THE Immigration Department cancelled more than 10,000 student visas in the past financial year, with many students failing to fulfil course requirements.
The department revoked 2219 student visas in 2011/12 for failure to meet course progress or attendance benchmarks.
Two visas were cancelled on character grounds and 15 visas withdrawn for providing wrong information or bogus documents. A department spokesman said student visas were also cancelled if the holders falsely claimed to be students.
The department cancelled 3107 visas for non-genuine students, breaches of visa conditions and voluntary requests for cancellation. The department is currently compiling figures for the previous financial year.
Earlier this week, The Age reported an underground market for university essays in Australia was proliferating with ”online essay mills” targeting international students through Chinese language social media sites.
In the year to August, there were 461,477 enrolments by full-fee paying international students in Australia. But enrolments had declined by 7.6 per cent compared with the same period the year before, according to Australian Education International.
These figures include students studying at university, TAFE and secondary school.
Foreign students make a massive contribution to the Australian economy with international education accounting for $16.3 billion in export income in 2010/11.
But International Association of Universities secretary-general Eva Egron-Polak said international students offered far greater value than income.
Ms Egron-Polak, who spoke at an international education conference in Melbourne this week, said universities around the world needed to foster stronger cultural and academic links with international students. ”They really do enrich our lives and our study,” she said.
Ms Egron-Polak said Australian universities would face stronger competition to attract foreign students from Asian countries, including China and Malaysia, which were improving the quality of their higher education sectors.
”Those countries have invested heavily in building their own capacity in higher education. China is now almost balancing the number of outgoing and incoming students,” she said.
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