Harmony Day, 21 March, celebrates and promotes our cultural diversity.
Harmony Day celebrates the cohesive and inclusive nature of our nation and promotes the benefits of cultural diversity, respect, fairness and a sense of belonging for everyone through cultural, racial and religious intolerance.
It is about recognising that we all have a sense of belonging and need to share what we have in common.
At CSU we are a diverse community of people, identifying as both Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and international students.
Did you know?
At CSU in 2014…
- 906 students identified as Indigenous. CSU has some of the highest numbers of indigenous students studying at a NSW university.
- International students study at all of our campuses.
- International students study through our partner institutions in countries such as Cambodia, China and Hong Kong.
- 20% of CSU’s 39,483 students were international students, and they are spread across all our campuses (including onshore and offshore partner sites).
- Of the 120 different countries that CSU students come from the most common countries were China, South Korea, India, Vietnam, Canada, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Philippines, Nigeria and Malaysia.
- 44.5% of students were from rural and remote areas.
This compares to these statistics from the 2011 census:
- 26% of Australians were born overseas and another 20% have at least one overseas-born parent
- 2.4% of the Australian population are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
- Countries of birth for those born overseas are (from highest amount to lowest): United Kingdom, New Zealand, China, India, Italy, Vietnam, Philippines, South Africa, Malaysia and Germany.
In 2006, 32% of Australians lived in Regional and Remote areas.
CSU offers a wide range of services to support students at CSU. We recognise that sometimes you need extra help.
It is up to all of us to be accepting of diversity and multiculturalism and remember we all belong. We can all celebrate this on Harmony Day.
Check out the Harmony Day website for more information. Remember we all benefit from cultural diversity, respect, fairness and a sense of belonging for everyone through cultural, racial and religious tolerance.