• zInternationalStudents Blog

  • Monday, August 21, 2017

In an earlier post we had mentioned about how things were going downhill down under. Australia is trying to fix the mess a bit, it seems. Since education remains the third most important part of the Australian economy, it had to be just a matter of when, not if, such substantial steps would start showing up.

In an unexpected(?), and a much appreciated move, the premier of South Australia has written a personal letter to each and every one of the 5000 odd international students studying in his home state. The letter, as expected, thanks the student for choosing Australia as their study destination, assures them of safety, and wishes them a memorable stay in the Australia for the period of their education.

Many students who received the letter, though not overjoyed, expressed some satisfaction that some positive and visible steps are being taken. There is a thinking that all is not lost, and things will be better sooner rather than later.

There still remain issues of higher tuition fees for overseas students, no concessional fare for foreign students, and the much overused term “racialism”. But, these personal letters are a good beginning to what should be a genuine attempt to regain the confidence of Indian students, who hail from Australia’s second largest education export market.

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