Fri, 03 May


Tattersall Lecture Theatre


Celebrating and supporting African students in WA!

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Time & Location

03 May 2019, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Tattersall Lecture Theatre, 58 Parkway, University of Western Australia, Crawley WA 6009, Australia

About The Event

The Organisation of African Communities of Western Australia (OAC-WA) is announcing the formation and launch of its newest department, African Students In WA (ASIWA) and the department’s first project, Working Group on African Students in WA. This is an open forum for all to attend and engage with the African students in WA. OAC ASIWA aims to support and provide unified voice for African students in Western Australia. OAC as a not-for-profit organisation plans to work with various stakeholders to meet the aims of AISWA. The formation of the working group is an important foundation for this department. The purpose of the working group is to research, consult, identify, report and provide recommendations on:

  • Key issues and challenges facing African students in WA;
  • Key opportunities to enhance outcomes for African university students in WA, and
  • How universities, government and communities can better support African students.

The launch will introduce ASIWA to the public and the key stakeholders. Based on the results of the project, ASIWA will incorporate African Student Unions/Associations in WA to champion their needs and provide reference to services available and to advocate their interests on a wide-range of topics, such as immigration and integration , information and advice for pre-departure and arrival , orientation and study preparation programs in cooperation with educational institutions , counselling services , employment/Work rights , support for accompanying family members , information and advice for returning home , Law and Order, money management and financial literacy , recruitment, domestically and internationally , and community engagement .

Through ASIWA representatives, OAC aims to build a vibrant Network of Afro-Australian Students (NAAS-WA) across university campuses in WA. The Network will work with hundreds of African students currently enrolled at WA universities and their representative bodies and will be a pivotal medium connecting African students on each campus and with their peers at other universities.

This network will be expanded in 2020 to include other institutions like TAFE/VET in WA, and the launch will be followed by similar events on WA’s other universities. ASIWA will organise socio-cultural programs and events for African students including forums and networking evenings partnership with the OAC Youth Department. The audience will be invited to develop ongoing engagement with ASIWA on current and future needs of African students as reviewed from time to time.

At this launch, OAC and the Africa Research and Engagement Centre will also officially welcome the 2019 cohort of the Australian government’s Africa Awards program. This is a public forum, and students, community leaders and youth groups are encouraged to attend and participate.

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