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Alan Tudge launches consultations to get back overseas students

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE,31 March 2021: The Australian government has launched consultations for the ‘Australian Strategy for International Education 2021-2030′, aimed at revitalizing the sector to recover in the post-Covid-19 recovery.

Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge today launched consultations for the Australian Strategy for International Education 2021-2030, which will set the sector on a path to long-term success and guide its recovery from COVID-19.700

“International students are important for Australian universities, our diplomacy, our economy, and our community,” Minister Tudge said.

“We want international students back in Australia as soon as the COVID-19 situation allows, but the disruption of COVID provides an opportunity to look at the sector and ensure it is working for students and for Australia in the long-term.

“I want to see greater diversity in the sector, to improve the learning experience for local and international students and increase reslience to global changes in demand.

“We should also better target international enrolments towards our nation’s future skills needs, to grow Australian businesses, create more local jobs, and add to our economic recovery.

“We will also explore opportunities to expand the reach of our international education by developing new delivery models to grow new markets around the world.

“I want to hear new ideas to help set a course for both the sector’s recovery and its longer-term trajectory.”

Phil Honeywood, CEO of the International Education Association of Australia and Convener of the Expert Members of the Council for International Education, said the new strategy is a chance to set out a shared vision for Australian international education.

“More than three million students from around the world have studied in Australia over the past two decades, adding to the vibrancy of our communities and delivering important social, economic, and diplomatic benefits to our country,” Mr. Honeywood said.

“I look forward to a national conversation on how we can work collectively to ensure Australian international education meets the challenges of the future.”

Information about the new Australian Strategy for International Education 2021-2030 is available at https://www.dese.gov.au/australian-strategy-international-education-2021-2030.

The consultation paper is available at https://www.dese.gov.au/international-education.

Australia: 40 % struggling international students from India & China


By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 17 September 2020: The COVID-19 pandemic has hurt the world with a big loss of life and the decline of economies. Australia is no exception despite massive government support and subsidies to people and businesses. One section in Australia feels betrayed and left out – international students. They were kept out of the jobkeeper and jobseeker schemes considered the economic lifeline in the country.

The Guardian Australia (17 Sept. 2020) story by Luke Henriques, ‘Callous treatment’: international students stranded in Australia struggle to survive’ is quite revealing.

The story based on a survey of 6,000 international students by the University of NSW & the University of Technology, Sydney says 40 percent of the surveyed students were from China and India. And, 7% from Nepal.

Last month, 524,000 international students in different universities and institutions were still staying in Australia, the guardian report reveals.

Much more sad things happened as one reads the story. Of the surveyed, one in six were on food relief from charities and community organizations.23 % faced verbal abuse/racism and out of these 35% were from China.

Many countries have included international students in the subsidies for pandemic relief but not Australia. The consequences are inhuman suffering and Australia’s reputation as a land of ‘Fair go’ is at stake. The PM’s comment ‘time to make your way home’ for those who are considered the country’s cash cows did not help.