Further drop in foreign students to Oz

Australian education industry has witnessed an 8.7% drop in international enrolments, with the number of oversees students, particularly Indians, reporting a sharp fall.

india Updated: Jun 04, 2011 00:48 IST
PTI

Australian education industry has witnessed an 8.7% drop in international enrolments, with the number of oversees students, particularly Indians, reporting a sharp fall.

The hardest hit enrolments were recorded in the vocational education and English language areas, where numbers fell more than 21% on March last year, The Age reported.

The report said the biggest challenge for the sector is the Indian market where the numbers all sectors fell by 30.4%, continuing the year's trend, outlined in figures released in April for February enrolments.

Apart from attributing the drop to 'safety issues of Indian students', many education experts have also blamed Australian government for tightening immigration laws that were leading to the drop in student enrolments.

First Published: Jun 04, 2011 00:47 IST