The real economic returns from foreign students

Australia“Western countries that attract hundreds of thousands of foreign students each year often claim they contribute billions to their national economies. The US, for example, is said to generate US$15.5 billion a year from overseas students studying in its colleges and universities while the most often quoted figure for Australia is A$15.5 billion (US$13 billion) and in New Zealand it is US$2.1 billion.But a paper published exclusively on the University World News website demonstrates how inaccurate such claims can be unless the calculations take account of a range of factors, including the income students earn while working in the country where they are studying …” (more)

[Geoff Maslen, University World News, 9 August]

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