Overseas students number continue to fall in Oz

Melbourne: Australia`s education industry has witnessed a 8.7 per cent drop in international enrolments this year, particularly from India following a spate of violent attacks on Indians.

Tightening of student visa rules by Australia is also blamed for the sharp decline in the enrolment of the foreign students.

Australian education providers have reported a 8.7 per cent drop in international enrolments during the first three months of this year as compared as compared with the same period last year, `The Age` reported.

The hardest hit enrolments were recorded in the vocational education and English language areas, where numbers fell more than 21 per cent on March last year.

The report said the biggest challenge for the sector is the Indian market where the numbers all sectors fell by 30.4 per cent, continuing the year`s trend, outlined in figures released in April for February enrolments.