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翻译:爱德留学移民 王玄
这篇评论文章的首要作者是前自由党议员Bruce Baird。在其昨天发布的中期报告里,Baird先生为澳大利亚各政府委员会确定了学生安全和其他应引起关注的领域。
今年八月份澳洲教育部长Julia Gillard任命Mr Baird来收拾这个冲突四起的局面。他被授命负责修改《海外学生教育服务法(2000)》,而且根据一个宽泛的纲要,来审查一系列的问题,诸如学生人身安全,签证诈骗,学生的健康和福利,住宿短缺以及无权获得公共交通补助等。
Police key to foreign student safety
December 4, 2009
A NATIONAL police response is required to protect overseas students studying in Australia, areview of the international education sector says.
The review head, former Liberal MP Bruce Baird, identified student safety and many other areas of concern for the Council of Australian Governments in his interim report released yesterday.
It comes after a series of stories in the Herald detailing claims of racist violence against Indian students, shonky private colleges providing dubious diplomas, visa abuses and the collapse of educational institutions.
Mr Baird said a national police response was required after the $16.6 billion international student industry suffered enormous damage to its reputation from the allegedly racist attacks.
He said police needed to begin collecting reliable data on the victimisation of Indian students and other nationalities and the clean-up rate of these crimes. At present NSW and Victorian police have no mandatory requirement to identify the race or nationality of crime victims.
''We need to demonstrate that the safety of international students is being taken seriously by Australia … and that the offenders are being caught and punished,'' he said.
In August the Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, appointed Mr Baird to rescue the strife-torn industry. He was charged with overhauling the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000, but was given a wide brief to examine issues such as student safety, visa rorting, the health and well-being of students, accommodation shortages and a lack of access to public transport subsidies.
Mr Baird held forums with almost 200 students and providers, from the tertiary, English language colleges and schools sectors.
He has also met provider and student peak bodies, regulators, state and territory governmentofficials, and key embassies.
In his interim report, Mr Baird suggested greater consumer protection and stronger, simpler regulation was needed to protect the industry's reputation.
Tougher scrutiny of international education providers, giving students' access to better information and the appointment of an ombudsman to handle student complaints were among key suggestions.
Education entrepreneurs will have to pass a ''fit and proper person'' test to operate in theindustry, the report recommends, with laws requiring individuals running education and training institutions to disclose full financial credentials and bona fides.
''I regard as essential that there are tougher entry requirements for entering this business,'' Mr Baird said.
''At present Western Australia is the only state [that reviews] operators' finances and credentials. There should be external accounting assessors poring over their books, we should l
look at their track record for teaching students.
''We should know whether these people have prior convictions, their business wound up or placed in receivership and their linkages with education and migration agents.''
Ms Gillard said yesterday she welcomed the interim report and thanked Mr Baird for his work to date. She declined to comment until after the final report was handed down.