Australia’s largest university has admitted that some of its students are not getting the best value for money for their degrees, as it tries to attract more international students.
In a statement on Tuesday, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) said it had been receiving requests for information from prospective students who were not being contacted by the university.
“This is a difficult situation for the university as many students may be aware that they are not being offered the highest level of tuition and fees at the moment,” the statement said.
The statement said the university was aware of a “problem” with the University and the Department of Education’s (DoE) system and that it was working with them to resolve the issue.
UTS is the only university to have admitted that it is a no-go for international students, the statement read.
Students at the university who had applied to apply for a scholarship were not contacted for some time, the university said.
University of Tasmania said it has been “in communication with the DoE” since December, and it was “working closely with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade” to address the issue of students not being approached.
The University of Sydney said it was also in communication with DoE, but it was not able to provide details on when the conversations had taken place.
The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet said the DoT had told it “in no uncertain terms” that its policy on international students was to exclude students from the DoEs system who were from one of the three countries that were included in the DoA’s global rankings.
The DoE does not have a separate process for international student admissions, but instead relies on a list of the most “promising” international students that universities compile, based on their international studies, in conjunction with their local governments.
The universities did not respond to questions about the number of students who have been offered scholarships from other universities.
A spokesperson for the DoHC said that the DoM was committed to “working with all our stakeholders” to ensure the policy for international admissions was “comprehensive”.
“We know that there are significant challenges facing international students in Australia and it is important that we are supporting them to achieve the highest standards of success,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson added that the Australian government has “supported a number of international students” to gain access to university, but did not give a timeframe for when they would be able to attend university.