The Australian journal of social issues, 2018-01-01, Vol.53 (1), p.71-82
The global market in international education has grown almost without interruption over several decades. Increases in international student enrolments in Australia have been among the most impressive in the world, though they declined between 2010 and 2013. The decline was attributable to exchange rate movements and changes to student visa regulations, though an additional factor lay in reputational fallout from a series of violent physical attacks on Indian students, mostly in 2009. In response, Australian federal and State governments undertook diplomatic trips to India, established a raft of public inquiries to investigate the broader question of international student welfare, and made policy changes. Utilising the literature on public policy "crises", this paper presents government responses to the 2010-2013 downturn in terms of managing a "long-shadow crisis" (Boin et al., The Politics of Crisis Management: Public Leadership Under Pressure; Cambridge University Press, 2005), which typically emerges quickly but has major political consequences, is only seen to be resolved incrementally, and calls for policy change rather than fine-tuning in response. The adequacy of the policy response to the crisis is not discussed. The article suggests that the crisis and the response acted to elevate the status of international education as an area of policy in general, though not as a mainstream area of social policy.
Economic aspects ; Crisis management ; International education ; Education ; Politics and government ; international education ; crisis management ; policy crises ; international student welfare ; international education policy ; Studies ; Social policy ; Leadership ; Crises ; Education policy ; Public policy ; Government policy ; Foreign students
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