As a sessional university lecturer for almost a decade, I was privileged to teach many international students and their efforts to learn in a new country were inspiring.
The international education boom unfolded before my eyes. There seemed to be more foreign students each year on campus and the composition changed. Chinese and Indian students were joined by others from south-east and central Asia and South America.
I met different types of international students: from those who were the first from their family to finish school and study and travel abroad; to those who were more affluent and travelled Australia over summer and had occasional visits from their family.