One of the great pleasures of teaching at a top global university like the University of Sydney is the opportunity to teach students from all around the world. More than one-third of Sydney’s students hail from overseas, and that doesn’t even include Kiwis. We’re a veritable United Nations of education. As an American expat myself, I feel right at home.
It is often said that international education enriches both the visitors and the hosts — and at its best, it does. But intercultural exchange requires real communication, and unfortunately many of our international students don’t speak English well enough to make Australian friends. At the University of Sydney, most of those alienated international students come from China.
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