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University of Melbourne welcomes sponsored international students on campus

Last week 70 international students at the University of Melbourne and some of their sponsor bodies gathered together for the university’s annual Welcome Event for International Sponsored Students.

Students, staff and sponsor delegates from 20 different countries mingled together, forming connections that the University hopes will last for the remainder of their student journey and beyond.

In his welcome address, Deputy Provost (Academic and Undergraduate) Professor Richard James reminded students of how special their time at the University is and acknowledged the hard-work and challenges that come with studying in a new country.

“We welcome you to our diverse and vibrant community. To get to where you are today, you haven’t just been on a journey to achieve academic excellence, but also a cultural and social journey, one that may have involved being away from your family and at times taken you out of your comfort zone. This resilience will no doubt serve you well during your time at the University of Melbourne and in the City of Melbourne. I hope you will take this opportunity to make the most of your time at Melbourne for yourself, your family and your home country,” Professor James said.

Deputy Provost (Academic and Undergraduate) Professor Richard James and students
Deputy Provost (Academic and Undergraduate) Professor Richard James and students

Attendees heard from three sponsored students who all shared their unique experiences and showcased the range of study options available through sponsors.

Shazia Ruybal, a PhD student from Ecuador, shared how her experience as the President of Ecuador Research and Entrepreneurship Network (EREN) had helped her the form strong connections with other students while studying in Australia.

Dani Ardiyanto from Indonesia (sponsored by LPDP) discussed the challenges of moving his family from Indonesia and returning to university to study a Master of Science (Mathematics and Statistics) after many years in the workforce. He credited the support he received from the University services team and from the friends he has made in his class with easing this transition and helping him settle back into student life.

For Chowlen Lim, of Malaysia, (sponsored by JPA) being involved in the University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) International and becoming the Cultural and Social Vice President 2016/17 was a vital part of his undergraduate degree. He reflected on the impact that being involved in clubs and societies can have on the student experience and the various skills he gained during his time involved with UMSU International.

Many of the University of Melbourne's international students are sponsored by a range of organisations and government bodies from various countries and industries.  More information on current or potential sponsorship opportunities at the University of Melbourne can be found here: https://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/info/sponsors

Last updated: Monday, 15 May 2017 11:57:44 AM

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