Vaccine rollout – Concern over international student return

The AU$40 billion (US$31 million) a year international education sector is warning it cannot afford to lose a third academic year before international students return to Australia as universities hope rollout delays of COVID-19 vaccines will not further restrict intakes, writes Anna Patty for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Western Sydney University Vice-Chancellor Barney Glover said he hopes the vaccine rollout will not affect a programme designed for the safe return of international students in modest numbers. A ‘safe corridors proposal’ for the return of overseas students to New South Wales would start with small numbers and progressively increase to a maximum of up to 600 each fortnight, pending federal government approval.

Phil Honeywood, the chief executive officer of the International Education Association of Australia, which represents private and public providers of education for international students, said there was “no way the AU$40 billion-a-year industry could withstand the loss of a third academic year next year”.
Full report on The Sydney Morning Herald site