NSW develops international student charter
23 October 2014
StudyNSW has released the NSW International Student Charter which sets out the principles for delivering a positive international student experience in NSW.
The Charter sends an important message to current and future students about the quality of education and support they can expect when studying in New South Wales.
The Charter covers five areas:
- Community interaction and engagement
- Preparation for studying in NSW
- Safety, health and information
- Opportunities for students to have a voice
- Students' responsibilities
StudyNSW developed the Charter in consultation with all NSW universities, private education and training providers, the NSW Department of Education & Communities – International, and the Council for International Students Australia.
As signatories to the Charter, the NSW Government and these organisations state their aim to create the best possible experience of living and studying in NSW.
President of the Council of International Students Australia, Mr Thomson Ch'ng, welcomed the Charter.
"The Council appreciated the opportunity to have input to the development of the Charter.
"This simple-to-read Charter is designed to overcome language barriers and help international students develop a better understanding of the responsibilities of both education providers and themselves.
"The Council is very pleased that the Charter recognises the importance of international students having an independent voice on relevant organisational bodies and groups," Mr Ch'ng said.
StudyNSW, as a dedicated unit within NSW Trade & Investment, is the lead agency responsible for the Charter.
StudyNSW is actively working with other NSW Government agencies, including the NSW Ministry of Health, NSW Police Force, NSW Department of Education & Communities and the NSW Department of Finance & Services to deliver initiatives that improve the international student experience.