Student enrolments on English language courses in Australia rose to a record high last year, English Australia statistics have shown, but a significant drop from Europe slowed growth compared to previous years.
Australia is experiencing its strongest ever start to the year, bar its peak year of 2009, and has seen 21% growth across all international education sectors, latest AEI statistics have revealed. Yet growth is namely across higher education and Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) providers, meaning it is not as balanced as it seems.
International student enrollments in Australia continued to fall for the fourth year in a row in every sector except English language teaching, according to the latest end-of-year statistics from the Australian government (AEI). The top five markets remained the same despite a 24.5% fall in enrollments to 53,396 from India.
The Australian Council for Private Education and Training has called for student visa reforms to be extended beyond the university sector, after a damning report showed Australia’s $2billion education export industry fell sharply in the two years to FY2011-12—with the brunt borne by ELICOS and VET.
English Australia has held a familiarisation trip to Australia for members of the Italian Association of Language Consultants and Agents (IALCA)—a move designed to cultivate the fast growing Italian market.
One hundred international students are being placed into new institutions after Milton College in Sydney, Australia shut its doors last week due to financial difficulties. As a consequence, it is no longer able to continue to teach currently enrolled students; the majority of whom were thought to be on high school preparation programmes.
English Australia honoured outstanding contributors to the Australian English language sector at its annual conference in September. Awards covered areas such as contribution to professional practice, academic leadership and research in the English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) sector.