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How Many International Students Are Too Many?

The CIS report The China Student Boom and the Risks It Poses to Australian Universities presented the most complete picture to date of the number of Chinese university students in Australia (roughly 140,000) and the contributions they make to Australian university budgets (up to 23% of total revenue at the University of Sydney).

No one knows the exact numbers of students or the revenue they generate, because the universities and their regulators don’t tell us. That alone suggests that they may see a problem lurking in their dependence on China, though you won’t find any trace of an admission in their annual reports.

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Sydney-based globalization expert Salvatore Babones is available to speak on the Chinese economy (demographics, growth, technology), the Belt & Road Initiative, global trade networks, and Australia-China relations. Contact: