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Title: International PhD students in Australian universities: financial support, course experience and career plans
Contributor(s): Harman, Grant  (author)
Publication Date: 2003
DOI: 10.1016/S0738-0593(02)00054-8
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Abstract: Using data from a social survey of PhD students in two major Australian universities supplemented by student interviews, this article reports on the financial support, course experience and career plans of international PhD students. While most international PhD students hold scholarships which include stipends, a minority of students experience financial problems and lack adequate research support. Overall international PhD students express a high degree of satisfaction with their courses, although there are concerns about the quality and effectiveness of supervision, working space available to research students and help provided in designing research projects. Language problems sometimes adversely affect student progress while some international students find difficulty adjusting to a less deferential working arrangement with their supervisors and less structure in research direction. International PhD students are optimistic about their career prospects and certainly more confident about their careers than Australian PhD students. High proportions of international PhD students expect to follow research careers and say that the PhD degree will enhance their career prospects.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Journal of Educational Development, 23(3), p. 339-351
Publisher: Pergamon
Place of Publication: London, United Kingdom
ISSN: 1873-4871
Field of Research (FOR): 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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