Friday, January 22, 2021

More Flexible Australian Visas Needed to Attract International Students

I suggest Alan Tudge, the new Australian education minister, needs to lobby his cabinet colleagues for more flexible visas for international students. Some accommodation has been made for students stuck overseas and studying online due to COVID-19. However, this should be extended and made permanent, to compete with countries such as Canada. Also the Australian universities and the government need to get together on a long term strategy which integrates online learning, rather than hoping it is something which will go away: it won't. As well as having to compete with developed nations such as Canada offering flexible packages of online and on campus study with the right to work, our universities will increasingly need to compete with elements of China's Belt and Road Education Plan.

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