International Students Represent UOW at IEAA Transnational Education Forum
The International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) Transnational Education Forum (TNE) took place at the University of Melbourne from the 11 – 12 July 2016. The two day event was attended by over 100 participants representing most of the Australian University sector as well as Australian institutions offshore. The agenda covered both regulatory and market updates, teaching and learning in TNE and activities undertaken to enhance the student experience. TNE in China was a particular area of focus with three institutions presenting on setting up joint institutions in China. Dr Bill Damachis and Jessica Sun from UOW’s Transnational Education and Alliances unit shared the Wollongong experience of setting up the Cantal China Normal University-UOW Joint Institute in Wuhan, China
A highly rated and well-attended student panel discussion was held on the second day of proceedings. The panel consisted of six students who had commenced their studies at a partner institution offshore and had since transferred to the Australian partner onshore. Two students were studying at RMIT, two were at Victoria University and two were enrolled at UOW. The students outlined their experiences of moving from their home institution offshore to the partner institution in Australia, sharing the challenges they faced and what they felt institutions could improve to ensure student success for their peers. UOW and two UOW partner institutions were represented by Jillian Teo, a Bachelor of Psychology Honours student from the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) and Charles Lee Nicholas, a Master of Business student from INTI International College in Malaysia.
The UOW students described a different experience to that of the four other students, with both UOW students describing an easier transition to study in Australia. Both Jillian and Charles spoke in detail about the UOW student mobility experiences they had encountered at SIM and INTI. They outlined the networks they had developed with Wollongong students visiting SIM and INTI and how these relationships had helped them feel more connected to UOW in Wollongong. Charles described his experience of undertaking a study tour at Wollongong and how this deepened his connection with the university. Both students noted that these experiences had been an instrumental factor in deciding to undertake study in Wollongong. They further noted that these experiences had also made their transition to study in Wollongong much smoother.
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