Study Group welcomes Australian measures to support international education
The measures are intended to support providers affected by COVID-19 by reducing regulatory costs as well as expanding online and offshore courses. Funds will be made available for providers to grow offshore and online delivery, and will also support FEE-HELP loan fee exemptions for 30,000 existing and prospective students.
Commenting on the announcement, Study Group Managing Director for Australasia Alex Chevrolle said:
“This has been an extremely challenging time for students and everyone involved in international education. While teachers and those who support international students have done a remarkable job in moving to online education, it’s welcome that the government has acknowledged that we need to work in different ways while Covid-19 travel restrictions continue to restrict the usual access of students to study in Australia.
“Fortunately, we do know that many students from around the world do hope to study in Australia’s great universities and value the lifestyle associated with our country. Our task is to support their education remotely until this is possible once more, and we are excited to build on our work so far to offer the very highest-quality provision through our innovative use of the latest EdTech platforms, specialist support and in-country hubs in cities like Shanghai. These are the kinds of initiatives we know the government wants to encourage, and which also matter to our students so they can in future progress into degrees and making a contribution to the economy and society in Australia or their home countries.”
Study Group also warmly welcomed the commitment from the Education Minister that “international students will be welcomed back when conditions allow”, and that measures supporting universities and other education providers would be made available to “maintain as much capacity as possible in the meantime.”
Study Group is the leading provider in international pathway programmes.