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Melbourne Polytechnic beats universities to win CISA Best International Student Event 2017

12 Jul 2017

The Melbourne Polytechnic International Student Association (MPISA) was recently recognised for its excellent work at the Council of International Students Australia (CISA) National Conference in Melbourne.

The MPISA won the 2017 award for 'Best International Students Event of the Year 2017' for Moodji Day, held on Melbourne Polytechnic's Preston campus on Thursday 18 May. The event was preceded by smaller lead-up events on all campuses commencing in April.

"Moodji" is an aboriginal word for "friend", and the aim of the day was to introduce Melbourne Polytechnic students to aboriginal culture, focusing on history, language, art, music and food. The Melbourne Polytechnic Student Services team collaborated with the Koorie Services Unit to develop the program of activities.

Moodji Day incorporated the 2017 NAIDOC Week theme "Our Languages Matter",and provided students with information about the Koorie Services Unit and its role within Melbourne Polytechnic and the local community.

Student Life and Media (SLAM) and MPISA collaborated with the Koorie Services Centre to develop an event that would encourage students, staff and community to understand Indigenous culture in an engaging and more meaningful way.

Moodji Day commenced with a traditional smoking ceremony to cleanse evil spirits and a welcome to country performed by Elder, Auntie Georgina Nicholson. Indigenous dance performers Jindi Worabak told stories of creation of the land, the Yarra River and how traditional Aboriginal men learned to hunt. The event offered international and local students an opportunity for practical experience in Aboriginal culture and games and to
hear about history and language.

International Student Leaders led an interactive activity “Moodji Sticks”, where students drew traditional Aboriginal symbols with a message of friendship on wood that was lasercut with the Moodji Day and Melbourne Polytechnic logo. The Moodji Stick was made by our Furniture & Cabinetmaking students (local and international) specifically for this event.

The success of Moodji Day was due to the collaboration of SLAM, MPISA and the Koorie Services Centre and the learning and broader understanding that took place has increased the quality and relevance of our student engagement and experience. 

Melbourne Polytechnic was the only non-university in Australia that took up the opportunity to compete with the universities in the CISA awards, and it was also announced that MPISA was the first International Student Association in the TAFE sector across Australia to be affiliated with CISA.


Media enquiries should be directed to Melbourne Polytechnic Media Officer, Anita Coia, on 03 9269 1251 or ua.ud1560764762e.cin1560764762hcety1560764762lopen1560764762ruobl1560764762em@ai1560764762dem1560764762

Melbourne Polytechnic operates across seven campuses and five specialist training centres throughout Melbourne. The institute delivers high quality vocational and higher education in industry-standard facilities.

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