Education Talking Points 05-11-2015


Date: Thursday, 5th November 2015


No crisis, no need for higher fees, says UNSW vice-chancellor Ian Jacobs (English)

Source: Brisbane Times, 05 Nov 2015

Australia’s higher education system is not in crisis and there is no compelling case for students to pay more for a degree, the vice-chancellor of one of the nation’s most prestigious universities says. Ian Jacobs said higher fees are not necessary for Australia to have a high quality university system. There is no crisis in Australian higher education. New figures released by the Department of Education this week show strong financial results for most universities, with the sector recording an overall surplus of $1.9 billion – 7 per cent of revenue.


Australian tourism, education, agriculture – new export opportunities in China? (English)

Source: Sydney Morning Herald, 04 Nov 2015

Australia has a major opportunity to offer exports to China beyond its traditional role as a quarry. But it can only take advantage if it adopts the right policies for the more competitive services sectors, according to HSBC. HSBC chief economist Australia and New Zealand Paul Bloxham believes that as China shifts its economy from an investment-led model to become more consumer-driven, there will be big opportunities for Australia to benefit in sectors like tourism, education and agriculture.


Highlights of 13th five-year-plan in education sector (Chinese)

Source:, 04 Nov 2015

The authorities have stated that they will popularize senior middle school education by reducing tutorial fees gradually. They will also complement several steps to enhance education fairness so that everyone could have equal right for education. In addition, they will encourage private capital to get involved in education, and private schools would be allowed to get access to higher education and other fields.


This brief summarises a range of publicly available news articles in both Chinese and    English and AustCham takes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information in these articles. In addition, the views and opinions reflected in these articles are not necessarily representative of AustCham.


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