No. International students do NOT take the places of Australian students at our universities.Uuniversities have had quotas in place on courses well before the explosion of international student enrolments.auscyclefan94 said:Yes I would like to keep the skilled immigrants who come over here to have an education to stay here, but the funny thing is that these overseas "immigrants" take up the spots of actual australians citizens in our universities and then take their skills gained from our universities back to their country and do not become permanent immigrants. That's why we also should be cautious of letting more people into our country even if they are only going to be here temporarily.
Sorry, understand I went a little off ferminal's point but it is kinda to do with what he/she is saying.
Ferminal, it is not just your area where you live where it is getting crowded. It is every city.
Due to the reduced funding from the federal government to universities under the Howard governments, universities needed to seek other sources of funding. They did this by increasing local fee paying places, and by attracting international students. If they banned all international students from studying at universities you would not see an increase in local places. This is ignoring the fact that a lot of universities would close unless federal funding was dramatically increased.
Prior to the crackdown on the numbers of the skill migration programs in 2009, approximately 70% of international students were successful in obtaining permanent residency after they completed their studies. FYI - The international education industry was Australia's 3rd largest export, bringing in approximately 18 billion dollars to the economy in 2009.
The Labor government is actually trying to reduce/remove the quotas by increasing the funding to universities, and removing local fee paying places. If this is a topic you are actually interested in, I would suggest you go and read the Bradley review.