Less of the same in international education

Celia Hammond calls for diversity

Speaking in the Reps yesterday Ms Hammond ((Lib WA) had ideas for the Commonwealth’s international education strategy, now in development.

Ms Hammond wants diversity and lots of it, in source countries of students, in what subjects they study, in where they study (regions and metros) and what courses they study – “right from ELICOS up to higher degrees.”

And she is optimistic about what diversity can deliver.

“While it’s taking a hit at the moment because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our education sector will rebound. It has rebounded before. It may look different, but changes have occurred before. And there are very good reasons as to why some changes need to and will take place now”

Ms Hammond is a former VC of University of Notre Dame Australia.