When striving to cultivate global citizens, HE stakeholders must rethink their responses to issues such as brain drain, the refugee crisis and the extent to which student mobility disproportionately benefits the elites of society, international education leaders urged.
Two bills updating the ESOS Act have been passed in Australia, promising to reduce administrative costs and enhance quality assurance. However, an amendment to rules on tuition fees paid in advance being placed in holding accounts did not pass.
The International Education Association of Australia has joined a coalition from the tourism, financial services, transport and agriculture industries to champion economic growth in Australia over the next 20 years. These sectors provide the best potential to expand economic wealth, says the coalition.
Insufficient and costly purpose-built student accommodation may be putting Australia at a competitive disadvantage when recruiting internationally, research commissioned by the International Education Association of Australia has suggested.
With the Australian government leveraging its study-work and post-study work opportunities to compete for globally mobile students, market research has revealed a bias among Australian employers when hiring international graduates and their domestic counterparts.
The Australian government is funding a major research and scoping project into a quality framework for education agencies, marking a substantive push forward towards a possible accreditation or ratings system. A steering committee with cross-departmental government membership is being led by IEAA.