International students become NSW Police Force ambassadors through StudyNSW

15 December 2017

UNSW international students Anand Pabbawar and Aurelia Israel with Minister for Police Troy Grant and Superintendent Fred Trench.

Thirty international students are being enlisted as ambassadors by the NSW Police Force under a StudyNSW program that will support student welfare and keep campuses safe.

The ‘NSW Police Force Student Ambassador Program’ is one of 10 StudyNSW partner projects for international students announced today by Minister for Police Troy Grant.

Mr Grant praised the StudyNSW partner projects at Eastern Beaches Local Area Command with NSW Police Superintendent Fred Trench and two international student ambassadors from the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

“Projects like the NSW Police Force Student Ambassador Program make our state the best place to live, learn and work for international students.

“As part of the project, 30 international students have been selected from NSW universities and TAFE campuses to take on roles as ambassadors for the NSW Police Force."

“Students will work with local crime prevention units to share information on crime trends, safety tips, fraud and scam prevention and road safety awareness among their campus communities,” Mr Grant said.

Minister for Trade and Industry Niall Blair said the NSW Government is working with education sector partners to deliver a range of projects for international students designed to improve their experience while studying in NSW.

“The 10 partner initiatives will get a total of $359,000 in co-funding from StudyNSW to support international students in areas outside of their day-to-day academic life.

“We’re dedicated to providing international students in NSW with valuable programs like these that leave lasting memories of their time in the state.

“With more than 291,000 enrolments in NSW already this year, it's important we continue to enhance student experiences with a diverse range of activities on offer,” Mr Blair said.

A Cricket NSW internship program, work integrated learning programs and a best practice guide to mental health are also among the StudyNSW partner projects.

StudyNSW was established in 2014 to grow the state’s international education sector and improve international students’ experiences while studying in NSW.

Successful recipients of StudyNSW funding in 2017-18:

  • Australian Catholic University (ACU): $48,620 in co-funding to deliver Interchange 2018 – a four week Inter-university Work Integrated Learning (WIL) type program where over 250 students learn by solving real world problems. Previously led by the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), various forms of the Interchange program have been successfully delivered through a partnership among 8 NSW universities.
  • NSW Police Force: $11,000 in co-funding to deliver the NSW Police Force Student Ambassador Program to educate international student representatives who will take on a role as ambassadors for NSW Police.
  • English Australia: $9,075 in co-funding to develop a guide to best practice in international student mental health.
  • Southern Cross University (SCU): $41,800 in co-funding to deliver the “Volunteer Connect Work Integrated Learning” program which will equip 100 students in regional NSW in their first semester with key skills, industry mentors and 15 hours workplace experience.
  • Intersective – NSW Global Scope: $60,500 in co-funding to deliver NSW Global Scope Regional Clusters for 100 international students placed in real world three week long business projects.
  • New South Wales Cricket Association: $60,500 in co-funding to deliver Sixers Smash – a series of cricket events for international and domestic students in four locations across NSW plus an internship program.
  • University of New England (UNE): $44,000 in co-funding to continue supporting the Northern Tablelands International Community Partnership Project (The Hub) – a referral service with a range of health and wellbeing programs for international students.
  • Edex Pty Ltd: $12,100 in co-funding to deliver SYMPLED: a symposium for leadership in education recruitment. This event for approximately 190 participants will focus on the current and future state of international student recruitment.
  • University of Newcastle (UON): $60,500 in co-funding to develop “Upskill through WIL”: A multi-staged Work Integrated Learning (WIL) project to engage international students in a regional area through brokering WIL and workplace opportunities, training for students and workshops for industry partners.
  • Council of International Students Australia (CISA): $11,000 in co-funding to support the editing and dissemination of a NSW Police safety video for international students to target current and future NSW based international students.