In an effort to motivate young people to go to other disciplines in study, that would benefit them more in finding jobs, such as mathematics and science, the Australian government has developed plans to double university fees for "humanities" students.
Under this proposal, the costs of majors such as history or cultural studies will rise to 113 percent, while other majors such as nursing and information technology will become less expensive.
Education Minister Dan Tehan said the government wants to "direct young people toward future jobs, to promote the country's economic recovery, after the fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic."
But critics who took the plans out said they were "unreasonable, and part of a broader cultural war, putting economic benefit above learning."
Australian college students are not required to pay their tuition fees in advance, but most of them use government loans to collect their degrees and then tax them at a higher rate to pay their debts.
This announcement is the latest shake-up of a sector already suffering from the impact of the Coronavirus. Education is the third largest Australian export behind iron ore and coal.
More than 500,000 students from around the world enrolled in Australian universities last year, which brought $ 22 billion into the economy.
Tihan said that closing the borders prevented about 20 percent of international students from enrolling in Australian universities this year.