Indian, Chinese and Nepalese Students Flood Universities of Australia, Jobs Squeeze Notwithstanding

As per a report, students from Indian and China have not been discouraged by the adverse media coverage or reports of racist assaults, and are moving to the different universities of Australia in historic figures.

As per the latest data on the subject, close-to 190,000 foreigners submitted an application to enroll for the various study courses in the country from July to December, reflecting a swell of 14.1% on the identical time-frame in 2016, with the volume of the Indian candidates jumping by 32% and the Chinese candidates by 13%. Significantly, the tiny nation of Nepal left Brazil behind to emerge as the third-biggest source of aspirants, rising by 46% to approximately 12,000 students.

Over 90% of the candidates received Student Visas, with 41,000 – a quarter of the entire Student Visas given in the quarter – going to those from China. An additional 20,000 Student Visas were offered to the nationals of India. On the other hand, the grant rate for the Chinese applicants progressively dropped through 2017 to 93.8% from 98.3%.

Altogether, the figure of the Student Visas provided jumped by 7%.

Global students spend a lot to register for the different study the various study courses in Down Under, and they have become huge source of earnings for the Australian universities, chiefly the Group of Eight, to the level that education has emerged as the nation’s third-major export market.

Some detractors have allegedly voiced fears at the level of Chinese impact on the Australian universities, with students occasionally complaining against the course material focusing on China and its administration.

Such issues, in addition to the alleged physical assaults on the Chinese students, have resulted in noticeable coverage in the local and foreign Chinese media. Sometime back, China, reportedly, even issued a safety warning for its students studying in Australia and it also shared some phone numbers so that the students can get in touch with the concerned people in the eventuality  of any crises.

Still, the numbers released a few days back by the Australian Department of Home Affairs, reportedly, indicate that the Chinese interest in the Australian higher education has only kept on increasing. The 12.9% surge in the number of the petitions from the Chinese nationals was far higher in July-December 2017, vis-à-vis the same period in 2016 (6.7%) and 2015 (5.6%).

Through the course of the previous decade, Nepal has, reportedly, developed remarkably as a source nation of global students, originally driven by the decade-long Maoist insurgency, and the following recommendations and references from others. The media in Nepal have acknowledged Sydney’s Victoria University & Western Sydney University as chief destinations for the students from Nepal, even while Auburn has surfaced as Sydney’s center for those who use the Nepalese language for communication purposes.

Still, the numbers made available by the Australian Administration also reveal signs of a jobs squeeze for global students, post their graduation. The volume of the graduates moving straight into skilled work has, reportedly, come down in the wake of the incumbent Turnbull administration’s amendments made to the Temporary 457 Visa, which, as per the available reports, will be stopped only to be substituted very shortly.

Only 3000 graduates moved to a 457, in the process, showing a drop of 50% on the identical time-frame in 2016, even as the figure of the people, who shifted to a 189 or 190 Skilled Visa, also nose-dived. In its place, 30% jump in the number of students moving on to a 485 “temporary graduate” visa–which permit them to do a job in Oz but is not a surety of skilled labor–was registered. In addition, a rise of 11.5% in the figure of the graduates, who shifted to a Tourist Visa, was also registered.

According to a concerned person, the 485 Visa still provides a “window of opportunity” for the Permanent Residency Australia status in the country, though it was much easier on the 457 Visa.

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