Australian International Student Strategy Announced
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced International Student Strategy to improve safety of international students. Council of Australian Governments (COAG) will adopt many measures to improve the well-being of international students.
The initiatives include information on international student pre and post arrivals, interaction between international students and Australian community, promotion of cultural understanding and tolerance, amongst other things. The Council emphasised the importance of broadening Australian hospitality to international students and supported better level of interaction between international students and local community.
Kevin Rudd announced Aus $50,000 for the Darebin City Council, north of Melbourne, to connect international students to the Darebin community through social interactions. Rudd interacted with all education and training providers and student unions as a part of the nation’s International Student Strategy. He also said that International Student Roundtable will be held in Canberra on September 14-15, this year.
International students will be able to discuss problems affecting their studies like accommodation and safety and propose some measures for the resolution of such problems. These measures will be given a consideration by ministers at the Ministerial Council on Tertiary Education in November 2009.
Australian delegates will meet important Indian government officials on July 6 in Delhi and later visit major Indian cities to have meeting with state governments to listen to their concerns and restore confidence in them that Australia is a safe place for Indian students.
These announcements show the commitment of Australian Government to improve the experience of international students in the nation so that they find Australia a safe place to live and study.