International office staff member Emily Suffolk, left, with students Nguyen Thi Hai Tra, Dang Phuong Thao and Hung Tuan Nguyen.
International office staff member Emily Suffolk, left, with students Nguyen Thi Hai Tra, Dang Phuong Thao and Hung Tuan Nguyen.

New international students at SCU

SOUTHERN Cross University plans to welcome about 230 new international students this year.

Functions to welcome overseas students were held yesterday at the Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Gold Coast campuses.

Director of the International Office at Southern Cross University, Jo Asquith, said their arrival was always an exciting time on the university’s calendar.

“In addition to the obvious economic benefits the international students bring to our regions, especially given two-thirds of their budget is spent on non-tuition purchases, they also become a wonderful resource for local students to improve cultural understanding and international linkages,” Ms Asquith said.

“The need for global citizens who have those international insights and understandings is particularly important in today’s world.

“With the links the university has established internationally there are also increasing opportunities for local students to have a

reciprocal experience through the student exchange program.

“The cultural exchange of ideas plays an important part in our internationalisation strategy. Students enrolled to study locally hail from countries such as Bangladesh, China, Canada, Japan, Norway, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Mexico and Saudi Arabia.”



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