Submission to the International Education Strategy
The government conducted a consultation period where organisations could contribute feedback on the new International Education Strategy’s proposed priorities for 2021-2030. This was a great opportunity for GSA to spotlight the voices of the University of Melbourne’s graduate international students, especially around online delivery challenges, wellbeing, working rights and living conditions. Our submission emphasises the importance of meaningfully engaging international students and using co-design methods in the development of the Strategy.
A priority of GSA is to advocate and provide regular support for international students. We proactively consult with international students through GSA’s International Officer who chairs our International Students Working Group. GSA’s graduate committee representatives also provide feedback on international student advocacy issues on an ongoing basis. For this submission, GSA sought feedback from University of Melbourne international graduate coursework and research students through two focus groups conducted in April 2021. We have also included evidence from surveys and consultations conducted in 2020. This submission presents considerations for the Strategy in three key areas:
- Academic excellence
- Transition to work
- Engaged and healthy communities.