Student Unions for postgraduate students
in Macquarie University and University of New South Wales
Literally, a student union means a building or an organization on a college campus that is devoted to student activities and that usually provides lounges, auditoriums or offices for holding various events. Nowadays, most of modern universities have their own students unions enriching the campus life of every member, including postgraduate student.
Take Macquarie University and UNSW for example, student unions from both universities have mature organizations and are affiliated with the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations, which is the peak body representing the benefit of all Australian postgraduates. MUPRA, the independent postgraduate student association with a fifteen member committee in Macquarie, provides comprehensive support, such as representation, advocacy and conducting different events, to domestic and international students.1 Arc, on the other hand, is funded by the undergraduate student representative council in UNSW and established the postgraduate council in 2010.2 Apart from the regular services the students can access to, Arc also runs retail stores and other facilities in the campus. For example, members of Arc can take advantage of exclusive discounts from certain gift shops, coffee houses and bars as a privilege.
In every month, participants can enjoy a wide range of activities offered by MUPRA and Arc. Hundreds of clubs and societies are supported by both student unions and everyone is able to find their own interest.3 For postgraduates who prefer ability building services, they can be benefit from the programs or internships designed by MUPRA and Arc with the aim of improving leadership and communication skills. Moreover, these two students unions also offer working opportunities for anyone who is ready to devote himself to the organization, as well as chances to enter the committee through nomination and election....
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