Re-designing your university. It’s a nice thought, isn’t it? Having the power to change things so that your experience is as positive as possible.
Well, that’s just what the International Student Barometer (ISB) allows Macquarie students to do, by telling the University about things that work… and things that don’t.
Every year, hundreds of Macquarie students submit their feedback and ideas through the ISB – the world’s biggest international student survey.
Craig Oliver, Director of Campus Life at Macquarie, says it’s a great way for students to have a say in the way Macquarie is run.
“Everything we do is about making university life more enjoyable,” he says. “Through the ISB we get great insights into how we can make things even better for our international students on campus.”
The 2014 ISB survey saw a number of students saying there could be more opportunities for social interaction on campus, as well as improved support for new international students arriving at Macquarie.
This resulted in improvements including:
- A simpler and more personalised airport pickup process
- More opportunities for international students to meet Australian students including free breakfasts and social activities
- More social sport sessions, and the introduction of female-only fitness activities and free water safety classes
- Re-designed orientation program with increased personal support from current students and mentors
- Cross-cultural training for residential advisors to better support international students living in Macquarie accommodation
- Support for cultural student groups to provide a more vibrant campus social life
Current Macquarie students are invited to participate in the 2015 International Student Barometer survey, with the chance to win a trip to Uluru or a cash prize of AU$1000. The survey closes on 15 May 2015.
*Please see the terms and conditions for the first prize draw