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EDUC
Fifty years
A
TION &
in education
TRAINING
Interview with Christopher Campbell,
Chairman & Managing Director,
Academies Australasia Group of Colleges.
Q:
Academies Australasia has earned
a very good reputation with high
standards and a wide range of courses.
How does the group see the education
industry in Australia?
intervie
CHRISTOPHER CAMPBELL: We are very positive
about the international education industry in Australia. the numbers have continued to grow. The international
It is Australia’s third largest export, with about A$16.6 education sector’s contribution for the year to June 2009
billion in the year to June 2009. We expect the numbers was significantly larger than that for the previous year.
to continue to grow. Our group is listed on the Australian Without the GFC would the growth have been even
Stock Exchange and has a history of more than 100 greater? Perhaps.
years. We are confident about our position in the industry.
Q:
How important is the Indian market Q:
It has been observed that the series of
attacks on Indian students early this
for Academies Australasia? year have generated concerns about how
CAMPBELL: Over the years, students from more than
it could affect the education market. Has
90 countries have come to study with us. We see the
Academies Australasia experienced any fall
spread of source countries as one of our strengths.
in demand or any increase of enquiries from
Presently, about 7 per cent of our students come
new students about that?
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from India. India is an important market for us. Given CAMPBELL: Overall, our student population continues
the relatively small percentage of students from India, to grow. Our numbers from India are not large. We are
they are assured of being exposed to a wide range of not seeing the same rate of growth in students from
nationalities who study with us. India as we had over the past few years. But we still get
new enquiries and enrolments.
Q:
Is Academies Australasia looking for
expansion in this segment? If so, what is
the group of colleges doing to achieve that? Q:
How have tightened immigration rules
for permanent residency affected the
CAMPBELL: Our group of six colleges in Australia (an
Indian demand for vocational courses in
English language college, a senior high school and four
Australia?
vocational colleges) have operations in Sydney, the Blue CAMPBELL: I have no statistics on this but we
Mountains and Barton in the Australian Capital Territory. wholeheartedly support the tightening of regulations
We have just acquired control of a well regarded education so that unscrupulous operators in the industry
institution in Singapore and we are looking to expand (education agents, operators of services to students,
further – overseas and interstate. With respect to the etc) are checked. It is imperative that students are
Indian market, we are also keen to collaborate with Indian genuine in their intention to study and that applicants
higher education institutions to discuss arrangements for for permanent residence do have the required
our graduates returning to India, as well as to collaborate qualifications and experience.
in respect to offering our programmes in India.
Q:
Education generates the third largest Q:
In your opinion why is Australia a great
destination for international students?
export income in Australia after coal
CAMPBELL: A few simple points. Compared to the
and iron ore. How hard has the global finan-
USA and the UK, our standards are just as high. We
cial crisis affected the industry?
are closer to the larger markets of India, China, Vietnam
CAMPBELL: While there have been negative and Indonesia. We have a better climate. And we are
comments about the impact of the global financial crisis, generally not as expensive.
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