The future of international education in a time of global disruptions

An upcoming one-day online conference will discuss the effects of COVID-19 on international education, how the sector can move forward, and how international students are dealing with the immense challenges of the past year.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on both the lives of international students and the international education sector. One year on from the start of the pandemic, Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre Deputy Director Helen Forbes-Mewett and Catherine Gomes (RMIT University) are bringing together students, researchers, and stakeholders to discuss these impacts and what the future of the sector may look like in 2021 and beyond.

On Wednesday 10 February, the one-day online conference, ‘Coronavirus and its Impact on International Students: International Education in the Time of Global Disruptions’ will feature panel discussions, keynote presentations, and a film-screening, to critically examine the impact of COVID-19 on the people, institutions, and communities around international education. The event also provides an avenue to discuss future policy and practice to create a sustainable model that takes seriously the experience of international students.

Associate Professor Helen Forbes-Mewett has studied various aspects of international students' lives in depth over the past decade, including employment, housing, personal safety, and crime. She notes that one year on, the challenges of COVID-19 are as present and pressing as ever. Many international students remain overseas, unable to return to Australia, while students in Australia face multiple challenges: job losses, financial insecurity, and mental health concerns.

The ‘Coronavirus and its Impact on International Students’ conference hopes to not only examine the impact of disruption on international education, but also open discussion of future policy and practice to better support students and the sector in the future. This way, international students can continue their essential role in contributing to Australia’s diverse society.

For more information on the ‘Coronavirus and its Impact on International Students’ conference, and to register free, head to the conference website.