Jul 24, 2018 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

Australia is looking for ways to diversify its international student population. The majority of Australia's international students--38 percent--hail from China. 

Current tensions between Australia and China regarding Beijing's influence on Australian campuses make some suspect that the numbers of Chinese students may start to fall.

While that hasn't happened yet, and the number of Chinese students remains robust, experts are looking at other strategies to boost international enrollments.

In an article on Australia's SBS News, University of Western Australia pro vice-chancellor Iain Watt said, "Whether it's a government policy decision in China or whether its some sort of infectious disease outbreak which resulted in students decreasing or stopping, the cessation of income flows to the universities would be almost impossible to replace."

Where is Australia looking? India, Latin America, and Africa.

In the SBS News article, UNSW pro vice-chancellor Laurie Pearcey said that he sees India "being really important to the future of higher education..." 

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Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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