The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has made an announcement saying international students fully vaccinated with Therapeutic Goods Administration-approved vaccines will be allowed entry into Canberra for the start of the 2022 academic year.
International students vaccinated with recognised vaccines will not be asked to quarantine. However, they will have to meet all government vaccination and testing requirements while travelling.
Andrew Barr, ACT chief minister, suggested that the return of international students will be “very welcome news” for Canberra.
Study Canberra mentioned that the educational institutions in the city are ready to get back to normal and host 19,000 students from over 100 countries once again.
Vice-Chancellor at the Australian National University (ANU) Brian Schmidt said that it was great to have clarity about arrangements made by ACT and to know that students would be able to come straight to campus after the borders open.
He further said that they will continue to work with the Commonwealth on arrangements to return to normalcy and open Australian borders to students safely as soon as possible.
Vice-Chancellor at the University of Canberra, Paddy Nixon, said that international students would add to the benefits in the Canberra community, highlighting that graduates can become nurses in Canberra hospitals.
Acting rector at UNSW Canberra Harvi Sidhu added that students will contribute to ACT universities’ valuable research along with studies on defence and capability development.
Canberra Institute of Technology CEO Leanne Cover added that international students are the fabric of the Canberra community, particularly in the sectors of health, hospitality and building and construction trades.
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Source: The PIE News