Council of International Students Australia (CISA) 2018 Conference
StudyPerth was thrilled to attend the Council of International Students Australia (CISA) 2018 Conference in Cairns, which saw the theme of overcoming barriers discussed amongst delegates over the three-day event.
Western Australia’s international education sector was strongly represented this year, with almost 20 delegates hailing from the west, up from two WA representatives last year! Included in this delegation were 10 students from WA who were provided with scholarships through StudyPerth to attend the conference. Students were selected for their outstanding contribution to international education in Perth through volunteering at StudyPerth events, the Welcome Desk at the Perth Airport or contributing to the Understanding the International Student Experience Report. Two students also won their place through participation in a Mate in OZ event.
Massive congratulations to Curtin University student Ahmed Ademoglu who, in addition to his studies, held the position of CISA Vice President until this year as he finished his term. Ahmed was a fantastic asset to CISA, not only because of his passion for all things international education, but also as he brought the unique Western Australian perspective to the table.
In keeping with the conference theme, StudyPerth’s Marketing and Brand Manager Megan MacNeill and Head of Marketing Intelligence at QS Enrolment Solutions Tim Renowden facilitated a conference session on using data to eliminate barriers for international students. They were joined by three WA international students who recently participated in focus groups which contributed to the eagerly-anticipated Understanding the International Student Experience Report, which will be launched on Thursday 12 July.
The report, to which nearly 5,000 international students, agents and institution staff contributed, aims to develop an applied research model to better understand and meet the needs of international students in Perth. We can’t wait to share the key findings with you and outline how this information will shape StudyPerth’s priorities and the future of international education in Perth.
The entire CISA 2018 conference experience was brilliant, and the StudyPerth team looks forward to next year’s conference. In the coming weeks, StudyPerth will work closely in partnership with the Perth Convention Bureau as we bid to bring CISA 2019 to Perth – get behind us!