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Murder raises questions about safety for foreign students

The brutal assault and murder of an Arab-Israeli international student in Melbourne has sparked concerns about inadequate campus security measures for foreign and female students at Australian universities.

Aiia Maasarwe, a business studies student at La Trobe University, was attacked and killed on 16 January as she walked a short distance from a tram stop to student housing in the northern suburb of Bundoora.

The 21-year-old student lived in China and was spending a year at La Trobe on an exchange programme with Shanghai University. Maasarwe was originally from Baqa al-Gharbiyye, a predominantly Palestinian city in northern Israel.

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