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The Brisbane Times - The region sending more students to Queensland than ever before

New data shows more students from Latin America are coming to Queensland to go to university.

Figures from Deloitte Access Economics shows Queensland’s international education sector is now more diverse than any other state, with South American countries growing strongly.

Over the past year the number of students from Brazil increased by 10 per cent, while students from Colombia jumped by 18 per cent.

Innovation and Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the increased interest from Latin American students was due to the government’s push into countries beyond Asia.

"Asia will always be important to Queensland’s prosperity but embracing Latin American markets like Brazil and Colombia open up new economic and cultural opportunities," Ms Jones said. Read more

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Sunshine Coast Daily - International students give tourism industry confidence

THE Australian tourism industry can be confident that international students can be depended on as a strong market for many years to come.

This is according to the managing director of The Demographics Group and chairman of the Tourism Forecasting Committee, Bernard Salt.

Decades of observing the tourism market and providing businesses with vital insights has Mr Salt believing demographics can be interpreted to find big-picture trends.

“As per the current trends, the number of international students continue to grow and is expected to grow further in regional areas,” Mr Salt said.

“With scholarship programs like Destination Australia, which encourages students to take up courses in regional universities and the visa changes that enable students to stay back for three years instead to two years when enrolled in regional universities, it is safe to say that Australia can rely on international students for tourist markets. Read more

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ABC News - Record number of international students sticking around on visas with full work rights

More international students than ever are remaining in Australia for up to four years on graduate work visas following their studies.

In March 50,000 international graduates were in Australia on the 485 visa — an increase of more than 16,000 in just 12 months.

Labor's immigration spokesman, Shayne Neumann, said international students are an important contributor to the economy, but rapid growth in a visa subclass could be cause for concern.

International students are allowed to work for 20 hours per week during semester under their visa, but no time or occupation restrictions apply to the "post-study" graduate visa stream.

This provides a visa of two years following study — or up to four years for some higher qualifications — to those who complete degrees of at least two years.

The visa may assist some towards a pathway to permanent residency, but the majority of international students return to their home countries. Read more

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ABC News - Poor English, few jobs: Are Australian universities using international students as 'cash cows'?

Recently at an elite Australian university, a senior humanities lecturer opened her office door to a young international student who was accompanied by another woman and seemed nervous. The student had emailed the lecturer in advance about changing to another degree — but right away there was a problem.

"She couldn't speak any English and she didn't understand anything that I said," she told the ABC.

The woman accompanying the student, whom the lecturer assumed was a friend, was in fact a translator hired for the meeting.

The student had gone through the first year of her degree without the ability to speak English.

"Which floored me," said the lecturer. Read more.

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SBS News - The Prime Minister says moving students could ease overcrowding in major capital cities.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is considering a plan to encourage international students to move to regional centres, which could ease population growth in Sydney and Melbourne.

“In the north, they want more population, In Adelaide they want more population.” Mr Morrison said.

“But I can tell you in the outer suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne, they don’t so it’s about how you manage population and there are plenty of levers for how you do that.”

A move to make those universities more enticing is being welcomed by regional institutions.

“[Students] interact a lot more with the people in the community here [Armidale] so they get to have a more true Australian experience,” University of New England vice-chancellor, Annabelle Duncan, told SBS News.

“The common language between all the international students and the domestic students is English so they practice their English a lot more.” Ms Duncan said. Read more.

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ABC News - Australia hosting unprecedented numbers of international students

Australia is hosting unprecedented numbers of international students, who now make up more than a quarter of enrolments at some universities.

The number of international students in Australia has increased by 12 per cent this year as enrolment numbers continue to rise exponentially.

Department of Education figures show that in February, Australian universities, private colleges, English language courses, and schools registered a combined 542,054 enrolments.

That compares with 305,534 total enrolments five years ago.

Students from China make up the largest proportion of students at 31 per cent, followed by India, Nepal, Malaysia and Vietnam.

But universities have been seeking to diversify their international student markets, and the latest figures show there have been big rises in the numbers of students from Brazil and Colombia. Read more

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International students injected $31.9 billion into Australia's economy last financial year, directly boosting Australian jobs and wages – including in regional Australia.

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures – released today – confirm international education income grew by $3.8 billion in the financial year to June 2018 to reach $31.9 billion.

Universities Australia Deputy Chief Executive Anne-Marie Lansdown said a record 548,000 international students were now studying in Australia, with the majority enrolled at universities.

“Our world-class universities attract students from all over the globe, bringing vast benefits to Australians and the nation,” Ms Lansdown said.

“And the buck doesn’t stop with us – that $32 billion flows on into the entire Australian economy, generating jobs, supporting wages, and lifting the living standards of Australians.”

“International education is a modern Australian success story – built from the ground up over six decades to become the nation’s third-largest export and the envy of the world.” Read more