Genevieve Dashwood

Postgraduate Research Student

Thesis Title

International students in postwar Australia



Australia's current investment in the international higher education industry is well documented - but its origins in the 1950s and 1960s are less known. My research looks at the way in which publicity featuring students inculcated them into the broader politics of decolonisation and the Cold War. The Australian government sponsored students under the auspices of the Colombo Plan and other technical assistance programs, intending to foster "goodwill" overseas. Simultaneously, numbers of privately funded students increased. Analysis of Australian propaganda material and the way in which the state tried to manage the welfare and experiences of individual students, reveals the complexities of juggling political interests through educational means.