Issue 6
Tuesday, 06 August 2019
Charles Darwin University
CDU Student Engagement Project Officer, Lisa-Joy Cron with international students Lloyd Calimag,  HiJui Liu, Diana Morales and Michael Taiki
CDU Student Engagement Project Officer, Lisa-Joy Cron with international students Lloyd Calimag, HiJui Liu, Diana Morales and Michael Taiki

Conference energises international students

CDU’s Student Engagement and International office teams helped four students to attend the Council of International Students Conference in Perth recently.

Acting Student Services Officer with Student Engagement, Lisa-Joy Cron said the aim was to gauge what opportunities the conference presented for students to build their professional networks and confidence.

“It’s the first time we’ve supported students to attend and it has been a great success. It has helped these students develop into role models and mentors for their peers,” Ms Cron said.

Environmental Management Masters student Michael Taiki, from Vanuatu, said he was grateful for the opportunity to attend the conference, which has encouraged him to think about the diversity of international students.

“There are international students in VET and with private providers as well as universities. We are all going through the same struggles and looking for the same opportunities,” he said.

“Now I’m back, I’m excited about finding ways that I can connect with other international students whether that be through sport, culture or community stuff. I’m excited I can connect with more students – not just from university but also from other education providers as well.

“The conference emphasised the importance of doing co-curricular activities, not just engaging with community but also to build yourself up and realise the potential that you have as well and your employability. I’m interested in taking the knowledge that I learnt and passing it on to other international students,” Michael said.

First-year Humanitarian and Community Studies student, Lloyd Calimag, from the Philippines, said the experience helped him form networks that would benefit his studies and the community.

“The conference opened doors for me on where I can volunteer and how I can share that passion with other students. I’ve met a lot of people who do volunteering at the conference, and they encouraged us to get involved too,” Lloyd said.

Professional Accounting Masters student Diana Morales, from Colombia, said many at the conference were passionate about helping their fellow students.

“I have a passion for helping people and hearing about that at the conference I’m thinking: ‘wow, I want to do that’. So, it was very inspiring for me. Hearing about women in leadership and diversity was also very interesting,” Diana said.

Fellow Professional Accounting Masters student HuiJia Liu from China, said hearing the stories of other international students was inspiring and motivational.

“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from, which university you study at, if you are willing to try and willing to open your mind you can find your spot.”