English Australia, Colleges & Universities Ask for Action on International Students
With the election result still hanging in the balance, peak English language sector body English Australia has proposed an action plan to both major parties in a bid to halt the decline in international student numbers.
Among EA’s proposals are that the incoming government:-
– appoints a minister or parliamentary secretary with direct responsibility for international education
– establishes a formal mechanism to ensure a government/industry partnership in developing a long-term strategy for international education
– funds a promotional campaign by Austrade in new and emerging markets
– ensures the department of immigration prioritises clarity, consistency, transparency and speed in processing student visa applications
– encourages Tourism Australia to promote study tourism and language travel as an integrated aspect of current and future campaigns
– provides funding to match the industry contribution to date in providing consumer protection arrangements for students affected by college closures.
All politicians and other stakeholders are also urged to “avoid the xenophobic term ‘foreign student’ in favour of the more welcoming ‘international student’”.