National Strategy for International Education sets the directions

The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) congratulates the Government on the release of the National Strategy for International Education, with the companion documents supporting long-term engagement with international graduates and setting a roadmap to expand further Australia’s role in meeting demand for education across the world.

The Strategy is a key achievement for implementing a shared national vision for a global approach to education and research.  It will underpin Australia’s profile as a world leader in international education and research through the Strategy’s three pillars and associated goals and relevant actions.

The IRU strongly supports the application of the Strategy across all Government agencies to ensure coherence of purpose.  It is particularly important in welcoming international students to Australia, with settings that ensure that students who follow the rules will have the opportunity to apply to stay longer term.  Read the full statement attached.

New Colombo Plan – Indigenous Focus: IRU response

The IRU members strive to be universities of choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff, promoting understanding of Indigenous knowledges in education, research and policy. The IRU supports the aim of the NCP Secretariat within DFAT to encourage greater participation by Indigenous students in the New Colombo Plan.
The need for action is based on participation to date being lower than the enrolment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students would suggest should be expected. As part of the NCP application and acquittal process, universities are not required to report participation (of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity or any other demographic) as part of the completion reporting process. To assess the effectiveness of the program in reaching all students this data should be collected, using the Department of Education and Training’s student data set items.

Read more below.

ESOS amendments go in the right direction

The IRU largely supports the proposed changes to the ESOS legislation, which Christopher Pyne, Minister for Education and Training, released on 7 July 2015 as set out in the exposure drafts:

  • Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2015
  • Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2015

The proposed changes are largely focused at updating the ESOS Act to reflect changes in the quality assurance arrangements through the creation of TEQSA and ASQA. In themselves the proposals are useful, if essentially technical, but they avoid the critical issue about the relationship of ESOS to general quality assurance arrangements, which have been transformed since ESOS was last overhauled.

The IRU submission focuses on three areas:

  1. The relationship between ESOS and general quality assurance
  2. Improving the risk management associated with the Tuition Protection Service 3. Streamlining the ESOS Act to reflect changes in quality assurance arrangements and reducing unnecessary red tape

Read more in the attached PDF below.

National Strategy for International Education Overview: IRU Submission

Innovative Research Universities (IRU) is a policy group actively engaged in integrating Australia’s education and research with the world around us and improving outcomes both domestically and internationally.

Today, IRU releases a response to the Draft National Strategy for International Education outlining its support for the medium term strategy.

The intention is for the Strategy to provide a comprehensive guide to support international education and research driving the actions of all relevant agencies. The draft does much to set this up but gaps remain. In particular the place of research in the Strategy is not yet fully realised.

The IRU highlight seven issues for improvement can be downloaded in full here.