Brisbane’s luckiest international students will start living the Aussie dream, with 44 new faces set to become official Brisbane ambassadors to showcase the city as one of the best places in the world to live, study and play.
Brisbane City Council Chairman for Finance and Economic Development Cr Krista Adams said 44 international students from 30 countries were appointed Brisbane’s ambassadors for the next 12 months at a special ceremony. “Being a Brisbane ambassador is one of the best ways to experience our city, from its cuddly koalas and river adventures to its unique outdoor lifestyle,” Cr Adams said.
“More than 85,000 international students enrol to study in Brisbane each year and this year 44 of those will get to experience some of the city’s thrilling sporting fixtures, red carpet events, native wildlife encounters and island escapes.” Hong Kong high-school student Derek Yang said he was thrilled to be appointed a Brisbane International Student Ambassador by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk at City Hall.
Derek, who is studying at St John’s Anglican College, said, “I think that being an ambassador will provide me with many opportunities to experience more events where I can meet new people. In addition, being an ambassador makes me feel proud and it further motivates me to be the best that I can be.”
“I enjoy not only being taught by many wonderful teachers, but also they provide me with helpful advice and I enjoy chatting with them about many topics as well when outside the classroom.”
Cr Adams said international education was worth $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.
“The task for this year’s ambassadors will be to broadcast their stay in Brisbane to more than 240,000 people through the Study Brisbane Facebook page and their own social media accounts,” she said. “Sharing Brisbane’s wonderful attractions, lifestyle and events generates increased interest in our city among those from overseas considering international study.”
Cr Adams said other duties have included helping to profile Brisbane by hosting high-school study groups, education agent tours and welcome work-experience students here on exchange.
“The ambassadors will also welcome incoming international students at Brisbane International Airport and team up with the Brisbane Greeters to help orientate new students around their new home.
“Forty of this year’s ambassadors are studying at higher-education institutions, while four are studying at local high schools.”
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