Students from around the world are taking to the streets to protest against their country’s high tuition fees.
More than 100 people gathered at Melbourne University on Monday in a rally against rising tuition fees in Australia.
Students from the UK and the US have also been among those protesting, saying they can’t afford to pay fees that are higher than what the government in their country offers.
Australia’s universities have seen a steady rise in numbers of international students in recent years, particularly students from China, South Korea and the United States.
Last year, there were 1,823 international students at Australian universities, more than double the 1,098 from the year before, according to a survey by the Australian Institute of Education.
Australian universities also announced last month that they will not accept new applications from overseas students this year.
“I’m very disappointed, because I know the quality of our university system, and it’s not just a financial issue,” one student from China told the ABC.
The university also said the increased demand for its courses is making it impossible to find a balance between the number of students from the different countries that it teaches.
Many students from countries such as India, Indonesia and Bangladesh have also taken to the street to protest tuition fees, with some protesters wearing Guy Fawkes masks.
Protestors also threw eggs at police officers, with a few police officers also injured.
A student from Indonesia said the university should not be able to keep tuition fees so high, despite there being “a lot of good universities in Australia”.
“This is just the cost of living and they want to raise the cost for everybody, and they can only keep raising the cost,” she said.
In a statement, the university said it had been working to reduce the number and quality of students taking part in protests in recent weeks, and that the university had a “zero tolerance” policy towards protests.
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