Deakin, RMIT, Monash and others announce relief funds worth +$110 million for International Students. But is it too little and too late? Learn More.
The Chief Executive of IEAA – International Education Association of Australia, Phil Honeywood informed that around 1,00,000 international students are at the verge of becoming penniless.
He said, “A national hardship fund receiving funding from the federal government would go a long way to proving to the rest of the world that Australia does care about these young people.”
While the pandemic has created upheavel in all global societies, some of the worst affected groups is the international student community in Australia; especially the youth who joined the universities and colleges in the last six months. The corona effect has resulted in job losses, restriction of movement in most cities and some of them even being evited out of their rented accomodations.
All universirt classes are now online, students are deprived of faculty interactions and of the provision of resources such as University libraries and labs. The entire dream of studying abroad and experiencing student life on a foreign campus has gone sour and even the seasoned students; the ones who have savings, have no clue about their furture in this promised land.
Australia has a hard-earned title of one of the best international study destination that the country won’t let go easily.
The revenue yield from international students, who enrol in large number in the Australian universities each year is the third largest export sector for Australian Economy. Around 570000 international students enrol in the Australian universities every year and endow more than $39 billion to the nation’s economy.
It is a testing time for the federal government and Australian universities that don’t want international students to feel stranded in a foreign land. Several relief packages are being announced by the federal government and different universities to help international students sustain this toilsome period.
Phil Honeywood was one of the first prominent figure to appeal to the Education Minister of Australia; Dan Tehan. He said, “A national hardship fund receiving funding from the federal government would go a long way to proving to the rest of the world that Australia does care about these young people.”
Let’s look at the relief packages announced by the Australian government and universities for Indian international students in Australia.
Steps taken by Australian Government for the benefit of Inetrnational Students:
Till date, the Australian universities have announced a fund of $110 million to provide relief to international students. They have established the Independent Emergency Monetary Fund (IEMF) and food banks to address their daily requirements. Apart from these, several universities have announced their relief funds to provide additional support for fighting the situation and keeping their students’ spirit high.
Inspite of these relief packages in place, international students are still coping hard with the situation as their jobs are gone and they can’t fly back to their home countries because of current travel bans.
Thousands of dreams have shattered, and careers are at stake. Last year, over 7,00,000 international students have enrolled in Australian institutions and now a amajority are stuck with no food and family.
Australia is known for her fairdinkum attitude towards international student which is significantly better than most countries int eh developed world. The country has also managed to keep the virus in control when compared to Europe and America. We hope that situation will soon improve and till then Please stay safe and wherever you are. Practising conscious social distancing is only vaccination against Novel Corona virus till today.
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