Critical Considerations for Optimizing the Support for International Student Engagement


  • Ly Thi Tran Deakin University
  • Jill Blackmore Deakin University
  • Helen Forbes-Mewett Monash University
  • Diep Thi Bich Nguyen Deakin University
  • Danielle Hartridge Deakin University
  • Renata Aldana Australian College of Business Intelligence


international student engagement


Hosting international students enriches the educational, intercultural, social, political and economic capitals of the host communities. It is therefore a significant privilege and opportunity for education providers and host countries to educate students from other countries. But it is also the host communities’ responsibility to nurture an optimal education experience for this cohort, which in turn helps strengthen international education for all. Student engagement is vital for creating a welcoming, caring and positive experience for international students.

Author Biographies

Ly Thi Tran, Deakin University

LY THI TRAN is a Professor in the School of Education, Deakin University, Australia and an affiliated faculty member of the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan. Her research focuses on international education, international students, the education-migration nexus, international graduate employability and Australian student mobility to the Indo-Pacific. Email:

Jill Blackmore, Deakin University

JILL BLACKMORE is Alfred Deakin Professor in Education, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, and Vice-President of the Australian Association of University Professors.  She researches from a feminist perspective education policy and governance; international and intercultural education; and teachers' and academics’ work, health, and wellbeing. Email:

Helen Forbes-Mewett, Monash University

HELEN FORBES-MEWETT is Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. She is Research Lead of the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre, Senior Fellow with the International Education Association of Australia, and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Sociology. Her interdisciplinary background encompasses sociology, psychology, and international business with a focus on international students and vulnerable communities. Email:


Diep Thi Bich Nguyen, Deakin University

Diep Thi Bich Nguyen is a recent PhD graduate from Deakin University, Australia and a project manager for Best Practice International Student Engagement Project. She has experience in teaching international students and researching academic capacity building in international education, English medium instruction, and graduate employability. Email:

Danielle Hartridge, Deakin University

DANIELLE HARTRIDGE is a practitioner with over 30 years’ experience working in international education. She has served as the Deputy Convenor of the International Education Association of Australia’s (IEAA) Student Life Network and Convenor of the IEAA Admissions and Compliance Network. Email:

Renata Aldana, Australian College of Business Intelligence

RENATA ALDANA is a Colombian international student at Australian College of Business Intelligence, Australia. She is one of the founding members and a student leader of the Oz International Student Hub (OISH). Email:


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How to Cite

Tran, L., Blackmore, J. ., Forbes-Mewett, H., Nguyen, D., Hartridge, D., & Aldana, R. (2022). Critical Considerations for Optimizing the Support for International Student Engagement. Journal of International Students, 12(3), i-vi. Retrieved from




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