A significantly higher number of women than men have been in need of student banking services over the last decade, it has been claimed.
International education consultant Alan Olsen observed that between 2000 and 2009, the proportion of 25 to 34-year-olds who attained tertiary qualifications rose to 39.1 per cent, reports the Australian.
While 603,000 female domestic students completed university, only 404,000 men did the same in this period, which was 25.8 per cent of the population.
This may suggest that in order for the government's target of educating 40 per cent of Aussies in this age range by 2025 to be achieved, the focus needs to be on potential male student finance applicants, Mr Olsen said.
However, education policy and social justice chair at Deakin Trevor Gale asserted that it is important to look at the "social and cultural issues", saying that it would be better to work at a community level rather than focus too heavily on gender.
This comes after the same publication reported that Professor Glyn Davis, vice-chancellor of the University of Melbourne, said a decline in international student numbers could be worrying for educational establishments as they are a valuable source of income.
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