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

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Denise Beale taught English and languages in Victorian schools for many years before completing a prize-winning PhD thesis in 2009, which examined Federal Government policy to promote computers in Australian schools. She is a research assistant in the Faculty of Education, Monash University.

Anton Enus has been working as a journalist since 1984. He has been employed in radio and television as a reporter, producer, political correspondent and presenter. Since 1999 he has been based in Sydney, where he co-presents World News Australia nightly on SBS TV. In addition he has presented one-off broadcasts for SBS, including election-night specials, the Reconciliation Bridge Walk and the Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism. He has reported on assignment from, among others, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Mozambique.

Stepan Kerkyasharian, AM, D.Litt (Syd) is the Chairperson of the Community Relations Commission of NSW and President of the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW. He represents the NSW Government on the Standing Committee for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs and is a member of the NSW Premier’s Council on International Education. Appointed as Head of SBS Radio in 1980, he was a major catalyst in its establishment and professional development and was a member of the management team that established and launched SBS Television. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1992 and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) by the University of Sydney in 2007. Born in Cyprus, of Armenian background, he migrated to Australia in 1967.

Naureen Khamisa is a Masters student at Monash South Africa. Her research has investigated plausible interpretations of Desperate Housewives, as an example of a post-feminist text, among South African college students. Her research interest was born of a need to understand the reception of global media texts within local contexts. Naureen presented her work at the annual Communication University of China conference in Beijing in 2010.

Simon Marginson is a Professor of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne, where he works in the Centre for the Study of Higher Education and is active in public commentary. His work is primarily focused on globalisation and higher education, including international education, with emphases on (1) theorisation; (2) global overview; (3) the Asia-Pacific region; and (4) Australia’s position and positioning. He has co-authored three policy papers for the OECD, is co-author of Global Creation (2009) and Imagination (2010) with Peter Murphy and Michael Peters, and co-author of International Student Security (2010) with Chris Nyland, Erlenawati Sawir and Helen Forbes-Mewett. His most recent book is the co-edited Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific: Strategic Responses to Globalization (2011).

Andrew Markus holds the Pratt Foundation research professorship in the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, Monash University, and is Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. Andrew is the author or co-author of more than 10 books, including Australia’s Immigration Revolution (2009) and Immigration and Nation Building: Australia and Israel Compared (2010). His reports on social cohesion and immigration, Mapping Social Cohesion: The Scanlon Foundation Surveys, were released in 2007, 2009 and 2010 and may be accessed at

Thobeka Vuyelwa Mda is Deputy Executive Director of the Operations: Capacity Enhancement Unit at the Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa. She holds a PhD in Educational Policy and Leadership from Ohio State University. Her experience includes teaching at high schools in former Transkei, Soweto and East Rand, lecturing at a teachers’ college in the East Rand and, recently, a professorship at the University of South Africa. She is a former dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of South Africa. Thobeka is a member of various professional committees, including the World Council of Comparative Education Societies, and a past president of the Southern African Comparative and History of Education Society (SACHES). Her areas of research include language in education, diversity in schooling and teacher development.

John Nieuwenhuysen, AM, is the Founding Director of the Monash Institute for the Study of Global Movements. In 2003 he received an award in the Order of Australia for service to the community through contributions to independent academic, public and private sector research, to debate on immigration, cultural diversity, equity, economic development, taxation, Indigenous, labour and industry issues, and to reform of the liquor laws of Victoria. Professor Nieuwenhuysen is also currently a member of Council at RMIT University and member of the Board of the Australian Multicultural Foundation.

Danny Ong came to Australia from Singapore in 2002 and graduated from Monash College and Monash University in Melbourne. He was the 2005 President of Monash University International Students Service (MUISS). In 2006 he completed his Honours thesis on the study/work/life balance of international students in Australia and has presented at conferences about the experience and welfare of these students. In September 2009 his first book, The International Students Handbook: Living and Studying in Australia, was published. He is currently doing his PhD at the Monash Asia Institute, focusing on the work experiences of domestic and international doctoral students.

Shibu Sangale is an international student and graduate assistant attached to international studies at Monash South Africa. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Monash, doing research on constitutional change in Kenya. She obtained her BA Hons from Monash South Africa in 2008.

Laurence Shee joined Monash South Africa in 2007 and currently teaches ‘Introduction to International Studies’ in the Foundation Programme. In 2008 he won the prestigious MSA PVC Teacher of the Year Award. Previous teaching experiences include a lectureship in history at Vista University and a 10-year stint in the Language Institute of the South African Department of Foreign Affairs. He formed his own company, Winslow Wordsmith, in 2003 and taught business English for four years in the corporate world. His reference book on figurative language, Chameleon English: Constant Change (Athena Press, UK), was published in 2010.

Crain Soudien is a Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town. He has written over 140 articles, reviews, reports and book chapters and is the co-editor of three books on District Six, Cape Town, and another on comparative education. He is also the author of The Making of Youth Identity in Contemporary South Africa: Race, Culture and Schooling and the co-author of Inclusion and Exclusion in South African and Indian Schools. He was educated at University of Cape Town and holds a PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is involved in a number of social and cultural organisations and is the Chairperson of the District Six Museum Foundation, Board member of the Cape Town Festival and immediate Past-President of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies.

Ilana Snyder is the Associate Dean Research and a Professor in the Faculty of Education, Monash University. Her research has investigated the changes to literacy practices associated with the use of digital technologies. Her books that explore these changes include Hypertext (1996), Page to Screen (1997) and Silicon Literacies (2002). Published in 2008, The Literacy Wars discusses the politics of the volatile media debates about literacy in Australia. Her most recent book (2010) is Closing the Gap in Education?, co-edited with John Nieuwenhuysen, in which leading scholars and public figures from Australia, South Africa and New Zealand consider issues around Indigenous education.

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

   by Ilana Snyder and John Nieuwenhuysen