Thousands of Nepalese youths cross the immigration desk at Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu, holding a green passport with golden Nepalese national emblem each day. Among them, a remarkable number cross the Nepalese border to study in Australia. These youngsters are the biggest spender for overseas education and contribute to Australian education export. Figures show Nepalese students spent 2.6 billion Australian dollars to achieve an Australian degree.
A recent statistics by the Australian Government’s Department of Statistics confirm Nepalese students contributed 2.6 billion Australian dollars under Australian education export during the financial year 2018-2019. This is a billion-dollar increased over the fiscal year 2017-2018; on that year, Nepalese students were responsible for a 1.6 billion dollar’s education export. In the 2018-2019 international education industry contributed A$37.5 billion to the Australian economy.
Foreign employment and overseas study have deep-rooted trend for Nepalese. After the restoration of democracy in 1990, political instability, corruption, and criminalization of politics fueled temporary as well as permanent migration to another country, especially developed ones. These days, Nepalese youngsters board into international flight broadly under two types of visas, either a student or working, based on the destination to land. The destination could be different but with a similar dream, to achieve a luring lifestyle and a secure future. Fed up with a heavily politicized social-economic environment Himalayan country leaving youngsters, choose either western countries or Middle Eastern-based on their affordability.
Young students increasingly leave Nepal to study overseas. One only has to take a stroll along Kathmandu thoroughfares to see how mushrooming education consultancies are banking on Nepalese youngsters’s desperation for studying abroad. Most of the international education aspirants do choose to study in Australia because of its affordability and visa system. Nepalese students are one of the significant spenders to acquire Australian education. Nepal stands as a third primary source for international students for Australia. Australian Government Department of Education data confirms there were about 50,000 Nepalese students enrolled and study in Australia in October 2019. The total international student size on the month was 7, 38,107. Australia granted 26,579 student visas for Nepalese youths in the year 2017-2018, which reached 31,799 in 2018-2019 with a remarkable increase.