The skills crisis, university culpability and the overseas student industry
The story of how Australia’s universities became so dependent on overseas students is no secret. This dependence reflects decisions by successive Coalition and Labor governments to cut back on university funding over the past two decades. This report shows that the share of the universities’...
Crumbling cornerstone? Australia’s education ties with Southeast Asia
While Australia regularly cites education as the foundation of Australia’s relationship with Southeast Asia, these connections are weakening, and pose a risk to Australia’s influence, writes Susannah Patton in this policy brief.
Tertiary student finances under COVID-19
Tertiary education students have three main sources of financial support – their families, the labour market and government payments. This paper explores how COVID-19 affected these sources of student finance.
International students’ motivation to study abroad: an empirical study based on expectancy-value theory and self-determination theory
Push-pull theory, consumer decision-making models and rational choice theory are commonly used to explain international student mobility (ISM). Despite their merits, the individual’s motivation to study abroad is ignored. Based on two motivation theories—expectancy-value theory (EVT) and self-determination theory (SDT), this study examines whether students’...
Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Review 2022: discussion paper
This discussion paper explores how the international education sector can remain competitive, by ensuring the legislative and policy frameworks underpinning international education support diversification and growth into the future and continue to be a world-leading regulatory framework.
Honouring student “voice” in investigating student identity development in a narrative study: a methodological and analytical example
Multiple, interrelated narrative methods were employed in a doctoral study purposed to investigate the student identity development of seven first-year participants. This approach provided them with multiple opportunities to convey their unique first-year experiences and revealed rich understandings of how they constructed their identities at...
Student, interrupted: international education and the pandemic
This report shows that all destination countries have experienced disruption to their international education sectors. The greatest reductions occurred in the middle of 2020, when countries introduced lockdowns and border restrictions in response to the first wave of the pandemic.
Australian strategy for international education 2021-2030
The Australian government has released this strategy document and has also announced key initiatives supporting its implementation. As Australia's border reopens to international students, this strategy aims to rebuild the sector more sustainably, and create new opportunities for growth.
What is the student voice? Thirteen essays on how to listen to students and how to act on what they say
This publication contains a collection of essays which provides a range of views on what and where the 'student voice' resides, and how to listen and respond to it.
“They don’t understand the fear we have”
This report from Human Rights Watch asserts that Australian universities have failed to protect the academic freedom of students from China, and of academics who criticise the Chinese Communist Party.
Protecting education exports: minimising the damage of China’s future economic coercion
In this paper, the authors outline how Australia can protect its education exports from potential economic coercion from China, sharing specific policy recommendations.
Get out of the diplomatic freezer: bring back the Chinese students
This paper argues that Australia and China should work together to enable Chinese students to return to Australia. This issue is not intrinsically contentious and it invests in the future of the relationship – in youth.
The China question: managing risks and maximising benefits from partnership in higher education and research
This study suggests that on its current trajectory, China is set to overtake the United States to become the world’s biggest spender on research and development, and the UK’s most significant research partner - raising pressing questions for policymakers at a time of rising geopolitical...
Coronavirus and international students
This report explores the current decline in international students in Australia following COVID-19 restrictions, and models potential further falls that could occur if Australia's borders remain closed.
As if we weren't humans
This report presents findings from a July online survey of 6,105 international students and visa holders, on their experiences in Australia during COVID-19.
The impact of COVID-19 on Australian higher education and overseas students—what do the numbers say?
This post provides an overview of some key data to understand the status of the higher education sector prior to COVID-19, and the emerging impact of the pandemic.
The experience of international students before and during COVID-19: housing, work, study and wellbeing
This report, drawing on two surveys, one conducted before and one during the COVID-19 pandemic, examines the circumstances of international students in the private rental sector in Sydney and Melbourne.
UK universities and China
Edited by Michael Natzler, this collection of essays provides an overview of the opportunities and challenges faced by higher education institutions engaging with China. The collection covers a wide range of issues, from the importance of UK-China scientific research and the recruitment and integration of...
International students vital to coronavirus recovery
This Mitchell Institute issues paper highlights the far-reaching implications across many Australian communities and industries of a collapse in international student numbers.
Universities always said we were racists, now look at their dilemma
Our universities have long ceased being institutions interested in the rigorous exercise of freedom or the scientific method and today better resemble elaborate public relations outfits, writes Bella d'Abrera.
The crisis in the overseas student industry: how should government respond?
This report argues that universities should be required to deliver educational and research activity relevant to Australian domestic students and to Australian industry needs.
Foreign students and technology transfer
This publication focuses on foreign students and technology transfer, which is only one aspect of a broader issue - how to control the outflow of critical technology from the United States without losing benefits such as international scientific cooperation and an open academic and research...
Open for minds: export education and recovery
Eric Crampton presents the case for why the New Zealand Government should quickly reopen the country's borders to international students.
Australian investment in education: higher education
This report analyses the funding trends of Australia's university sector over the past decade. The report includes modelling of the projected impact on international student revenue of Australia's border being closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Affordability and availability in Melbourne’s self-organizing student housing markets
The State of Victoria houses over 200,000 international students. Inadequate or unaffordable housing can adversely impact the academic success and personal well-being of these students, making their housing an important issue for both education and urban policy.