This year’s student event of the year winners organised events that enriched the lives of Adelaide students, both culturally and professionally. Both events were planned and delivered through a collaboration of like-minded student associations from various universities, coming together to share the planning responsibilities. We invited the organisers to share their stories.
Winner: Singapore National Day Celebration
Every year, the Singaporean student associations from Flinders University, the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia work together to present an event to mark the Singapore National Day Celebrations. This year’s luncheon brought over 180 students together to enjoy local food, musical performances and unique Singaporean stage games.
Tell us about your event.
Our luncheon is an opportunity for fellow Singaporean students, especially those who are new to Adelaide, to network, forge new friendships and bond over our nation’s 53rd birthday. The event is also open to students from other cultures, and we were delighted to host 190 people from Singapore and many other places, including Malaysia, Australia and Germany. We also welcomed several VIP guests from the South Australian Government and Adelaide-Singapore business community.
How did you showcase Singapore at your event?
We incorporated many integral parts of Singaporean culture into our event. We provided a delicious buffet of Singaporean delights. And several talented students performed beautiful and iconic Singaporean songs, including a rousing audience sing-along. We also included fun games which showcased Singaporean humour and encouraged nostalgic banter among the guests.
What main challenges did the organisers face?
One of the biggest challenges was raising enough money to help support the event. Being a student event, we want to keep the ticket prices as low as possible, but we also want to present a high-quality occasion. In future, we hope to contact sponsors early and work to ensure our event is more financially sustainable.
What does winning this award mean to you?
It’s a lovely recognition of the hard work put in by the members of the organising committee and volunteers. I hope it will help more people to know about our event, and encourage everyone to come along next year.
Highly Commended: Networking Night 2018
Networking Night 2018 gave students from all study disciplines the chance to learn and practise networking skills. The event was jointly hosted by the International Students Business Society, Malaysia Chapter, the Adelaide University Malaysian Students’ Association, the Malaysian Students’ Council of Australia and the Bright Futures Society University of Adelaide.
A discipline-diverse panel of industry guests from SA Water, High Heels Consultancy, Engineering Australia and the University of Adelaide Faculty of the Professions shared insights on how effective networking can help students find employment opportunities. The students then practised their newly learnt skills in a series of networking activities, with prizes up for grabs.
With over 120 students in attendance, the night was a roaring success. The organisers look forward to hosting another Networking Night in the future.