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A Home Away from Home? International Students in Australian and South African Higher Education

Foreword

A Home Away from Home? International Students in Australian and South African Higher Education arises from a conference held at the Monash South Africa campus in November 2010.

The conference was addressed by scholars, students, media experts and administrators from South Africa and Australia, and there was lively discussion. It was especially gratifying that nearly half of those participating in the conference were students from Monash South Africa.

The contributors to this volume participated in the conference and were subsequently asked to produce chapters for refereeing and publication. The book was edited by Professors Ilana Snyder and John Nieuwenhuysen, who also conceived the conference.

A Home Away from Home? covers broad perspectives in the two countries: student viewpoints; social and cultural interactions, in particular the issue of racism; and cross-cultural teaching and learning.

The authors have done an admirable job, bringing much useful information and insightful analysis to bear on their topics. South Africa and Australia provide extremely fertile fields for comparative work, as shown in two other books that have emerged from partnerships between Monash South Africa and the Monash Institute for the Study of Global Movements (Closing the Gap in Education? Improving Outcomes in Southern World Societies, edited by Ilana Snyder and John Nieuwenhuysen, Monash University Publishing, 2010; and Southern Worlds: South Africa and Australia Compared, edited by John Nieuwenhuysen and David Dunstan, Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2009).

One of the main messages of this book is that the subject is both important and likely to be a continuing and growing phenomenon in South Africa, Australia and the rest of the world. More research will therefore be necessary as time goes by.

I wish to thank all those who participated in the conference, especially the presenters and the students. It was a stimulating and invigorating occasion. In particular I wish to thank the organisers, who did such a splendid job: Irene Thavarajah and Sahar Sana from Monash Australia, and Estelle Schoonwinkel, Minnette Shawe and Professor Dina Burger of Monash South Africa. I also wish to thank all those who contributed chapters to this volume.

The Monash Institute for the Study of Global Movements mounted four conferences at Monash South Africa during its lifetime, in addition to a fifth held in London (on South Africans in Britain). As a result of these endeavours, four scholarly volumes have appeared (two in co-operation with the Monash Faculty of Education), as well as two editions of the Institute’s journal, Around the Globe.

I wish, therefore, to thank the editors, Professors Nieuwenhuysen and Snyder, for their efforts, with which Monash South Africa has been extremely pleased to co-operate.

Professor Tyrone Pretorius

Pro Vice-Chancellor and President, Monash South Africa

A Home Away from Home? International Students in Australian and South African Higher Education

   by Ilana Snyder and John Nieuwenhuysen