A risk the Go8 didn’t manage

The ban on arrivals from China is in place for another week, it’s especially bad news for Group of Eight universities

Group of Eight universities increased their exposure to any down-turn in enrolments of students from China. University of Melbourne higher education analyst Frank Larkins writes in CMM Features this morning.

In 2013, Chinese students accounted for 45 per cent of internationals at Go8 institutions, rising to 65 per cent last year.  Overall, the Go8 enrolled 39 per cent of all Chinese students in 2013 and 63 per cent in 2019.

“The high financial exposure should encourage university governing bodies to review their risk management policies and the narrowly focussed recruitment strategies that have led to such an extreme dependence of students from one country as a significant revenue source,” Professor Larkins writes.