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According to a new report by the Higher Education Funding Council for Australia, universities are spending more on students in Australia than they are on students elsewhere in the world.
The latest figures, released on Thursday, show that Australian universities spent $2.5 billion on students between January and December.
The figure is a five per cent increase on the previous year and marks the highest expenditure in Australia in recent years.
The report comes as the Government announced a plan to spend $5 billion to upgrade the country’s tertiary education system by 2025.
The figures released by the council suggest students at tertiary institutions have made a major difference in terms of their lives.
“We have seen that in terms with the increase in tertiary enrolments, the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds attending university is up more than 50 per cent year-on-year,” Dr Lisa Cavanagh, the council’s president and CEO, said.
“The biggest change for many people is that there are more people with some form of financial barriers in tertyrnic communities than in the rest of the country.”
She said the number from these communities, in particular, has risen by 70 per cent in the last five years.
“And those are young people who are likely to be in a different place and more likely to face barriers in the way of accessing tertiary settings,” she said.
Dr Cavanah said she expected the trend to continue.
“What we’re seeing is an increasing amount of people accessing tertyrinary from disadvantaged background,” she explained.
“It’s been a very exciting period for Australia and we’re going to see more and more of that.”
The figures also show that in the past five years, the proportion of tertiary students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds has increased from 3.4 per cent to 3.9 per cent.
This is partly because of increased numbers of students entering the tertiary sector from other countries.
“While this increase is good news, it’s also because we’ve seen that we need more of those from disadvantaged communities,” Dr Cavanag said.
“There’s also been an increase in students from overseas who are coming here to study.”
While the number attending university in Australia has increased, the percentage of students with financial barriers to the tertyriary system has increased in the same time.
The number of people with financial problems attending university has also risen.
Topics:education,government-and-politics,student-health,health-policy,tuition-and.cost-of-university-2018,australiaFirst posted January 13, 2020 08:06:46Contact Nick TaylorMore stories from New South Wales