Council of International Students Australia

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Council of International Students Australia (CISA)
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Founded 7 July 2010
Type Peak international students representative body
Area served Australia
Mission To advocate for the interests and needs of international students
Website www.cisa.edu.au

The Council of International Students Australia, or CISA, is the peak representative body for international students in Australia. CISA was founded on 7 July 2010 in Hobart, Tasmania and provides member associations with representation to the Federal government, and peak bodies such as the Australian Research Council, English Australia, ACPET, TAFE Directors Australia and Universities Australia, on issues affecting postgraduate students in Australia.

Recognising the overlap between undergraduate, postgraduate, domestic and international students, CISA works in collaboration with the National Union of Students and Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations where matters impact on all students (such as voluntary student unionism and travel concessions).

Purpose[edit]

  • Advocate for the interests and needs of international students;
  • Advocate for high quality education for international students;
  • Facilitate network building among stakeholders with an interest in supporting international students;
  • Host an annual national forum for international students;
  • Provide a means of consulting and engaging with international students;
  • Host future international student roundtable events in partnership with various government entities;
  • Promote cross-cultural awareness and interactions in Australia;
  • Advocate for non-racist, non-discriminatory law reform concerning international students.

History[edit]

Following the collapse of the National Liaison Committee for International Students in Australia in 2008,[1][2] international students lacked a legitimate and credible national representative body to advocate on their behalf. In July 2010, 52 student, ethnic and community organisations gathered in Hobart, Tasmania to formally constitute a new peak representative organisation, CISA, at an Inaugural General Meeting (IGM).[3]

The IGM was the culmination of two years of discussion among representative bodies and international students. The process was supported by a working group of international student representatives from across Australia, convened at an international students’ forum hosted in Melbourne in 2009. The 2010 Forum was hosted at the University of Tasmania and coincided with the Education Conference of the National Union of Students. Around 80 international student representatives attended, from all states and all levels of post-secondary education.[4]

National Organisation[edit]

2010-2011

At the Annual General Meeting in July of each year, CISA member affiliates elect national office bearers. For the 2010/2011 term, the national office bearers are:

  • President - Robert Atcheson
  • Vice-President - Heather Richards
  • Secretary - Dzung Ta
  • Treasurer - Aleem Nizari
  • Equity Officer - Ashraf Alfian
  • Welfare Officer - Vishnu Vigneswaran
  • Public Relations Officer - Emilie Pascal
  • General Member - Ashwin Shah
  • General Member VET/TAFE - Arfa Noor

CISA also has ex officio officers on the national executive committee from:

NUS : July 2010 - Dec 2010  : Lily Yuen
Jan 2011 - July 2011  : Indrajeet Chauhan
CAPA :
Cham Ha
AFIS:
Linna He

2011-2012

At the Inaugural conference followed by AGM of CISA held in July 2011 at Victoria University in Melbourne, New team was elected for the year of 2011-2012; the national office bearers are:

  • President - Arfa Noor
  • Vice-President - Heather Richards
  • Secretary - Tong Sheng Ch'ng (Thomson)
  • Treasurer - Aleem Nizari
  • Education Officer - Adrian Ramos (This position was added at 2011 AGM)
  • Equity Officer - Dominik Schmid
  • Welfare Officer - Vishnu Vigneswaran
  • Public Relations Officer - Erasmus NORVIEWU-MORTTY
  • General Member - Dzung Ta
  • General Member VET/TAFE - Princewill Mengot

NUS : July 2011 - Dec 2011  : Indrajeet Chauhan
Jan 2012 - July 2012  : Ashraf Alfian
CAPA :
Cham Ha
AFIS: July 2011 - Dec 2011  : Linna He
Jan 2012 - July 2012  : Catherine Nguyen

2012-2013

At the second national conference followed by AGM of CISA held in July 2012 at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, New team was elected for the year of 2012-2013; the national office bearers are:

  • President - Aleem Nizari
  • Vice-President - Kerryn Chung
  • Secretary - Salih Alzahrani
  • Treasurer - Amir Nourani
  • Education Officer - Kylee Hartman
  • Equity Officer - Dominik Schmid
  • Welfare Officer - Heather Richards
  • Public Relations Officer - Ehsan Ebrahim
  • General Member - Shufaa Said Omar Athman
  • General Member - Hye Ryun Kim
  • General Member VET/TAFE - Catherine Nguyen

CISA also has ex officio officers on the national executive committee from:

NUS : Ashraf Alfian

CAPA :

AFIS:

2013-2014

At the 3rd National Conference followed by AGM of CISA held in July 2013 at TAFE Sydney Institute, New team was elected for the year of 2013-2014; the national office bearers are:

  • President - Thomson Ch'ng
  • Vice-President - William Zhao
  • Secretary - Shufaa Said Omar Athman
  • Treasurer - Amir Nourani
  • Education Officer - Naomi Rono
  • Equity Officer - Ibrahim Muhammad Sama
  • Welfare Officer - Johan Kamal Hamidon
  • Public Relations Officer - Kylee Hartman
  • General Member - Catherine Lou
  • General Member - Lily Erianty Mohamed Salleh
  • General Member VET/TAFE - Marie Christelle Collet

2014-2015

At the 4th National Conference followed by AGM of CISA held in July 2013 at TAFE Sydney Institute, New team was elected for the year of 2013-2014; the national office bearers are:

  • President - Thomson Ch'ng (Incumbent)
  • Vice-President - Timothy Pham
  • Secretary - Fang Xuan Koay
  • Treasurer - Chin Pok Yap
  • Education Officer - Kim-Marie Spence
  • Equity Officer - Nur Nadira Zainal
  • Welfare Officer - Vacant
  • Public Relations Officer - Dion Jeremy Lee
  • General Member (Postgraduate) - Lorna Katusiime
  • General Member (Undergraduate) - Gift Mutero
  • General Member VET/TAFE - Eddie Bonsu

CISA also has ex officio officers on the national executive committee from:

NUS : Johnny Zhang

CAPA : Walter Robbles

AFIS: Kai Jie Lim


State Organisation[edit]

As a new organisation, CISA is in the process of assisting the states and territories organize elections for the State Divisions of CISA.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Heath Gilmore (9 May 2009). "Overseas student group at centre of bullying claims". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  2. ^ Andrew Trounson (17 June 2009). "Victorian names dispute for international student bodies". The Australian. 
  3. ^ "International Students in Australia Announce United Voice". 12 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "International Students in Australia Announce United Voice". 12 July 2010. 

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