the university sector, with enrolments surging by 11.2% and 11.9% respectively in the year to October 2019:
There were 156,000 international students enrolled at New South Wales universities in October, up 98% from 2013. By comparison, there were 153,000 international students enrolled at Victorian universities, up 120% from 2013.
The recent growth in international students has been driven by India and Nepal, whose enrolments surged by 35% respectively in the year to October 2019. By contrast, Chinese enrolments grew by only 3.0% over the year:
Last year’s stunning research by Professor Salvatore Babones showed that Australian universities have by far the highest concentration of international students in the developed world:
This concentration is certain to rise in the wake of these figures, lowering pedagogical standards further, crushloading everything in sight and weighing on wages growth as disposable foreign labour predominates.