International Students


UQ “manufactured” Pavlou evidence

Via the ABC comes the CCP’s leading university in Australia learning from its masters: An alleged victim of suspended university student Drew Pavlou has rejected suggestions he felt threatened by the anti-Chinese Government activist, and says a complaint involving him was “manufactured”, in an email produced by Mr Pavlou’s lawyers. The revelation came as the University


Manchurian Dan: Taxpayers to fund return of international students

After subjecting Victorians to months of draconian lockdowns, and issuing individuals $1600 fines for minor technical breaches of social distancing rules, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews wants to rush back international students with their quarantine paid for by taxpayers: Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has spoken on how to get “international education back on its feet,” arguing


UQ management “tip of the iceberg of a totally corrupted system”

By Paul Frijters, cross-posted from Club Troppo The management of the University of Queensland, and in particular Peter Hoj and Peter Varghese, stand condemned today by the international media, by both Labor and Liberal politicians, by both left-wing and right-wing Australians, by its own students, and by the powerful pro-American lobby. That management unleashed a shit-storm


University bailout must come with strict conditions

As reported by Sky News above, Australia’s university sector is demanding a taxpayer bailout to help them overcome the financial shortfall left from the decline in international students. This comes as new modelling by Universities Australia suggests Australian universities could stand to lose $16 billion by 2023, including between $3.1 and $4.8 billion this year


Drew Pavlou savages UQ’s “kangaroo court”

Via the ABC: Charges against suspended University of Queensland (UQ) student Drew Pavlou were “obviously fabricated” and involved “scrounging up every bit of filth which could possibly be thrown at him”, his lawyer claims. In a 16-page appeal document seen by the ABC, Brisbane barrister Tony Morris QC, who is acting pro-bono, argues Mr Pavlou,


VIC Liberals: Taxpayers must pay for international student quarantine

Victorian Liberal leader, Michael O’Brien, has issued a press release demanding that taxpayers pay to quarantine international students brought in under Australia’s COVID-19 travel bans: The Liberal Nationals are calling on the Andrews Government to urgently work with the Federal Government to facilitate safe entry for international students back into Victoria. International education and training


Which universities are most exposed to international student losses?

Ian Marshman and Frank Larkins from the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne have released research assessing which Australian universities are most exposed to the downturn in international students. Below are key extracts: Summary The predicted revenue losses of 38 Australian universities to 2024, as a result of the


Report: Go8 universities shaft domestic students for international

Dr Bob Birrell and Dr Katharine Betts from the Australian Population Research Institute (APRI) have released another terrific research paper, entitled “The Crisis in the Overseas Student Industry: How should Government respond?” which highlights how Australia’s Group of Eight (Go8) Universities have shafted domestic students in the greedy pursuit of international student riches, especially from


Univerisites lobby to destroy Aussie virus success

Via The Australian: Seeking a “first-mover” advantage in the competitive global education business, Australia’s 39 major universities have put a plan to the government to restart the entry of international students under strict health guidelines. The proposal by Universities Australia, sent to the federal government on Thursday for consideration by the national cabinet, will require


Lies, damn lies and international students

The education lobby has been caught out exaggerating the collapse in international students, which according to Department of Education data, is actually not that large: Only about 121,000, or 20 per cent, of some 606,000 primary student visa holders were stranded outside Australia on 17 May… The figures, which have not been released publicly, show


No university bailout for international students

Australia’s universities continue to cry poor over the reduction in international student numbers, signaling heavy financial and job losses: While universities across Australia have different exposures to the coronavirus-induced downturn, revenue is estimated to drop by $3 billion this year collectively. That could cause the loss of up to 21,000 jobs, with 7,000 estimated to


Lobbyists demand quick return of international students

The CEO of the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA), Phil Honeywood, has once again demanded the government allow “large numbers” of international students to enter Australia: “If the federal government is pragmatic enough to accept the separate state government proposals for pilot intakes (of international students) then it will prove the model for Australia


Australia must shut down its CCP-run Confucius Institutes

You’ve got to hand it to the Swedes. They have responded in kind to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) bullying by shutting down the Confucius Institutes operating throughout Sweden: The deteriorating bilateral ties between Sweden and China has resulted in closure of all Confucius Institutes in Sweden – making the Scandinavian country the first country


International student collapse to drive university consolidation

Margaret Simons wrote an interesting article in the Saturday Paper explaining how the ending of the “reckless” boom in international students means that Australia’s empire building universities will have to shrink: It was Australian tertiary institutions that first sent recruiting agencies to China and India and began tapping the market… Changes to migration policy –


UQ runs scared as CCP links exposed

There’s an old saying: “When you are in a hole, stop digging”. This could easily be applied to the University of Queensland’s (UQ) bungled handling of undergraduate Drew Pavlou, which UQ is attempting to expel for shining a light on the University’s deep ties with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Drew Pavlou’s ‘David vs Goliath’


International students drive university research. So what?

Earlier this month, Australia’s Chief Scientist released a report estimating that 7,000 research jobs could disappear, due in part to the loss of revenue from international students: Australia’s research workforce will be severely impacted by the pandemic and the effects are likely to be felt for an extended period. Income to universities, medical research institutes,


It’s time to gag international student lobbyists

Chief lobbyist for the international education industry, Phil Honeywood, has threatened the governments with “serious questions” if they refuse to open borders to international students: International Education Association chief executive Phil Honeywood told The Australian that the states should agree on a uniform plan to bring foreign students in, or threaten the sector’s reputation with


NSW to reopen for international students

As reported by Sky News this morning (above), the New South Wales Government has unveiled a plan to save universities that are struggling without the annual influx of international students. The plan would allow international students, who contribute $13.9 billion to the state’s economy, to travel to New South Wales where they would be required


Raise financial requirements to stop international student exploitation

Honi Soit has published an article on the rampant workplace exploitation of international students by employers usually of the same nationality: For those on student visas, visa condition 8105 mandates that international students are only allowed to work up to 40 hours per fortnight while their course is in session. Whilst grappling with costly international


UQ launches CCP-style lawfare to crush freedom-fighting student

The federal government must step into this disgrace, at The Australian: A student activist facing expulsion from the University of Queensland is being threatened with criminal prosecution over his handling of documents relating to the institution’s public response to anti-Beijing protests on campus. Drew Pavlou faces a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday following his protests and


International students are the “crack cocaine of academia”

Timothy M. Devinney – chair and professor of international business at the Alliance Manchester Business School – claims that international students are the “crack cocaine” of academia and that the Covid-19 pandemic offers universities a once-in-a-generation opportunity to, among other things, wean themselves off this financial drug: In the higher education sector, nearly all commentators


Universities sold their soul for Chinese international students

Drew Pavlou, the student facing expulsion from the University of Queensland (UQ) over its sordid links with the Chinese Communist Party (see here, here and here), has penned an article in Foreign Policy on how Australia’s universities have ditched their values in pursuit of the Chinese student dollar: After being an outspoken campus critic of


Why UQ VC Peter Høj must be sacked

Drew Pavlou, the University of Queensland (UQ) student facing persecution for standing against the University’s deep China links (see here, here and here), has launched a petition on to sack UQ’s compromised Vice Chancellor, Peter Høj. In the petition Pavlou explains Høj’s wholly inappropriate ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP): We are petitioning


UQ VC paid to sell out Australia

Unbelievable. Via Domain: Liberal senator James Paterson has taken aim at universities’ reliance on international students, using a speech in Parliament to reveal confidential details about the University of Queensland vice-chancellor’s pay incentives to deepen ties with China. In a late-night speech on Tuesday, Senator Paterson said a whistleblower from the university had given him


International student arrivals collapse

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) yesterday released international student arrivals data for March, which registered a sharp fall. As shown in the next chart, annual international student arrivals have fallen 9.7% (60,400) from January’s peak, from 621,500 to 561,100: This heavy fall in student arrivals has obviously been caused by COVID-19 travel bans, which


Australian Universities to smuggle international students

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit we witnessed disgraceful behaviour from Australia’s universities and their lobbyists, which behaved more like people smugglers than institutions of enlightenment. First they sided with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in vigorously opposing the travel ban: China has slammed Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s decision to extend the travel ban on all


International student lobbies are treasonous

What other conclusion can you draw from recent behavior. Via SBS: International Education Association of Australia chief executive Phil Honeywell told SBS News allowing international students back into the country could offer more than just economic benefits. “International education is Australia’s fourth-largest export industry which generates nearly 240,000 Australian jobs and is a key revenue