16th November 2015
Students from all over the world received a civic welcome to the City of York when International students from York College, Askham Bryan College, the University of York, and York St John University were formally welcomed to the city by the Rt Hon the Lord Mayor, Cllr Sonja Crisp, at an event organised by Higher York in the Guildhall.
Each year, York’s college's and universities become home to over 4,000 international students, who bring fantastic cultural diversity to the city. The Lord Mayor said: ‘International students bring so much to our city and I’m delighted to be able to welcome them to York on behalf of residents. I hope they will enjoy their time in the city and come to think of York as a home from home during their time here. We are also delighted that many students choose to stay in the city and the area when they finish their education.’
International students come to York from a wide range of countries, including Australia, Canada, China, India, Norway, South Africa, Thailand and the USA. Some come for a number of years, others for shorter durations, but all add to the cultural diversity of the city. They bring with them new ideas, traditions and important international connections which help make York recognised as an important city on the European and world stage.
York St John University student Luke Wildman, from the USA, said: ‘I’ve lived and travelled across three continents, but York is incredible, and definitely stands out! The history, the culture, the museums, the Roman walls, and the Minster . . . there's always something more to experience. People are friendly, the city feels very comfortable and safe, and the longer I'm here, the more I mourn leaving. It’s a great place to study!’
The group of international students from York College are pictured above. Paul Murphy, Director of Higher York said: ‘The partnership between York’s colleges and universities continues to flourish and we are delighted to be able to lay on this joint event in order to demonstrate how very much we welcome and value our students from around the world.’
Photo credit: Damian James Bramley, DJBPhotography.com