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24 July 2014

The University of the Sunshine Coast will host a national symposium on Friday 25 July to examine how international and domestic students mix at regional universities.

More than 80 academics and staff from tertiary institutions in Queensland and interstate will attend the symposium, titled ‘Enhancing Understanding of Domestic and International Students Interactions – A Regional Universities Perspective.’

The event will feature five internationally-recognised speakers, including 2012 Prime Minister’s Academic of the Year Professor James Arvanitakis of the University of Western Sydney, and address significant issues faced by Australian universities.

The other speakers will be Associate Professor Sophie Arkoudis and Dr Shanton Chang of the University of Melbourne, Dr Grace Li of the University of Technology, Sydney, and Dr Craig Whitsed from Murdoch University in Perth.

The symposium has been funded by a Federal Government Office for Learning and Teaching Extension Grant that was awarded to USC Business academics Dr Leone Cameron and Oscar Imaz-Mairal.

“The symposium will share knowledge from leading Australian academics into the way international and domestic students mix, and the benefits and challenges faced by regional universities,” Dr Cameron said.

Mr Imaz-Mairal said the keynote speaker’s presentation would be very interesting.

“Professor Arvanitakis is a former banker who went on to work as a human rights activist throughout the Pacific, Indonesia and Europe before becoming an academic,” he said.

“He is renowned for his dynamic teaching style and as an expert on highlighting ways the classroom can bring students together.”

– Terry Walsh

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