Celebrate with a wide variety of cultures at Flinders and join in on the range of events.
Week 3 is Cultural Week!
Flinders University actively promotes awareness of and respect for the diversity of our students.
We value and respect the social, cultural and linguistic diversity of our community and encourage inclusive practices in order to provide an environment that is creative, innovative, flexible and productive.
At Flinders University, almost 5,500 international students from 90 countries make up 13 per cent of our campus population!
Flinders also has a rich indigenous history. Our various campuses across Australia operate on the traditional lands and waters of the Kaurna, Arrernte, Boandik, Bungarla, Gunditjmara, Jawoyn, Larrakia, Nauo, Ngarrindjeri, Peramangk, Wurundjeri, Yolgnu peoples.
The purpose of Cultural Week is to celebrate Flinders wide variety of cultures and to help you learn more about these cultures, the arts at Flinders and University’s history! Connect with fellow students through Flinders’ support services including Oasis, The Flinders University Student Association (FUSA) and International Student Services.
Top tips for the week – if you’re studying on campus at Bedford Park
- Visit the Oasis Community Wellbeing Centre.
- Attend the Harmony Day Festival on Wednesday 18 March.
- Drop into the Meet & Greet space in the Welcome Hub (Level 0 of the Student Hub).
- Watch the Gift of Words video by Kaurna Elder Uncle Lewis Yerloburka O’Brien. This is the story of the words and Feathers displayed prominently in the Student Plaza at Bedford Park.
Visit the orientation planner for more information about events and activities.
Top tips for the week – if you’re studying at another campus or online
- Check out the Flinders University YouTube channel.
- Explore the timeline of the university on the Flinders University website.
- Research Harmony/Day Week and explore what the day celebrates.
Top tips for all students:
All students starting at Flinders in 2020 will be given access to the online orientation topic Finding Your Way at Flinders, through Flinders Learning Online (FLO). This topic has been created to; help you get to know how university works, introduce you to the skills you need to be successful at University, and provide information about where to go for help if you need (Flinders has loads of support services).
You should be able to see this topic under the ‘Additional’ tab in FLO. You would have also received a direct link by email. (Please note: you will be added to the ‘Finding Your Way at Flinders’ topic within a week after you enrol for Semester One at Flinders.)
Harmony Day is about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. Join us on Wednesday 18 March to celebrate Harmony Day with a range of various free food and experiences at Bedford Park Hub and Sturt Campus.
*Can’t make it on campus? Celebrate at home with friends and family by trying another cultures food or music, or view the community events happening across Australia.
- The University first opened in 1966 with 90 staff and 400 students. It was officially opened on 25 March 1966 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
- Flinders University commemorated its 50th Anniversary in 2016.
- Flinders University was named in 1966 after English navigator, Matthew Flinders.
- Flinders University’s Library doors opened in 1966.
- 7 March 1966 was the Flinders first orientation week.
View more of Flinders’ history on the timeline.