Statement from Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global) Professor Kent Anderson on the safe return of international students to Newcastle

Thursday, 30 September 2021

I am pleased to share that the pilot plan for the safe return of international students to NSW has been given the green light by the Commonwealth Government.

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The University of Newcastle has been working collaboratively with the NSW Government and other universities on this pilot initiative for more than 12 months. I would like to acknowledge the work of the government and university colleagues who have helped us get to this stage.

The first phase of the pilot plan is anticipated to bring back 500 fully vaccinated international students to NSW on chartered flights, paid for by the students, by the end of the year.

We understand our allocation to be around 16 students in the first instance.

While it’s too early to provide specific details, we hope it’s not too long before we see our continuing international students start to return to our campuses when the Public Health Orders permit.

Our University will contact students to progress an expression of interest for the pilot plan.

More information on the Commonwealth Government’s announcement can be found here and the statement from the NSW Vice-Chancellors’ Committee is available here. The Study NSW website is the best source of information about the pilot plan.


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