International Uni student numbers a billion dollar boom for Adelaide

ADELAIDE’S growing overseas profile is behind a spike in the number of international students choosing to study at the city’s leading universities, academics say.

International enrolments at city universities increased to 13,626 students at the end of March, up from 12,875 at the same time last year.

The 5.8 per cent increase comes after Adelaide was listed as the fifth most livable city in the world, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index, and in at No. 24 on the The New York Times list of the 52 places to go in 2015.

Education Adelaide chief executive Karyn Kent said Adelaide’s profile was rising, making it an attractive place for international students to study.

“Adelaide is the fifth most livable city in the world and one of the places to go in 2015 … and the city’s profile is rising,” she said.

“Everyone in Adelaide knows it is one of the best places to live, but making those lists certainly helps us sell the city.

“Adelaide is attractive to international students because of its accessibility, affordability and our reputation for safety.

“We also have some great universities and a reputation for great education, so it’s no surprise students want to come here to study.”

University of Adelaide Pro Vice Chancellor International Shane Thomas said Adelaide’s reputation as one of the best places to live and study was growing each year.

“We have a beautiful city, we’re known for our friendly nature and safety record, which are big considerations for parents sending their children overseas to study,” he said.

“Adelaide’s profile is only helped by the inclusion on those lists … it’s something everyone who lives here already knows but it’s a great selling point.

“We are greatly enriched by the diversity of the students. They’re not just here to study — they live, entertain and shop in our city.”

China continues to be our biggest proportion of international students, followed by “other nationalities”, Malaysia and India.

Full year figures for 2014 show international enrolments in SA grew 8.5 per cent to 30,726, including 1824 school students.

While the figures were still being finalised, it was expected the value of international education to the state would reach $1 billion for 2014.

Sabrina Ng moved to Adelaide last July to study an Advanced Bachelor of Science at the University of Adelaide.

A friend convinced the 20-year-old to move to Adelaide and Ms Ng said she loved it.

“I love Adelaide so much, it was the best choice I ever made (to move here),” she said.

“I’m not only getting a great education, it’s a beautiful, friendly and safe city.

“I would encourage any international students to consider Adelaide when making a decision to move to Australia to study.”

Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne said: “Australia hosted the largest number of international higher education students we have ever seen last year, and these early 2015 figures suggest this year will be even better.”