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Australia’s A$1.5 billion COVID-related loan to Indonesia

The Australian Government has unexpectedly announced that Australia will make a $ 1.5 billion COVID-related support loan to Indonesia. Australia’s assistance program to Indonesia has lagged somewhat in recent years. Indeed, the fall in support to Indonesia had begun to attract comment. But in one stroke, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s announcement late last week significantly strengthened Australia’s economic diplomacy in Southeast Asia, writes Peter McCawley.

Indonesia COVID-19 Aid & Development

New Business Model Needed to Bring Back International Students

The sharp decline in international student numbers is the ‘canary in the coal mine’, marking the depth of the COVID-19 economic downturn facing Australia and the region. Denis Blight AO, one of the architects of Australia’s international student recruitment drive, argues cash-strapped universities will have to adapt to the new marketplace with new approaches to teaching that offer a ‘seamless combination of offshore, online and face-to-face delivery’.

Education COVID-19

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