International sector growing strongly

ACPET News    |     6 July 2015

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In what is already a $17 billion plus industry, the latest international student data shows further positive trends.

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In what is already a $17B plus industry, the latest international student data shows further positive trends.

There were some 168,023 commencements in Year To Date (YTD) April 2015, representing a 9.1% increase over the same period last year.

The higher education sector had the largest share of enrolments at 50.0%. Enrolments and commencements increased by 9.4% and 7.8% over 2014. China and India accounted for 35.4% and 11.7% respectively of enrolments.

The VET sector accounted for 23.9% of total enrolments and 26.8% of total commencements respectively. Enrolments in the sector increased by 15.4% and commencements grew by 13.3% on YTD April 2014 figures. India had the largest share of total enrolments (17.7%), followed by China and the Republic of Korea.

The English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) sector accounted for 17.2% of total enrolments and 24.2% of total commencements in YTD April 2015. Enrolments and commencement increased by 9.2% and 6.3% respectively on the same period in 2014. China accounted for the largest cohort followed by Brazil, Thailand and Colombia.

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