You’re Invited to Central’s International Open Day

Saturday 9 May

1 -3pm

30 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge

Looking for a place to study that will give your career a kick-start?

Look no further than Central Institute of Technology. Central is Australia’s international training provider of the year and whatever you’re passionate about, Central has a range of courses to suit you.

Located in the heart of the CBD, Central is more than just learning, its being part of the city.

Come along to Central’s International Open Day on Saturday May 9 and meet our team. Speak to international student support staff that will guide you through finding the right course, as well as your visa and enrolment requirements.

Discover our innovative, flexible and industry relevant courses, tailored to your needs. Our courses not only provide the knowledge you need, but gives you the opportunity for practical experience.

Chat to the international students who run Boomerang, Central’s international student social club. Meet new people while you learn what studying at Central is all about and why you learn more in the city.

Jump on Instagram and hashtag #CENTRALINTHECITY on the day to win some great prizes.

Please register your interest to attend online at central.wa.edu.au 

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Big Win for Central

Central was named Australia’s International Training Provider of the Year on Friday night at a special ceremony in Adelaide.

This is a landmark achievement for Central, who qualified for the Australian Training Awards following their recent success in this category at the State Training Awards.

The International Training Provider of the Year Award recognises a registered training organisation (RTO) that has demonstrated outstanding achievement in all aspects of vocational education and training (VET) to full-fee paying international students in Australia.

Central MD Neil Fernandes was thrilled to accept the award on behalf of the Institute, together with International Student Centre Manager, Anne Bauer.

“We see our international student program as an integral part of what we do at Central.  Diversity characterises us.  We currently have students from over 90 different countries studying here.  It’s the attitude of our staff that has made this possible, not just in terms of the support they offer international students, but also for the fact that they welcome and celebrate the diversity that defines us”, he said.

“This win will enable us to further cement our position as the natural destination for international students heading to Western Australia.  Natural in terms of our location, our spectrum of courses and the opportunities we offer both for further study and employment outcomes, either here, or back in the student’s home country.”

The award is also a great endorsement of the work that Central does with offshore partner institutions and governments, coupled with the student mobility programs Central has run for the last few years, which give students an opportunity to immerse themselves into the social and education cultures of other countries.

 

 

International Ambassadors

Central’s multi award winning training for international students has been further enhanced by the introduction of an international student ambassador program.

The program has been designed to increase student engagement and establish a sense of community amongst the newly arrived onshore international students.

The seven ambassadors will assist new students to settle into their studies, and into the wider Perth community. They will provide comprehensive campus orientations, organise tours around Northbridge and the CBD and talk about the benefits and opportunities of Perth life.

This will include developing events that are centred upon celebrating multiculturalism and diversity and participating in the major Perth events along similar themes.

The ambassadors have a great empathy and understanding for the cohort as they were once in exactly the same position.

The ambassadors know from their own experiences that it is not always the obvious things that newly arrived international students need assistance with.

Student ambassador Natemwa Lwenje
Student ambassador Natemwa Lwenje

Natemwa Lwenje said she could have done with some support to read and understand the bus timetables, while Marcy Patsanza thought it would have been beneficial to have an opportunity to network with local people.

Student ambassador Marcelyne (Marcy) Patsanza
Student ambassador Marcelyne (Marcy) Patsanza

The most frequent challenge faced by international students is getting to know their way around campus and the local area, as well as getting to know new people. Ambassador Carine Vydeenaden plans to help the new students by showing them around and introducing them to new people.

Student ambassador Carine Vydeenaden
Student ambassador Carine Vydeenaden

In addition to making students feel welcome, the ambassadors will also help promote Central to the local and international community. This will be achieved through engagement on social media, via Facebook and student blogs, to provide information on Central life, learning areas and courses, and upcoming events.

Student ambassador Juihua (Ruby) Hsiung
Student ambassador Juihua (Ruby) Hsiung
Student ambassador Thomas Rémont
Student ambassador Thomas Rémont
Student ambassador Chia Lee Khoo
Student ambassador Chia Lee Khoo
Student ambassador Presley Chihuri
Student ambassador Presley Chihuri

 

More than a Race Around Town

Once again the Perth International Student Festival brought out the best in Central students with volunteers and participants making it a day to remember.

There were activities galore surrounding the Perth Cultural Centre to celebrate the cultural diversity that international students bring to Perth and Central alike. The day also provided Central Event Management students the valuable opportunity to gain hands on experience in running an event.

Central students assisted in running the festival and used what they had learnt to ensure the day ran smoothly. From marshaling students for the beginning of the City Challenge to running the food stalls, Central students made sure the day went on without a hitch.

The festival, a not for profit event orchestrated by {Study} Perth brings together newly arrived and established international students from school, university, and college. The carnival atmosphere provided a great place to meet people outside of study and learn more about what Perth has to offer.

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The main event for the day featured the City Challenge, an amazing race style scavenger hunt across the streets of the CBD. Students teamed up in groups of two to solve clues and take photos, all while gaining a better knowledge of local life in Perth.

Prizes were awarded for the best-dressed team as well as first, second and third place getters. Central student Atiqah Mohammed Rafie took out third place amongst tough competition as she and her partner blitzed the course.

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The rest of the day featured food stalls with cuisine from around the world, close encounters with native Australian animals, community stalls from ANZ, West Coast Eagles and the WA police, music and a padded gladiator style, boxing ring. Students spent the day investigating the stalls and testing their strength and skill in the boxing ring to he entertainment of the crowd.

The day concluded with Lord Mayor of Perth Lisa Scaffidi honouring international student contribution and congratulating the winners of the City Challenge.

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