International student empowerment – a case study


The first international student state committee was established in Western Australia in October 2018. The day was celebrated with a mutual launch of the Premier’s IE Strategy. The state committee aims to encourage international students from all cohorts. The full council of the committee holds representatives from WA institutions to be a credible student voice. It is a platform where students apply their learnings through various positions in the management committee. Students work to help other international students by improving their skills such as leadership, emotional intelligence, professional development and conflict management. In collaboration with the sector, they aim to empower international students in Western Australia. International students want to implement a similar template in other state and territories. This session will analyse different aspects of this adventure. The leaders of the committee will tell their experiences, areas for collaboration and future strategies.

Ahmed Ademoglu, Council of International Students Australia; Phil Payne, StudyPerth

National President

Council of International Students Australia

Originally from Turkey, Ahmed is studying Nursing at Curtin University. He came to Australia in 2011 and during his study period he became a student leader in the college. His leadership skills and passion were inescapable. In 2016, Ahmed was elected as the President of International Students Committee in Curtin University, unanimously. In 2017, he was elected as the National Vice-President of CISA (Council of International Students Australia). He was the Conference Convenor for CISA 2018 Conference and the project leader for CISA Business Sustainability Project. After, successful completion of the projects and end of his term, Ahmed helped as Advisor to the new CISA Team. He was appointed as the Chair of Board of International Students Western Australia. He was also appointed as a Board member to the StudyPerth Board on June 2019. Ahmed is the current elected National President of Council of International Students Australia"