The “comprehensive failure” of Australian universities to engage with Asia is rapidly unravelling their appeal to the biggest market of international students, an expert in Asian education, Professor Greg McCarthy, told a conference on higher education last week, according to Justin Norrie writing for The Conversation.
McCarthy, head of the school of social sciences at the University of Adelaide, told the Future of Higher Education Conference that Australian schools and universities had neglected Asian studies – and exploited international students – for so long that “they would really struggle to find a way back from here”.
According to a report by the Asia Education Foundation, the proportion of students at all levels studying one of the four key Asian languages (Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Indonesian) dropped from 24% to 18.6% between 2000 and 2008. Only a tiny proportion of Year 12 students study anything about Asia in history, English, geography, economics, politics and the arts, the report said.
Full report on The Conversation site
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