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ERIC Number: EJ821309
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1028-3153
Cultural Diversity, Relocation, and the Security of International Students at an Internationalised University
Forbes-Mewett, Helen; Nyland, Chris
Journal of Studies in International Education, v12 n2 p181-203 2008
The notion of "security" is an elusive concept that attracts varying interpretations. In this article, the authors adopt a definition that views security as a broadly applicable term that encompasses physical, social, and economic dimensions that relate to human rights, cultural difference, and relocation. The approach embraces the complexities of the security needs of international students in the context of a competitive and volatile education market. As Australia's largest international education provider, Monash University is an ideal setting within which to explore the security issues that arise for international students. Fifty-five interviewees including student representatives, frontline staff, and senior management share their experiences of working closely with Monash international students. The data is used to show that there are complex cultural differences in the notion of "security" and that being in an unfamiliar culture affects students' sense and level of security. Understanding these influences usefully translates into reflections on how well and by whom students' security needs are met.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia