By Courtney Sloane (NTEU National Office).
onight’s ABC Four Corners report, Degrees of Deception, together with last week’s NSW ICAC report, Learning the Hard Way, highlight the inherent risks of leaving higher education to the free market, according to the National Tertiary Education Union.
“Both Four Corners and ICAC have highlighted the massive risks our public universities face when they become too reliant on international student fee income to sustain their financial viability,” said Jeanie Rea, NTEU National President.
“Both reports point to the dangers and increased costs associated with enrolling students to add to university coffers, rather than honest regard for the students’ preparedness, including language proficiency, to be able to successfully complete the qualification.
“The reports highlight the tensions between maintaining academic standards and commercial interests that are inherently a consequence of the competition our public universities face in international student markets. More...