Sydney Business School alumni welcome international students

5 April 2016

Prominent Sydney Business School alumni will join a university-wide initiative to “introduce new students to some of the people and places that make Sydney one of the best cities in the world,” through the ‘Welcome to Sydney’ program.
The program sees alumni plan and host events for small groups of new regional and international students to encourage networking and friendships during the exciting, yet daunting start of semester.

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“When starting university, some students get lonely and leave their course half way through. The program’s purpose is to give a warm welcome to our students, particularly for those who haven’t been to Sydney before. We try to go above and beyond to make them feel welcome,” said Lily Meszaros, Manager of Volunteer Engagement.
“The ‘Welcome to Sydney’ program is working to increase the student experience, not just on the academic side. It’s all about inclusion and making them feel a part of the university,” said Ms Meszaros.
The ‘Welcome to Sydney’ program holds significant appeal to the Business School, where 60% of last year’s students were international.
“The Business School’s well-deserved reputation as a world leader in undergraduate and postgraduate business education with cutting edge dynamic programs is reflected in the number of international students choosing to join us,” said Dean of Sydney Business School, Professor Greg Whitwell.
“With this growing number of international students comes a responsibility to ensure that business school life is open, welcoming and, most importantly, inclusive,” said Professor Whitwell.
Business School alumna and 2015 ‘Welcome to Sydney’ host Emma Ringland said the program displayed a unique benefit of the University of Sydney.
“It’s a good way of letting alumni give back to the university in a meaningful, manner,” said Ms Ringland.
“I think this sort of low-key interaction between alumni and international students is a very good way of engaging these two quite different stakeholder groups of the business school,” said Ms Ringland.
“I was pleased that each of my four guests was from a different cultural background. This made for a really interesting discussion over lunch.”
Gundeep Khalon, an Indian exchange student in the Master of Commerce program, said the 2015 event helped him have the time of his life in Sydney.
“The host invited us to their home and took us for dinner at a surf club. I loved their hospitality and would recommend this type of event to all international students,” said Mr Khalon.
Proposed outings for this year’s program include dinner and fireworks at Barangaroo, a scenic walk through Manly and the Spit Bridge, or a visit to the Sydney Fish Markets followed by a Wentworth Park picnic.

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