Yes getting the precious piece of paper with all its bad press and the around scams going on, makes it seem like a waste of time and money but parts of the Australian Government were well aware of what was going on and nothing was done to plug the loopholes. Made getting the piece of paper seem all quite valueless.
I remember when I was at Uni in the USA in the early nineties, I felt almost out of place amongst hundreds of Japanese students. From my observation they really put me to shame, they were incredibly studious and hard workers. They really put in the hours, got good results because of their dedication and motivation to succeed actually almost driven. They were all work no play until they had done their quota. Hanging around with them really changed my studying habits as I had been treating being there like a bit like a holiday. It became sort of a contagious habit spending time with them and changed the way I studied and applied myself. They were very good role models for me.
I was wondering if they ever did have any fun or it was just all work. In the term break about thirty of us went to Disneyland at Anaheim for five days, they left me for dead in the fun stakes and really did know how to let their hair down. Being in their company changed everything about the way I viewed being at University, when I returned to Australia and went back to Ballarat University, my lecturers commented on how different I had become. So, not all overseas students are looking for the easy way or scamming their way through uni.