Issues affect international AND Australian lives AND our economy
The Victorian International Students Summit, recently gathered together 60 people connected with international students – including some from ‘skilled migration’ and the workplace – to jointly identify ‘issues’. Many in the industry work in isolation, with limited budgets and resources.
International students and skilled workers are clearly important to the Australian economy. Future policy directions are ‘on the table’ and much of the Summit discussion could well be relevant interstate. PWF is interested to hear if this is so?? DO please shoot off an email.
It is hoped regular meetings will occur in the future and there WILL be a follow up meeting on Wednesday 20 September at 3pm – venue yet to be decided. Find out more from www.newcomersnetwork.com.
What WAS discussed?
Culture shock arriving, and then, after adjusting, returning home. The classroom and workplace CAN be very different eg in Oz you can dispute a point with a lecturer/work superior.
English language proficiency
Loneliness a big concern
Communication across the board SO important
The event: tables for each language group. Australians went to language table that interested them but the end result was everyone mixing – a big success.
Marketing/business approach to attracting internationals
A lot of issues and concerns have been raised – what can YOU contribute?