Universities Australia statement on plan for safe return of international students to South Australia

Universities Australia Chief Executive said:

“We congratulate South Australia on becoming the first state set to safely welcome back international students in 2021. This follows last November’s pilot when 63 students successfully returned to Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory.”

“It demonstrates what is possible when health authorities, government, industry and our universities cooperate in achieving the safe return of students from low-risk nations – without taking spaces from Australians wanting to return from overseas.”

“Historically, international students have played a significant role in the cultural and economic life of South Australia.”

“Right now, there are more than 10,000 higher education students studying with South Australian institutions who are outside the country. We want to welcome them back as quickly as possible so they can join their Australian classmates on campus. “

“We hope to see more states and territories go down the same path as South Australia in the near future.”

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