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The International Students’ Senate Convenor leads the International Students’ Senate, an assembly that represents the views, interests, and needs of all international students at the University.

The International Convenor drives the identification of issues that affect the education, educational and extra-curricular experiences of international students. The International Convenor also ensures the Senate genuinely captures and represents the voice of all international students at the University. The International Convenor leads campaigns on all relevant issues and supports the advocacy of international students and their concerns.

In addition to the overarching functions of the Senate, it is the Convenor’s responsibility to monitor and support the Senate Representatives.

The International Convenor works closely with the President, UNSA staff, and the other members of the Executive to achieve these responsibilities.

Shuang Zhang

Hi guys! My name is Shuang Zhang and I’m your International Students’ Senate Convenor at UNSA – a safe and positive place for you to share the realities faced when studying on campus. I aim to connect with international students who have encountered similar experiences and help them in some way, as we know a lot about how tricky it can be to live in a new country. 

As an enabling and Higher Degree Research student and University Volunteer, I have gained a comprehensive knowledge of university life. I am keen to make a valuable contribution and ensure a positive experience for all who engage with the University.

I love hiking with my friends on weekends, sharing some Asian food, and joining parties. 

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have any experience; it is about building your confidence and communication skills by trying something new. There is no right way to do university, so hopefully I can help you settle in and find whatever might work for you. There are endless support services available at UNSA so if there is anything you are unsure about, please reach out.

I know the start of anything can come with a bit of information overload, so if you have any questions at any point – like when you feel stressed, homesick, or are struggling with the challenges of studying (me too, and I promise everyone has) – just send an email or come by UNSA and say hi. I will always be by your side.