The number of students pursuing studies abroad continues to surge as higher education institutions around the world vie for the best and brightest minds. But there is growing competition for students from emerging regional destinations that may offer more affordable and culturally-relevant programmes of study.
Australia has been the traditional destination in East Asia and the Pacific for students studying abroad. However, we are now rivaled by newcomers China, Malaysia, the Republic of Korea, Singapore and New Zealand; these nations hosted 6 percent of the global share of mobile students in 2012. This trend is indicatively continuing through 2016.
The University needs to compete with our global competition in this space. We should continue to support our strategic directive towards more student housing, while ensuring that we are a technologically-inviting location for international students.