Thursday 25 October 2012
Two students from Queen Mary have been given symbolic keys to the capital city, in a new initiative that aims to show why London is the world’s best study destination.
Zafar Khurshid and Stephanie Clemens are among 30 London-based American and Indian students taking part in a series of learning and networking events and behind-the-scenes tours. The students will have unprecedented access to the city’s iconic organisations and attractions, in a programme designed to show international students the unrivalled opportunities a vibrant, multicultural city such as London can offer.
Zafar, who is studying for a Master of Laws (LLM), and Stephanie – working toward her BSc in Business Management – will act as ambassadors for London, in an initiative launched last week by London Universities International Partnership (LUIP) in collaboration with the Mayor of London’s international promotional agency, London & Partners.
The students will communicate their experiences to a global audience through their blogs, tweets and videos.
The chosen ambassadors will benefit from a series of tours of classic London icons and museums; a ‘boot camp’ on leadership and entrepreneurship; and a chance to experience what it is like to work in London’s world-leading creative and financial industries. For a true taste of the city, they will also be meeting Fortnum and Mason’s international buyer for a beginner’s guide to the world of tea.
Zafar comments: "I am enthusiastic about sharing my experience of living and studying in London with my fellows and colleagues, both here in London and back home in India. I think it's going to be a challenging and exciting year ahead and I hope my journey helps others decide to come here and expand their own personal horizons. I am truly grateful to Queen Mary and LUIP for this great opportunity."
As successful alumni, the students will play a crucial role on their return home, working with London & Partners to continue promoting London as a destination for study.
Gary Davies, Chair of LUIP, comments: “London is the world’s top higher education study destination with over 110,000 international students from 210 countries. It has nine universities in the world top university rankings - more than any other city in the world. But international students studying here get more than just a universally recognised qualification; our ambassadors will be able to experience first-hand the advantages studying in a global city rich in cultural heritage brings.”
Queen Mary's International Office: qm-web.corporateaffairs.qmul.ac.uk/international
London Universities International Partnership: www.londonandpartners.com