Written by Alyssa Walker

One of Australia's top schools has decided to curtail its international enrollments.

Australia's rapid international student population growth since 2014 has caused Australian National University to halt its international enrollment for the time being. 

The issue is managing an overpopulation of students. 

According to Australia's ABC, The vice-chancellor of the Australian National University (ANU), Brian Schmidt, told reporters the university had reached a size "which I think is appropriate."

He said, "If we get any bigger, we will not be better." 

He added, "The university is at a size of roughly 20,000 full-time students and so we're not intending to grow, both international or domestic."

ABC.net reported an increase in international students at Australian National University from 5,590 to 7,425 between 2013 and 2016, a rise of 1,935 -- more than double the 813 increase in domestic students over the same time period.  

Across the country, international higher education student commencements increased from 187,000 in 2013 to 319,000 in 2018.

Professor Schmidt commented that both domestic and international student populations increased "substantially" over the past few years. 

He added that the university was "about as big as it can be right now."

Samuel Lee, a 22-year-old law student from Singapore studying at the university, said he enjoys the student mix. 

He said, "It's always good to have more viewpoints, more different cultures with people outside of your immediate social group.

"ANU is kind of unique in that the majority of students who come here may not necessarily be Canberra locals.

"That's really what makes ANU more warm."

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Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.
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