Helping international students feel right at home

Chinese TV stars endorsing university scholarships is good (CMM yesterday).  Protecting international students from exploiters is way better.

UTS and UNSW are combining to ask international students what help they want “to avoid exploitation by unscrupulous employers and accommodation providers.”  It is part of a multi-agency project funded by state government agency StudyNSW.

A new survey focusing on accommodation and provided in English, Spanish, Chinese and Portuguese is here.

Last month Allan Fels and David Cousins’ report on the treatment of migrant workers warned wage exploitation, “has potential to undermine our national reputation as a place for international students to undertake their studies.” They recommended a best practice guide for educational institutions to give their international students, and that an obligation to assist any “experiencing workplace issues” be set out in the national code of practice for education providers.   Adding information on tenants’ right wouldn’t hurt revealed in this survey could not hurt.


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