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Chinese Students in Australia: Generators of Cosmopolitanism, Evidence of Economic Necessity or Agents of Political Influence?

C Astarita, A Patience, SK Tok

Journal of Australian Studies | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2019


A leading rationale for increased internationalising of higher education is that it provides a cosmopolitan experience for students, preparing them to become global citizens. On the other hand, in an economy overshadowed by economic policies focused on reducing expenditures on public goods, there are distinct fiscal advantages that overseas students bring to local educational institutions. However, both these possibilities have recently been questioned in Australia by observers who suggest some Chinese students might be agents of the Communist Party of China. This article reports on a group of students from the People’s Republic of China in an Australian university. It notes that Chinese stu..

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