MISC exists to facilitate the development of a healthy and respectful international student community
The City of Melbourne has played an active leadership role within the international education sector in Australia for the past decade and has an ongoing commitment to achieve the best possible outcomes for international students. City of Melbourne runs and is involved in a range of events and programs to help new international students settle in and set themselves up for success by welcoming and connecting, supporting and empowering, and advocating for international students.
Meld Community is a Melbourne-based not-for-profit community organisation dedicated to facilitating the development of a healthy international student community in Victoria, and helping students find a respectful place in the wider context of Australian life and society. The organisation has a unique model of aligning the efforts of its student volunteers with their studies and providing opportunities for learning, industry exposure and relevant work experience.
The Melbourne International Student Conference was incorporated as a joint partnership between City of Melbourne and Meld Community a decade ago to reach out to international students in Melbourne, and provide students the opportunity to gain career development.
We are driven by the international student community. The founders of this event include present and former international students from various industries, including media and marketing, business, law and international student services.
Many international students live in or around the city because of the proximity to their colleges and universities, and that was where we decided to focus our efforts first. Many of us live, work and study locally too. Our team is made of both local and international students, and it has worked to our advantage in providing local content in every sense of the word.
Each conference is built by international students who are emerging leaders in their communities, providing a platform to shine.
Our long standing partnership with City of Melbourne allows us to uniquely weave local government expertise and advice into our events.
We collaborate with current and former international students who are experts in their fields to develop and refine our program.
Fostering a community where international students are valued for the diversity, richness and contributions they add to the fabric of society is at the heart of all that we do.