Australia’s universities back government actions to help Indian students

June 3rd, 2009 - 3:24 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, June 3 (ANI): Australia’s universities have joined the Australian Government in condemning the recent attacks on Indian students living in Australia.

Dr Glenn Withers, Chief Executive of Universities Australia, the peak body representing 38 of Australia’s universities, expressed his sincere regret at the reports of attacks on Indian students studying in Australia.

“Injury to even one student is totally unacceptable, and a strong and constructive response to any attack is essential. We know through surveys of the many, many thousands of enrolled and graduating students that the overwhelming experience of international students is positive, and this should be the outcome for every student,” Dr. Withers said.

Universities Australia was joined by the Australian Technology Network of Universities (a group of five innovative universities) in condemning the attacks.

ATN Chair and President of the University of Technology Sydney, Professor Ross Milbourne, said: “The ATN is committed to continuing to provide all of our international students with a positive experience both on our campuses and within our communities”.

The ATN joined Universities Australia in welcoming the Australian Government’s proposed roundtable with international students as a means of direct consultation on key issues such as accommodation, transport and safety.Dr Withers also noted that: “the capacity of universities to provide the right support for all students will be strengthened by the Government’s actions”. (ANI)

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