Down Under losing its shine for foreign students

WELL STUDIED: Mother and former CQUniversity student Nusra Noorudheen going through her emails.
WELL STUDIED: Mother and former CQUniversity student Nusra Noorudheen going through her emails. Austin King

INTERNATIONAL students might be sought after by universities, but some of those potential students are not so enamoured with Australia.

Mother-of-two Nusra Noorudheen finished her Master of Engineering at CQUniversity in March.

While she loved her time at the university, she said her cousins in India already interested in studying Down Under had began looking at studying in other countries.

Ms Noorudheen said the high cost of studying and living in Australia and attacks against Indian students had turned many off Australia.

CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Scott Bowman believes international students can help solve workforce and economy woes in Capricornia.

But he said some Australians needed to change their attitude, with many viewing international students as the same as refugees and asylum seekers.

Prof Bowman said Queensland needed to market itself as a friendly place.

He also believes international students should be allowed some of the concessions domestic students are given.

- Emma McBryde

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