PG courses that rely on internationals to exist won’t

In Features this morning Frank Larkins crunches the gloomy numbers for on-campus postgrad courses that depend (really depend) on international students

Overseas students accounted for 71 per cent of students enrolled in management and commerce courses in 2019, he reports.

And overseas PG students accounted for 87 per cent of enrolments in Information Technology and 78 per cent in Engineering and Related Technologies.

“The expected continuing loss of overseas student enrolments in 2021 and 2022 will undermine the sustainability of several on-campus postgraduate course offerings in most Australian universities,” Professor Larkins warns.

He predicts “decreased course offerings in several universities” and that “further staff losses are to be expected.”

This adds to his analysis of the problem faced by universities where international students make up 60 per cent plus of postgrads (CMM February 12).