Dr Denis Blight AO
Former CEO, IDP Education Australia
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A new international education strategy
As Australia enjoys an economic rebound from COVID, one aspect of our economy that remains mired in crisis is our fourth biggest export – higher education. Denis Blight, one of the architects of the international student program, argues government and higher education institutions will need new strategies to restore Australia’s competitiveness as an education market.
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’.