- A Chinese newspaper has accused Australian universities of ripping off students
- The pro-Communist Party editorial says they are treating Chinese like cash cows
- It accuses universities of not helping Chinese students integrate into Australia
The Chinese government has accused Australian universities of treating foreign students like ‘cash machines’ to pay off their study debts.
An editorial in the Global Times – a pro-Chinese Communist Party newspaper – also says universities have done little to help students integrate into Australian culture.
‘I sincerely advise Australian universities to pay more attention to their quality of education and stop treating Chinese students as a cash machine,’ Beijing-based journalist Lilly Wang wrote on Wednesday.
‘I rarely hear professors or lecturers helping them to understand Australian culture or purposely mix them with local students in a class.’
These Chinese international students in Canberra are having a barbecue the Australian way
A Chinese government newspaper says Australian universities haven’t done enough to help Chinese students integrate (stock image)
But she concedes Chinese students also don’t make efforts to integrate and had resorted to cheating.
‘Some students are too busy shopping to study, so they hire a ghostwriter, or exam substitute, to help them complete their degree,’ she writes.
Wang also says tens of thousands of Chinese students in Australia set up shop as a ‘daigou’ – or someone who buys luxury goods on behalf of people back in China – to help pay their university fees.
The head of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Frances Adamson warned universities in October they needed to better protect themselves from the rising influence of the Chinese Communist Party.
A Chinese newspaper says Chinese students aren’t doing enough to mix with Australians
These Chinese students at Canberra’s Australian National University enjoy a barbecue
She also cautioned foreign students they had to engage in respectful debate rather than trying to spread propaganda or attempt to gag views they disagreed with.
Silencing anyone in Australian society was an affront to our values, Ms Adamson told a Chinese government-funded academic institution.
Wang took aim at this and similar views, saying if Australia was a country with freedom of speech and academic freedom everyone should be allowed to voice their opinions.
‘Chinese students grew up under the educational and cultural system ruled by the Communist Party. They were educated to be patriotic and to think and believe as the Chinese government does,’ she writes.
‘That they politically support the Chinese government does not equate them to being spies.’