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Monday, 11 August 2003
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Senator Carr asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training, upon notice, on 26 June 2003:

Can information be provided on the change in the number of international higher degree research students from China and Korea, by year, from 1994 to 2003, expressed in both numerical and percentage terms.


Senator Alston (Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts) —The Minister for Education, Science and Training has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The following tables show enrolments of Chinese and South Korean students in higher degree research courses in both numerical (Table 1) and percentage (Table 2) terms for the years 1994 to 2002. Data for 2002 is the latest currently available.

Table 1. Chinese and South Korean students enrolled in higher degrees by research, 1994-2001

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

China

754

608

696

721

748

679

522

492

527

South Korea

120

117

92

96

120

142

134

147

161

Table 2. Annual change in Chinese and South Korean enrolments in higher degrees by research, 1994-2001, in absolute and percentage terms

1994/5

1995/6

1996/7

1997/8

1998/9

1999/2000

2000/1

2001/2

China

-146

88

25

27

-69

-157

-30

35

-19.4%

14.5%

3.6%

3.7%

-9.2%

-23.1%

-5.7%

7.1%

South Korea

-3

-25

4

24

22

-8

13

14

-2.5%

-21.4%

4.3%

25.0%

18.3%

-5.6%

9.7%

9.5%