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International student shortage forces city college closure


Eynesbury Senior College in the Adelaide CBD will close at the end of the academic year, citing a lack of international students as the reason for its demise.

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The Adelaide CBD college, which offers year 10, 11 and 12 classes to prepare students for university, has been operating on its Franklin Street campus since 2001.

The private senior secondary college was established in 1990 at Eynesbury House on Old Belair Road.

Chairman Stephen Spencer said the decision followed “careful and considered deliberation” from the college board, but the school’s model was “not viable” without international students.

“With international borders closed, ESC’s international education partner Navitas, which recruits and enrols international secondary school students, was forced to review its operations and will no longer offer secondary courses,” Spencer said.

“Before the international border closure, Navitas provided Eynesbury Senior College with up to 40 percent of its cohort through international students.  It also provides us with staff, our Franklin Street campus, and essential shared facilities.

“Unfortunately, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Navitas can no longer provide us with a campus or the necessary facilities, support and, importantly, the international students that we require to remain operational.

“Without these international students, the operating model for Eynesbury Senior College is not viable.”

Spencer said the College Council explored relocating its campus and partnering with other institutions, but there was “no viable alternative” to closing the school and continuing beyond this year could “compromise the quality” of student education.

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