Absent international coursework postgrads leave a big gap on campus

Frank Larkins sets out the numbers and points to problems

International coursework postgrads will be missed for as long as borders stay closed –they account for 40 per cent of overall international enrolments and campuses appear empty without them, only 3 per cent studied exclusively on-line last year.

In Features this morning, Professor Larkins (Uni Melbourne) points to problems for the 19 universities with 61 per cent plus postgrads from overseas. And for the country, “domestic growth is unlikely to be sufficient, nevertheless, to ensure the viability of some postgraduate subjects and courses in areas identified as critical to future national skills development in the Government’s recent Job-ready graduates reform package,” Professor Larkins warns.