Why professionalise? Have we done enough to support international students (and enrolling providers) with qualified staff?

Chris Beard

Executive Officer, ISANA NZ

In Australia and New Zealand international education is a relative newcomer as a key export sector and has added a new dimension to both societies. At the same time, it appears to be the odd one out when compared to other lead export industries. For example, school leavers and graduates with a keen interest in export education may find it difficult to locate an appropriate programme of study to pursue a career interest in the sector.

In this presentation, Chris will report on ISANA NZ’s ground-breaking work that is contributing to the development of sector-specific course and professional pathways. The intent of this work is to prepare international education specialists, promote evidence- based practice and critique current approaches.

Chris will argue that the development of International Education as an interdisciplinary subject that serves the export education sector is critical to its growth and sustainability.


Chris is Executive Officer for ISANA NZ. Chris leads the association’s professional development programme and liaises with education providers, peak body partners and government agencies. In conjunction with a national education provider, ISANA NZ is working on the development of New Zealand’s first online micro-credentials in International Education. As a teaching fellow, Chris co-teaches an online postgraduate course in International Education for Victoria University of Wellington’s MEd programme.

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