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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

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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

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:

ISANA awarded Study Melbourne Grant for improved critical incidence response.

ISANA

has been successful in three grants application to Study Melbourne including the ‘Contact Points: Enabling international students during critical incidents’ project.

The Critical incident working group had their 1st meeting on 5th July 18.

Manorani Guy (VicTas President), Shanton Chang (Associate Professor from The University of Melbourne), Catherine Gomes (Associate Professor from RMIT University), ISANA VicTas student volunteers – King Yu Steffi Lee, Miku Ogawa, Reena
Gurung.

For more information please contact president@isana.org.au.

Media Release: ISANA awarded funding to update and improve National Code Online Tutorial

Since 2007 ISANA has hosted an online tutorial covering Part D of the National Code, which assists in the understanding of the standards within the international education industry. The purpose of this online tutorial is to assist international education professionals to understand specific standards under the revised National Code. This tutorial has been especially useful as a staff training tool for those new to the international education industry.
Today Minister Birmingham announced $2.1m across 14 projects as part of the Enabling Growth and Innovation (EGI) Project.

ISANA is pleased to have been awarded $128,223 to upgrade and redesign the National Code Tutorial tool to bring it in line with recent changes to the National Code.

Speaking from the CISA conference

ISANA President Bronwyn Gilson said…
We are very excited to be able to make improvements and updates to such an important tool, over the last 14 years many new student services professionals have had their introduction to the National Code through the online tutorial and this will allow us to ensure that at a minimum there will be a basic level of understanding across the profession in Australia. It is essential that every person working in the sector understands and complies with the code and this will allow providers to be more confident of the level of understanding amongst their employees.”

This project is supported by the Australian International Education: Enabling Growth and Innovation project fund, Department of Education and Training. For further information, please visitwww.internationaleducation.qov.au.

Further details of the projects can be found at https://internationaleducation.gov.au/International-network/Australia/InternationalStrategy/EGIProjects/Pages/EGI-Projects.aspx

About ISANA:
ISANA: International Education Association is an association of Australian and New Zealand international education professionals whose members are dedicated to the advancement of international education through:
  • leadership, promotion and advocacy of best practice standards in the service of international education;
  • the facilitation of relevant forums, training and information exchange for its membership and the community; and
  • working in partnership with stakeholder organisations including international students, educational, government, business and community groups
For Media enquiries please email president@isana.org.au

Invitation from CISA President

I am humbled, honoured and privileged to pen down my heartfelt greetings to you all as the National President of Council of International Students Australia.

The Council of International Students Australia (CISA) was founded in 2010, since then CISA has been the peak representative body of the international students in Australia advocating their interests and needs and contributing towards their prosperity in Australia.

CISA puts a premium on multiculturalism and gives priority to the engagement of international students underpinning the workplace exploitation issues, welfare considerations, academic and career development of past, present and prospective international students.

It is with a great pleasure that I announce the 8th CISA National Conference; the largest event of international students Australia wide – will be held in Cairns, Queensland from 25th to 27th June with participation of over 150 participants including University, VET/TAFE, ELICOS and school leaders, student services and support staff from all sectors, federal, state and local government representatives, service industry providers, media representatives and the likes across the hierarchy of international student community all over Australia.

It is with a proud honour that I restate, remarking a significant milestone in the history of CISA and the international community as a whole, we have appointed a Women’s Officer for the first time. To establish a firm representation of female international students in Australia; by providing advocacy for women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes. Through this, CISA puts a premium on women’s engagement and leadership.

As CISA recognises women’s participation in governance and decision making for the international students, we highly encourage you to nominate outstanding female leaders from your institution, to be elected for the 2018/2019 CISA Executive Committee, where an inspiring change will be made over the next tenure for the betterment of international students in Australia as a whole.

Additionally, we will be implementing a student guild panel discussion session exclusively for our member associations, this session will be catered to the international student representatives of universities across Australia, and the selected members would have the opportunity to discuss a set of topics and questions for the duration of the session.

The idea for this session is to create a sense of belonging and leadership for the representatives chosen as well as to be able to have a feel for what’s happening across Australia on an institutional level.

If this is an opportunity your association would like to be a part of, please send our Chief Marketing Officer – Ralph (marketing@cisa.edu.au) an expression of interest which would ideally include:

  • Name of International Student Representative that would be sent on behalf of your association
  • Projects and Influential International Student eventsyour association has rolled out during the 2017-18 tenure
  • Impact and outcome of those projects (150 words)
  • What discussion topic would you ideally like to tackle and why? (150 words)
  • Which other university association would you like on the panel and why? (50 words)

Once the panellists are finalised, Ralph will send through the discussion areas and a draft of the session. This session would require adequate preparation and research in order for you to have a constant conversational flow during the session. Please note that the deadline to send in an EOI is: Sunday 10th June, 11:59 (AEST) and finalists will be contacted on Wednesday 13th June.

This will be a worthwhile opportunity to raise your voice and bring yourself forth for the betterment of all international students in Australia. I look forward to welcoming you in Cairns.

I take this moment to thank all of our active members for their enormous support, endless motivation and valuable guidance to implement CISA strategies and execute CISA plans over the last year. I am indeed grateful to all of you for your contribution towards the success of CISA affairs, on behalf of the international student community in Australia. We do appreciate your engagement in the past, as CISA’s stakeholders and we encourage you to join-in-hand in the future agendas of CISA.

Last but not least, I would like to extend my gracious invitations to all our members to participate and represent your institution at the National Conference this June.

Best Regards,

Bijay Sapkota
National President

Council of International Students Australia (CISA)

Public Transport concessions for international students to continue in Victoria!

ISANA is delighted to hear about the recent press release by Victorian government, supporting international students in every way possible in Victoria.

“Public transport concessions for international students to continue. The Andrews Government will provide $5.5 million to continue the iUSEpass program which will provide discounted annual public transport tickets to eligible international students in partnership with participating higher education and vocational providers”.

From a 2017 Conference Student Bursary Winner

The strong impression that welcomed me at the Annual ISANA Conference of 2017 was the multidisciplinary commitment to help international students reach their full potential in Australia.

The confluence of local and international educators, student support advisors, government representatives, wellbeing practitioners convinced me of their genuine interests in both professional and personal development of students like me.

I would like to sincerely thank ISANA for a generous bursary that supported my interstate travel to Gold Coast and the opportunity to meet liked minds.

Henness Wong

Save the dates! NSW and ACT Professional Development.

Save the dates! NSW and ACT Professional Development.

Wednesday 11 April 5:30 – 7:00pm – networking event for members and your colleagues

Join us for a post-work get-together to catch up on news and speak to sector representatives. For this first 2018 event we will meet at the MLC Centre Sydney, right by Martin Place Station. Details to follow soon.

Tuesday 1 May – half day PD session: under 18 students

This session will focus on case study examples of best practice policies and guidelines for under 18 students. We will review in consideration of the National Code 2018. Details to follow soon.

Coming Soon! – half-day PD session: international student mental health & staff self-care
This session will cover:

  • What support services does your institution have for international students
  • What is your institution’s critical incident policy?
  • First-hand experiences of counsellor/student advisors on issues they encounter, how it affects them, and self-care practices
  • Presentation from English Australia about the 2018 research and guidelines on international student mental health
  • Opportunity to share your experiences and best practice
  • Guidance on self-care/workshops for professional staff

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