Another Missed Opportunity? Underfunding Australian Higher Education

  • Anthony Welch
Keywords: Australia, budget, underfunding, cash cows, missed opportunity, student loans, international student income


In the context of a long period of underfunded higher
education in Australia, the latest federal budget will do nothing to address the
problem. While the worst elements of former proposals were averted, the shifting of
more of the burden of repaying student loans on to students, as well as failing to
fund the full costs of research, and, in addition, imposing further “‘efficiency
dividends”’ on higher education institutions, will only add to institutional
pressures to diversify income, increasing international student fees.

Author Biography

Anthony Welch

Anthony Welch is professor of education at the University of Sydney,
Australia, and “Haiwai Mingshi” and PhD supervisor at Tianjin University,

How to Cite
Welch, A. (2017). Another Missed Opportunity? Underfunding Australian Higher Education. International Higher Education, (91), 17-18.
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