Pressure around international recruitment in Australia may foster corruption

May 5, 2015

A new Australian report published by the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) says that academics “can feel pressure to forsake their role in enforcing compliance with academic standards for the financial good of the faculty” in order to attract and retain international students. The report states that pressure on staff to find ways to pass students as well as increasing competition for student numbers have created an environment conducive to corruption. To mitigate these pressures, the report recommends restricting the ability of academics to enter into binding agreements with overseas agents and increasing due diligence and monitoring of agents and partners, among other things. International students reportedly account for more than one-fifth of university enrolments in Australia. Inside Higher Ed | ICAC News Release |Full Report