Activists campaign for less reliance on international education income, as government flags a ‘supervised’ reopening of borders

Australian academics have demanded an end to universities’ financial reliance on international tuition fees, after Canberra hinted that overseas students may be allowed back in to help the sector avert economic catastrophe.

The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) has stepped up its campaign for federal intervention to prevent university job losses, with #SaveHigherEdJobs achieving prominence as Australia’s top-trending Twitter hashtag on 21 May.

In Sydney, scores of cars formed a protest convoy from the harbourfront to the headquarters of the governing Liberal Party, painted with slogans like “funding now – save higher education” and “fund the shortfall, guarantee all uni jobs”.

Read more : John Ross : Times Higher Education : 21 May 2020