September 20th 2004
City welcomes Aston's new international students
NEWLY-ARRIVED international students at Aston University's School of Languages & Social Sciences will be guests of honour at a special reception at Birmingham Council House on Thursday, 30 September when they will meet the Lord Mayor of Birmingham.
The students are from established ERASMUS partner institutions in Belgium, France and Germany and from the universities of Sanxi in China and Kanagawa in Japan.
Liz Baines, Overseas Placements Officer in the School of Languages & Social Sciences at Aston says: 'We are delighted to welcome these students, who will make a valued contribution to classes and to campus activities and who will participate with enthusiasm in the international culture of our city.'
Wendy Yip, Head of the International Office at Aston added: 'We are delighted to welcome our new international languages students to Aston University. We value the cultural diversity and academic contribution they bring to our UK students and our campus. Currently, Aston University recruits from over 70 countries and international students account for approximately 15% of our total student population.'
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Notes to editors:
Photo opportunity at 3pm, September 30 outside Birmingham Council House. Please contact me if you would like to attend.
The Erasmus exchange programme, approved in 1987 by the European Community, allows students in higher education to spend part of their studies abroad. It involves universities, colleges and other institutions across Europe.