Australia has long been seen as a favoured destination for international students. The high quality of our education, and the appeal of the Australian lifestyle has attracted more than 2.5 million international students to our shores over the past half century. As our largest services export, it is vital that Australia develops a strategy to not only protect this market against increasing competition from overseas markets, but to ensure we provide international students with a positive, enriching experience.
As the Asian continent becomes more “middle-class”, the demand for both services and culture/heritage will grow. There are significant opportunities here for Australian universities to capitalise on this demand. With our strong profile in the arts, social sciences and humanities (ASSH) disciplines, we are in a prime position to not only attract students here, but to also build upon our soft diplomacy links in the region and contribute to this changing demand. For this reason it is important that members of the ASSH teaching and research community continue to be consulted throughout the development and implementation phases of the National Strategy.
The Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH) strongly supports the Government’s decision to develop a National Strategy for International Education, and welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the discussion on its development.
Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities 2015