Most positive about international students

MOST Australians support international students coming to study at our universities, new research revealed on Tuesday.

Research released by Universities Australia showed more than 71% of those surveyed, and 69% of business people, were positive about providing education for international students.

The research also highlighted most respondents support encouraging international students to stay on in Australia after completing their studies.

University Australia chief executive Belinda Robinson said the research showed how Australians strongly valued international students.

"International students are also playing a pivotal role in increasing our engagement with Asia during this Asian Century," she said.

"They are helping Australia forge valuable links with their home countries, providing a cross-cultural dialogue with domestic students and sustaining ongoing relationships with Australia in their post-student lives."

It also asked survey respondents about domestic students, with 88% of Australians saying they hoped their students would attend university.

The research was the result of a year-long process between Universities Australia and it 39 member universities, and surveyed 1000 individuals as well as 300 business employers.

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