Podcast with Matt Novacevski

This podcast looks at the ethics of managing the international students in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recorded on 17th April 2020


While I was researching  the plight of international students in Australia, I came across an article via twitter, called “Whose side are we on?” .  

That blog article, written by Matt Novacevski, touched aspects of human behaviour when dealing with crisis and touched upon its impact on Australia’s own overseas students and others on short-term visa holders. If you have time, I highly recommend you read his essay.

This line in particular stood out for me:

“some of my brightest students have come from overseas. They take on a Masters degree in a second language, and take on the task with a spirit of wonder, enquiry and good humour. They are tough, resilient, humble and ready to make a contribution to better themselves, the country they have come to, and the world.”

Matt Novacevski on Placematt.net

Inspired, I reached out to the writer & asked him if he would consider joining me on my podcast. Guess what?! He said, “Yes!”. Woohoo! 

A bit about out guest – Matt Novacevski is a planner, placemaker, designer, facilitator, tutor and currently working on a PhD at the University of Melbourne. He also has more than ten years’ experience in local government, specializing in place-based planning practice and community engagement.

Now that you have a context, please listen to the full episode below:

Here is the direct link to the episode also.

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Manoj loves all things related to the internet, productivity, self-improvement, spirituality & entrepreneurship. He has written close to 400 articles online in the last 10 years. He is also a podcast host at "Manoj Speaks" (manojspeaks.com) and a YouTube content creator at "Manoj Videos" and works full-time in the digital advertising industry. For a number of years, he worked in the Australian international education sector helping overseas students come to Australia for their higher studies. You can follow him on Twitter at "@manojthinks".

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