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Embracing global connections: UC hosts international agents

16 April 2024

UC, alongside UC International College (UCIC), hosted 20 international recruitment agents from Asian countries last week, giving them an opportunity to explore the campus and Ōtautahi Christchurch.


Image Caption: International recruitment agents at the Graduation Street Parade, joined by Vice-Chancellor Cheryl de la Rey, Assistant Vice-Chancellor Engagement Brett Berquist, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Catherine Moran, Director of Recruitment Ryan Thomas, Dean of Postgraduate Research Megan McAuliffe, Executive Dean of Engineering Saurabh Sinha, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research Peter Gostomski and Executive Dean of Science Sarah Young.

The agents, who came from India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and China, play a crucial role in advising prospective international students on the educational journey available to them in Aotearoa New Zealand. The visit is a chance for them to witness firsthand the exceptional academic and cultural offerings at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury (UC).

“This visit underscores the University of Canterbury's commitment to fostering international partnerships and providing opportunities for students from around the world,” said UC Director of Recruitment Ryan Thomas.

Julia Innocente-Jones, College Director and Principal of UCIC and College of English (CCEL), also expressed her enthusiasm for the trip, stating, "this was a bucket list chance for a wonderful group of individuals, with varying degrees of knowledge about New Zealand, to come together and see firsthand the delights of our beautiful country and amazing city." 

She emphasised the collaborative effort of UCIC and CCEL and UC in creating an unforgettable experience that firmly establishes New Zealand and Christchurch as a credible option for international students.

“During their stay, the agents had the opportunity to experience the vibrant atmosphere of Christchurch, including participating in our annual Graduation Street Parade through the city centre. They shared that Ōtautahi is a beautiful city, and attending UC provides international students with an ideal environment to balance their studies and enjoy life,” Thomas says.

The agents engaged with UCIC staff, explored the UC campus, including its state-of-the-art facilities and halls of residence, and gained valuable insights into the supportive environment offered to students. 

They also engaged with UC staff from the Faculty of Engineering and the UC Business School, fostering meaningful connections and deepening their understanding of the academic excellence and innovative programmes provided.

"We feel privileged to have welcomed this exceptional group of education professionals," Innocente-Jones said. "Though we were saddened by their departure, we’re excited for them to share their memorable experiences with colleagues, students and their parents."

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