Audiopaper | Protecting education exports: minimising the damage of China’s future economic coercion

This episode of the National Security Podcast brings you an audiopaper from the Policy Options Paper series — the flagship publication of the ANU National Security College. Protecting Education Exports: Minimising the damage of China’s future economic coercion is authored by Dirk van der Kley and Benjamin Herscovitch — Research Fellows at the ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance.


Coercion against Australia’s education sector would significantly impact the country’s prosperity. Education is the nation’s only remaining export to China valued over $10 billion annually which is both reliant on China and which Beijing can target without significant self-harm. And unlike many industries currently subject to China’s economic coercion, education is job-intensive and closely linked to Australia’s technological competitiveness. The Australian Government has no mechanism to coordinate efforts to diversify education export markets or cohesively promote Australian education, rendering the sector more exposed to coercion.


This episode of the National Security Podcast brings you an audiopaper from the Policy Options Paper series — the flagship publication of the ANU National Security College. Policy Options Papers offer short, evidence-based and forward-looking insights and recommendations for policymakers on topical national security issues facing Australia. Every paper in the series is informed by consultation, and reviewed by practitioner and academic experts. The paper is also available as a PDF.You can also check out the first-ever audiopaper from the ANU National Security College, Clever Country in a Changed World: Re-thinking Australian science policy by Paul Harris.


Dirk van der Kley is a Research Fellow at the ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance and a Research Fellow at the ANU National Security College.


Benjamin Herscovitch is a Research Fellow at the ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance.


Tim Wilford is the Senior Communications and Marketing Officer at the ANU National Security College. 


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