International education, coronavirus, and the myths of the market

International education was the first sector in Australia that felt the economic impacts of coronavirus. The problem related to Australia’s travel ban that have kept Chinese international students from coming to Australia. For days, the media headlined the crisis, emphasising the significance of international education as third largest export in Australia and revenue source for … More International education, coronavirus, and the myths of the market

Love, respect, reason: The world I want

We are approaching another decade with much confusion, insecurity, hostility and violence. Let’s reimagine the world that we could have. For me, that world is a coming together of three things: love, respect and reason. Love I am talking about benevolent love. It requires a cultivation of kindness and compassion as a practice of everything … More Love, respect, reason: The world I want

The arbitrariness of educational advantage and disadvantage

In the Australian educational system, there is the idea of gifted and talented students. According to the NSW Education Department, gifted students are those whose potential is distinctly above average in intellectual, creative, social and physical performance. Talented students are those whose skills are distinctly above average in one or more areas of human performance. … More The arbitrariness of educational advantage and disadvantage

Three waves of international education: political, political economy, politicisation

International education (IE) is an old idea – a phenomenon that emerged in the 19th century to today. I argued in my book that the evolution of IE has shifted from government to institutions as provider of IE, but the intention for IE has always been political and political economy underpinned by sovereign or institutional … More Three waves of international education: political, political economy, politicisation