ISANA Conference Student Bursary: Applications Now Open!

ISANA Conference Student Bursary: Applications Now Open!

Since 2012, ISANA has invited international students from each State and Territory to the Annual National Conference through a Student Conference Bursary.

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 isana@isana.org.au 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.

International Student Exploitation in the spotlight

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

From the President….

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.

ACEN Scholarships – Applications now open

ACEN Scholarships – Applications now open

2017 Student Scholarships now open
Eight scholarships of $1,500
Applications are now open for scholarships to provide financial support for students undertaking a work integrated learning (WIL) placement in a regional or remote area of Australia as part of their 2017/2018 university studies.
Once again eight scholarships to the value of $1,500 each are being offered to eligible university students who may experience financial disadvantage from having to complete a WIL placement. The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and assessed against the criteria.
Applications close on April 21, 2017
The 2017 ACEN Scholarship applicants:
  • 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.

National Council Planning Weekend – Melbourne

This last weekend the ISANA National Council gathered in Bundoora Melbourne for the annual planning weekend. The council members came from all corners of the country as well as our sister organisation in New Zealand. The council rose early and worked on plans and budget for the coming year. Look out this year for our Professional Development webinars, new awards and join us on the Gold Coast for the conference in December!

ISANA is entirely member funded and the Council and Branch members are all volunteers.

ISANA / ANZSSA Conference 2017 – Call for Abstracts Open

ISANA / ANZSSA Conference 2017 – Call for Abstracts Open

 

Following on from the success of the 2014 combined ISANA/ANZSSA conference, the 2017 Conference will be jointly organised by ANZSSA and ISANA on the beautiful Gold Coast, Queensland,  famed for its stunning endless beaches, restaurants and natural beauty. 

The theme for the conference is ‘Widening Perspectives of Student Success’.

The conference will give us the opportunity to explore and discuss the many factors that contribute to the overall student success, both within and outside the classroom. There will be an exciting program of speakers, workshops, social activities and lots of networking opportunities. Delegates will be able to share successful strategies, engage with key stakeholders and develop important partnerships.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Gold Coast in December 2017.

Abstract Submissions – NOW OPEN

On behalf of the Program Committee, we invite you to submit an abstract for presentation at combined ISANA/ANZSSA conference.

All submissions will undergo a peer review process by the Program Committee. The Program Committee will allocate accepted submissions to the program, taking into account the quality of each abstract, the balance of the program and the relevance to the overall conference theme: Widening Perspectives of Student Success.

This conference seeks to explore evidence based practice in international education services by looking at the following sub themes;
  • Connectivity
  • Enables
  • Communication and information

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#ISANAconf16 From Sahil, Student Bursary Winner.

#ISANAconf16 From Sahil, Student Bursary Winner.

“It’s what you choose to believe that makes you the person you are”
It was a privilege to be able to attend ISANA: International Education Association Conference in #wellington #newzealand #2016 as a Victorian State Student Representative #studentbursury .
I never thought that one day I will be going overseas to speak in for what I believe is right for students and represent Student voices .
A few caring people can change the world and #isana is an organisation filled with those few people who are willing to change and help the students #students need to do is to speak up in what they believe to speak up for what they feel is wrong #speakup #studentvoices

“Speak Up , Be Heard”

Congratulations to Dr Paula Durance (Dunstan)!

Congratulations to National Council member Dr Paula Durance (Dunstan) whose PhD was awarded on 21 December 2016.

Dr Durance was supervised by Professor Bob Lingard and Associate Professor Gloria Dall’alba at the University of Queensland and her thesis was entitled, ‘Bringing the World to Melbourne: Transnationalism, Agency and Contributions of International Students to Making a City, 2000-2010’.

On behalf of all members we congratulate Paula on her achievement and her contribution to International Education in Australia.

We would love to hear any news that you have to share. Email us @ communications@isana.org.au

 

ISANA Annual Conference 2015

We invite you to attend the 26th ISANA International Education Association Conference being held at Pullman on the Park, Melbourne, 1st to the 5th December 2015.

The theme for the 2015 conference is Collaborations in Providing Services to International Students.

Student experience is an important focus of the work of educational institutions. The student experience ranges from pre-arrival, to transition, retention, employability and alumni relations. Therefore, the idea of what student services encompass has shifted far beyond the boundaries of any educational institutions. This has made collaborations with external organisations imperative to positive student experiences and successful service provision. The next ISANA conference looks at collaborative models of service provision between educational institutions across different sectors (eg. schools, ELICOS, VET, pathway programs, universities) different levels of government, accommodation providers, health service providers, community groups, employers and advocates.

We look forward to seeing you in Melbourne in December 2015.

For more information visit www.isanaconference.com

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