Australia records 10% surge in overseas students: Survey

Australia has witnessed a record 10 per cent surge in overseas students, according to the latest International Student Survey.

Cotton College, Himanta Biswa Sarma, Government in Higher Education Department, Cotton College State University, North east
The premier education institute of the North East, which was established in 1901 in Guwahati, will give away all its assets, funds and other properties to the proposed Cotton University once The Cotton University Bill, 2017, is passed.(Representative image, Reuters)

Australia has witnessed a record 10 per cent surge in overseas students, according to the latest International Student Survey. “The survey shows a record 10 per cent surge in the number of international students coming to Australia to 5,54,179. “Australia has some of the world’s best institutions and academics and our government recognises the importance of our international education system,” Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Harinder Sidhu said. “The Australia-India education relationship is strong and vibrant. India is our second largest source of overseas students,” he said.

The survey of 65,000 students revealed that a record nine out of 10 international tertiary students were either satisfied or very satisfied with their overall experience in Australia.

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“Based on the results, the top three reasons international students chose to study in Australia are- the reputation of Australian qualifications, the reputation of the Australian education system as a whole; and personal safety and security,” an official statement said.

“The 2016 preliminary export data shows international education exports hit a record USD 21.8 billion, making it Australia’s third largest export after iron ore and coal,” it added.

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