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Australia: rise in overseas students enrollment pushed economy

The enrollments of overseas students from countries like China and India rose by 21 per cent this January that has prompted the Australian government to launch new initiatives of 3.5 million dollars.

world Updated: Mar 19, 2009 12:21 IST

Amid global financial downturn, the number of overseas students in Australia continued to rise with around 60, 000 this year that has contributed to push the country’s economy.

The enrollments of overseas students from countries like China and India rose by 21 per cent this January that has prompted the government to launch new initiatives of 3.5 million dollars, according to a government figure released on Wednesday.

The government will organise international events to woo foreign students detailing them about Australian courses in countries like China, India, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, media reports said in Melbourne.

The part of the new strategy would also focus on welfare of international students and the support network available to them in Australia.

Julia Gillard, the Minister for Education, said she was increasingly concerned about faltering overseas enrollments. Early signs for this year have been encouraging, she said, adding that the action was needed because of worsening global economic crisis.

“I want Australia to be seen by international students as a welcoming place to study for a globally recognised education qualification,” she said.