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News for May 2023

Popularity of the Australian education – Vocational and Higher education

New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show revels that a total of 59,240 international students arrived in Australia in January this year, a 111 percent increase compared to the same month last year, when some 28,030 students entered the country. However, the number of international students has yet to reach the pre-pandemic levels and has decreased by 34,4 percent compared to 2019, reports.

Some 13,610 students from abroad are now in Australia’s vocational education and training, followed by 4,960 in schools and 4,250 in the ELICOS sector (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students). Additionally, Australian higher education institutions welcomed 3,080 postgraduate students at the beginning of this year. Data show the number of students in the ELICOS sector has also increased in January 2023, from 440 in the same period last year, which is an increase of 865 percent.

Nevertheless, of all students entering the country in January, the majority (30,250) are enrolled in higher education institutions, up from 19,770 in January of the previous year. That is an increase of 53 percent over the period. Universities Australia, the advocacy body for the higher education sector, welcomed the news saying that the increase proves international students are returning to Australia “at a healthy rate.”

Universities Australia Chief Executive Catriona Jackson that the economy is back and prospering thanks to education, recalling that before the COVID-19 era, the sector contributed $40 billion to the Australian economy and supported 250,000 jobs. International Students Contributed $25.5 Billion to Australian Economy in 2022.

Australian education providers offer excellent educational experiences and international students know that which is why we are the world’s third biggest provider of international education. Last year, 613,327 international students attended educational institutions in Australia, most of them from China and India as the top two sending countries of students worldwide, including Australia. While, many students also were from countries such as Nepal, Vietnam, Colombia, Thailand, and Brazil as well.

26 May 2023

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