Media Release: Response to Coroner’s recommendations – Zhikai LU

The ISANA International Education Association has noted the findings and recommendations
of the Victorian Coroner into the untimely death of Mr. Zhikai LU.
We are deeply saddened to hear of the circumstances leading to his death.
ISANA supports the findings of the Coroners Prevention Unit (CPU).
Mental health concerns amongst international students are an ongoing issue for education providers in the sector.

Early identification, intervention and support are crucial for the well-being of these young people.
The report confirms the difficulties that international students encounter in settling into a new culture.
The report also notes the many issues that hamper international students seeking help for their difficulties.
ISANA agrees with these findings.
As Australia welcomes increasing numbers of international students, it is expected that we would also see a corresponding increase in numbers of students with mental health concerns.
This reflects any demographic profile.
The important issues for ISANA are as follows;

 Education providers need to understand the issues and challenges for international students

 International students rely on trusted sources for information, often their social networks and home country sources

 International students do not necessarily identify feelings and behaviours as symptoms of mental health concerns

 Mental health is not often discussed or addressed in the respective cultures of the students

 Underlying mental health issues can manifest themselves in times of stress, such as living and studying in a new culture and particularly when the student is not performing well or encounters other stressors, that they have little experience or support in addressing

ISANA believes that we need to understand how international students access assistance so that they are better prepared to intervene or get help.

To this end, ISANA through its Victoria/Tasmania Branch is undertaking a research project funded by Study Melbourne’s International Student Welfare Program. This project in partnership with A/Professor Shanton Chang from the University of Melbourne and A/Professor Catherine Gomes from RMIT will be looking at the knowledge of international students of critical incidents and how they seek help. The aim is to develop with students and emergency services, a specialised mobile accessible website, with comprehensive social media strategies.

The website aims to educate and inform international students on what to do during a critical incident and will have a section that teaches student support staff and local councils on how to educate international students in dealing with critical incidents.

ISANA notes that a key finding for the CPU is the role that education providers should play in reaching out and supporting their international students. ‘We believe that understanding the challenges faced by international students in
identifying they need help and then accessing support is fundamental to developing appropriate strategies.

We also believe that more needs to be done in supporting the staff that support the students,’ says Bronwyn Gilson, National President of ISANA.
‘We need to understand the different cultures of our international students and provide the professional development and resources for staff so that they can develop and provide
culturally appropriate support and assistance to students.’

For more information:
Bronwyn Gilson
National President
ISANA International Education Association
president@isana.org.au

The 30th ISANA Annual Conference Announced (3-6 December 2019)

The 30th ISANA Annual Conference Announced (3-6 December 2019)

In December 2019, ISANA will hold its 30th Annual Conference. This is a milestone for the Association and for the development and delivery of international student services in Australia.

Since its first modest conference in Melbourne in 1989, ISANA has built a reputation as a body that has lead student-focussed research, knowledge creation and best practice in services to international students. It has built a supportive network and has held a major conference every year in either a major city, a regional centre or at a New Zealand venue in collaboration with ISANA New Zealand.

For three decades the conference has inspired practitioners to develop ground-breaking services and programs, and has always nurtured collaborative relationships with institutions, student bodies and community groups.

Each year, the Conference raises issues, examines major themes in international education from the perspective of students, international education professionals and related stakeholders. This focus ensures that delegates and the wider membership have access to landmark and innovative research and practice. It draws on a wide range of material and provides a national and international discussion.

The 2019 Conference will showcase ISANA’s work over 30 years, reflects on past achievements, celebrates contemporary practice and embraces challenges arising in the future. We invite you to participate by submitting
papers, workshops and stories to our special conference event.

Watch for the Call for papers soon, with a due date for peer reviewed and non-refereed abstracts on 24th May 2019.

#isanaconf18 #conference photos #Sydney

#isanaconf18 #conference photos #Sydney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Male International Student Sexual Health Survey

Male International Student Sexual Health Survey

Are you a male international student and aged 18 years or over? If you are, please consider participating in our study on sexual health.

Participation involves completing a 30-minute online survey. To recognise your contribution, you will be offered the chance to win one of five MYER gift cards valued at $100.

Please click on the link below for more detailed information about this study and to access the online survey.
Link: https://bit.ly/2qm3dNQ

To recognise your contribution, you will be offered the chance to win one of five MYER gift cards valued at $100.

Please click on the link below for more detailed information about this study and to access the online survey.
Link: https://bit.ly/2qm3dNQ

This study is available in several languages and has been approved by the University of Technology Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee (UTS HREC Reference Number: ETH18-2659). Please also feel free to share this post on your wall, or with any people who may be interested in participating.

Please also feel free to share this post on your wall, or with any people who may be interested in participating.

#Ausgov commences student visa education campaign

#Ausgov commences student visa education campaign

Over a 12-month period, the Department’s website and social media platforms will be used to publish key messages to Student visa (subclass 500) holders, Facebook posts will begin next week. Messaging will be along the following lines:

  • Student visa holders must maintain enrolment in a registered course that is the same AQF level as, or higher than, the course for which they were granted their visa (condition 8202).
  • If a student changes to a course at a lower AQF level, even with the same education provider, they must apply for a new Student visa (with the exception of a student changing from a doctoral degree (AQF level 10) to a Masters degree (AQF level 9).
  • It is a student’s responsibility to check whether they need to apply for a new Student visa if considering changing courses.
  • A student will be in breach of their visa conditions if they change to a lower level AQF level course without applying for, and being granted, a new Student visa. This may result in their visa being considered for cancellation.

More info here https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/stud/more/changing-courses

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

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.

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.

The post ISANA receives grant to update training appeared first on The PIE News.

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