ERIC Number: EJ882470
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
The International Student Safety Debate: Moving beyond Denial
Nyland, C.; Forbes-Mewett, H.; Marginson, S.
Higher Education Research and Development, v29 n1 p89-101 Feb 2010
In 2009 international student safety became an issue of immediate concern to Australian international education exporters following a series of demonstrations by Indian students and interventions by concerned foreign governments. With these developments the "industry" became fixated on how best to secure Australia's share of the international education market in a context in which it was impossible to deny international student safety is a systemic problem. This paper contextualizes this development by utilizing a stigma management framework to review the unfolding debate on international students and safety in the USA, the UK, New Zealand and Australia. We argue that in all four cases it took an exogenous shock to convince education exporters to acknowledge student safety as an issue that needs to be openly debated. We also suggest that Australian officials were slow to make this acknowledgement because they mistakenly believed the industry was shielded by its link to the immigration program.
Descriptors: Foreign Students, International Education, Safety, Foreign Countries, School Safety, Comparative Education, Policy Analysis, Public Policy, Student Experience, Debate, Politics of Education
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; New Zealand; United Kingdom; United States