Australia’s China Challenge

  • Anthony Welch University of Sydney
Keywords: Australia, international students, COVID-19 travel restrictions, US–China relations


Australia’s universities have long relied on international students, who form one-fourth of total enrollments. Forty percent come from China. But the US–China cold war, US pressure on allies to align themselves accordingly, and the impact of COVID-19 travel restrictions on the capacity of Chinese students to return to Australia and resume their studies, have severely disrupted universities. Continuing cold war polarization could damage bilateral relations in higher education and research.

Author Biography

Anthony Welch, University of Sydney

Anthony Welch is professor of education, University of Sydney, Australia. Email:

How to Cite
Welch, A. (2022). Australia’s China Challenge. International Higher Education, (109), 44-45. Retrieved from