Universities Australia was commissioned by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations to "provide selected organisations with small grants to undertake innovative projects on international students' experience". Universities Australia received 72 submissions all of high quality, an excellent response by the community. We are pleased to announce that of the applications, seven projects have been awarded grants.
The Selection panel, chaired by Professor William Purcell (Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Technology, Sydney), considered all applications and made its decisions based on how closely the proposals aligned with 'critical elements' that were outlined in the initial communication asking for submissions; how likely they are to create a better understanding of the needs of international students and their importance to the broader community; and how they intend to highlight the contributions that universities make in regard to international students and their experience.
Projects were completed at the end of 31 May 2012 and presented at the ISANA Victoria Branch Conference on 12 September 2012. Individual project reports are now available, as well as the Universities Australia summary of the projects. AEI's final report can be accessed here.