#ProjectGlobal Citizen has begun!

#ProjectGlobal Citizen has begun!

Project Global Citizen has begun! 

With support from the Queensland Government, we hosted an inaugural co-creation event where international education professionals and international student representatives shared their insights into culturally-influenced student challenges.  Their input will inform Project Global Citizen’s ground-breaking approach to on-boarding international students and optimising their experience in Australia.

A big thank you to everyone who generously contributed to the success of our kick-off event.

Thanks to the Project Global Citizen team Samantha Hilbig (QLD Branch President), Livia Tramontina and Astrid Hofmann. Our consortium is lead by the QLD Branch of  ISANA: International Education Association and the project founders are Alphacrane Intercultural Specialists and CTC, Global Transition Consulting.

Thanks to Sean Somerville of Student One – Brisbane’s Premium Student Accommodation provided us with a spectacular event venue.

This project is co-funded with the support of the Queensland Government’s

International Education and Training Partnership Fund, managed by Study Queensland within Trade and Investment Queensland

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AGMC #Conference 2018: Living and Loving in Diversity -Melbourne

AGMC #Conference 2018: Living and Loving in Diversity -Melbourne

AGMC is an organisation advocating for the greater inclusion and participation of multicultural and multifaith LGBTIQ communities. We work with various communities, including international students who identify as LGBTIQ. AGMC is hosting a national conference, Living and Loving in Diversity, from 21 – 23 September 2018 to provide an opportunity for community members, activists, advocates, educators, and professionals to discuss issues affecting our communities. Some of the themes that will be covered include:
* Youth
* Social and politcal issues
* Asylum seeker and refugee communities
* International research and movements
* Disability
* Health and well-being
* Faith and LGBTIQ identities
The conference suits professionals in international education to advance their understanding of various issues faced by LGBTIQ international students in Australia. It is also a great opportunity to network with community organisations and strengthen existing LGBTI Ally Network.
Early Bird registration closes on 30 August 2018! Register now via http://conference.agmc.org.au
Expansion of the Tuition Protection Service (TPS)

Expansion of the Tuition Protection Service (TPS)

The new tuition assurance arrangements for non-university higher education providers (NUHEPs) offering FEE-HELP and the VET Student Loans (VSL) program, which will commence on 1 January 2019 subject to the passage of legislation.

The Australian Government has made the decision to expand the Tuition Protection Service (TPS), for international students, to the NUHEP FEE-HELP and VSL programs. The current TPS arrangement will continue as a dedicated service for international students, with its own quarantined account and the same protections and support through placements and refunds. TPS levy arrangements will remain unchanged.

The new model will ensure students, providers and the higher education and training sectors are supported if a provider ceases a course or closes. Providers will be required to pay levies commensurate with their size and risk factors.

Information on the new model will be made available on the department’s website. Consistent with the TPS, the new arrangements will be managed by a statutory appointed Director, who will be supported by an independent Advisory Board. The Director will be the same person as the TPS Director.

The new arrangements do not extend to any other tuition assurance schemes in place for students who pre-pay fees, for example, the tuition assurance requirements under the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 or the Higher Education Standards Framework 2015.

If you would like further information, the department’s website is being updated with relevant questions and answers, or you can contact the department at:

TPS (International Students): operations@tps.gov.au

FEE-HELP: FEE-HELPTuitionAssurance@education.gov.au

VET FEE-HELP and VET Student Loans: VETTuitionAssurance@education.gov.au.

Fair Work Ombudsman: Working in Australia Resources

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has released a comprehensive package of materials designed to assist those who work with migrant and multicultural communities – including international students – about workplace laws in Australia.

The ‘Working in Australia’ package will be particularly helpful to education providers required to educate international students about workplace laws as part of their compliance obligations under the ESOS National Code 2018.

The package includes:

 

City of Sydney International Student Leadership and Ambassador (ISLA) program – Applications NOW OPEN

City of Sydney International Student Leadership and Ambassador (ISLA) program – Applications NOW OPEN

The City’s award-winning international student leadership and ambassador program aims to increase the positive experience of all international students, and build Sydney’s reputation as a preferred destination to study.

The program offers free training, work integrated learning, and volunteering opportunities to enhance your leadership skills and experience and support your future career. You’ll have an opportunity to make new friends, build a local support network and develop a sense of belonging, while getting involved in local events and activities.

The 2018–20 program is open for applications until 2 September 2018.

Apply here

In the news…

https://thepienews.com/news/isana-receives-grant-to-update-training/

The peak body for international student services in Australia, ISANA, has received an Enabling Growth and Innovation grantto update its online National Code training and provide wider access to the broader industry.

Selected as one of 14 EGI grant recipients, which provide $3m per year in government funding for projects created to support 2016’s National Strategy for International Education 2025, ISANA president Bronwyn Gilson said her organisation was excited to raise professional standards across Australia.

“There’s not one training that stretches right across for all those involved in the industry”

“It’s the one set of training that most new professionals in the area get to do,” she said.

“There’s not one that stretches right across for all those involved in the industry that may be in admissions, maybe in services or student welfare.”

The $128,00 grant will go towards updating ISANA’s currently existing online training and will look to make understanding the code more engaging.

The National Code, which was updated at the start of 2018, is the centrepiece of Australia’s regulatory frameworks to support international education, and outlines provider requirements across 11 standards, ranging from marketing requirements to engaging with education agents.

Gilson told The PIE News the new online training would be updated to reflect changes but added the structure would allow professionals to choose to access the information that is only relevant to them.

“If you only touch on international education, you can go through and do the basic tutorial and then there will be modules that sit behind that,” she said.

“If you want more information on the admission side you can go in and do that module.”

As part of creating the training, she said industry-wide consultation would take place and include the student voice to ensure all areas are covered.

A recent Centre for Global Higher Education has argued Australia will likely become the second most popular study destination by 2019.

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Discounted Conference Registration for ISANA members – Social Media Strategies for Higher Education Conference

Discounted Conference Registration for ISANA members – Social Media Strategies for Higher Education Conference

ISANA is excited to support the Social Media Strategies for Higher Education Conference 30th – 31 October 2018, Mercure Sydney The Social Media Strategies for Higher Education conference will focus on exploring effective strategies from social media experts in universities and other digital media heavyweights to produce quality content, promote university brand reputation and identity, measuring the impact of various social and digital strategies and drive recruitment in the domestic and growing international market.

What will you learn at this event?

* Understand what works on social media for your target audience

* Improve your recruitment programs through insights from industry leaders in international social markets

* Generate innovative & engaging social content

* Create an authentic online voice through storytelling and user generated content

* Develop new strategies in how to measure the impact of your social campaigns for better results

> Download the Brochure

Who will attend? Directors, Managers & Coordinators from Universities, TAFES & Colleges with responsibilities for:

* Social Media

* Digital Media

* Digital Marketing

* Communications

ISANA members receive a $100 discount off the current rate! Check your email for the discount code.

For more information, visit the website or call 1300 856 904

Start: 30th October End: 31st October Website: http://bit.ly/2mEb5bD

Student Stories: Volunteering at the Welcome Desk!

Student Stories: Volunteering at the Welcome Desk!

UNLEASH YOUR POTENTIAL BY BENEFITTING OTHERS

I joined as a crew member at the International Student Welcome Desk in February 2018. It is a service managed by StudyNSW through a formal work integrated learning program under the Department of Industry of NSW. Situated at the arrival terminal at Sydney international airport, the desk is staffed by volunteers who are local and international students. As volunteer crew members, we are there to greet and provide assistance such as offering orientation advice and distribute guides to international students who have just arrived at the airport.

To join as a crew member, I submitted an online application. Once the application processed, I was invited to attend a compulsory training led by TAFE. The training was conducted at the airport which consisted of information about the role and responsibility of a crew desk, explanation about code of conduct and safety protocols. In addition, we also did role plays to practice how to deliver good customer services and a tour around to get all the participants familiar with the location. After completing the training, then I was ready to work on my shifts at the desk. As a volunteer, I had the flexibility to sign up for shifts according to my availability and it was done through online portal so that was very convenient. I was required to do at least 20 hours of service to complete this program and receive a certificate of acknowledgement.

Working as a volunteer in this program has been a valuable experience for me. From the process of applying for the program, attending the training, to doing the shifts I have gained many benefits. I had the opportunity of making friends and expanding my networking with like-minded students from many different backgrounds and universities and other educational institutions across NSW; and developing skills such as communication, team work, problem solving.

After completing the program as a crew member, StudyNSW offered me another opportunity to apply for a Team Leader position. I suppose all crews will get the same opportunity after completing the crew shift hours. The process was a little bit more complex than applying as a crew member. I was required to submit two letters of recommendation and respond to some scenarios regarding team management. Once accepted in this position, I was then asked to assist at the training program for the new crew members. Besides working at the desk with other crew members, as a Team Leader I have more responsibility in terms of making sure the program running smoothly and submitting reports to StudyNSW.

In a nutshell, this program is a great opportunity for any international students in NSW to join. It provides us with the opportunity to unleash our potential by working to provide assistance and welcome international students who have just arrived in Sydney.

More adventures soon,

Sos.

Safety Video Resources

Safety Video Resources

Melbourne Based ‘Meld’ Magazine is delivering an International Student Safety Campaign, supported by Victoria Police, to strengthen early information provision, raise awareness among international students around identified areas of concern, and to encourage students to change their behaviours to stay safe.

They have launched a digital campaign entitled “Think Smart, Stay Safe” as the main part of the International Student Safety Campaign, which contains a series of guides, videos and articles produced with assistance from Victoria Police.

You can view the resources here:

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