Australia’s new Education Minister has said that he wants to make it easier for overseas students who have graduated from an Australian university to find work in the country.
In his first speech as Education Minister, Christopher Pyne pledged to maximise the career opportunities available in Australia for the best foreign graduates of Australian universities. The Minister told the Australian International Education Conference in Canberra that he would work closely with Immigration Minister Scott Morrison in order to maximise the international student market while maintaining visa integrity and educational quality.
While few details have so far been released regarding Pyne’s plans, it is understood that the Minister wants to extend streamlined student visa arrangements beyond universities to training colleges while he is also reportedly reviewing the rules for post-study work rights.
“It’s all part of sending a message to students and their families across the Asia-Pacific and beyond that Australia welcomes and is well placed to host many more international students,” he said.
Universities Australia has welcomed Mr Pyne’s speech, stating that it showed the government’s intention “to turbo-charge international education policy against a backdrop of declining enrolments and export revenue.”