Monday, July 28, 2008

International students

a Biblical thought...
So keep at your work, this faith and love rooted in Christ, exactly as I set it out for you. It's as sound as the day you first heard it from me. Guard this precious thing placed in your custody by the Holy Spirit who works in us. (2 Tim 1:13-14)

a Book thought...
Our society is youth focused. While other cultures celebrate the elderly for their experience and wisdom, our culture provides plastic surgery for those who wish to look young. (p86 Sayers) a Dave thought... from The Age
International students often tell me they feel like second-class citizens. They openly call themselves "cash cows" and are becoming increasingly resentful when they arrive here only to find they are being taught in overcrowded classrooms in which they are lucky to find a seat.
Students from Asian countries, who account for more than two-thirds of the international cohort, have the worst time. They are exploited by greedy landlords, are victims of racist taunts and are even barred from many city night clubs (unofficially, of course).
Many are frightened and intimidated. It is no wonder they prefer the company and safety of their own. Others gain entry to courses they do not have the language skills to cope with and have to take remedial English classes. With all the tuition in the world, some simply cannot cope, yet the university assured them they would and happily took their money.

The media has continued over the last few months highlighting many needs in our universities. Not only are many students struggling to finance both their studies and accommodation but there are also concerns with assimilation. With 15% of our students being international this brings many varied needs across our shores and the problems are complex. As our educational institutions are desperate to find income sources we will continue to advertise overseas, as when our enrollments are up it does take the pressure off finances. However it seems once again money is put before the concerns of the people we choose to welcome into our country.

Just a thought.

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