AIEA: Leaders in International Higher Education
The Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) is the only association dedicated exclusively to senior leaders in the field of international education. AIEA members are senior international officers who serve as leaders of higher education institutions and of organizations that support international higher education.
AIEA brings together international education leaders into dialogue with each other, their counterparts around the world, organizations that promote international education, and organizations concerned with the shaping and management of international higher education. AIEA gives members opportunities to join forces, share institutional strategies, and provide an effective voice on matters of public policy.
AIEA is pleased to be hosted by Duke University, based in Durham, North Carolina, United States.
Understanding the International Student Life-Cycle and Managing Critical Incidents
Date: 29th June 2017
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Venue: Department of Premier and Cabinet, 52 Martin Place, Sydney NSW 2000
Highlights of these two interactive workshops
Session 1 (9.30am- 12.30pm)
Exploring the international student lifecycle and identifying challenges they face
Sharing best practice and discussing available community resources
Developing strategies that contribute to a positive international student experience
Session 2 (1.30pm – 4.30pm)
Definitions and Examples of a critical incident
Critical Incident preparation and response
About the presenter:
National President: ISANA International Education Association
Current ISANA national president, Mary Ann Seow, has been a member of the ISANA National Council since 2009 and has been actively involved in international education in Australia for over 15 years. Her passion lies in working in the international education sector and collaborating with agencies, student groups and peers to assist and support international students and to advance research in international education.
REGISTER at www.ISANA.org.au
Friday 28th April saw a productive, fun and informative afternoon tea at The Edge at the State Library, which is the home of the Brisbane Student Hub. It is a great drop in and work space for international students to use. Students can access help in the form of information, advice and referrals on healthcare, employment, budget management, accommodation and legal services, as well as connecting students to local events and activities. Thank you to Multicultural Development Association for putting on this event. ISANA members from both tertiary, secondary and TAFE attended and we met many of the Brisbane student ambassadors, who are clearly doing a wonderful job.
The Hub is open between 12-5pm on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday or by appointment from Monday and Fridaybetween 9am-5pm. The website for more information is: https://mdaltd.org.au/
An ISANA membership underpins the work of those who work in the Australian and New Zealand international education industry. The organisation provides the information, training and networks that assist these international educators, administrators and student support staff to accomplish their daily work and advance their careers.
The Importance of Collaboration in Providing Information to International Students
Friday, 9 June 2017
University of Tasmania
International Education Providers often find it challenging to disseminate information to students. These include information on courses, academic enrolments, accommodation, health, social events, career and employment and other support services. Often the challenge of providing information is compounded by a misunderstanding of how students access information in the digital age.
Opening Session: Encouraging stronger business and industry links for our international studentsKey Note speech from Associate Professor Shanton Chang: The importance of Collaboration in Providing Information to International Students
Panel Discussion: Connecting with international students: How and where do they get information? What are the challenges?
Professional Development: When the Government Knocks
Tuesday, 4 July 2017
This is the PD session that the whole industry looks forward to every year. Representatives from DIBP and DET ensure that this session is relevant across many sectors, and unprecedented access to the speakers makes this a PD that is not to be missed!
This Bursary valued at $1000 plus a conference registration is awarded to one student from each State and Territory. The aims of the Student conference bursary are to:
- Provide opportunities for engagement with other students and professional and academic staff in the international education sector;
- Ensure that international students interest’s and opinions are heard and noted in general discussion and through presentations;
- Develop leadership potential in the international student community
- Disseminate international education information through the student community
We invite ISANA members to nominate continuing international students who will be worthy recipients for your State or Territory. Nominated International students will need to submit complete applications to the ISANA Secretariat firstname.lastname@example.org by 31st July 2017
If you are an international student interested in this opportunity, please contact your student services office and ask to speak with a staff member who is an ISANA member.
Work exploitation of international students
The recent story on SBS on the exploitation of international students in the Vietnamese hospitality sector is unfortunately not a new story. It is distressing to read that the exploitation of vulnerable international students is a continued practice. The article does note importantly that it takes two parties for this practice to occur. Students are sometimes willing to accept poor working conditions because they are either ignorant of their rights or preferring to accept under-payment to unemployment. ISANA reminds all members of the news in an earlier newsletter where we informed members of efforts by DIBP and the FWO to address work exploitation of international students. Here is the excerpt:
Temporary visa holder like international students with a work entitlement and who may have been exploited, need to be aware that DIBP will generally not cancel a visa, detain or remove individuals, provided they have reported their circumstance to the FWO. Please make this information known to your international students. For more information, please refer to the media release from Minister for Employment, Sen. M Cash and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Hon P Dutton of 15 February 2017.
ISANA National President
Mary Ann Seow
No doubt, most of you would have noted that international education has been in the news lately and unfortunately, the news has caused concerns. I encourage members to follow ISANA on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news on international education.
457 visa changes
The recently announced changes to the 457 visa sub-class has received quite a bit of coverage. While the changes do not extend to student visas, there have been concerns amongst students about to graduate of the impact these changes will have on them. This is particularly concerning for research students. A recent article in The Australian strengthens Universities Australia request for urgent clarification on the changes. Importantly, they have highlighted the continuing need for Australia to recruit world leading global researchers and academics. ISANA supports UA and the many start-up companies that will benefit from the talent that is currently being trained in our universities and research institutes.
- Must be from institutions that are financial members of ACEN. (See http://acen.edu.au/list-of-financial-institutions/ for a list of current financial institutions.)
- Must be studying a postgraduate or undergraduate degree program which requires a WIL placement as a part of their studies
- Both domestic and international students are eligible to apply.