Although there is no official confirmation, the anecdotal reports coming out of China carry a clear message —-China is blocking its students from coming to Australian universities.
It has already made it clear it does not want the children of Chinese citizens studying in our schools, which is set to devastate the finances of those schools who relied on a significant percentage of Chinese students.
Our university sector is going to undergo a severe and painful revolution because Chinese students have provided the cash to enable most universities to prosper. RMIT in Melbourne has the largest overseas student population, comprising more than 40 per cent of total students. With University of Melbourne overseas students they have transformed Melbourne’s CBD.
Vast numbers of student apartments are already vacant but the number will rise. …
More than two years ago China made it clear that to the Australian government that it would stop visas for Chinese students if we continued to “annoy” China with criticisms so the latest move is not a surprise. Overseas students represent between 20 and 40 of most universities and Chinese students dominate the sector. … The big crunch comes in 2022 and 2023.
An unforced error on Australia’s part:
The unpopularity of Australia as a student destination has been multiplied by the appalling way we treated international students who were marooned in Australia. Excluded from aid programs, in some cases they had to beg for food during the COVID clamps. The Chinese population will take a long time to forgive our nation for treating its children this way.