PhD Candidate, Anna Kent, will present her paper, Coordinating Committees: from the 1950s to the 1990s – the origins of international student support and community engagement, at the 30th ISANA Conference.
Using archival and other primary source documents, this paper will look at the beginnings of the Australian Organisations’ Coordinating Committee for Overseas Students, and other similar organisations. It will analyse how the Committee’s changed over the decades of their existence, and what role they played in influencing government policies.
The paper will also investigate when and why these Committees ended, and what, if anything, has taken their place. The huge expansion of the international education sector, with more than half a million students now studying in Australia as international students, has impacted the quantity and quality of engagement with the Australian community for many of these students.
Finally, the paper will look at efforts to engage the community in the support of, and engagement with, international students in Australia in a more contemporary setting. This includes support provided by institutions, community and sporting organisations and state government and municipal councils.
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