Australian varsities join government to condemn attacks on Indian students

June 3rd, 2009 - 8:32 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 3 (IANS) Australian universities Wednesday joined their government in condemning the attacks on Indian students in that country.
Glen Withers, the chief executive of Universities Australia - a body representing 38 universities, expressed regret at the attacks on Indian students.

“Injury to even one student is totally unacceptable and a strong and constructive response to any attack is essential,” Withers said in a statement issued by the Australian High Commission here.

“We know through surveys of the many thousands of enrolled and graduating students that the overwhelming experience of international students is positive. This should be the outcome for every student,” he said.

“The capacity of universities to provide right support for students will be strengthened by the government’s actions,” he added.

Another consortium of five other universities, the Australian Technology Network (ATN), also decried the attacks.

“The ATN is committed to provide all of our international students with a positive experience both on our campuses and within our communities,” said Ross Milbourne, ATN chair and president of University of Technology, Sydney.

The universities have pledged their support to the Australian government’s proposed round table with international students on key issues of accommodation, transport and safety, the statement said.

–Indo-Asian New Service


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