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Australia tightens rules for colleges with foreign students

world Updated: Feb 24, 2010 01:25 IST

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Australian colleges catering to foreign students will face more rigorous regulation by year’s end as the government weeds out unscrupulous operators, the education minister said on Tuesday.

Under a bill passed on Monday, all colleges and schools providing courses to international students will have to re-register with the government under strengthened criteria by December 31.

“This is intended to reinforce confidence in the quality of the Australian international education sector,” Julia Gillard said.

“While the vast majority of education providers are delivering quality education, unfortunately the sector has been tarnished by the activities of a few,” she said in a statement.