Asslamu Alaiqum all.
So as some of you know, I do tend to go on about overseas students sometimes.
We are currently looking at setting up a national project to encourage greater community engagement with international students and since there are quite a few creative minds on this forum Masha Allah, I thought I would ask you all for some suggestions and idea.
Basically, we want to educate the local community about who international students are, what are issues they face, address misconceptions and to encourage everyone to come together to provide support to students.
This is what we have on the table so far:
1. A media strategy aimed at changing public perceptions of international students
* including media training for international students around Australia to be their own representatives and advocates and to teach strategies for exposure, interviewing and etc
* a comprehensive national strategy for helping Australians see that international students are a long-term, positive, and contributing element of the Australian community. Including story telling, fact sharing, positive framing of the conversation etc.
2. Immersion experiences for international students during school holidays. Encouraging families or individuals to adopt a student and take them on holidays etc.
3. Workplace strategy
* training international students to be advocates for their peers in the workplace after education on rights and responsibilities
* creating community support networks outside of university for international students in workplaces
However, it has a 'been-there-done-that' feel to it. Also, it seems to be asking a lot of students who are over-worked as it is. Plus there is no direct engagement strategy in there.
I am not too happy with what we have at the moment but I do not want to shoot it down without a better suggestion. But a better idea is proving rather difficult to come up with with another exam and assignments due on Monday (and full time work).
So if anyone has any innovative ideas, would muchly appreciate your input.
JazzakAllah Khair and Waslam
P.s. It's kinda urgent
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04-May-2012 11:43 PM
08-May-2012 01:30 AM
Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah,
I just realised nobody responded to this so I'll try my best to assist.
I can't think of too much to be honest with you, but one idea is to organise sporting events (perhaps the international students can organise it and invite local students). It promotes an active lifestyle and breaks the barriers which may exist between local and international students. It provides an avenue for communication as this is essential in every team sport.
The current ideas you have seem like a good start which you can build upon as they are implemented.
If other ideas come to mind I will share it with you inshaAllah.
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08-May-2012 01:49 AM
Jazzak Allah Khair.
I had an idea. I was watching those TED videos and there was this talk by the Improve Anywhere guy where he organises groups of people to do random things in public places (dancing in glass windows of buildings, boarding trains with no pants).
It got me thinking. Why not do the same? Why not start a 'marketing campaign' to promote international students and intrigue people (kinda like the "WAKE UP" campaign.
We could have a "I am not Australian but I have an Australian story" campaign that could be run in a number of different ways (posters, live campaign [people walking around with the sign across their neck etc]) and there could simply be a website address at the bottom.
When people check that website, they will have pics of all these young people and when they click on the pics we could have a video of that student telling about their story (where they are from, why they came here, what their Australian experience has been like) and then that site could link into different ways people can get involved (sports events, playing host etc)
What do you think? Going to pitch it tomorrow.All‚h is Sufficient as a WalÓ (Protector), and All‚h is Sufficient as a Helper. 4:45
08-May-2012 08:06 AM
^sounds good ArthurWhoever remembers death often will find a small amount (of worldly things) sufficient for him; and whoever includes his speech in his deeds will speak little.
Indeed, the wasteful are brothers of the devils, and ever has Satan been to his Lord ungrateful. (Surat al Isra': 27)
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08-May-2012 09:18 AM
Sounds REALLY good Arthur! MashallahThe woman came out of a manís ribs.Not from his feet to be walked on not from his head to be superior,but frm his side to be equal,under the arm to be protected,and next to the heart to be loved
08-May-2012 09:19 AM
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If I see people on the train with no pants, I now know who's to blame..."Islam began as something strange, and it shall return to being something strange, so give glad tidings to the strangers." - Hadith
09-May-2012 02:38 PM
Nawww, thanks guys. Let see what the government thinks of it now
NRaf, I will be there selling the pants to the No Pants Clan. Excellent business opportunity.All‚h is Sufficient as a WalÓ (Protector), and All‚h is Sufficient as a Helper. 4:45
24-May-2012 02:39 AM
They came, they saw, and they are not coming back - overseas students
By Dilan Thampapillai - posted Wednesday, 11 August 2010
If you were a parent sitting in an Asian country would you use your hard-earned savings and send the apple of your eye off to study in Australia? Maybe you would if you thought that there was no better way that they could get a tertiary education or a better life. But if the chances of your child being able to work, even briefly, in Australia were being limited; if there was a chance that they could encounter serious violence; and if the quality of the education just wasnít there; most parents would look elsewhere.
For a variety of reasons the appeal of Australia as a destination for foreign students has declined. At the same time other countries, such as the UK, the US and other Asian nations are starting to attract more foreign students.
There is much blame to go around. In part Julia Gillard and the Labor Government responded to concerns over population, immigration and sham colleges by tightening visa and migration rules. Both State and Federal Governments have also failed to adequately address the difficult issue of violence against foreign students.
For our part universities could do more in terms of services for foreign students.
There are some realities that all Australians will need to face up to in relation to Australian universities. First, the Australian government no longer provides all, or even an overwhelming majority of, a universityís funding. Second, fee paying foreign students provide a substantial part of a universityís income. Third, like anybody else who pays for a service or a product, these people have legitimate expectations. And fourth, many foreign students need support in relation to their proficiency in the English language.
But the most blindingly obvious reality, and one that Julia Gillard appears to have missed during her time as Education Minister, is that a decline in income from foreign students will lead to cuts elsewhere. To put it in another way, any business that experiences a diminution of one revenue stream will have to make cuts to its business or reduce services. Regardless, of what your thoughts may be on the question of whether universities should be run as businesses or not, the simple fact is that universities are financial entities like any other and an impact on one revenue stream has consequences.
Paradoxically, the losers when less foreign students arrive here, are the local Australian students. The impact of diminished revenue on what was an $18 billion industry is that the cross subsidisation of research, teaching and local student places will be diminished. This will likely impact the Rudd-Gillard Governmentís plan to increase local participation in Australian universities. It may significantly affect rural and regional universities. With more teaching being done by casuals the quality of the education offered becomes more variable.
Universities Australia has pointed out that the recent decline will lead to job cuts. Access Economics has estimated that if foreign student numbers drop by 50 per cent then 62,000 jobs will be lost. Current trends are likely to be exacerbated. For example, Arts faculties across the sector tend to be poorly funded and staffed mostly by casuals or part-timers. Even a doctorate in a political science degree from a prestigious university will not guarantee you a full time job at an Australian university. It is a remarkable situation. Now that the law degree has become the generalist degree of choice, weíre even seeing senior political science academics trying to pass themselves off as law experts in order to get into a more secure field.
For our part universities could do a better job of integrating English language support services and skills training into their degree structures, particularly in those degrees dominated by foreign students. Most universities require foreign students to take a bridging course in English to give students a functional command of the English language. But studies in courses such as business and economics often require a highly technical level of English language competency.
In this case if a foreign student is having English language difficulties for these courses they can go and get informal assistance from the university studies skills centre. This is how it is at most universities. Unsurprisingly, not many students avail themselves of the service. Even so, this type of support is not focused on the particular discipline in which the student is studying.
As the mastery of technical language skills and more complex expression is the real problem facing many foreign students it then makes more sense to provide this type of English language training during the course of their degree in a formal way. It would be possible to integrate an English language component into the course itself.
Ultimately, if we are charging people money for a service or a product we have a strong interest in ensuring students get the best value for money out of our product. That is how we can develop a sustainable higher education market. For too long short-term thinking has dominated Australiaís approach to overseas students, with large sums of money spent on getting students here but comparatively insufficient resources devoted to support them once they are here.
We can halt the decline by addressing the legitimate needs and expectations of foreign students. Both the government and the universities need to work together to offer a better deal in the foreign student market otherwise the consequences will extend across the sector.
Dilan Thampapillai is a Lecturer with the School of Law at Deakin University. These are his personal views.O you who believe! Stand out firmly for All‚h as just witnesses and let not the enmity and hatred of others make you avoid justice. Be just: that is nearer to piety, and fear All‚h. Verily, All‚h is Well-Acquainted with what you do. (Al-Mā'idah: 8)
24-May-2012 02:46 AM
I stumbled across the above article as I was reading some opinion pieces and thought it may be of interest to you, soulmatters.O you who believe! Stand out firmly for All‚h as just witnesses and let not the enmity and hatred of others make you avoid justice. Be just: that is nearer to piety, and fear All‚h. Verily, All‚h is Well-Acquainted with what you do. (Al-Mā'idah: 8)
05-Jul-2012 02:50 PM
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My idea woud be:
international studens often travels much more than Australians, so you could play on it - for example "oversees studens advices for places to see" and maps, photos etc.