Nepalese international student enrolments exponential rise in Australia

Data released by the Department of Education shows an explosion in Nepalese student enrolments driven by the vocational education and training (VET) and higher education (i.e. university) sectors, which experienced growth of 497% and 132% respectively in the three years to October 2019. Education experts have questioned why Australia is admitting so many students from Nepal, given it is so poor, shares no cultural ties with Australia, and does not speak English. Subsequently, accusations have been raised suggesting that Australia’s tertiary education industry has badly eroded standards and is facilitating exploitation of these students.

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