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Internationalising students: reassessing diasporic and local student difference

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Universities' responses to globalisation include recruiting more students from around the world. This student diaspora has diversified student demographics and has necessitated change. Universities, considering their responses to difference, often see international students as requiring extra attention, if not remediation, of supposed "deficits." Stereotypes of them as "problems" persist. At the same time, more students from culturally diverse local communities are enrolling. In this context, findings are presented here from an Australian study of the course experiences of international and local Muslim students. Significant inter−group differences suggest that students from local communities may require more attention than western universities, preoccupied with diasporic students' characteristics and needs, have been prepared to give them. Findings also support the argument that, rather than treating difference as a deficit, universities could do more to "internationalise" all their students in educating them for a globally connected and culturally diverse world.

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