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Police, fire brigade, spread student safety message to India

Representatives from Victoria Police and the Metropolitan Fire Brigade's Community Education Department will accompany staff from Victoria University next month to brief international students in India who are on their way to study in Melbourne.

Media are invited to a photo call tomorrow (Tuesday) where the two officers plus VU staff will be in attendance.

When: Tuesday 26 May at 4.15pm

Where: Level 3, Flinders Lane Campus, 301 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

The pre-departure student briefings, from June 1-6, will cover safety issues as well as tips on Australian society and culture and successful study.

VU Vice-President International Andrew Holloway said recent survey data showed personal safety was the number two concern of VU international students, behind teaching quality.

"This data comes from the International Student Barometer, the largest annual survey of international students in the world," Mr Holloway said.

"In the same survey VU international students tell us that personal safety is one of the issues they feel most satisfied with, so we know we are doing a good job providing students with relevant information and allaying their concerns."

"We are taking an officer of Victoria Police and of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade along with us on this trip to spread the safety message. We are always looking for ways to improve our support services."

"On this trip to five major cities in India in June, a representative from the Footscray-based Multicultural Liaison Unit of Victoria Police and from the Metropolitan Fire Brigade will present information about safety on the streets and public transport, the importance of installing smoke alarms and how to contact emergency services."

Andrew Holloway is available for interview.

Media contact: Jim Buckell, A/Senior Media Officer

Marketing and Communications Department, Victoria University

Ph: (03) 9919 4243; mobile: 0400 465 459; email: jim.buckell@vu.edu.au

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