VIC/TAS branch AGM and nomination for committee.

Annual General Meeting-2018
The AGM for the year 2018 is on the 9November (Friday) from 12:00PM-4:30PM at Graduate House 220 Leicester St, Carlton VIC 3053.

We will be calling for nominations for the committee at the AGM. We welcome members who can contribute to ISANA Victoria/Tasmania Branch development and projects for the year 2019. If you would like to discuss these positions further, please contact Mano Guy (0414229287). Elections for the positions below will be held at the Annual General Meeting at 1.00 pm, Friday, November 9, 2018.

Positions vacant are:

Tenure of the positions to be filled: 1Year
  • Professional Development Coordinator
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Tasmanian representative
  • Schools sector representative
  • VET sector representative
  • Regional institution representative
  • Branch conference convenor
If you are interested in being part of a team of dedicated individuals with high aspirations for international students then please consider joining the committee. Email the ISANA President Vic/Tas: victas@isana.org.au
You will need to complete a nomination form which has to be signed by two ISANA members and we can assist you with this. To be eligible for election to the above positions applicants must be registered as an ISANA member. Applicants please register prior to the date of the general meeting, and have your nomination supported by one other ISANA member who is eligible to vote.

Nominations to be sent to ISANA President Vic/Tas:

victas@isana.org.au not later than 5.00pm, Friday 2 November USING THESE FORMS – SEE LINK ( AGM Nomination Form, AGM Proxy Form)

QLD: Project Global Citizen Survey

Project Global Citizen is a ground-breaking approach to on-boarding international studentsand optimising their experience in Australia.

A pilot project has been awarded Queensland Government support through the Queensland International Education and Training Partnership Fund (IET Partnership Fund) managed by Study Queensland at Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ). For more information about Project Global Citizen and the consortium, here is the link: http://bit.ly/ProjectGlobalCitizen

Working hand-in-hand with Study Queensland, the Project Global Citizen consortium comprises ISANA Qld, Alphacrane Intercultural Specialists and CTC, Cultural Transition Consulting.

ISANA Qld President Samantha Hilbig is the project sponsor for Project Global Citizen.

2018 Survey and Cultural Quiz for International Students and Industry Professionals

The 2018 Project Global Citizen Survey will measure the cultural challenges that international students encounter during their studies in Queensland.

This will be Queensland’s most extensive global survey to date for identifying cultural competency gaps of students in relation to academic learning, social integration, securing
internships, employment and safety.
Key survey findings will be shared with participating international education industry members to enhance their delivery of services to international students.

The survey findings will also inform the development of Project Global Citizen programs and resources that equip international students with cultural skills to survive and thrive in Australia.

International students who take the survey will receive a personalised Cultural Adjustment Risk Assessment as well as Cultural Adjustment Tips to help them achieve success in their
student experience.

The survey is open until 31 October 2018 and can be accessed from
projectglobalcitizen.com

ISANA and CISA sign memorandum of understanding.

ISANA and CISA sign memorandum of understanding.

An MOU with CISA was signed last night in Sydney at the StudyNSW 2018 International Student of the Year Award.

ISANA was pivotal in the the formative years of CISA and continues to provide support. The organisations have committed to working more closely on improved outcomes for International Students in Australia.

The ISANA president thanked Council members who contributed to bringing this signing about as it has been 2 years in the making.

#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

#projectglobalcitizen #internationalstudents #ietpf #ISANA #internationaleducation

#studentsupport

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.

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.

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