Around 70 international students from Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan and China will land on Darwin on 30th November 2020. Just the way they are returning to Australia, many learners are still stuck up in different parts of the world. The Charles Darwin University of the Northern Territory is the first institution to conduct a pilot program. The chief objective is to bring back their offshore learners to Australia. It is the first big step after the student return plan was shelved in Adelaide, SA as COVID-19 becoming widespread.
How Will The Plan Go To Be Implemented?
According to the pilot program, the first batch of students will fly to Darwin from four nations. These countries are permitted to travel through Singapore. Besides, around 135,000 students still have to wait to return to Australia till the upcoming year.
Some important points to know
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Charles Darwin University is expecting a positive outcome from the initiative which they have taken for Australian overseas students.
Most of the overseas students study in Australia from India. Around 6,600 Indian students are unfortunately stuck and want to go back to Australia ardently. They want to resume their studies as fast as possible. Some students are also looking forward to the Aussie government to increase the number of students comprising their pilot programs for India. As the students of South East Asia or China, they are ready to pay their airfare to return to Australia. They have to remain quarantined for a fortnight.
The flight was initially supposed to land on Darwin during the middle of November. Later on, the arrival schedule rescheduled for 30th November instead. The rescheduling has given some additional time to international students to obtain their appropriate visas. Charles Darwin University is equally excited to welcome their international students to Northern-Territory to resume their studies. However, students will be allowed after the Chief Health Officer declares them as fit and healthy.
The students who are returning to Australia are a combination of already enrolled and new students. These students are studying the following VET programs in Australia.
Students are studying these programs at the doctoral, postgraduate and undergraduate levels in Australia. These students are coming back from nations which are permitted to travel through Singapore.
Apart from the new students, the already existing students are also equally prioritized. Students of India, however, will have to wait until the next year to return to Australia. The Australian government is even liaising with the CDU of the Northern Territory in this matter. Hopefully, the year 2021 will witness the return of more students to Australia than this year. Besides, the current pilot program, comprised of 70 seats, has almost been filled with 90% international students. The leftover seats will get filled up within a short while, officials said.
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