Planning on coming back to OZ of picking up some ESL/ELICOS work? Forget it, the bottom has fallen out of the industry with enrollments down something like 60%. Even contracted staff are looking like they'll lose out. Not pretty.
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Financial Downturn and a few of the overseas funded companies have pulled up stakes as well.
The school I do some work for in the uni holidays has permanent employees on three day rosters at the moment and several of the small schools in town have shut down.
Even the study tours, which is what I do, are down by half on last year.
We could all sit outside on banana lounges discussing the best way to rebuild a 4WD transmission and agree, through shared stories of conquests supporting our assertions, that there is no basis to the proposition that those least assured of their persuasions are the first to condemn others for theirs.
Was chatting to a friend from Macquarie CME, the international student trade is doing a roaring business at the mo, there as they have intake 5 coming up in August, but generally there is a worrying downward trend.
I work at a Uni - enrolments always dip when the economy picks up. Maybe part of the reason.
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The concerted efforts of mental health campaigners, including GetUp members, have been effective in securing small pledges from the Government this year - but we need an investment of at least $500 million to start turning this health crisis around. It's within our grasp. A poll commissioned by GetUp this weekend found that 83% of Australians would be in favour of investing $500 million in mental health immediately.
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I think the Australian government finally had to acknowledge that a lot of activity in the sector was visa scams dressed up as education programs.
And then there's those nasty racial assaults conducted by the white nazis in Melbourne.
Recession would be a factor.
Basically, I'd say the main reason is that people are cluing into the citizenship/student visa bullshit.
Little doubt in my mind.
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Russ reads the Herald Sun/Daily Telegraph/Australian so he's a bit misinformed..
They did tighten up the reporting aspects of student visas last year making the schools culpable for bogus visas. Bit of a paperwork headache for most. I assume there was a few dodgy schools that prompted the crackdown.
The strong dollar must be part of the problem too...and the fact that the euro and USD are/ have been weak so they have become relatively cheaper,
The 'racial' attacks (media hype or not) has had a negative impact on international students perceptions of Australia.
There has been a bit of concern about some of the edu institutions - a few have gone arse up in the last year.
Media Release: College Closures
6 November 2009 —
The closure of another four colleges catering to international students shows how much both Federal and State Governments allowed the education industry to slip out of their hands. Newspapers are reporting that the Meridian International group has gone into voluntary administration, with its hasty closure affecting 3400 students in Sydney and Melbourne.
JSJ Study Abroad Alert No. 5
Five institutions collapse in Australia; students should be cautious when
choosing private education providers
It is reported that the Australian Minister for Education, [The Hon.] Julia Gillard, recently
announced that Global Campus Management Group, a provider of international education in the
fields of hotel management, fashion design, cookery and English language has entered
voluntary administration. The Global Campus Management Group includes the GCM Fashion
Institute, The Meridian International School, Meridian International Hotel School, International
Design School and Meridian College. Approximately 3000 students affected by the collapse of
these institutions include 1265 Chinese students (of whom 510 are in Sydney and 755 are in
The Chinese Embassy in Australia and the Chinese Consulate-Generals in Sydney and
Melbourne are treating this matter with great importance, taking it up with the relevant
Australian Government organisations and urging the Australian Education Ministry to coordinate
the local [Australian] education departments to place affected Chinese students with alternative
providers and protect their legitimate rights and interests.