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Inside the Chinese student boom


International education is one of Australia’s largest export industries, coming in behind coal, iron ore and now the natural gas industry. But there is a dissonance here – a contradiction.

There is surely a difference between digging, extracting and shipping out the earth’s resources, and bringing in hundreds of thousands of young people, all in search of self-improvement, a leg up in the job market back home, a better life in Australia, or all three. Mining exports are relatively simple. Young people are complicated.

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