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AIRC is a driving force within the US for Success Coalition, championing policy changes and recognized standards to enhance both the quantity and quality of international students in US international education.

AIRC Executive Director Brian Whalen, PhD, stressed the importance of not only increasing student numbers but also ensuring continual quality improvement to prioritize the best interests of international students in the nation’s programs, institutions, and organizations.

Chaired by Senator Irfan Siddiqui, the Senate Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training has given the nod to bills aimed at establishing new higher education institutions across the country.

Millions of recent graduates, primarily from Gen Z, will commence student loan repayments this fall for the first time, following a three-year forbearance period due to the pandemic. As they begin to establish themselves in the job market, they face potential financial hardships, especially with the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of President Biden’s one-off forgiveness plan.

Australian Education Minister Jason Clare proposed a levy on universities’ income from international student fees to fund research and student housing. The initiative is designed to support an additional 1.8 million tertiary students by 2050. However, leading universities have raised concerns that the levy could deter international enrollments, affecting their global ranking and research culture.

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