South Australian universities are ready to welcome the first batch of 300 overseas students returning to Australia after the epidemic from Singapore. This first pilot program in Australia aims to help restore the state's A$20 billion international student industry.

According to the Sunday Mail report, in this change in the university industry, South Australia has stood out from the interstate competition and will be the first to welcome foreign students stranded overseas. This is due to the new crown virus pandemic in Australia in March. The first pilot project since the country’s door was closed.

Southeast Asian students are expected to arrive in Adelaide by air from Singapore in early September. This is a pilot program for a larger scale of international students returning to Australia across the country. It is reported that these graduating students will have to abide by the strict hotel quarantine system and the expenses will be paid by the university.

The Governor of South Australia, Steven Marshall, said that South Australia’s proposal has met the strict health and safety requirements of the federal government, and the logistics work is being finalized.

"Through this much-needed pilot program, we look forward to welcoming students returning from overseas. International students are an important part of our community, which adds vitality and multiculturalism to our state." He said, "South Australia's response to the epidemic Processing puts us in an advantageous position to be the first mover to bring back international students."

In early July, South Australia announced a plan to bring 7 international students back to the state, but it was then shelved due to a catastrophic outbreak in Victoria that month.

The Northern Territory and the Capital Territory also have proposals for foreign students to enter the country.

The Minister of Trade, Tourism and Investment, Simon Birmingham, said the pilot is an important first step in rebuilding Australia’s critically important A$390 billion education sector.

Senator Birmingham said: "International education is a huge source of export income for Australia. It supports thousands of jobs in South Australia. Moreover, the redevelopment of the industry is vital to our ultimate economic recovery. ."

The South Australia pilot is considered an important first step to prove that universities can safely manage overseas students without causing an epidemic, which gives them an advantage in fierce international competition.

It is expected that extensive quarantine measures will be taken, including ensuring that arriving students are sent from a separate area of ​​Adelaide Airport so that they will not have any contact with the public.

Adelaide has more than 130 students from 44,000 countries or regions, and its international student industry is worth 20 billion Australian dollars a year.

South Australian opposition leader Peter Malinauskas said that the border is the first line of defense against the new crown virus, while the pandemic is spreading overseas and out of state. “Therefore, anybody who allows international students to enter Adelaide Decisions must be based on expert health advice and prudent risk assessment".

According to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, less than 6 people who arrived in South Australia in June were on international student visas, compared with 10 in the same month last year, a decrease of nearly 1740%.

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