Australian university executives are concerned that delayed vaccine deployment may prevent international students from returning home.
“There is no way an industry of $ 40 billion a year can withstand the loss of the third grade next year,” Phil Honeywood, CEO of the Australian International Education Association, told The Age.
Recent changes in medical advice surrounding the dangers of AstraZeneca have hampered the government’s original plan to vaccinate all Australians by October this year.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison also refrained from setting new goals, but said he hoped the public would be vaccinated by the end of the year.
Barney Glover, Vice President, University of Western Sydney Said He was an age concerned about delayed rollouts and wanted it not to affect the programs that would allow a small number of international students to return home.
“We hope that the challenges surrounding the vaccine program in Australia will not adversely affect the very modest trials of inbound students,” Grover said.
The proposed program refers to the New South Wales (NSW) government’s alternative quarantine program, which allows a small number of students to enter the country without using the Australian return quarantine site.
Education is Australia’s fourth-largest export, generating $ 37.5 billion in the Australian economy during last fiscal year.
New South Wales generated $ 14.6 billion in exports before the blockade.
The New South Wales Treasury estimates that the state has already lost one-third of its international student base.
“The earliest possible return of international students is essential for maintaining a job in our education sector and for the wider economy,” New South Wales said. Treasury said..
Universities have long been worried about delays in reopening borders, and students are looking elsewhere to study.
Last November, IDP Connect found More than half of the students applying to Australian universities are considering switching to another location if they can start their studies on campus sooner.
A spokesman for RMIT University told The Epoch Times that the number of new international student applications has decreased compared to the same period last year.
“Border control will reduce the number of international students studying in Australia, but offshore RMIT students (Vietnam campuses and affiliated universities) will remain strong throughout the COVID-19 period,” said a spokesman.