In light of the most recent research from The Australian Population Research Institute (TAPRI), Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has advocated for an overhaul of university education in Australia (TAPRI). Deep disparities in the number of training slots granted to Australian students compared to international students are revealed in the paper The Skills Crisis, University Culpability, and the Overseas Student Industry by Bob Birrell and Ernest Healy.
According to the study, 40% of all graduates (local and international) will receive the training that the colleges had committed to them. The institutions offer more spots for overseas students than domestic students in the critical sectors of engineering and information technology, says SPA National President Ms Jenny Goldie. There aren’t many spots for new Australian students in nursing, another important sector where the number of international students is overgrowing.
It is obvious that the federal government cares more about revenue than it does about giving Australia the skills it needs. $9.2 billion, or 27%, of total university revenue in Australia came from international students. It was higher in other instances; for example, more than a third of RMIT’s revenue came from overseas students.
There has been a noticeable shift in federal government policy since the Jobs and Skills Summit. Overseas students who have received training here will now play a significant role in Australia’s goal of developing its skilled labour force, at the price of educating the youth of our own nation.
Ms Goldie observes that a sizable portion of the government’s foolish and undemocratic 235,000 aim for net migration will unavoidably come from overseas students. Everyone should be required to spend at least two years studying or working in their home countries before applying for a job in Australia.
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