Importance of Student Engagement in Institutional Governance


To emphasise the importance of the involvement of international students in governance at institutional, regional, local, state and national levels. In the light of large numbers of international students on campuses, it is important that the international students are given an opportunity for intercession strategies in programs, policies, teaching strategies to improve cultural understanding, better intercultural relationships and emerge as future global leaders. As a key approach of producing global citizens, international community in Australia should be educated and offered a platform to practice leadership at early stages. CISA, in collaboration with the expertise in the field intend to encourage and support international students to actively engage in decision making at organisational level. This panel discussion will empower international students to lead the community in the future.


5.00 pm START
5.00 pm  – 5.05 pm

 Introduction and background of the Panel Topic and the Panelists

 Panel Topic: Importance of Student Engagement in Institutional Governance

5.05 pm – 5.25 pm

Moderator and Chair:  Kasun Kalhara, Executive Assistant to the National President, CISA.


  • John Wellard, Policy Director-International, Universities Australia
  • Prof. Sally Varnham, Professor of Law, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Bijay Sapkota, National President, Council of International Students Australia (CISA)
5.25 pm – 5.30 pm

 Opening for questions  (Q & A session)

Panelists take questions from the audience

5.30 pm END


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