2019 International Student Ambassadors to tell their Brisbane story globally
International students from 28 countries have been made official Brisbane ambassadors, to showcase the city as one of the best places in the world to study, work and live.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk appointed 42 students as Brisbane International Student Ambassadors for the next 12 months at a special ceremony at City Hall.
“This year’s ambassadors will be tasked with telling their Brisbane stories to almost a quarter of a million people through the Study Brisbane Facebook page and their own social media accounts,” Cr Quirk said.
“Being a Brisbane International Student Ambassador is one of the best ways to experience our city because of all the opportunities which come with being involved in the program.
“The 42 students will be involved with a wide range of activities and experiences across the city, including events such as the World Science Festival and Brisbane’s Student Welcome Ceremony, as well as taking part in native wildlife encounters and island escapes to tell our story about the city’s unique lifestyle.
“Brisbane had 95,000 international student enrolments in 2018, and this year’s cohort will look to showcase the world-class education institutions and accommodation options on offer to the city’s prospective students and give them an insight into day-to-day life in Brisbane.
“Sharing their personal experiences of Brisbane’s is a very effective way to generate increased interest in our city among those from overseas considering international study in Australia.
“Over the past 10 years, Brisbane has had more than 350 international student ambassadors from 79 nations – making it one of the largest student ambassador programs in Australia.”
For the first time, Brisbane is welcoming international students from Argentina, Bhutan and Nigeria as ambassadors, helping the city reach wider markets than ever before.
Ms Temiloluwa Adeduro from Nigeria and Mr Carlos German Scheffelaar Klotz from Argentina are two of 42 new faces being appointed as 2019 Brisbane International Student Ambassadors.
Ms Adeduro is currently studying at the IES Foundation in preparation to study a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Queensland and has loved Brisbane during her time.
“I’m a foodie and I have a deep thrill for adventure and living in Brisbane ticks two of those boxes,” Ms Adeduro said.
“Brisbane provides you with a safe, vibrant environment to discover and express yourself while meeting beautiful and diverse people.”
Mr Scheffelaar Klotz, who is a teacher studying an Early Childhood Cert III at TAFE Queensland says studying and living in Brisbane has been an incredible and experience in so many ways.
“I want to share with people back in Argentina where I am living and studying. I feel at home and I want to share what Brisbane has offered me,” Mr Scheffelaar Klotz said.
“There is a lot of diversity of careers for students. Brisbane is an excellent place to try something new of your culture and share it together with other people from around the world.”
Cr Quirk said international education was worth more than $3 billion to Brisbane’s economy, and it was vital the city continue to be showcased as a world-class place to live and study.
“Brisbane is increasingly positioning itself as an international study destination of choice, where students receive a superior education alongside an enviable outdoor lifestyle,” Cr Quirk said.
“Brisbane now welcomes students from over 160 countries, who enjoy our internationally recognised universities, educational institutions and thriving innovation and research hubs.
“Brisbane’s international students enhance the city’s culture by adding to the diversity of our city and creating cultural appreciation between all our students and the wider community.
“Brisbane City Council, through Study Brisbane, continues to work closely with a wide range of the city’s partners to promote our world-class education institutions, accommodation and lifestyle opportunities using a collaborative government and industry approach.”