Cultural changes and Integration for International students and newly arrived migrants (kids and parents)

Professor Talal Yusaf1

1University Of Suthern Queensland, Toowoomba , Australia

Mobility and migration will continue to grow around the world, and Australia is no exception. Whether for education or settlement, human mobility significantly contributes to the cultural diversity and social makeup of a community and particularly so in regional areas. While diversity is an important contributor to Australia’s regions, it is not always an easy transition for international students and newly arrived migrants. It involves a host of issues to contend with, not least being language barriers, cross cultural communication and religious. These challenges can manifest in new arrivals suffering from anxiety, depression and feelings of isolation.  It is essential for the community to put in place robust and well defined support mechanisms so successful integration occurs.  Education plays a crucial role in this process.  It is an effective tool that can help bridge the gap between different communities. This presentation provides a case study from Toowoomba – a regional city in Queensland.


Professor Talal Yusaf is the Executive Director (International and Development) and Professor in the the University of Southern Queensland. His portfolio includes the International division of the university which encompasses International student recruitment and admission, International partnership and international research.

Professor Yusaf caries two PhD, 1 Biotechnology (USQ 2011) and Ph2 (UKM).Prof Yusaf graduated 22 PhD students in the area of Renewable Energy and Educations.  Prof Yusaf has published more than 200 international journals and conference papers, and produced 10 books. He is also Associate Editor of four International Journals.

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