Australia 2nd most popular choice for international students - February 14, 2017

Australia 2nd most popular choice for international students

As per a recent report from UNESCO, Australia has gotten to be the 2nd most favored destination for students from India, who aim at pursuing higher studies.

Daily News & Analysis India (or DNA India) divulged that although USA continues to be the #1 choice as the country of higher studies for Indian students and Australia has replaced the UK in the second position, subsequent to a decline of 4% in the volume of students bound to UK.

In 2016, 48% of outbound students from India headed towards USA. Australia had welcomed 11% of them, while just 8% moved to UK.

Experts say that this decline is attributed to UK government’s rising stringent visa barriers and requirements for Indian students, along with its push towards significantly reducing the volume of incoming overseas students.

India’s High Commissioner to the UK, Mr. Y.K. Sinha, stated: “In the field of education, we have a bit of a problem because the number of Indian students [in the UK], which was 40,000 or so in 2010, has dropped to 19,000. The U.S., which had 104,000 Indian students in 2010, has 166,000 today.”

“I think the UK universities are doing a great job, but I think we need to sort out the issues regarding visas. It is an area that both governments are talking to each other about,” he further added.

Though USA continues to bloom in its popularity amid overseas students, which might soon be in peril thanks to President Trump’s anti-immigrant strategies.

As per ‘PIE News’, Trump’s administration intends to launch various bills “proposing changes to the popular temporary worker H-1B and L-1 visa programmes, with the aim of curbing abuse of the system”.

What the UK and U.S might lose with regard to international students, Australia intends to gain, chiefly through its liberalized visa standards and its provision for 2-year post-study work visa.

For instance, one of the Australia’s top universities, the University of Technology Sydney (or UTS) , is amplifying its presence in India.

Alex Murphy, the managing director of UTS, told DNA India that: “The number of Indian students coming to Australia has been growing and we want to engage more with Indian students. Students in India are very keen, they know what they want.”

“With the current situation in the UK and U.S., we are expecting that Australia will get more students in the future. This is also because we provide a friendly environment to the students, and we acquaint them with the country and its culture before they actually start living and studying there,” Murphy added.

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