With the rising Australian dollar value , the number of students planning to study in Australia also increased. As most of the universities have increased their funding into research activities. International students are showing interest to do studies in Australia. The Australian newspaper reports that there has been a sharp rise in offshore visa grants pointing to a potential influx of Indian students who are coming here for higher education. Visa grants rose 71 per cent in the last year, but this is well down on the 2007/08 figures which are all time high of over 29,000 visas. There are, however, a number of factors to be considered.
The Indian bashing in 2009 were likely to have been a contributing factor in the decline and long term growth needs to be established as some suggest that there has been a failure to promote some Australian universities as world-leading.
Some universities are putting in efforts to build research and graduate studies links in India but it will be some time before these efforts are open to the public .Despite the rise in applications in India, China remains the biggest market for overseas education in Australia as approval for migration visas skyrocketed from 12 to 23 per cent last financial year.