They both are doing better in the China market
The NSW Auditor General reports a year on year increases in overseas student enrolments between semester one 2020 and 21 for Uni Sydney (32.5 per cent) and UNSW (39.2 per cent).
“In 2020, UNSW and University of Sydney established fast network access capabilities to support overseas students in China study on-line and remotely, which has allowed students to continue enrolments,” the A G states.
They may not be the only reasons.
Last July the Federal Government started issuing student visas for people studying with Aus universities off-shore while borders are closed. This means, “existing and new student visa holders who undertake on0line study outside Australia because of COVID 19 will be able to count this,” for post-study work visas.
This may appeal to students playing a long-game with a view to future career and migration opportunities. It also saves them money – they are still paying hefty unis fees, but not the costs of living in Australia.