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 Does Australia have too many universities?

27.02.20. It appears that COVID-19 is the catalyst to expose clearly the dependence of most, if not all, Australian universities on Chinese student money. Providing a $7,500 grant in order to get students around the coronavirus travel ban clearly supports that situation. However, surely this raises a few questions. Bringing in so many mainland Chinese for study purposes demonstrated a few years ago their dedicated affiliation with communist China when they rented several buses and caused a sea of red flags in Canberra. Read here. On April 16 2008 the SMH:
THOUSANDS of Chinese Australians are being asked to converge on Canberra next week to rally and defend the Olympic torch against pro-Tibet protesters. The mass campaign is being organised by Chinese student and community leaders in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, while the Chinese embassy in Canberra is also said to be actively supporting a peaceful show of strength. Zhang Rongan, of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, said he expected more than 10,000 Chinese and Chinese Australians to go to Canberra for the torch arrival on April 24. He said he was arranging “strong men” to protect against any attacks from pro-Tibet or Falun Gong forces.
Given that our universities cater primarily to, and are so dependent on Chinese money, perhaps Australia simply has too many universities? And, too many PC, far Left professors and Marxist lecturers, all of which are not self supporting—and what are they teaching? 

Source: ABC

Coronavirus travel ban prompts Melbourne University to offer Chinese students $7,500 grant

One of Australia’s most prestigious universities is offering cash grants of $7,500 to help Chinese students get around the coronavirus travel ban and resume their studies.
The University of Melbourne is offering the grant to cover eligible expenses including accommodation, airfares and quarantine costs.
But one expert, who has researched Australian universities’ “overexposure” to the Chinese student market, said the grants were “morally indefensible”.
The offer comes after the University of Western Sydney and Adelaide University offered students smaller amounts of $1,500 and $5,000 respectively.
The grants could enable students to return to Australia by serving a two-week quarantine period in a third country after leaving China.
On February 1, the Federal Government banned travellers coming from, or transiting through, mainland China from entering Australia — unless they had spent 14 days in another country.
Hundreds of Chinese students have served out the quarantine period in Hong Kong and neighbouring Asian countries before returning to Australia to study.
In a statement, the University of Melbourne said it had been a difficult time for affected students and “we are working hard to ensure they can complete their studies on time”.
“The student support grants are intended to help students with unanticipated expenses incurred as a result of the travel restrictions related to COVID-19 and to help students transition to or return to study at the University of Melbourne,” University of Melbourne provost Professor Mark Considine said in the statement.
‘Risky, refugee-style travel’
Associate Professor Salvatore Babones, from libertarian think-tank the Centre for Independent Studies, said it was “morally indefensible to encourage thousands of Chinese youngsters to travel at this difficult time, especially when they would be transiting through poor, vulnerable countries like Thailand”.
“It is thoroughly unethical for a university to encourage students to undertake risky, refugee-style travel in order to slip into Australia through a third country backdoor.”
Last year, Professor Babones produced research on the massive revenue reaped by top-tier universities from international students. He warnedthe University of Melbourne was overexposed to the Chinese student market, and a downturn in students from China would be “catastrophic”.
He said Australia’s universities “make very little hard data available” but he believed the University of Melbourne relied on Chinese students for at least 18 per cent of its revenue.
“No other universities in the world are as exposed to Chinese tuition money,” Professor Babones said.
“That’s why we see the very dangerous moral hazard that universities are aggressively lobbying the Australian Government to relax its China travel ban.”
But the World Health Organisation has warned against travel bans, saying such measures only contribute to “fear and stigma”. Many experts expect the WHO to declare the virus a pandemic in coming days.
Payments considered case-by-case
Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan told the ABC he had been working with the tertiary sector, but university decisions were not dictated by the Government.
“Universities are autonomous institutions that are responsible for deciding how they respond to COVID-19,” he said in a statement.
“The Federal Government has been consistent and transparent about the requirements for non-Australians to enter the country since travel restrictions were introduced.
“We have made the safety of Australians our number one priority and our actions have been guided by expert medical advice.”
A Melbourne University spokesperson declined to address Professor Babones’s criticisms.
“The University of Melbourne recommends that students follow Australian Government travel advice and will consider reimbursements for those who travel in accordance with the advice,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
“The total amount payable to each student for costs incurred will be determined on a case-by-case basis following an application process.”
About 190,000 Chinese students are studying at tertiary institutions in Australia, according to the Government.

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  • Pensioner Pete 27/02/2020, 7:02 am

    In answer to the question posed “Does Australia have too many Universities?”, the answer to me is YES, we have too many Universities which should not be called Universities at all, they need to be renamed the indoctrination machines of communists because they are no longer teaching higher learning, they are cesspools of left wing ideology pumping out well indoctrinated communists, day in day out.

    These communist indoctrination factories need to be completely devoid of public funding and allowed to stand on their own financial ‘feet’, then let us see how long they last.

    • Albert 27/02/2020, 9:13 am

      Too right, PP. Think of the money the taxpayer could save if the government had the backbone to close down the over abundance of those dens of Marxism and the ABC.

      • Disgruntled 27/02/2020, 3:16 pm

        Too right, they shut down a whole lot of sorely needed ag. colleges here in Qld. without even a thought and over the country there has been closure of most of the actual TAFE practical work shops and sacked thousands of the teachers leaving only the useless study type of learning which doesn’t do much for a student as many can learn better by doing instead of reading, especially the students who are a little slow at study but can sure as hell do it and learn as hands on.

        Again we seem to be run by dickheads!!!!!!

  • Penguinite 27/02/2020, 7:22 am

    Too many that rely on Asian money! Too many inane and useless courses but not enough students who value and education.

  • Lorraine 27/02/2020, 8:03 am

    That they offer our money is disgusting, Does Hex pay for the Chinese students to obtain their education on the back of the tax payer.

    • C. Paul Barreira 27/02/2020, 9:38 am

      Hex never was, and HECS no longer exists; HELP is the present name. The attraction of fee-paying international students, mostly Chinese, is that they pay full-fee. They have no “education on the back of the taxpayer”.

      Actually, I doubt most learn much of anything. “Education” clearly does not happen. Some training perhaps but given the standards of English that typify these students one does wonder even about that. But, for the universities (so-called, and of which Australia has far too many), it’s all about the money. They have spent huge sums in order to seem attractive in a very competitive international market. This particular virus may prove very complicated indeed.

  • Peter W 27/02/2020, 11:21 am

    Too many, yes.
    With brilliance diminishing in High Schools this is where they now get their “professors” from, lol.
    WTF would overseas students come here to get better education when they could get better from 3rd nations?

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