Dollar's rise, attacks hit demand
OVERSEAS university student numbers could fall by up to 10 per cent later next year, based on a halving in inquiries from India and a strong Australian dollar, according to one of the country's largest inquiries managers, Hobsons Asia-Pacific.
"If the drop in inquiries during the last quarter continues then the drop in enrolments in semester two 2010 could be double-digit," Hobson's managing director David Harrington told the HES. "Semester one enrolments, which is the largest intake, will be less affected by the recent drop in inquiries due to the 12-month pipeline. This we expect to be flat."source..
And also, this article..
Alarm over college closures
THE peak body for private colleges has called on the federal government to bolster confidence in the sector by injecting cash into the international student assurance fund as the industry braces for a spate of college failures and closures.
As revealed in The Australian last week, a steep fall in student visa applications and approvals out of the Indian market is threatening the viability of colleges. At the same time a regulatory crackdown on dodgy providers is expected to lead to enforced shutdowns.source..
If the numbers could fall by 90%, that would be excellent news. - Dave :-)