University to halt student enrolment growth

One of Australia’s top universities has announced that it would no longer increase student enrolments, citing a threat to quality posed by further expansion. The move ends a period of rapid growth in international enrolments in recent years, writes Jackson Gothe-Snape for ABC News.

The vice-chancellor of the Australian National University, Brian Schmidt, said the university had reached a size “which I think is appropriate”. “If we get any bigger, we will not be better,” he said. “The university is at a size of roughly 20,000 full-time students and so we’re not intending to grow.”

The move ends years of growth in student numbers at the university, particularly among international enrolments. Schmidt’s comments follow a call to investigate a national cap for international students from Labor’s employment spokesperson Brendan O’ Connor due to the impact of students on the labour market.
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