The International Representative is the voice of all international postgraduate students at the University, advocating on their behalf and advising the President and other Executive members in areas of advocacy that affect them. He/she attends international student orientation sessions, as well as social events and programs designed to assist international students (such as The Space and The Network).
The International Representative also assists and supports international students with specific questions and concerns, and works with international postgraduate clubs and societies if needed.
Hello, my name is Ashraf. I am an international student from Egypt and I am doing PhD in English literature. I completed my Bachelor and Master degrees at Egypt and came to Newcastle in October 2015 as a visiting academic.
It is my pleasure to be elected as your 2018 International representative in NUPSA. As well as being the President of the University of Newcastle Islamic Society, and the President and founder of Newcastle Arab Student Society, I am also involved in the local community off-campus representing international students.
My previous work at UON and the broader community has been recognised by several bodies in 2017 – I won the UON Campus Life Global Citizen Award, as well as being voted the NUPSA Student of the Year. I was also named one of three finalists for the NSW Government International Student of the Year Award, and selected by UON Global to represent the University’s international students at the 2017 conference of the Council of International Students of Australia.
I am eager to put on more events and initiatives which bring international students from all cultures, countries and faiths together. I am looking forward to meet and help all international HDR students at UON.