MMIC Webinar: Bringing Back Our International Students: The Future of International Education Across Australia and New Zealand

The Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre brings together a panel of experts from RMIT, the University of Auckland, ISANA NZ and English Australia to discuss best ways to bring back our international students across the Tasman in the context of COVID 19. This webinar will be held on Tuesday, 8 September 2020 from 10:00-11:30am AEST. Register free here.

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The Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre brought together a panel of experts from both sides of the Tasman for our webinar ‘Bringing back our international students: The future of international education across Australian and New Zealand’ in the context of COVID-19.

Australia and New Zealand are major education exporters and the current COVID-19 crisis has presented great challenges to the sector, education institutions, and international students and their families. Challenges include changing student cohorts, different modes of teaching, increased concern about visas and the provision of health care and other support services. These dimensions among others will likely play a crucial role in bringing back our international students.

A feature of Monash University’s Social Sciences Week 2020 program, the webinar was hosted by MMIC's Deputy Director, Associate Professor Helen Forbes-Mewett  with an introduction from Professor Sharon Pickering, Dean of Arts, Monash University contextualize the topic.

The expert panel members included:

Professor Chris Ziguras, School of Global Urban and Social Studies, RMIT. His research explores varied aspects of the globalisation of education, particularly the ways in which regulatory agencies, markets, education providers and other actors shape cross-border provision of higher education.

Brett Berquist, Director, International, The University of Auckland. Brett has over 25 years’ experience in the tertiary education sector in Europe, the US, and Asia, as academic staff and administrator leading international recruitment strategy, transnational education, ESL provision, campus-wide internationalisation strategy, and credit mobility.

Trish Behan is a Senior Teacher at Macquarie University English Language Centre.With over 20 years ESL experience, Trish continues to lead professional development that supports staff and international student mental health and wellbeing at a local, state and national level. She is also the convenor of the English Australia Mental Health SIG.

Chris Beard, Executive Director, International Student Advisers’ Network of Australia, (ISANA), New Zealand with over 25 years experience in international education. He has experience teaching in the secondary, tertiary and PTE sectors and leading student support practice on two university-based foundation studies programmes in New Zealand. His current sector recovery work includes participation in the Sector Peak Body Advisory Group on early entry of international students to New Zealand.

See the recorded event here

A research brief has been published by MMIC that provides an overview of contemporary research regarding some of challenges facing international students' mental health.