In Australia landscape architects are becoming extinct and country’s education policy is partly being blamed for that. As a result of government’s efforts to attract more foreign students, ratio of foreign students to domestic students is turning in favour of the former. At this rate it is believed that Australia with large amount of parks and public spaces may have to worry about the availability of landscape architects. No wonder then a burgeoning shortage of qualified landscape architecture graduates in the local labour market is becoming a topic of discussion at various round table conferences.
According to some, the problem is two-fold – there is surging demand for landscape architects on the one hand and there is a steep fall in their supply, on the other. With the boom in AustraliaÆs education export industry reaching a new peak, in some of the universities international students now make up anywhere from 75 to 90 percent of their cohorts, while local student numbers are falling.
According to Australian Institute of Landscape Architects the average ratio of local students to international across postgraduate landscape architecture programs is 23 to 77 percent, meaning local students are outnumbered nearly three-to-one by internationals. Usually, foreign students go back to their home country after finishing the studies leaving the Australian job market starving for talents.