Treasurer’s message to unis: Get local students back on campus
NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet wants university bosses to explain how they will get more local students back into the classroom as the sector prepares for the long-awaited return of international students. Mr Perrottet said he did not want local students falling behind, with many tutorials and lectures still online and students frustrated that campuses are not coming back to life as quickly as the rest of the city. In a letter on Friday, the Treasurer asked university vice-chancellors to explain how they would further “support our domestic students in having the best on-campus learning experience in NSW”. It came one day after Mr Perrottet revealed he had brokered a deal to return 250 international students to NSW every fortnight, subject to federal approval. Treasurer Dominic Perrottet is also looking for a greater return of domestic students to university campuses.
The long-awaited pilot plan is a boon for the state’s $14 billion international education sector. The government has been anxious to protect the sector from competitor nations, such as Canada and the United Kingdom, amid fears their open borders and work …
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