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Saturday, January 07, 2006

Uni plays down student numbers concerns. 07/01/2006. ABC News Online

Uni plays down student numbers concerns. 07/01/2006. ABC News Online

The University of Tasmania has dismissed concerns about an over-dependence on overseas students.

Figures released by the federal Education Department show Australian universities collected more than $1.9 billion in fees from overseas students in 2004.

The Federal Opposition says the figures show a decline in foreign student numbers would leave a huge hole in university budgets.

International students at Tasmania's only university account for about 10 per cent of students and total income.

The number of foreign students studying at the university has doubled in the past five years.

Acting vice-chancellor Rudi Lidl agrees some universities are in danger of over-reliance.

But he says Tasmania is not one of them.

"We are certainly very keen not to be reliant on one particular country of origin for our international students," he said.

"We are increasingly diversifying.

"But for the University of Tasmania, when we talk about percentages around 10 per cent, I don't think we are anywhere near the danger levels."
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