|Importance of Health and Safety
There should be little doubt in our minds, that after the events of September 11th 2001 our world has changed. Yet, we all agree that study abroad remains an integral part of the globalization process. Why? Study abroad continues to enrich our lives but importantly, it helps us truly engage with the outside world. In this way, we as part of the global community can learn about other communities and cultures with the view that such understanding can better contribute to world peace. This is a good thing.
As part of the AEC mission to promote study abroad to Australian universities, the AEC is mindful of the safety and well being of AEC students whilst in Australia. While Australia/NZ are considered to be some of the safest destinations in the world for study abroad, the AEC believes no one can be complacent. Jointly with Australian university personnel who work in International Offices to strive to bring good services to incoming students, the AEC takes certain steps to ensure the best possible pre-departure, on-arrival and on-going health and safety advice for AEC students.
Students, parents and their advisors should also note that before a student leaves their Home School, the AEC sends to students a copy of the most up-to-date information on 'Managing an Emergency Situation'. The AEC requests students to provide the information to parents and advisors before they leave for Australia/NZ. In this way, parents and advisors have a point of contact for AEC Australia coordinators.