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Chinese Students Considering Other Countries After University Fees Hike

The Turnbull government plans to slash funding to universities as well as to raise student fees. This news has spread like wildfire throughout the Australian Chinese community resulting in many negative responses.

Sensationalist Wechat social news stories already popped up days before with speculative fee rises.

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Melbourne ShenghuoZiXun speculated a 40% increase on the 29th of April

Respondents originally were skeptical that the Turnbull government would go through with such cuts.

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Translation: Logic tells me this isn’t possible, as increasing fees by 40% would destroy the competitiveness of the Australian education industry, really shooting themselves in the foot here…

Other replies were far more extreme, with many students considering other overseas education options already.

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Translation: I”ll probably do my masters in England then

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Translation: As I transfer to Canada, I tearfully wave farewell to Australia

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As major Australian newspapers confirmed the speculation and that fees will likely rise by 25%, Chinese social media groups such as JuAo catches on.

I asked Chinese international students around me if they think it’ll affect them.

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Translation: Yes it will affect me, well at least I’m going to persuade my sister not to come. Originally I was hoping she’d come when over once she got a bit older, but she might as well go to Canada now. Australia’s living costs are quickly catching to England, which I am also fond

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Translation: Well, I don’t really want to stay in Australia anymore

There will likely be more negative press in regards to fee rises within the overseas Chinese social media circle. Sydney Today and Melbourne Today, the two biggest Chinese social media publications are still discussing foreign investment choices and have yet to comment on this matter.

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Tsai looking to provoke China through another phonecall and joining US military kickstarter

According to Reuters, President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-Wen does not rule out another phone call with US President Donald Trump.

“We have the opportunity to communicate more directly with the U.S. government,” Tsai told Reuters in an exclusive interview on Thursday.

“We don’t exclude the opportunity to call President Trump himself, but it depends on the needs of the situation and the U.S. government’s consideration of regional affairs.” – Tsai Ing-Wen (Reuters)

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Little Emperors Abroad

A recent article on a Chinese media article from a Chinese overseas community website caught my eye. It was a report on the hospitalisation Chinese actress Li Bing Bing whilst filming in Australia. Now the article with a link here states that Li Bing Bing’s Australian doctors were unable to pinpoint the cause of Li’s flu.  The reason, this article caught my eye was the comments of the netizens that were placed along with the article, that was used as a sort of ‘evidence’ in that Australian healthcare was inferior to that of the Chinese system.

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