Invitation from CISA President

I am humbled, honoured and privileged to pen down my heartfelt greetings to you all as the National President of Council of International Students Australia.

The Council of International Students Australia (CISA) was founded in 2010, since then CISA has been the peak representative body of the international students in Australia advocating their interests and needs and contributing towards their prosperity in Australia.

CISA puts a premium on multiculturalism and gives priority to the engagement of international students underpinning the workplace exploitation issues, welfare considerations, academic and career development of past, present and prospective international students.

It is with a great pleasure that I announce the 8th CISA National Conference; the largest event of international students Australia wide – will be held in Cairns, Queensland from 25th to 27th June with participation of over 150 participants including University, VET/TAFE, ELICOS and school leaders, student services and support staff from all sectors, federal, state and local government representatives, service industry providers, media representatives and the likes across the hierarchy of international student community all over Australia.

It is with a proud honour that I restate, remarking a significant milestone in the history of CISA and the international community as a whole, we have appointed a Women’s Officer for the first time. To establish a firm representation of female international students in Australia; by providing advocacy for women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes. Through this, CISA puts a premium on women’s engagement and leadership.

As CISA recognises women’s participation in governance and decision making for the international students, we highly encourage you to nominate outstanding female leaders from your institution, to be elected for the 2018/2019 CISA Executive Committee, where an inspiring change will be made over the next tenure for the betterment of international students in Australia as a whole.

Additionally, we will be implementing a student guild panel discussion session exclusively for our member associations, this session will be catered to the international student representatives of universities across Australia, and the selected members would have the opportunity to discuss a set of topics and questions for the duration of the session.

The idea for this session is to create a sense of belonging and leadership for the representatives chosen as well as to be able to have a feel for what’s happening across Australia on an institutional level.

If this is an opportunity your association would like to be a part of, please send our Chief Marketing Officer – Ralph (marketing@cisa.edu.au) an expression of interest which would ideally include:

  • Name of International Student Representative that would be sent on behalf of your association
  • Projects and Influential International Student eventsyour association has rolled out during the 2017-18 tenure
  • Impact and outcome of those projects (150 words)
  • What discussion topic would you ideally like to tackle and why? (150 words)
  • Which other university association would you like on the panel and why? (50 words)

Once the panellists are finalised, Ralph will send through the discussion areas and a draft of the session. This session would require adequate preparation and research in order for you to have a constant conversational flow during the session. Please note that the deadline to send in an EOI is: Sunday 10th June, 11:59 (AEST) and finalists will be contacted on Wednesday 13th June.

This will be a worthwhile opportunity to raise your voice and bring yourself forth for the betterment of all international students in Australia. I look forward to welcoming you in Cairns.

I take this moment to thank all of our active members for their enormous support, endless motivation and valuable guidance to implement CISA strategies and execute CISA plans over the last year. I am indeed grateful to all of you for your contribution towards the success of CISA affairs, on behalf of the international student community in Australia. We do appreciate your engagement in the past, as CISA’s stakeholders and we encourage you to join-in-hand in the future agendas of CISA.

Last but not least, I would like to extend my gracious invitations to all our members to participate and represent your institution at the National Conference this June.

Best Regards,

Bijay Sapkota
National President

Council of International Students Australia (CISA)

Public Transport concessions for international students to continue in Victoria!

ISANA is delighted to hear about the recent press release by Victorian government, supporting international students in every way possible in Victoria.

“Public transport concessions for international students to continue. The Andrews Government will provide $5.5 million to continue the iUSEpass program which will provide discounted annual public transport tickets to eligible international students in partnership with participating higher education and vocational providers”.

From a 2017 Conference Student Bursary Winner

The strong impression that welcomed me at the Annual ISANA Conference of 2017 was the multidisciplinary commitment to help international students reach their full potential in Australia.

The confluence of local and international educators, student support advisors, government representatives, wellbeing practitioners convinced me of their genuine interests in both professional and personal development of students like me.

I would like to sincerely thank ISANA for a generous bursary that supported my interstate travel to Gold Coast and the opportunity to meet liked minds.

Henness Wong

Save the dates! NSW and ACT Professional Development.

Save the dates! NSW and ACT Professional Development.

Wednesday 11 April 5:30 – 7:00pm – networking event for members and your colleagues

Join us for a post-work get-together to catch up on news and speak to sector representatives. For this first 2018 event we will meet at the MLC Centre Sydney, right by Martin Place Station. Details to follow soon.

Tuesday 1 May – half day PD session: under 18 students

This session will focus on case study examples of best practice policies and guidelines for under 18 students. We will review in consideration of the National Code 2018. Details to follow soon.

Coming Soon! – half-day PD session: international student mental health & staff self-care
This session will cover:

  • What support services does your institution have for international students
  • What is your institution’s critical incident policy?
  • First-hand experiences of counsellor/student advisors on issues they encounter, how it affects them, and self-care practices
  • Presentation from English Australia about the 2018 research and guidelines on international student mental health
  • Opportunity to share your experiences and best practice
  • Guidance on self-care/workshops for professional staff
Save the dates! S.A. PD coming soon!

Save the dates! S.A. PD coming soon!

The dates are set and the locations are being finalised. Lock these dates in for Adelaide PD. Rego will open soon.

May 18 2018

Student Accommodation and Welfare

Half Day

We will organise a panel of industry representatives to discuss and answer your questions and concerns on the National Code and our responsibilities when offering varying accommodation alternatives for students.

Cost: $50 for members and $80 for non-members

 

August 10 2018

Under 18’s – Relationships, abuse and provider responsibilities

Half Day

Information and a resource package of culturally and age appropriate information for providers

Cost: $50 for members and $100 for non-members

 

September 21 2018

State Conference:

Full Day

Workplace issues, Careers and Employability

A broad program looking at Graduate experiences, visas and skilled migration, fair work, internships and more.

Cost: $50 for members and $200 for non-members

#ISANAconf18. Student Bursary Applications NOW OPEN!

#ISANAconf18. Student Bursary Applications NOW OPEN!

Since 2012, ISANA has invited international students from each State and Territory to the Annual National Conference through a Student Conference Bursary.

This Bursary valued at $1000 plus a conference registration is awarded to students from each state and territory.

The aims of the Student conference bursary are to:

  • Provide opportunities for engagement with other students and professional and academic staff in the international education sector;
  • Ensure that international students interest’s and opinions are heard and noted in general discussion and through presentations;
  • Develop leadership potential in the international student community
  • Disseminate international education information through the student community

We invite ISANA members to nominate continuing international students who will be worthy recipients for your State or Territory. Nominated International students will need to submit complete applications to the ISANA Secretariat isana@isana.org.au by 30th July 2018

If you are an international student interested in this opportunity, please contact your student services office and ask to speak with a staff member who is an ISANA member.

Calls for comment on Sydney City International Education Action Plan

From the City of Sydney Website…

We invite your feedback on our international education action plan. The plan includes actions to support international students and help them form lifelong connections with Sydney.

The actions in the plan include:
  • welcoming international students into the Sydney community when they arrive
  • providing a rewarding study experience with access to wellbeing resources and opportunities to participate in city life
  • increasing opportunities to gain meaningful work experience
  • strengthening connections with the local community
  • nurturing our connections with global alumni.

These actions all aim to sustain Sydney’s position as a leading education destination in Australia and across the globe.

We would like to hear from people in the tertiary international education sector including students, alumni, education providers, support services, supporting businesses, accommodation providers education agents and residents.

Your feedback will help shape a collaborative plan and help provide a harmonious experience to international students.

How to give your feedback

You can view the plan and provide your feedback by emailing sydneyyoursay@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au(External link).

You can complete an online survey about our plan. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2WTJDZG

Submissions close at 5pm on Friday 20 April 2018.

Other ways to give us your feedback

We want to make sure everybody has the opportunity to provide ideas and feedback.

If you prefer to talk to us in person, please contact the City of Sydney officer listed under who’s listening.

If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment you can contact us through the National Relay Service(External link). You will need to provide our phone number 02 9265 9333.

If you need an interpreter you can contact us through the Translating and Interpreting Service(External link) on 131 450. You will need to provide our phone number 02 9265 9333.

The International Student Experience – Student blog

 

My name is Sostenis. I am a student from Indonesia, currently undertaking postgraduate studies (masters by coursework) at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia.

I commenced the Combined Masters of Arts and Social Sciences specialising in Educational Leadership and TESOL in February 2017. I am from Jayapura in West Papua, Indonesia, where I hold the position of School Principal at Sekolah Papua Harapan.  I will return to Jayapura at the end of 2018 and plan to implement several key plans, a particular interest of my focus is on providing high quality education by working with the foundation where I work and the government of Papua to improve educational services there, especially the remote areas.

I am a recipient of an Australia Awards Scholarship funded by the Australian Government. As an Australia Awards awardee, besides my academic duties at university, during my time in Sydney, I have been involved in several award-enrichment activities such as participating in workshops and seminars organised by Australia Awards. In addition to that, I also like to explore other extracurricular activities such as networking, visiting colleagues’ schools, doing voluntary works and some paid part-time jobs. Living, studying and working in Sydney has been a great opportunity for me.

Through this blog, I will share some of my stories to inspire many other current/aspiring international students from all over the world to come to Australia and enjoy it to the fullest.

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