International students can sigh in relief after the intense air caused by the proliferation of omicron cases ever since the beginning of 2022. Australian universities are welcoming students in huge numbers after implementing the decision to reopen borders. Students after waiting for more than two years are all geared up to get back to the traditional teaching, numbers indicate how 20 international students landed in Canberra in the first week of January.
The Australian National University and the University of Canberra welcomed a group of over 20 students, including six from the University of Canberra, who arrived in Australia via a flight from China as part of a pilot programme between the Australian Capital Territory (ACR) and New South Wales (NSW). Following the footsteps of the Australian Government, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has claimed to welcome 144 international students under the NSW pilot plan.
Some important statements
- UC Deputy Vice-chancellor Geoff Crisp thanked all the partners for making the implementation a huge success. He further claimed that the Australian government long-awaited to implement this decision.
- More than 130,000 international student visa holders would be encouraged to get back to physical classes on the campuses.
- UNSW tweeted to wholeheartedly welcome 144 international students across three flights under the NSW pilot plan announced by the Australian Government.
On December 15, Australia agreed to open its doors to overseas students, requiring them to be vaccinated with one of the vaccinations authorized by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) as well as follow state and territory criteria. However, some students are still facing issues setting foot in Australian borders due to ample issues.
The Australian Government has an affirmative tone when it comes to welcoming international students to resume their classes after hefty loss to the education system. The two-year ban has now charged the government to take encouraging decisions, allowing international students to pack their bags for a life-changing journey of growth and excellence.