Chinese student appointed as one of 40 Brisbane International Student Ambassadors
A Chinese university student now studying in Brisbane has been honoured by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk in her adopted home.
25-year-old Wenfei (Caty) Li was selected to be one of 40 Brisbane International Student Ambassadors for 2016.
Caty is from Taiyuan and is completing her Masters in Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management at The University of Queensland.
“Studying in Brisbane was my first choice because The University of Queensland has great courses and a very high standard of teaching,” she said.
“Brisbane has such a laid-back lifestyle as a well as year-round sunshine – I can wear my pretty skirt all the time. I also love the people in Brisbane. They are really friendly and easy-going.
“When I finish my studies I want to work up to a leadership role in the tourism industry in Brisbane. My dream is to work here and settle down with my boyfriend.
“As a student ambassador, I want to expand my network of contacts and meet new people. I’m looking forward to getting involved in local events to get to know the city more.”
Cr Quirk said this year’s appointments brought to 242 the total number of student ambassadors appointed since the Brisbane Marketing-led program began in 2009.
“Their role will see them enjoy many quintessential Brisbane experiences as well as volunteer at multicultural events, and assist with the hosting of official visiting delegations, particularly from Brisbane’s sister cities,” he said.
Cr Quirk said the 2016 student ambassadors were chosen from hundred of applicants and included students aged from 18-33 from some of Brisbane’s largest source markets, including China, India, South Korea, Brazil, Malaysia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Japan and Colombia.
“Two of Brisbane’s sister cities are represented – Chongqing in China and Daejeon in South Korea,” he said.
Cr Quirk said the honorary appointments were for one year.
“International students add so much to Brisbane; creating a cosmopolitan and vibrant city which makes it all the more inviting for other students as well as tourists and business investors,” he said.
The student ambassador program was established by Brisbane Marketing’s Study Brisbane program.