In the current climate of significant government policy changes---not only in Australia, but also the United Kingdom and United States---there are significant threats and opportunities facing the Australian international student education sector. How have these policy changes affected student demand and what of the sleeping giant in the US? Can they leverage their prestige, reputation, strong alumni networks, funding and capacity to really take advantage of the 'shifting Visa sands' that now face students who are considering studying in Australia and the UK? What should we really be worried about and how can we effect these changes? This paper will examine trends in international student enrolment in Australia for key countries of origin, drawing on Government enrolment and Visa data, as well as detailed enquiry and recruitment data from 14 Australian and 12 UK universities. What are the palpable trends? Can we sustain the growth in demand, heading into 2012?
Paper presented at 'International education: the next 25 years?', the Australian International Education Conference (AIEC 2011), Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 11-14 October 2011