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Aus: Int’l students to return to Victoria in early 2021

International students will be able to return to Victoria from early 2021, Study Melbourne has revealed as it released a recovery plan for the state’s international education sector.

Central Melbourne may be hosting more international students soon. Photo: The PIE News

"Victorian international education export revenue will decrease by around $5.8 billion in 2020"

The International Education Short-Term Recovery Plan 2020/21 was announced by the Victorian government and includes a list of measures that will be taken to stimulate the sector. 

“The international education sector is a cornerstone of Victoria’s economic recovery”

As well as opening the state to international students, measures include the creation of a new scholarship program and growth hubs in key strategic markets. 

“The international education sector is a cornerstone of Victoria’s economic recovery,” said minister for Trade, Martin Pakula

“Timely and strategic support for the sector is vital because the positive effects will amplify Victoria’s broader economic recovery.”

International education was the state’s single largest export sector in 2019, worth $13.7 billion and supporting around 79,000 Victorian jobs, Pakula continued.

“At that time more than 250,000 international students were travelling here to study – today, due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are fewer than 120,000 students on our shores, with significant impacts being felt across the sector and the economy,” he added. 

Modelling by the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research indicates Victorian international education export revenue will decrease by around $5.8 billion in 2020, the recovery plan noted.

“International students in Victoria have also been significantly impacted by the pandemic, with many experiencing financial hardship, accommodation insecurity and social isolation,” the plan said. 

The initiatives outlined in the plan will “reset and stimulate” the sector and position Victoria for recovery.

The Victorian Government will work closely with the federal government to restart international student arrivals in early 2021. 

Through the new scholarship program the Victorian Government will roll out, it hopes to drive demand and create a pathway to Victoria by providing grants to TAFEs and universities for students undertaking English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students or foundation studies. 

“With this announcement, Victoria has again strongly signalled the importance of international students to our community,” said Margaret Gardner, president and vice-chancellor of Monash University

“This investment will go a long way to highlighting to the world the quality of tertiary education in Victoria and all that our state, and city, has to offer to international students,” she added. 

“A network of Study Melbourne hubs is a great way of ensuring current international students remain connected to their institution”

Additionally, a marketing campaign targeting international students will position Victoria as one of the “world’s safest study destinations”.

The state will also create an edutourism program that will encourage students to develop leadership skills and become ambassadors for the benefits of visiting regional Victoria, as well as an entrepreneurship program. 

It will also promote itself as a global hub for edtech and innovation and create hubs in “strategic international markets”, alongside the Victorian Government’s Trade and Investment Network

“A network of Study Melbourne hubs is a great way of ensuring current international students remain connected to their institution, whilst paving a way for future students to see the quality of an Australian education from Victoria using the best of online learning and physical environment,” said David Linke, managing director of Edugrowth

The government is also investing in an international research fund and expanding its Global Education Network into Vietnam, Brazil and Kenya. 

“Victoria has built a globally competitive innovation ecosystem, catalysed by longstanding investment in science and research capability,” said Amanda Caples, lead scientist, Victorian Government. 

“This capability provides local and international students with the tools and technologies they need to launch successful careers and enable strong and meaningful connections between Victoria and the world.”

Ministers have also discussed strategies to demonstrate that Australian is “open for business” at the Council for International Education meetings.

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8 Responses to Aus: Int’l students to return to Victoria in early 2021

  1. The contribution to the economy by international students is always overstated. the fact that many students were distressed, financially, during the pandemic highlights an industry not exporting education, but a conduit for cheap overseas labor.

  2. How about letting Australian citizens return to Australia? This story shows me again that Australian public enemy number 1 is the Australian government. I am disgusted. What a horrible country Australia has become.

  3. Plz don’t allow us. Let us call the bluff of Australians who think that we don’t need international students. Indeed you do. From statements such as it is time to go home. Australians think that they own this world. All you can do is exploit international students. Bcz they are vulnerable and weak. Australians live in delusional world where an electrician and plumber earns higher than PhD holder.What happened to ur balls in ongoing beef with China? It dropped huh? Accept the reality and move on
    With out migration you would be like UK. They ceased it in 2010, now see they are forced to open it again.

  4. Why I am thinking that You don’t need international students? Why you ignore our future? Please make a planning like Canada!

  5. We so need International students, and there is nothing stopping the government bringing back Australians at all! It’s a separate issue! International students contribute so much to our economy. The universities fee. They are full fee paying students! in other words, they pay 4-5 times more than local students and does not take up HECS loan! Their accomodation, food, services that they use. it’s all a chain reaction. and this indirectly affects how much business makes and employees earn and how much we can pay tax and contribute to Centrelink for the needy Australians. Wake up, USE your BRAINS and DON’T be so ARROGANT! AUSTRALIANS!

  6. Wasted the lives of international students!!! Started my masters program in Feb 2020 and due to the COVID I have already finished 1 year online and only 1 more year left. We paid same amount as the ongoing university fee but still no border reopen date fixed!! Getting Australians back to Australia can be done through hotel quarantine but bringing international students won’t effect that process so plz consider and give us chance to finish our studies at the university.

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