Local Students and the Troubles of the International

This week’s lecture was based on the idea that international education is inadequate. Most English speaking countries appear to be Ethnocentric in that they feel superior and have nothing to learn from outside sources. However this shouldn’t be the case, we inadvertently make the transition to Australia a difficult one for international students, The international plays a role in many aspects of our lives, without us even knowing, so an adequate international understanding is crucial for us to understand the world, and the people in it.

With a better international understanding we would have a better understanding of global issues, and therefore, a better understanding of global media issues. But to understand the world, we need to understand its people and help these people prosper in Australia. Australia is seen as an ethnocentric country, this is because we lack the ability to help encourage and assimilate different cultures into our own. Without this, there can be no hybridity.

Novera states, that a crucial element in achieving success for international students is not only their adjustment to the academic work, but also their adjustment to society. Whereby the social and cultural acceptance plays a big role in the success of the students.

How can we encourage international hybridity in Australia if we can’t even welcome these international students? The following is an article by the Sydney Morning Herald, outlining an attack on Indian students, damaging Australia’s reputation.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/repairing-the-road-to-oz-20120729-2365d.html

 

https://moodle.uowplatform.edu.au/pluginfile.php/260023/mod_resource/content/1/Week%203_Marginson.pdf  – This sources discusses the research on international education, showing most international students want closer interactions with Australian peers. This is troubling when considering that one of Australia’s largest exports is Higher education. So why doesn’t a country that thrives in sending out students internationally, encourage international students to come and study in Australia? The text (linked above) continues by saying “it shows that most local students are not interested. International education is not the rich intercultural experience it could be. These patterns constantly recur in English speaking countries, and probably in some other countries. We have not been able to move beyond this impasse.”

These views by local students must change. For Australia to adapt to the diverse world as it changes, local students need to accept that the world we live in, is not an Australian-centred world, but a complex diverse one.

Let me know what you guys think about the treatment of international students in Australia, and think about how you treat international students. Thank you.

 


 

Further Readings:

Kazuhiro Kudo, Keith A. Simkin .(2010) . ‘Intercultural Friendship Formation: the case of Japanese students at an Australian university’. Journal of Intercultural Studies, Vol. 24, Issue 2.

Kell, P. and Vogl, G. (2007). ‘International students: Negotiating life and study in Australia through Australian Englishes’, Everyday Multiculturalism Conference.

Butcher, M .(2008). ‘FOB Boys, VCs and Habibs: Navigating Language in Culturally Diverse Sydney’. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol. 34, No 3. pp. 371-387.

Butcher, M .(2004). ‘Universal Processes of Cultural Change: Reflecting on the Identity Strategies of Indian and Australian Youth’. Journal of Intercultural Studies, Vol. 25, No. 3. pp. 215- 231.

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