Melbourne model, Mumbai model
Posted by Dave Bath on 2007-08-18
There have been significant rises in the cost of tertiary education, and we can expect more with wider adoption of the "Melbourne model" of requiring a first degree before starting a second degree for professions like medicine and law.
Add to this the high costs of living near Australian universities (or time and petrol if you don’t live nearby) and the low wages and lack of control for part-time jobs available to students, the obvious acceptability of asian graduates to the Australian professional workforce (why else do we need so many asian doctors with work visas), then another alternative may become attractive to parents: what I term the Mumbai model: living in asia (probably India) while completing tertiary studies.
- Cost of living in India at current exchange rates is cheap.
- Exposure to cultures likely to be significant trading partners might be useful
- If you are doing engineering especially, there are more infrastructure projects going on in asia, so post-graduate experience is probably more useful.
It is also probable that Australians would make attractive part-time English tutors.
So, how long before parents wanting their little darlings to get a degree, currently paying for private-school education and then putting kids through uni decide instead to use the "Mumbai" model and educate their kids in asia?