The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that five universities including the UOW have placed bans or restrictions on students from Indian states. The primary reason for such a ban was the fraudulent applications seeking work and not study in Australia. However, the UOW has denied such claims on Thursday.
The University of Wollongong released a statement that it has not placed any restrictions on student applicants in India. However, the students require to go through the standard entry criteria that is applicable to all International students. It also includes the criteria placed by the Australian Department of Home Affairs.
The Australian Newspapers has reported that UOW and other Australian universities are putting applicants through the Genuine Temporary Entrant Test. In response, the university has stated that like all Australian universities it needs to guard against fraudulent applications. As a result students applying to UOW have to undergo a Genuine Temporary Entrant Test. GTE is an integrity test that all applicants for student visas need to give to substantiate that they are coming to Australia for study and not to gain residency.
UOW collaborations with Indian Universities
The UOW stated that the overall visa rejection rate has reduced in the past 12 months. Only a small number of visa applications take place due to fraud. Moreover, the university has research and education collaborations with 30 universities in India.
In 2022, the University has also offered scholarships such as the ice-Chancellor’s Leadership Scholarship to the Indian students. This year more than 2,500 students have been admitted to the UOW in Australia. The most preferred courses among students were business, engineering, and information sciences.
The UOW has denied claims that it is denying applications for students from India or from other regions. The university only required the Indian students to go through the GTE which is a standard test conducted for all International applicants. UOW is welcoming students to both their Wollongong Campus, and the campus in Dubai.
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