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Welcoming the world to Nottingham: city unites to greet international students

October 23rd 2019

by CQ

Almost 500 international students travelling from more than 80 countries around the globe to study at Nottingham’s two world-class universities are given a warm welcome at the first ever civic reception to mark their arrival in their new home.

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“The University of Nottingham prides itself on being an institution whose global outlook, connections and reputation provide real and tangible benefits for our local community, economy and people of Nottingham. With Brexit continuing to dominate the news at home and abroad, it’s more important than ever that the universities work with civic institutions, businesses and local communities to ensure Nottingham is seen as a fantastic place to visit, live and study. We know that our University’s international students alone provide a boost of more than £130 m every year to the British economy, but the impact they make goes so much further than the economic benefits for our city – they bring cultural diversity and become integral and valued members of our local communities. We don’t want Nottingham to be just a place of study for them, we want it to be a home from home, somewhere they will make friends, memories and return to in the future.”

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham, Professor Shearer West

“We are privileged that so many young people from around the world, brimming with vitality, energy and talent, choose to bring their skills and ambitions to Nottingham. Just as they come here to learn, make friends and build new life experiences, so too the qualities that our international students bring will touch the lives of all of us and immeasurably enrich our City, our universities and our colleges.”

Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University

“Students play such an important role in shaping Nottingham as the culturally-diverse and inclusive city of which we are all so proud.It’s important that international students feel welcome and that Nottingham becomes a second home for them as quickly as possible. The civic reception in their honour is a way to meet each other, celebrate cultural identities – which offer so much to our city – and begin to show them what a great place this is to work, study and socialise.”

Councillor David Mellen, Leader of Nottingham City Council

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