Monash Society of Political Dialogue and Analysis (MSPDA)
The MSPDA is a student-driven politics and international relations think tank. We host regular events throughout the semester engaging with top minds in the field. Membership is open to all MSA students, and we hope to provide our members with important networking and growth opportunities.
MSA Debating Union
The MSA Debate Union gives students a platform to develop their public speaking by engaging in thought provoking topics. It also equips them with necessary skills to communicate effectively, express their beliefs and develop their problem-solving skills. The MSA Debate Union uses British Parliamentary Debate Style and we practice twice a week for two hours. We participate in Regional and National Debate Tournaments as well as host clashes such as the MSA Debate Union vs MSA Model United Nations Debate clash; and Poke your Brain: Public Speaking Competition. Membership is open to all MSA students and can sign up by emailing the Union at email@example.com
Model United Nations
MSA Model United Nations is an academic simulation in which students learn about the United Nations, diplomacy and international relations. We meet once a week for our sessions and host conferences twice yearly. We also attend conferences hosted by other universities. Membership is free and open to all MSA students who want to grow and improve their networks.
CRIMON: Criminology and Victimology Society of MSA
CRIMON aims to give students practical experience in the field of Criminology. This includes giving back to the community in all aspects. We host events and discussions throughout the semester, as well as partner with outside organisations to promote local and global issues like rape, human trafficking, victim’s rights, human rights violations etc. Membership is free and open to all MSA students, including those not studying criminology.
Society of Monash University Geographers and Environmentalists (SMUDGE)
SMUDGE aims to bring awareness to a number of issues that threaten the world we live in, including those that impact the environment, people and animals. The club meets once a week to host campus clean-ups and to tend the vegetable garden. We also host events bringing awareness to issues around the environment. Membership is free and open to all MSA students.
Junior Chambers International (JCI)
JCI is a non-profit organisation of young active citizens, developing the skills, knowledge and understanding to make informed decisions and take action to empower ourselves and those around us to create positive and sustainable change. We focus on one large event and smaller events throughout the semester. Membership is open to all MSA students who are inspired to take initiative and solve local challenges.
The Congolese Society is an academic club which aims to promote the Congolese art of rhetoric and the skills of logic and argumentation on a multi-cultural level, both nationally and internationally, through participation and organisation of events both at university and at any platform. Social and academic events are hosted throughout the year. MSACO is open to all MSA students and a membership fee of R100 is charged.
Every Nation Church
Every Nation Campus ministries is an on-campus Christian church which exists to honour God by establishing Christ centred, spirit empowered, socially responsible churches and campus ministries in Every Nation. Our vision is to see lives, communities and society transformed through discipleship in the word, presence and power of God.
Mighty Monashians is a bible study that gathers on Thursdays from 18:00 – 20:00. We welcome all students to spend time with us as we go through God’s Word one verse at a time. Every week meals are provided for the students, free of charge and our hope is that more students would come to know Christ, which would have the added benefit of a more productive, relational, and involved student body on campus and in all areas of life.
Seventh Day Adventist Church
The purpose of Worship Nights is to see students come together in the name of Jesus, to worship God and fellowship in a safe and welcoming environment. We meet once a week on Thursdays at 19:00. Anyone is welcome to become a member, simply join us on one of our worship nights.
Rhema on Campus
Association for Muslim Students
The AMS was established to diversify the MSA campus and ensure that the institution is a well-rounded haven for all. The main objectives are to raise awareness about the true nature of Islam and correct unjustified portrayals by global media platforms. Membership is free and open to all students.
Jesus Christ to All Languages
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JTL (Jesus Christ to All Languages) encourages people to grow in their faith and also in academic excellence which is the example of our Lord Jesus Christ. We achieve this by hosting cell meetings, services and free tutorials for students in academic difficulty. We are open to all students, no fees are required to become a member of the society.
First Love Church
The First Love Campus Church is an international student driven religious society situated on multiple campuses worldwide and is founded by evangelist Bishop Dag Heward-Mills. Our purpose is to restore students back to their first love for God and bring forth a generation of radical lovers of God who serve Him according to Matthew 6:33. The activities offered are weekly Sunday, cell-group/bible study and prayer meetings as well as occasional events such as, movie nights, braais and career expos. All students are welcome and no membership fee is charged.
MonChrist is a religious organisation centred on helping people grow in their knowledge and understanding of Jesus Christ. We welcome people from different backgrounds, together navigating the various challenges we face in life. We have meetings on Tuesdays and Fridays at 18:30, during our Tuesday meetings we run the Alpha Course.
Word Festival Society
The Word Festival society is a non-denominational Christian based society that is aimed at empowering students with a three-day conference experience that will give them the tools needed to be effective people in society and be an example in how to make the most out of life. All MSA students are welcome to participate.
Special Interest Societies
Monash South Africa Gender and Sexual Orientation Alliance
The MSA GSA serves to provide and cultivate a community for on-campus Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual + students and Allies. We meet every second week where we come together for a variety of events, from lip-sync battles to movie nights and discussion evenings. All MSA students are welcome to join, we aim to create an open and accepting community where everyone can participate.
Rovers are the young adult members of SCOUTS South Africa, part of an international movement. Anyone aged 18-30 years old can join Rovers.
Monash IT Society
The Monash IT Society is our very own ‘geek club’. We host two LAN events per semester where members are encouraged to bring their computers and board games and either work or play for the weekend. We also host a weekly Dungeons and Dragons club gathering and other events like tech company hackathons and programming challenges. We may have ‘IT’ in the name, but our society is open to all students looking for like-minded peers!
There are many ways available to join a society on campus. During O-Week there will be an opportunity to engage with clubs and societies, as well as to sign up to become a member. Alternatively, there will be two sign-up days during the semester, hosted in Lekgotla Square, which will be advertised around campus. Finally, you are welcome to email any of the clubs at the listed contact email above, or to contact the Cultural Officer at the SRC offices or on email at firstname.lastname@example.org to put you in touch with the society of your choice.
We always welcome increased diversity and representation on the MSA Campus. If you would like to start a club or society, please complete the following Google Form (make sure you are signed into your Monash Student Email account):
Approval of new clubs and societies is at the full discretion of the SRC and Student Affairs. All documents must be accurately completed for your application to be considered. Once you have been contacted and informed of a successful application, you may begin operating on campus.