As international students return, let’s not return to the status quo of isolation and exploitation.

  • Seham Shwayli (Presenter)

Activity: Academic engagement & professional developmentContent creation/delivery

Description

On Friday 1.4.22 the study support and library team met in the learning and growing session. The article we discussed tittles: As international students return, let’s not return to the status quo of isolation and exploitation. Points discussed, Links to article , research, recordings Points  summarised below:

The article focuses on findings from research conducted by India Institute (based in Melbourne Uni) researching international students’ motivations to study in Australia. 11 universities involved in the research and interviews were conducted with students and stakeholders.
 Research shows helping Indian students to build strong connections with other students, as well as employers, makes them more likely to have a productive and fulfilling time in Australia and to find suitable work when they graduate.
Research shows Int students are much more likely than domestic students to experience social isolation, financial insecurity, and mental health issues.
One of the most striking findings was that those who had strong social connections with other Indian students had a much more productive experience than those who did not.
When students with strong social connections did experience hardships, other international students were usually their most crucial supports.
During COVID-19 lockdowns, these students shared vital information through WhatsApp about where and how to get financial support and food.
International students who were connected with each other were also more likely to build connections with domestic students.
Period01 Apr 2022

Keywords

  • International Education