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International education, particularly study in Australia, provides significant economic benefits for Australia. It is both a major export industry and a source of domestic economic growth. If Australia can attract talented international students through scholarships and a reputation for quality, they will return to their home countries to become leaders in government, industry and the arts and ultimately help open doors for Australia. These relationships provide access to new ideas and technologies that underpin national innovation. The Go8 wants to work with Government to ensure that international education in Australia is attractive for its quality rather than as merely a path to migration. Australia cannot afford to be isolated or by-passed in a more knowledge-connected world. The nation's future will rely on strong international connections and openness. Recommended solutions include: (1) A major statement by the Prime Minister on the importance of Australia's engagement in international education and research; (2) High-level meetings in major source countries by relevant senior ministers and education leaders; (3) Removal of student visa entrants from the Government's net immigration goals; (4) Review policy settings for student visas, with regulation proportional to risk; and (5) A joined-approach by the Government across its policy departments and administrative agencies.

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Guidelines, Government Role, Scholarships, International Education, Economic Progress, Foreign Students, Student Recruitment, Economic Factors, International Trade, Educational Quality, Educational Policy, Public Policy, International Relations, Immigration

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