Winner: University of Wollongong
The University won its award for the Global Highway, an annual event organised by students to celebrate the cultural diversity on campus. At least half of the resident students are from abroad and this year twenty-three cultural backgrounds were represented on the Global Highway.
Visitors to the campus taking the Global Highway met students from Austria, Bhutan, Canada, China, Colombia, England, France, Germany, India, Indigenous Australia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, United States and Vietnam and shared their customs, food and traditions.
They experienced Thai dancing, Chinese calligraphy, Indian henna painting, Sri Lankan dress-ups, Italian boccé and exciting Kenyan dance moves.
After the announcement, the Chair of the CRC, Stepan Kerkyasharian commented: “As a society, I believe, we have not paid sufficient attention to the presence amongst us as international students of so many future citizens or future friends of Australia. This is an issue the CRC has been closely involved with and I am delighted to see the work being done in Wollongong.”