News In Brief 15 August

15:23' 14-08-2018
The Victorian International Student Council is a new membership-based body for Victorian international students. Its aim is to bring together international students and staff members engaged in international student services from Universities, TAFE, VET and Schools under one roof.

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    New Body For International Students

    The Victorian International Student Council is a new membership-based body for Victorian international students. Its aim is to bring together international students and staff members engaged in international student services from Universities, TAFE, VET and Schools under one roof.

    Hosted by the Australian Federation of International Students (AFIS), it will hold its first meeting over two days from Monday 20 August to Tuesday 21 August at the Sofitel Hotel on Collins Street.

    Some of the key focus areas of the conference are Leadership, Employability, Workplace Rights, Mental Wellbeing, and Student Experience and Engagement.

    For more information, or to register, please visit humanitix.com.au.

    Underarms Could Be Ad Space

    Commuters in Japan are being paid up to $120 to carry advertising stickers on their armpits on public transport. The advertisements will be visible as the wearers hang on to overhead straps.

    The Wakino Ad Company (“waki” is Japanese for armpit) is owned by Liberta, a company which sells a range of underarm beauty products. So far it has only one client, the Sheishin Biyo Clinic, advertising underarm hair removal.

    In Japan body advertising is not new. In 2013, Tokyo's Wit Inc sold ad space on the backs of women’s legs, between the top of their long socks and the hem of their miniskirts.

    It has also been done outside Japan. In January 2005, 21-year-old Omaha man Andrew Fischer sold a month’s worth of advertising space on his forehead on eBay.

    More Warnings On Takata Airbags

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued a further warning to car owners about the dangers of Takata airbags.

    Although 1.1 million faulty Takata airbags have been replaced in around 930,000 vehicles since the recall began late last year, nearly 2 million still remain in place. About 400,000 of these are in Victoria.

    ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard has warned motorists not to be complacent about airbag replacement, as they can degrade over time and become lethal by misdeploying and firing metal shards at anyone in the car. She said affected cars “ticking time bombs”.

    Worldwide, the airbags have been linked to 23 deaths, including one in Australia, and more than 230 serious injuries.

    To check if your vehicle is affected, please visit ismyairbagsafe.com.au.

    Education Leaders To Meet in Melbourne

    Education experts from around the world will gather in Melbourne next year for the Asia Society Global Cities Education Network symposium.

    The event provides a forum for educational leaders to share ideas on how to build a world-class education system, bringing together education experts from 11 cities around the world, including Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Toronto.

    On a visit to Hong Kong in May, Premier Daniel Andrews announced that the Asia Society will open the new Asia Society Australia Centre in Melbourne, reflecting Victoria’s strong ties with Asia.

    Victoria leads the nation when comparing educational results internationally. Our mean reading score in the 2016 Program of International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) is significantly higher than the Australian average, and stands 8th out of 61 countries.

     

     

     

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