SYDNEY (AFP) - Top Australia n universities warned on Friday (Feb 14) that Chinese students may walk away from courses Down Under after Canberra extended a coronavirus travel ban, in a major blow to the multi-billion-dollar sector.. Read more at straitstimes.com.SYDNEY (AFP) - Top Australian universities warned on Friday (Feb 14) that Chinese students may walk away from courses Down Under after Canberra extended a coronavirus travel ban, in a major blow to the multi-billion-dollar sector. Nearly 70,000 Chinese visa holders are due to start their semesters soon at eight top-ranked universities, but have been stuck since the bans started on Feb 1, said Ms Vicki Thomson, chief executive of Group of Eight, which represents the universities. "We can't give our students any certainty as to when they can actually come here. So there is a risk of students choosing not to come here," Ms Thomson said. "We are in quite unprecedented times and uncertain times." Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Thursday that the ban would be extended for at least another week, drawing the ire of China, which branded the move an"overreaction". Ms Thompson warned that countries with competing universities, such as Britain and Canada, remain open to Chinese students and many people could look elsewhere. Swelling Chinese enrolment numbers - up from fewer than 23,000 in 2003 during the Sars outbreak to more than 150,000 in 2018 - and the timing of the coronavirus at the start of the nation's academic year meant the impact was unprecedented, she said. "Put all those factors together and, you know, it couldn't have happened at a worse time." International education was worth A$32.4 billion (S$30.3 billion) to the economy in 2017-18. Top universities stand to lose around US$2 billion (S$2.8 billion) in fees alone, according to recent preliminary estimates by Standard & Poor's. The virus has killed nearly 1,400 people and infected 64,000, mainly in China. As of Friday morning, 15 cases of the virus had been detected in Australia. The economic impact of the virus, chasing a summer of devastating bush fires, is yet to be realised. Australia's central bank held interest rates at a record low last week. "Obviously, the coronavirus will have an impact on the economy, (but) it is too early to quantify that impact," Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said on Friday. Related Stories: Read more: The Straits Times
No they won't. They are there to get a chance to be Aussies and stealthily get an Australian passport with another name. C’est la vie
The Straits Times @STcomTHE BIG STORY: Coronavirus : 300 vacated from DBS office | Coronavirus : The impact on businesses | Coronavirus : Quarantined at sea | Singaporean of the Year :( 李显龙关于香港中国和病毒均有不当误导性言论，造成新加坡银行在香港被砸，美国参众议员批评！近来也有大批新加坡年轻选民纷纷上网请愿！其兄妹也重炮轰击他！😀😀😀估计李显龙要步杨文荣后尘，落选败逃？ Very gloomy
Stranded by coronavirus blockade, Chinese man fights to get back to workBEIJING (REUTERS) - Mr Tian Bing has spent six straight nights curled up in the back of his white sedan, stranded at an expressway service station in eastern Jiangsu province in China because of a blockade aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
Indonesia traces movements of Chinese tourist with coronavirusJAKARTA (REUTERS) - Indonesia is retracing the movements of a Chinese tourist diagnosed with coronavirus upon return from the resort island of Bali, a health ministry official said on Thursday (Feb 13).. Read more at straitstimes.com.
Coronavirus: Taiwan temporarily bans entry of non-citizen kids of Taiwanese with Chinese spousesTAIPEI - The non-citizen children of Taiwanese with mainland Chinese spouses have been temporarily banned from entering the island as medical care and resources are stretched thin amid the coronavirus outbreak.. Read more at straitstimes.com. Inhumane
IMF sees resilient Chinese economy in mid- to long-term despite coronavirus outbreakWASHINGTON (REUTERS) - China's economy is expected to remain resilient in the medium- to long-term, although the shorter term impact of the fast-moving coronavirus remains unclear, the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday (Feb 13).. Read more at straitstimes.com.
Coronavirus forces foreign students in China to choose: Stay or goHONG KONG (NYTIMES) - Word came from home via hurried emails and instant messages to campuses across the country: Leave China now.. Read more at straitstimes.com.