Minister's
Student Welcome - 10 March 2017

The Minister formally welcomes all commencing Australian and International students to Canberra at the beginning of each academic year.

Two attendees at the welcomeThe Chief Minister at the Student Welcome
A photograph of the 2015 Student WelcomeA photograph of the 2015 Student Welcome

The annual Minister’s Student Welcome is a free event for all commencing students in Canberra.

The 2017 Minister’s Student Welcome will take place at 9:45am, Friday 10 March at the National Convention Centre Canberra.

New Australian and International students are invited to enjoy morning tea with the Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research, Meegan Fitzharris MLA.

Performances will include ANU School of Music students (and former CIT and UC student) the Belle Whyte Duo as well as a traditional Ngunnawal performance and Welcome to Country.

This is an opportunity to network with students from other institutions and cultures. Staff from each institution will also be on hand to answer questions.

Complimentary morning tea is provided!

Please RSVP by Monday 6 March for this FREE event - REGISTER HERE

Date: Friday 10 March, 2017
Time: 9.45 to 11:30am
Location: Main Ballroom, National Convention Centre Canberra, 31 Constitution Avenue, Canberra City
Parking: Paid parking is available below the Convention Centre
RSVP: 6 March 2017 - REGISTER HERE

More than 12,000 international students from over 40 different countries are currently enrolled in Canberra’s tertiary institutions, including 500 international school students studying in our high schools and colleges. Furthermore, a staggering 40 per cent of tertiary students enrolled in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) are from interstate.

This event formally welcomes students to Canberra and acknowledges the significant social and economic contribution students make to our city. It is also a great opportunity to mix and mingle with students from other countries and institutions.

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A photograph of Professor Schmidt at the Welcome
The 'welcome to country' being performed by local aboriginies at the event

Previous events

The 2016 Minister's Student Welcome was attended by over 200 tertiary and high school students, along with key figures from the education sector and diplomatic community, including High Commissioners from Britain, Papua New Guinea and Malaysia, as well as the Vice Chancellor from the Australian National University (ANU) and the CEO of Canberra Institute of Technology.

The event featured a keynote address from Chief Minister Andrew Barr, himself an ANU graduate, who welcomed new students to Canberra and wished them all the best for their studies. The Chief Minister also took the opportunity to introduce 19 Study Canberra Student Ambassadors to the community. The 2016 cohort of Student Ambassadors represented eight different nationalities, four tertiary institutions and two colleges.

Vice-Chancellor of the ANU Professor Brian Schmidt also welcomed new students and presented certificates to 10 recipients of the ANU–Study Canberra India Scholarships. 

Attendees were treated to a performance by 2015 Australian Busking Champion, 14 year old Canberra school student Lucy Sugerman, and an Indigenous Welcome to Country ceremony.