With the nation’s borders effectively closed as a measure to contain the Covid-19 virus, the nation’s tertiary education providers are unable to readily host new cohorts of international students wishing to study in Australia. To provide an assessment on what the pathway for the return of international students looks like, members of the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) will receive a briefing from the Australian Government.
Key Issues —
Presently, international students wishing to return to Australia face a range of challenges from border closures to the lack of international flights. By most assessments, there is no realistic prospect of the return of international students in large numbers until the second half of calendar 2021.
Public universities, with the support of their state / territory government, are putting in place some pilot programs; however, as ITECA has advised the Australian Government these pilot programs don’t support independent tertiary education providers.
To empower independent tertiary education providers and help them make informed business decisions, the ITECA International Education Interest Group will receive a briefing from the Australian Government on the pathway to the return of international students. The issues to be covered are set out below.
ITECA Member Briefing ―
Pathway For The Return Of International Students
◾ Current numbers of onshore and off-shore visa holders.
◾ The pilot programs currently in place and how they work.
◾ What are the realistic timeframes for the large-scale return of international students.
◾ How ITECA is engaging with government on this issue.
This meeting of the ITECA International Education Interest Group to be held via videoconference on 7 September 2020. Meeting participants will hear from Ms Karen Sandercock from the Department of Education, Skills and Employment who is responsible for both international education and the Departmentt's Covid-19 response. Employees of ITECA members can register to attend via the link below.
"For many independent providers in the higher education, vocational education, training and skills sectors the pathway to the return of international students is certainly a hot topic. We're pleased to provide this opportunity to hear directly from the Australian Government on the latest policy thinking in this area," said Troy Williams, ITECA Chief Executive.
The meeting of the ITECA International Education Interest Group will get an update evidence that ITECA is to provide to a parliamentary inquiry reviewing the role of international education in the diversification of trade.
Getting Involved —
It's easy to keep up to date with all that's happening in international education, simply ensure that your organisation is an ITECA member then participate in quarterly meetings of the ITECA International Education Interest Group. ITECA Membership – It's a great time to get involved.
Further Information —
If you're an ITECA member and would like more information on this matter, the ITECA team would value the opportunity to talk to you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 1300 421 017. Stay up to date via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
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