Australia: new education agent laws turn up heat on institutions

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In Australia, use of education agents is a well accepted and significant part of recruiting international students. The Australian Department of Education and Training states: Official data shows that over 50% of international students going to Australia to study use an education agent. In light of all this, the use of education agents by Australian…

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Sydney SYMPLED symposium to focus on education agents


That’s the call to action on the website of SYMPLED 2017 – a symposium on education recruitment. The next symposium will be for education agents, and focus on “international education recruitment issues today and tomorrow…There are many education conferences but not one that looks at the business of being an education agent.” The organisers say…

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Is Pizza Hut ripping off international student workers?

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Australia’s Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has blasted Pizza Hut in Australia for not responding to warnings about underpayment of staff – including international students – across its network. The criticism came after the FWO found that a Pizza Hut restaurant in Newcastle underpaid 24 workers to the tune of $20,000 between November 2015 and May 2016.…

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Student visa cancelled: should UniSA refund $16k tuition fees?


Anupamdeep Kaur dreamed of studying in Australia so she could return to her home in India and get a job as a manager in a reputable Indian company. Anup is not rich. She comes from a family of farmers in a small village in Punjab, North West India. Her parents valued education and worked hard to…

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Universities Australia launches 24 hour sexual assault hotline

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Universities Australia – the peak body representing Australia’s universities – has launched a 24 hour phone line to support university students who have been the victims of sexual assault. Here is their media release on the support line. The support line number is: 1800 572 224 The new hotline was launched on 31 July to get…

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University of Sydney international student video series is a big hit

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The University of Sydney has produced a series of videos giving international students useful info to help them get into the swing of student life. The videos cover: General information about Sydney. Pre-departure information for international students who are already enrolled at the university. Accommodation information. (Read our recent posts on crowded international student share…

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Why international students in Australia are like sardines

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Over crowded accommodation and exploitation of international students looking for a place to live has again been called out as an issue in Australia. Landlords in the big east coast cities of Sydney and Melbourne – where accommodation is expensive – are packing international students into small apartments like sardines. Online ads on popular Aussie…

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Australia: two international students killed in car accidents

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Sadly, I am writing again about accidents in which international students have lost their lives. Within the space of two weeks, two international students at Charles Darwin University in Australia’s Northern Territory were killed in separate car accidents. Emmanuel Oluwaseyi Ajadi, 26, from Nigeria was studying a masters of environmental management. He died on 16 June…

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Australia: ASM registration cancelled


Federal Government authorities in Australia have cancelled the registration of the once high-flying Australian School of Management (ASM). In a statement on 16 June the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) announced it was cancelling the ASM’s registration for failing to meet acceptable threshold standards. It seems to be the final nail in the…

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Ronny Chieng stars in new international student comedy series

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Ronny Chieng: International Student is a new comedy series about international student life in Australia that is already an audience favourite. It’s about the daily life of a Malaysian student who goes to Australia to study law. Take a look at the trailer from the pilot episode. The show is the brainchild of Malaysian born comedian…

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