More women, more students, more diversity

by Andrew Norton

Universities maintain some traditions, but who goes on to higher education and the institutions they attend have been transformed over the last few decades. One in 18 Australian residents is now a higher education student, and enrolments have more than doubled in the past 20 years. Nearly 60% of students are women, and nearly 30% come from overseas. With 40% of students now in full fee-paying places, we are closer to a market in higher education than at any time in Australia’s history.