MEDIA RELEASE: “We welcomes the support for returning of international students, but more could be done,” says CAPA.
The Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) welcomes the Commonwealth Government’s recent announcements around international students and the recent launch of the Australian Strategy for International Students.
Last year CAPA requested flexibility to the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) for those affected by this pandemic. It is essential to recognise the value international students bring to our economy, and the recent announcements reflect an understanding of this.
This recent announcement includes eligibility for a temporary graduate visa to international students that continued their education overseas. The duration from two to three for masters by coursework students is also warmly welcomed.
Many international students felt they were taken for granted and treated as “cash cows” through this pandemic. This is a step towards repairing the tarnished relationship between international students and this country, but elements of the strategy stem from inherently flawed logic.
“It’s great to see international education get some attention through all this, but it should always be about quality, not quantity,” says CAPA National President Errol.
CAPA firmly believes the quality of education should always remain the main priority of universities.
CAPA International Officer Vineet Prabhakar
CAPA National President Errol Phuah
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