Chinese State Media has issued a “Red Alert” advising students not to enrol in Australian universities after a series of public accusations that Canberra was delaying visas for politically motivated reasons. Many Chinese students and scholars have said that their Australian visa applications have been taking “oddly long” since 2015, with most of those affected from an engineering or technology background.
“Australia thinks we are academic spies, or that there is some kind of grand conspiracy behind us,” one student said.
“Isn’t that ridiculous? We just want to go there to study. It’s not that complicated at all.”
Earlier this month, the China Scholarship Council under the Chinese Education Ministry also alerted students that “in order to avoid unnecessary losses caused by Australian Visa applications, we’d like to remind students going to Australia to make plans in advance”.