NSW goes to the Top of the Class
The NSW Government updated the media on plans to return International students to New South Wales. The goal is to jump-start the sector after a challenging 18 months.
Two hundred and fifty students a fortnight will be flown into the State. Students will undergo a 14-day quarantine in purpose-built accommodation and overseen by NSW Police and NSW Health.
The US and Canada had already opened pathways to student return, but Australia has been hesitant. The fear amongst the Australian education community is that the delay will cost the country any chance to return to pre-COVID numbers.
NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet fronted the media, saying “Typically, we have more than 250,000 international students studying in NSW each year, and they directly support 95,000 local jobs prior to the pandemic.” He continued, “If we don’t act fast, students will turn to other overseas destinations, and it could take the sector decades to recover.”
The program will be in addition to the existing hotel quarantine and financed by the university sector. Therefore, the taxpayer would not be footing the bill for the initiative.
Which-50 contacted a number of institutions regarding the announcement. The University of Wollongong issued a statement applauding the move.
“UOW has been working collaboratively with the other NSW universities and the NSW Government on a plan to safely reintroduce international students to our campuses and local communities and is pleased to see that plan now being submitted to the Commonwealth Government for consideration.
“UOW acknowledges the NSW Government’s strong support for the higher education sector and thanks NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian MP and Treasurer Perrottet for their leadership and support throughout the development of this proposal.
“This important milestone brings UOW — along with other NSW universities — one step closer to welcoming back international students, whose different cultural perspectives so greatly enrich the diversity of campus life and our students’ learning experience.
“International students also make valuable cultural and economic contribution to the communities in which UOW operates its nine Australian campuses.”