Australian National University is trying to reduce its proportion of Chinese international students as part of a “diversification strategy” launched in 2015, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
More than 60 percent of the university’s new international undergraduates in fall 2016 are from China. The strategy seeks to increase enrollments from other countries including India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam.
An administrator at the university told the newspaper the main motivation is to create a more diverse student body. Anne Baly, the university’s international director, said that heavy reliance on students from a single country "in itself is not a great business model, but I think that the driver behind this is about diversity. It's not like we're moving away from recruiting students from China. They are overwhelmingly great students to have."
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