Chief Minister's
Student Welcome Event - 9 March 2018

Join us for morning tea at the National Museum of Australia on Friday 9 March as the Chief Minister formally welcomes new students to Canberra.

Students at 2017 Welcome EventThe Chief Minister at the Student Welcome
Students at 2017 Welcome EventA photograph of the 2015 Student Welcome

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

Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA will formally welcome new students on Friday 9 March 2018 at one of the nation's best known and loved institutions, the National Museum of Australia. The Chief Minister will be joined by the ACT Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research, Meegan Fitzharris MLA.


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Enjoy morning tea, meet native Australian wildlife, network with hundreds of students and grab a Study Canberra bag full of useful information.

The event will also feature student performances, traditional indigenous dance and Welcome to Country.

Cap the morning off with exclusive pop up gallery talks by Museum hosts between 11:30am and 12:30pm. These 10 minute talks at specific locations in the collection are a great way to see the Museum's highlights. Talks will be running in each location every 15 minutes, locations will include the Garden of Australian Dreams and the First Australians Gallery. Guidance will be provided at the event.

If you wish to participate in the Museum talks please select the appropriate ticket type when you register.

More than 16,000 international students from over 40 different countries are currently enrolled in Canberra’s tertiary institutions, including more than 700 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.

A photograph of the 2015 Student WelcomeStudents speaking with education staff
Decorative ImageStudent receiving Study Canberra bag

Previous events

The Minister's Student Welcome has been held annually since 2015 and attracts hundreds of tertiary and high school students each year, along with key figures from the education sector and diplomatic community.

Previous events have featured welcome addresses from Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA (himself an ANU graduate), Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research, Meegan Fitzharris MLA, ANU Vice-Chancellor and Nobel Laureate, Professor Brian Schmidt and University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, Mr Rongyu Li.

Performances have included The Voice finalist and Canberra school student Lucy Sugerman, CIT and UC music students The Belle Whyte Duo and fantastic Indigenous singing and dancing ‘Welcome to Country’ performances by the local custodians of the land.

The event also offers the opportunity to introduce our new Student Ambassadors to the community. The 2018 cohort of Student Ambassadors represent 13 different nationalities, five tertiary institutions and one Canberra college.