The achievements of 20 international students from countries including Vietnam, Bhutan, Saudi Arabia, Germany and Indonesia were celebrated during a farewell ceremony for them at the University of New England last Friday.
Ms Gabrielle Rolan, the Director UNE International, told the students that the ceremony was “to honour you and thank you for everything you’ve brought to our community . . . to mark the end of your studies, and to wish you well for the future”.
Speaking on behalf of her fellow students, Jambay, a student from Bhutan who has completed her Bachelor of Science thanked the University “for organising this wonderful event”.
“You represent success for us,” said the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jim Barber, addressing the students before presenting each of them with a Certificate of Completion. “You’re joining tens of thousands of UNE alumni all over the world.”
“We pride ourselves on getting to know our students,” Professor Barber said, “and hope you’ve felt welcome here.”
In her speech, Jambay described how the natural beauty of Armidale, particularly in Autumn, combined with the friendliness and helpfulness of people within the University and Armidale communities had contributed to making their time at UNE both enjoyable and academically rewarding.
There are currently 820 international students– 738 in degree programs and 82 in English Language programs enrolled on campus at UNE. They come from 48 countries.