The REAL reason Chinese students are coming to Australia in droves: International enrolments hit record levels but world-beating degrees aren't why they're flocking down under
Chinese students are choosing Australian universities in record numbers, with more than 150,000 enrolled across the country.
This marks a huge increase from 2013, when only 85,111 studied tertiary education in Australia.
Undeterred by high fees, middle-class Chinese people believe an overseas education will give them an edge in a competitive domestic job market, and now the country supplies 39 per cent of Australia's foreign university students.
Qualifications from developed English-speaking nations such as Australia are highly respected, often more so than degrees from Chinese universities
Despite having a population of over 1.38billion, China only has seven universities in the top 200 in the world, compared to Australia's nine.
CocoNeverLeft, Melbourne, Australia
Trouble is they concentrate themselves to much in the eastern states. They may find more Australians at universities in the central or western states.
aquarianprime, variable, United Kingdom
What exactly is this Australian 'culture' the Chinese were hoping to discover? Perhaps Sir Les Patterson could be called on to explain the importance of heavy drinking and cricket ball tampering.
RonPolly, Vancouver, Canada
In Canada over 25% of our medical students our foreign . They stay on for training in the teaching hospitals before going back to their own country Fully trained At the same time we have a shortage of skilled doctors and specialists Since the Universities make up to 6 times more on foreign medical students. They encourage it Putting Canadians second again Don't let this happen to you Australia
Diddyshark, Brisbane, Australia
It's to buy property. Look into the laws that makes overseas investment legal. Simplez
food_deserts_org, lalaland, United Kingdom
Or are they choosing Australia because they want to be familiar with C-a's southernmost and newest province for 2028?