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Work rights, multiculturalism, leadership on agenda at CISA National Conference

STUDENT leaders and key industry players across Australia have arrived at the University of South Australia for the CISA National Conference starting today. Meld news and multimedia editors Diane Leow and Julian Tay report from Adelaide. 

Photo: Julian Tay

Photo: Julian Tay

International student peak body Council of International Students Australia (CISA) kicked off their fourth annual conference this morning at The University of South Australia’s City West campus.

Held from July 7 to 11, student leaders and key industry players across Australia are expected to attend.

The three-day conference starts with workshops for student leaders on the first day. These include interactive workshops on project management, social media and tips for the IELTS test.

Additionally, there will be sessions on running effective board meetings, as well as a debate on international student issues such as work rights and multiculturalism in Australia, hosted by the CISA executive committee.

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Conference delegates are also invited to the Welcome Reception, where the “Welcome Dinner” project will be launched, followed by a Multicultural Night held at the University of South Australia’s City East Campus.

The next two days will feature panel discussions on pertinent issues surrounding the international education industry, presented by industry delegates and student representatives.

A dialogue session with government departments and agencies will also be hosted on the second day. Representatives from Study Melbourne, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Education Adelaide, and the Department of Education will be present.

Delegates are also invited to the CISA Gala Dinner held on July 8 at the National Wine Gallery of Australia, where the winners of this year’s CISA Excellence Awards will be announced.

On the third day of the conference, delegates will learn about cultural intelligence and pose questions to ombudsmen from different industries nationally. There will also be panels on employment and visa policy changes.

If you are unable to make it to Adelaide for the conference, stay up to date with developments by following our coverage on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and the website.

If you have any questions or issues you would like to raise as part of this conference, do tweet us at @meldmagazine, add the #CISAconf14 hashtag to your tweet, or email diane.leow@meldmagazine.com.au.

Meld Magazine is proud to be CISA Conference 2014’s media partner.

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