Preparing for a Post-COVID World

Japanese and Asian Higher Education Student Experiences in Australia

Through an online workshop on 27 & 28 October 2021 and subsequent writing activities, we intend to create a collaborative platform for researchers and practitioners on international education mobility to generate new data, ideas, and insights on student experience in Australia through comparing Japanese cases with those of China and India, the two largest sending countries of international students globally.

Call for Abstracts

We cordially invite abstracts for a 1.5-days online workshop on 27 and 28 October 2021. This workshop, designed to bring together emerging researchers working on Japanese and Asian university student experience in contemporary Australia, aims to showcase new perspectives, findings, and reflections in the area. Each abstract (150 to 200 words) for a 20-minute presentation, should address one or more aspects of international students’ life, political, and/or cultural experience in contemporary Australia, focusing on Japanese, Chinese or Indian students.

The workshop will include eight presentations, including four focusing on Japanese cases, and two on Chinese and Indian cases respectively. It will open with a keynote address by Professor Vera Mackie, Emeritus Professor of Asian and International Studies in the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry at the University of Wollongong, on the relationship between Japan, Asia and Australia through the lens of international students.

All presenters will participate in a master class on engaging with end-users. Experienced experts, including Professor Shamit Saggar, Director of the UWA Public Policy Institute, will provide individualised advice on translating academic research into policy, social, and industrial impacts. In addition, each presenter is expected to produce an 800-word op-ed based on their presentation. These op-eds will be published on the project website and form a part of the final project report.

An honorarium of $150 will be offered to vulnerable scholars* who give a presentation, participate in both days of the workshop, and submit their op-ed on time. The presenters will also be invited to contribute to subsequent academic projects, including an edited volume on comparative Asian higher education mobilities in contemporary Australia.

All abstracts, along with a short bio of approximately 100 words, should be sent to The selection results will be announced by the end of September.