International Student Officer

Jia En Sit


Preferred Name: Jia En

Degree and year of study?

I am currently a second-year student taking a Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science at the University of Adelaide.

What inspired you to engage with the office and role(s) you currently hold?

I wanted to advocate for the international students especially for those who are studying at the University of Adelaide and to represent their voice in the student or university committee meeting. Their rights, welfare, and access to the opportunities would be my priorities as I think that the international students are just like any other humans have equal rights and access to the facilities and opportunities no matter in education, in life, or at work.

What Clubs are you involved with at UofA?

I am the Welfare Director of the Adelaide University Malaysian Student’s Association and an International Peer Mentor of the International Student Support.

What led you to join the club(s)?

I wanted to help the students holistically and through active participation in the clubs, I am able to reach out to more students especially international students and lend a hand to them when they are in need. I took the initiative to join many clubs last year and got the chance to interact with other students while getting to know them more. I am grateful for the opportunity to engage with the students here and in all efforts to make a difference in their lives.

Favourite holiday destination/activity?

The islands in Malaysia and many picturesque sceneries in Australia!

Favourite place to study on campus?

The Library!

What do you hope to achieve in your office and role(s) in 2021?

As the 2021 SRC International Student Officer, I hope to advocate for the international students and assist effectively with the queries or problems they faced. I hope to represent the international students well and stand in their shoes by listening to what they have to say and respect everyone. I would like to be the bridge between the university and them in the hope of allowing the university to know the actual situation faced or experienced by the international students. I also wish to advocate for international student’s rights and access to various opportunities in education, in life, and at work.

What advice would you give to students starting out at the University of Adelaide? 

While studying and acquiring new knowledge, get involved and take part in various activities, events, or join a club/association at the University of Adelaide. It is this time that you explore yourself, learn the skills, and practice them before stepping out of the university into the working society. It will definitely be worth for a lifetime and as for the last piece of advice, enjoy your university life most importantly!


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