First ‘International Summer University’ proves a success

8 August 2011

Aston University’s first International Summer University (ISU) has proved a tremendous success. Over 50 professionals and University students from 14 different countries came together for a three week programme of intensive English studies, specialist courses and social activities.

Town Planners from Germany, English teachers from France, Jordan, Japan and Italy, Optometrists from Spain, and Politics students from Greece were amongst those taking part in the ISU, which offered individuals from around the globe the chance share a truly multi-cultural experience.

The event was organised by Aston University in partnership with the College for international Citizenship based at Joseph Chamberlain College and Birmingham City Council. The course finished with a closing ceremony and certificate presentation involving the Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor, Anita Ward, who also found time to show the group around the City’s Council House, including the debating chamber and Mayor’s parlour.

Teacher, Triantafyllia Chasioti, one of the participants on the three week programme, said; “I really enjoyed the diverse activities that encouraged participation and group work. I will take away lots of creative ideas that I will be able to incorporate into my own teaching sessions. I found the whole experience enjoyable, motivating and inspiring.” 

Stewart Comfort, Director of International Partnerships at Aston University said; “Aston University was delighted to host this inaugural event which welcomed professionals and students from across the world to a City that is very proud of its diverse cultural routes. The ISU has certainly proved a wonderful showcase for Birmingham and we hope to hold similar events in the future.”

For further information please contact Lawrence Heath