More than 110 students from 37 countries were in attendance at the event, where they were handed certificates to mark their achievements. In addition to the students with various scholarships offered by Aston, there were a number students with sponsorships from Embassies & High Commissions including Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Brunei; Ministries of Malaysia, Indonesia , Thailand and also MAPNET Erasmus.
Present at the lunchtime reception, which allowed students from a wide range of disciplines to socialise with one another, were representatives from Aston’s International Office, Aston Business School, School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Life and Health Sciences, School of Languages and Social Sciences, and also staff from The Hub and Careers.
Elvis Yevudey, a PhD student in the School of Languages and Social Sciences originally from Ghana, said: “I came to Aston three years ago to do a Masters and enjoyed it so much I decided to study for my doctorate here too. I wanted to come here initially because I was aware of the University’s good reputation and felt I could properly prepare for a career in academia.
“As soon as I arrived, I was made to feel very welcome and at home. Even at the airport, Aston sent someone to pick me up, help with my luggage and show me my accommodation. I would like to thank everyone who has helped me, especially the lovely people at the International Office.”
Aston University offers scholarships for international students to study based on academic merit and their ambition and potential to make a significant contribution in their chosen field once graduated.
I have really enjoyed my time here so far, it’s a lovely, multicultural university and I have learnt a lot about many different cultures
Thu Pham, who is studying for a PhD in drug delivery at Aston and is from Vietnam, said: “All of the staff and students have been so helpful – showing me around campus to start with and organising events so we could socialise. I have really enjoyed my time here so far, it’s a lovely, multicultural university and I have learnt a lot about many different cultures.”
Speaking at the event, Director of International Development, Wendy Yip, said: “It gives me great pleasure to be able to welcome our international students to the reception and to celebrate their achievements. We are proud of all our sponsored or scholarship students for choosing Aston as their place to study for either undergraduate or postgraduate qualifications. We will strive to help them as much as we possibly can through the next stage of their education journey.”
Out of the 9,500 students at Aston University, 3,000 are international students from 139 countries. Such diversity extends to the University’s staff – more than 20% of the workforce can be considered international.
A selection of photos from the event can be found on the International Office Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.503989929713837.1073741834.114410248671809&type=1&l=b346cf794a
For further media information, please contact Jonathan Garbett, Aston University Communications on 0121 204 4552 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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