Despite the relaxation in travel restrictions and improvement in the Covid situation, the Australian universities aren’t too optimistic about the return of international students.
A 33.5% decrease in the number of study visa holders has been observed in Australia since the start of the pandemic. More than 40,000 teachers and academic staff have lost their jobs.
The international student population is a major source of income that keeps Australian universities self-sustainable. The nation’s education industry lost a whopping $1.8bn in revenue just one year after the start of the pandemic.
With the number of Covid cases rescinding during the last months of 2021, the industry was ready to get back on its feet and compensate for the lost time. However, the rise in cases of the Omicron variant has made things difficult again.
Western Australian universities are in turmoil as the state rolled back its decision to reopen the borders from 5th February, leaving thousands of international students who had already traveled to the country stuck outside the state borders.