CHINA EN­ROL­MENTS SURG­ING

Herald Sun - - NEWS - TOM MINEAR

THE num­ber of Chi­nese stu­dents study­ing in Vic­to­ria has soared by 15 per cent de­spite fears en­rol­ments would slow be­cause of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s crack­down on for­eign in­ter­fer­ence.

New fig­ures, to be re­leased to­day, show there are 509,000 in­ter­na­tional stu­dents from 190 coun­tries who are now study­ing in Aus­tralia.

Al­most a third of all over­seas stu­dents are from China, while 12 per cent are from In­dia and 5 per cent are from Nepal, driven by a mas­sive 56 per cent in­crease over the past year.

There are 56,000 stu­dents from China study­ing in Vic­to­ria and 27,000 In­di­ans.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Si­mon Birm­ing­ham said the 12 per cent in­crease in in­ter­na­tional stu­dents con­tin­ued a “record­break­ing run of growth”.

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