Higher Education Policy

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 101–120

New Directions in Internationalizing Higher Education: Australia's Development as an Exporter of Higher Education Services

  • Grant Harman

DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.hep.8300044

Cite this article as:
Harman, G. High Educ Policy (2004) 17: 101. doi:10.1057/palgrave.hep.8300044


The export of higher education services has become a major and controversial aspect of the internationalization of higher education, especially with the current GATS negotiations. Over the past decade, Australia has become the third largest exporter of higher education, mainly to a limited number of South and East Asian countries. Australian public higher education institutions in 2002 had over 185,000 international students and this constituted over 21% of the total student enrolment load. Recruitment of international students has brought substantial financial benefits to Australia and its universities. In addition, it has prompted Australia to make more deliberate efforts towards with the internationalization of curricula and encourage expanded exchange of staff and students. At least in the short term, the prospects of future expansion in international student numbers are promising.


internationalization of higher education export of education services gats international students australia 

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© International Association of Universities 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Grant Harman
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Higher Education Policy and Management, University of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia

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