Australian Researchers’ Mobility Portal

Sunday 19th October 2008

International postgraduate research student numbers in Australia have increased more rapidly than those in other programmes, suggesting the country is finding traction in the global talent wars, new research has shown. The Australian reports that the number of overseas research students in the country has grown by 67% from 2002 to 2007, while the number of international students in higher education has increased 52%.

But just 19.7% of all postgraduate research students in Australian universities are international, according to the Australian Education International data for 2008 presented at an IDP conference in Brisbane.

The researchers pointed to overseas studies that showed while US schooling practices might not lead the world, it was the flow of international students as well as scientists and engineers that allowed the US to retain its leadership position in higher education.