2019 International Education Event Series Kicks Off In Perth

23 April 2020

The first of a series of international education events was held last night, with guests from across Perth’s international education and business communities coming together to share ideas and compare perspectives.

The first event in the International Education Event Series saw students, educators, business, government and community representatives discuss the social, cultural and economic benefits that international education brings to Western Australia.

Ahmed Ademoglu, a Curtin University student and President of the Council of International Students Australia, the peak national body for international students, explained the reasons why Perth was his first-choice study location – and why, despite extensive travel interstate, Perth remains his favourite Australian city.

Mr Ademoglu encouraged guests to be mindful of international students’ feelings and the cultural expectations they bring with them to their new city, while also encouraging students to ask questions of the people they meet so they can learn about the Australian way of life.

John Fish, Economic Development Principal at the City of Perth, explained why government and the international education sector must continue to work closely together to broaden the opportunities available to the state’s international students.

Mr Fish also spoke about Perth’s expanding purpose-built student accommodation, as well as the development of StudyPerth’s International Student Hub and the City’s support of StudyPerth through sponsorship of $175,000 worth of projects.

Michael Carter, Manager International Trade and Investment Centre at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia, detailed how business can become more engaged and how sectors work together to deliver better outcomes for international students.

StudyPerth Executive Director Phil Payne said the series aimed to facilitate a constructive dialogue between students, educators, business, government and the community.

“The events will raise awareness of the challenges facing the international education sector and seek collaborative solutions across all sectors” said Mr Payne.

The International Event Series will be overseen by an Advisory Panel, representing various international education stakeholders. The members of the Advisory Panel are:

  • Michael Carter (Chair) – Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia
  • Sonish Sapkota – Student, Curtin University
  • Brooke Kelly – City of Perth
  • Fleur Van den Heuvel – Curtin College
  • Walter Gomes – Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
  • The Advisory Panel is supported by:
  • Mike Reindl – StudyPerth
  • Melanie Dunn – StudyPerth
  • Cathy Fogliani – Cathy Fogliani Event Consultancy, Production and Management

The Advisory Panel is supported by:

  • Mike Reindl – StudyPerth
  • Melanie Dunn – StudyPerth
  • Cathy Fogliani – Cathy Fogliani Event Consultancy, Production and Management

The International Education Event Series is one of 16 initiatives outlined in StudyPerth’s Action Plan 2019-2025, which will drive StudyPerth’s direction for the next six years.

The event series is sponsored by the City of Perth, and proudly presented by StudyPerth.

The next event will be held on Tuesday 27 August, and will be themed around the future of work.

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