A message from Austrade to our international education partners (31 March 2020)

The partnership between all levels of the Australian government, industry and community to manage the spread of COVID-19 continues to be a shining light during these challenging times.

A powerful example of partnership in the international education sector has been the swift pursuit of innovation in recent weeks, to support students with an online learning environment and virtual pastoral care, while we practice physical distancing.

Australia’s experience with online and distance learning means that we are well-placed to manage this change. Within a matter of weeks, the biggest campus for our students has in fact become the cloud.

It has been great to hear many stories of institutions and providers transitioning online and the positive feedback from students who are now experiencing this ‘new normal’. For example, Griffith University’s Griffith Mates program is now delivering its signature activities online, so students can stay connected with the Griffith community through a series of virtual coffee catch ups, live webinars and competitions.

Please keep sharing your inspiring stories during these unprecedented times via the upload feature on the Study Australia website.

The format of MIP Weekly has shifted to focus on critical information and advice that can support the sector and international students through the pandemic. This week, we have five reminders:

  1. The Australian Government has launched a “Coronavirus Australia” app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, or via a WhatsApp channel on iOS or Android, for people to receive the latest official advice and information. It builds off the improved content aggregator via www.australia.gov.au
  2. Austrade has been ramping up webinar delivery, in partnership with industry:
  • click here to listen to Senior Industry Specialist Rebecca Hall participate in the first of a series of weekly Insider Guides webinars about the international education sector and the impacts of COVID-19.
  • click here for the 5 March webinar on delivering online education to China that Austrade hosted in partnership with the Council of Australasian University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT). A follow up webinar was delivered with CAUDIT on 25 March and the recording will be available on the Austrade Resources Hub shortly.
  • A new space has been added to the Study Australia website to provide regular updates and encourage two-way dialogue with education agents.
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