The report indicates lost income from full-fee paying overseas students will force them to shed between 5100 and 6100 researcher positions, including staff and postgraduate students.
“While all Australian universities will be impacted, 13 universities are identified as the most vulnerable regarding their future capacity to support research at current levels,” the paper, released on Monday, states. “This is due to the size of their research effort and international student programs.”
The paper notes that investment in research has helped Australian universities to steadily climb international higher education rankings in recent years, but those gains were likely to come under strain.
“Consequently, university international research reputations are significantly at risk because of the research revenue shortfalls,” the paper states. “Reputational damage will be to the national detriment.”
Lead author Professor Frank Larkins said the affected universities would be forced to shed many research-related jobs.
“Universities spend about 60 per