Australia’s Chinese lesson: The nation’s urgent need to engage with international students from China

While the economic risks of declining international student enrolments have been recently reported, this narrative explores how the divide between Australia and its Chinese students, exacerbated by broader political tensions arising from the “China debate,” also pose a threat to social cohesion – both on campus and beyond.
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In this narrative, author Julie Szego draws on research, interviews and commentary from universities, think tanks and journalists, to explore the rapidly-shifting context in which students from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) come to Australia. What emerges is a near-unanimous and increasingly urgent case that it is in Australia’s political, economic and social interests to be better hosts to Chinese international students than it has been to date.