For the second time, the Queensland International Student Leaders’ Forum was held on 15th and 16th October in Brisbane. More than 120 Queensland international student leaders from different leadership backgrounds brought multicultural diversity to the forum. Student leaders carrying different titles at institutional levels all over Queensland added value to the insightful discussions at the forum. Queensland International Student Leaders’ Forum is an annual event organised by the Study Queensland with the involvement of the Queensland International Student Advisory panel (QISAP) and Council of International Students in Australia (CISA).
Study Queensland is the State Government organisation dedicated to welcoming, valuing, supporting and growing international students. The study clusters across Queensland including Study Brisbane, Study Gold Coast, Study Cairns, Study Townsville and Study Sunshine Coast also contributed towards the successful delivery of a productive leadership forum.
The leadership forum drew on themes of leadership, community and cross-cultural engagement. The audience was inspired by the keynote speaker; Nkosana Mafico, an African-Australian changemaker and scholar who is passionate about advancing humanity through business.
International student leaders took part in active leadership training and cultural intelligence workshops to understand and appreciate the core values of leadership to become changemakers within your respective communities.
Most significantly, the student leaders were given an opportunity to meet and network with the members of Queensland Parliament at Queensland Parliament House at the ‘International Students Meet Parliament’ (ISMP) event organised by Study Queensland towards the end of the forum. This event was a key highlight of the 2nd day of the forum.
Student leaders were welcomed by Minister Kate Jones (Ministerial Champion of International Education in QLD) and Shannon Willoughby, the new Executive Director at Study Queensland.