Last July, I wrote about the decline in international students in Australian universities. A Deloitte analysis showed a decline in 2010 and 2011, because of tighter visa rules, the strength of the Australian dollar and more international competition for students. And they were forecasting 2012 to be another weak year. Well, they were right.
The latest figures for 2012 are showing that there's been an 8.5% decline in international student enrolments in the year to the end of June 2012 (5% down in higher education, and 14% down in vocational education). It means a few things:
For more background information, I'd recommend reading "The Internationalisation of Higher Education in Australia and the United States" from the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney Business School