Experts Discuss: Australian(s) 10 year strategy for International Education
Australian Strategy for International Education Update
Australia’s government hopes to release its long-awaited Australian Strategy for International Education 2021-2030 before the end of the year. According to Simon Moore, assistant secretary at the Department of Education, Skills, and Employment, the government has received over 120 written submissions on its strategy. Over 1600 people attended webinars and workshops during the consultation process, giving the government a “strong foundation” to build the strategy on.
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Moore stated that “experts advised [education minister Tudge] on the strategy, which he is now carefully considering with his ministerial colleagues.” “The Australian government hopes to release a final strategy soon. This could happen before the end of the year.” Former Swinburne Vice-Chancellor and President Linda Kristjanson is a Council for International Education member. “The fact that the strategy is far-sighted is vital to us. It prepares students for the future workforce. “She stated the following. “The international education community must examine regulatory frameworks and policy settings to ensure they are in line with progressive, new directions,” the report states.
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It’s unclear if policies are aligned to allow for more blended learning that includes online and on-campus components. According to her, the strategy should also highlight Australia’s global engagement. “Not just the students who come to us, but people all over the world. By promoting outbound education, we can foster resilient, globally engaged, culturally competent citizens and have built the trust necessary for our social and economic well-being. Focusing on students’ needs has “a lot to gain,” according to Belle Lim, national president of the Council of International Students Australia. “Our students need a safe, valued, and connected environment to thrive. We’d like to see more culturally sensitive student assistance.” Lim stated the following.
“Racial discrimination and a sense of belonging are common problems among Australian students. As a result, we’d like to identify these issues and explain how international students can be assisted. Welcome students from HE providers and educators, says Kristjanson. Global students have a significant impact on Australia’s future workforce and economy, says the minister. “Stats are useful, but stories have a greater public impact. Most of us came from abroad. Our workforce is 80 percent international. So we rely on the best and brightest from other countries to come and settle here.”
During the consultation process, Kristjanson stressed the importance of improving post-study work outcomes for students and “work-integrated learning” in all courses. She continued by expressing her pride. “Consider the recent Covid-19 crisis and how Sikh communities came together to feed anyone in need or suffering. These things show a sense of connection. Most Australians are eager to join a global community. So our strategy includes “connected” and “caring.” Compassionate responses will improve the world.”
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“It would help the industry if international students brought their unique skills and perspectives to the table. Assume students can participate in WIL projects, internships, and cadetships. Then there will be more opportunities for graduates to find work. Overconfidence in the sector’s ability to recover post-pandemic, says Kent Anderson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Strategic Advisor at Newcastle University. “After the tsunami, Japan should have said, ‘Rebuild better.'” “We coined this phrase. To rebuild quickly, we need to build a diverse and broad spectrum that gives us social license to operate, he said.
“Student mobility outside of the country must be prioritized. Our international development efforts should focus on international students. The Australia Awards, part of the old Colombo Plan, prevented them from joining us. “All of our schools can help deserving students with financial aid.”
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