The Abacus

Australia’s Chinese lesson: The nation’s urgent need to engage with international students from China

By: ACBC National

International education is Australia’s third largest export, contributing an estimated $34 billion to our economy in 2018.
While Chinese international students enrolled to study in Australia provide almost a third of this income, bringing in over $10 billion, latest figures suggest student flows from China are not only slowing, but falling.
Beyond the economic risks of declining international student enrolments, this narrative explores how the divide between Australia and its Chinese students, exacerbated by broader political tensions arising from the “China debate,” pose a threat to social cohesion – both on campus and beyond.
The narrative is available online, and has been produced as an audiobook. 

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