Australia consolidates #2 position with record numbers in 2015
Yes, we all are familiar with how Australia fell off from our radars as the place of choice for international education when a string of racially motivated incidents against Asian students created such a scare.
But not only have those issues been dealt with very effectively by the Australian government, but the aggressive wooing by universities since then have made sure that Australia is a top favorite among international students again.
Last year, international student numbers in Australia crossed their previous high of 632,000 students in 2009. In 2015, international student numbers crossed 645,000.
Australia is now exactly two-thirds the size of the US market. In 2009, it came to almost equal to the US numbers, but then it dipped for the next few years. Now, Australia has definitely cemented its #2 position in the international education market.
Last year there were 72,500 Indian students in Australia. More importantly, this was a nearly 18% increase over the previous year, making this the fastest increase in Indian students in Australia over the past 6 years (in which period, for most of the time, number of students going to Australia were mostly on the decline.)
The fundamentals for Australia can only get stronger, especially for Indian students. There’s one factor where Australia will always score over its North American competitors – US and Canada. The climate – if all other things are equal, Indian students will prefer the warmer climes of Australia.
And indeed, in the past 10 years, Australia has come from nowhere and become the #2 destination among international students globally.