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Darwin hosts 2016 CISA Conference

It was a privilege for Darwin and StudyNT to host the first Council of International Students Association (CISA) National Conference in Australia’s north. CISA is the leading international student run organisation which speaks for over 600 000 international students studying in Australia.

CISA President, Nina Khairina, in her welcoming remarks noted that to provide a collective international student voice needed representation from 'as many states and sectors as possible' and 'by having the conference in Darwin, Northern Territory, CISA hopes to break its own barriers in engaging international students beyond (just) Australia’s eastern states'.

The opening speaker at the conference was the Northern Territory’s Young Achiever of the Year, Kate Axten, who gave an insightful presentation on Indigenous Australia and set the scene for a conference that reflected the CISA call of 'many cultures one community'.

Almost 200 delegates attended the conference and it was praised as a great success, setting new standards for CISA. The conference featured on the front page of the International Education Association of Australia’s magazine Vista Winter 2016. It also featured in the PIE News, July 2016.

A wonderful outcome for the Northern Territory was the election of Enggar Daranindra as the first NT international student to the CISA National Executive Committee. This will ensure a voice for NT international students in national discussions. Enggar also won the 2016 CISA Undergraduate Student of the Year recognising her work with Darwin youth and the multicultural community.