Only 2% of Chinese students who have obtained permanent residence in Australia will not drop tuition fees for international students
According to a report from Hexun.com on September 2014, 9, Australia is experiencing the most significant higher education reform in 14 years. This is also an important proposition faced by Christopher Pyne, the new Australian Minister of Education and leader of the House of Representatives.
In mid-September, Payne, who is leading a team visit to China, said in an exclusive interview with a reporter from China Business News that Australia’s higher education system reforms include the establishment of a federal scholarship mechanism and relaxation of controls on university tuition. Quality and strengthen international competitiveness.
But it must be pointed out that this reform does not allow Chinese students to enjoy the benefits of tuition discounts.
Will not reduce tuition for international students
"Our reform will not involve the tuition of international students unless universities find other sources of funding. After all, the tuition of international students is a very important source of funding for universities." Payne told China Business News.
Payne said that education is Australia's third largest industry. During the term of the previous government, Australia’s total education export revenue dropped from 190 billion U.S. dollars to 150 billion U.S. dollars, and Payne is eager to work hard to increase this revenue.
Strengthening educational cooperation between China and Australia and attracting Chinese students to study in Australia is the main task of Payne's visit to China. Of the 150 billion US dollars mentioned above, Chinese students contributed nearly 39 billion yuan, accounting for 25.9% of the total.
Payne told the newspaper that there are currently 12.4 Chinese students studying in Australia, which is 10% of Chinese students studying abroad and 30% of Australia’s international students. There are 3500 Australian students studying in China, accounting for Australia’s number of students studying abroad. Of 10%. The two percentages are unexpectedly the same, but there is a difference of about 35 times in the number.
2% of Chinese students get permanent residency in Australia
As Australia's largest source of international students, China's role in Australia is self-evident.
Although Australia’s current education reform will not benefit Chinese students financially, it will give more international students permission to work locally and simplify visa procedures for studying in Australia. In addition, "For international students to stay in Australia after graduation, we are very open and welcome."
According to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the local unemployment rate rose to 7% in July, the highest level in 6.4 years. So, how to balance the employment of local students and international students?
Payne said that in the past six months, Australia has created 6 jobs, and employment opportunities continue to increase. Therefore, "the decline in the local unemployment rate will not affect skilled immigrants and international students coming to Australia."
How many Chinese students studying in Australia have found local jobs after graduation?
Payne said there are no statistics. One piece of data that can be shared is that only 2% of Chinese students studying in Australia finally get permanent residency in Australia. Most international students choose to return to their country to find a job.
Regarding the door to immigration, Payne said that Australia will not reduce the number of immigrants, but hopes to accept more investment immigrants and skilled immigrants.