Education minister Dan Tehan has rejected a warning by China against its students studying at Australian universities due to racist incidents during the coronavirus pandemic. “Australia is a popular destination for international students because we are a successful, multicultural society that welcomes international students and provides a world-class education,” Mr Tehan said in a statement.
“Our success at flattening the [coronavirus] curve means we are one of the safest countries in the world for international students to be based in right now.”
China’s Education Bureau reminded “overseas students to conduct a good risk assessment and be cautious about choosing to go to Australia or return to Australia to study”.
Australia has more Chinese students at universities than from any other foreign nation.
Most international students were forced to return home in February when the Federal Government banned travel from several countries, including China.
Face-to-face classes will resume in July with about 1.5 million university students due back on campus.